The 1990's began with the appointment of Colonel Justin
J. Dintino as the tenth Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
The catch phrases of the day were doing more with less
and streamlining, two very unenviable tasks in an economy
that was experiencing cutbacks and possible layoffs.
One way in which this was accomplished was with the consolidation
of the Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureaus into the Criminal Enterprise
and Racketeering Bureau (C.E.R.B.).
This merger of two very effective Bureaus combined their investigative
expertise to combat the expanding influence of criminal enterprises
and their racketeering activities.
In continuing the war on drugs, major investigative initiatives
targeting Colombian and Jamaican drug cartels were instituted. Realizing
that drug enforcement alone will never totally eradicate the narcotics
problem, the Division expanded Project D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance
In this valuable program, uniformed troopers instruct elementary
school children on how peer pressure to experiment with drugs can
be resisted. These same troopers also instruct other police officers
who then become instructors themselves.
Since fighting the drug problem requires a multifaceted approach
to be successful, proactive inner city initiatives targeting street
level drug trafficking were expanded.
This continued assault became known as Operation I.D.E.A. (Inner-city
Drug Enforcement Assistance). The project is a long term commitment
of law enforcement working with all community groups so that the
people can once again enjoy their city free from the harm created
by drug traffickers.
Another major narcotics initiative undertaken by the Division
is Operation R.O.A.D.S.I.D.E. (Reduction Of Alcohol/Drugs Statewide
[through] Interdiction, Detection, Education).
This is a cooperative effort with federal and local law enforcement
agencies and the commercial transportation industry in New Jersey
to accomplish two main goals.
The first is to identify, apprehend, and deter substance abuse and
illegal drug trafficking activities involving commercial and public
trucking transportation systems.
The second goal is designed to encourage the support and participation
of the general public, especially those individuals employed in
the transportation industry.
New technological innovations continue to expand the Divisions
capabilities of providing the finest in crime fighting techniques.
The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) utilizes
computer-optic technology with high-speed scanning devices to classify,
store and retrieve the 1.1 million criminal fingerprint cards currently
in the system.
AFIS eliminates the time consuming, labor intensive manual system
of classifying and comparing fingerprints and enables law enforcement
to solve previously unsolved crimes.
In just more than one year, this fabulous system has identified
suspects in at least 33 homicides, 45 robberies, and 394 burglaries.
In many instances, the investigating agency had no idea who the
suspect was, and without this system the suspect would probably
have avoided detection.
The Office of Emergency Telecommunications (OETS) was established
within the Division to coordinate the implementation of the 9-1-1
statewide emergency telephone system. The 9-1-1 network allows public
access to report emergencies and request emergency assistance.
In early August of 1992, the State of New Jersey hosted the National
Governors Association in Princeton, NJ This conference serves
as the primary meeting for the National Governors Association
where the States chief executives adopt national policy positions.
The Division of State Police was responsible for providing overall
security for this meeting. This included security for all attendees,
housing, meetings and social events.
Planning for this event began a year prior to the event. The Division
utilized the Incident Command System to manage the various functions
during this time period.
In October 1992, the New Jersey State Police Museum and Learning
Center, located at Division Headquarters, was dedicated and opened
to the public.
The center is partially housed in one of the Divisions oldest
and most historic structures. The log cabin was constructed in 1934
as a CWA (Civilian Works Administration) Project and was originally
used as a dormitory and classroom for State Police recruit training.
The Museum and Learning Center provides the opportunity to learn
the distinguished history of the nations most diversified
state law enforcement agency.
In April 1993, the Division established new educational standards
for entry into the New Jersey State Police. For the first time,
college credits were required, the first educational upgrade since
a high school diploma was made mandatory in 1936.
These new educational requirements stated that candidates must have
a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.
The Division will accept 60 credit hours only for individuals who,
have at least two years of active duty military service or who have
two years of active full time law enforcement experience.
