Thursday, May 2, 2013
Reward for information leading to capture of Joanne Chesimard, convicted in 1973 killing of state trooper, totals $2 million.
The most wanted woman in New Jersey history is now the first woman on the FBI's fugitive terrorist list. Joanne Chesimard, convicted of a murdering a state trooper in 1973, was added to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list Thursday on the 40-year anniversary of the trooper's death. The FBI Newark Division held a press conference Thursday to announce the addition of Chesimard's name and the collaboration between federal and state law enforcement agencies in upping the reward for information that leads to her arrest to $2 million. Chesimard is the first woman on the Most Wanted Terrorist List. Chesimard, who is now known as Assata Shakur, has been living under political asylum in Cuba since she broke out of a Hunterdon County prison during a…
Friday, February 15, 2013
Weekly town-by-town crime data made available online
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Friday, February 15
Updated crime statistics for towns and counties in New Jersey will be made available more frequently than in the past, according to State Police. Police will be updating an online database of crime stats weekly, or as often as local departments report their new information. In the past, statewide statistics on crime were updated only once per year in the annual Uniform Crime Report. Data for 2011 was released in December. “For the first time, we are able to give the public a sense of the current crime picture in their area. Even as preliminary data, this will be a great new tool for the public,” Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Colonel Rick Fuentes said in a statement. The new data is available online here. It is currently …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Police used the women's cell phone GPS systems to help rescue them
A New Jersey State Police helicopter helped Mahwah and Bergen County police officers locate two hikers lost in the Ramapo Reservation Saturday night, Mahwah Police Chief Jim Batelli confirmed. According to police, two sisters, ages 19 and 22, from Oradell, were hiking in the Reservation Saturday afternoon, but became disoriented after nightfall. “Two Mahwah officers and one Bergen County officer were dispatched to the scene but even using cell phone coordinates it became apparent the [women] were far into the reservation and off any designated trail,” Batelli said. The women were led back to a trail by following police sirens, Batelli said. The women were navigating themselves using a cell phone flashlight that was running out of battery…
Friday, July 27, 2012
Attorney General's Office says troopers allegedly altered plates in high-speed escort.
Two New Jersey state troopers accused of leading a high-speed escort on the Garden State Parkway for a fleet of luxury cars have been criminally charged, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced. The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) received complaints regarding the March 2012 caravan to Atlantic City, and the troopers were subsequently suspended without pay in April. In a press conference in Trenton on Friday, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said the troopers who conducted the unauthorized escort "turned our highway into a virtual speedway." "What they did was absolutely wrong," he said. An investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice into the incident found that the troopers, Sgt. First Class Nadir Nassry, 47, and Trooper…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Pair has been suspended since April while Attorney General's Office conducts investigation into high-speed escort.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The two state troopers allegedly involved in a high-speed luxury car escort down the Garden State Parkway in March could be criminally charged Friday and one of the troopers has resigned, according to NJ.com. New Jersey State Police Sgt. Nadir Nassry and Joseph Ventrella were suspended without pay in April, the Attorney General's Office has said. Ventrella was a member of the force for six years and was assigned to the Troop B Tactical Patrol Unit. Nassry, 47, of Phillipsburg, was a trooper of 25 years and was assigned to Totowa Station. NJ.com reported Thursday that the suspended troopers could face third- or fourth-degree criminal charges after they were allegedly caught on video camera escorting luxury cars to Atlantic City at a high …
Sunday, April 15, 2012
As many as 225 spots will be available for applicants who want to be state troopers.
Police departments across New Jersey have been hit hard by layoffs over the past few years due to budget cuts in a