On July 26 through 29, 1993, the Division hosted the International
Association of Chiefs of Police, Division of State and Provincial
Police, North Atlantic Regional Conference in Absecon, New Jersey.
This conference brought together superintendents and representatives
from 12 North Atlantic States as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted
On June 9, 1994, Colonel Carl A. Williams was sworn in as the 11th
Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
From early June through July 13, the World Cup `94 soccer games
were played in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The planning for this security detail began two years prior to the
first game and required the Division to provide a full-time contingent
of personnel to coordinate all aspects of this operation.
The World Cup Games attracted many dignitaries from all over the
world. Security for all of the dignitaries was provided by the State
Police in conjunction with the United States Secret Service and
the Department of State.
The planning, training, and cooperative efforts of all of the participating
agencies involved in World Cup `94 were the key ingredients to a
successful operation which attracted 555,000 fans for seven games.
In October 1995, the Division of State Police provided a large contingent
of Troopers as security for Pope John Paul II on his travels in
North Jersey. The largest detail of Division personnel was utilized
at Giants Stadium, where the Pope said mass for 76,000 people.
The year 1996, marked the 75th year of the New Jersey State Police.
Several events were planned to celebrate this diamond anniversary.
On March 7, 1996, eighty-one Troopers, dressed in the original boots
and britches uniform, including the first issue six-inch Colt
.38 revolver and the Winchester Model 94 lever-action carbine, conducted
a reenactment of the First Patrol, of New Jersey State
Troopers at Trentons Masonic Temple.
This ceremony, which originally took place on December 5, 1921,
was the beginning to a year of special events, commemorating the
Divisions 75th year history.
In the largest celebration of the year, the Division conducted an
In-Ranks Review Ceremony on May 3, 1996, on the parade grounds of
the Sea Girt Academy. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, US Army (Ret.)
the son of our first Superintendent, was the guest of honor for
Governor Christine Whitman signed a proclamation making the general
honorary Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, for the
day and presenting him with a solid gold State Police badge, with
the number 1, a replica of his fathers first badge.
General Schwarzkopf then reviewed the 400 Troopers assembled on
the parade field with Governor Whitman, Attorney General Poritz,
Colonel Williams and Richard Militano #2673, who reenacted a 1921
Divisions Sergeant Major.
From January 2, 1996 to May 29, 1996, the Division coordinated the
Camden City Initiative, a multi-agency law enforcement project which
utilized patrol and investigative resources to reduce criminal activity
in the City of Camden.
The significant decrease in reported crimes during this five month
period demonstrated the effectiveness of the State Police in suppressing
urban criminal activity.
On July 17, 1996, the Marine Law Enforcement Bureau was one of the
first units summoned to the waters off Long Island, New York, to
assist in the initial recovery of victims and debris after the tragic
crash of TWA flight 800.
On November 8, 1996, the new Troop A Headquarters and Law Enforcement
Center was officially opened in Buena Vista Township.
This state-of-the-art complex was dedicated to the memory of 13
Troop A, Troopers killed in the line of duty protecting South Jersey
residents. This facility replaced the outdated and overcrowded Hammonton
facility, which had been home to the State Police for 55 years.
The New Jersey State Police has remained in the forefront of creative
policy implementation and investigative techniques. Technological
innovations have enhanced and expanded the original purpose of the
State Police; yet there exists a network of stations that fulfill
the initial role of the State Police, to provide law enforcement
services to the citizens of New Jersey.
As the Division continues to march forward into the twenty-first
century, there are many endeavors yet to be completed, such as,
the merger of the Marine Law Enforcement Officers, Alcohol Beverage
Control Officers, and State Capitol Police into the ranks of the
The current body of more than 2,600 enlisted and sworn members,
and 1,200 professional staff share one distinction regardless of
their rank or designation, they are members of one of the most prestigious
law enforcement organizations in the world -- the New Jersey State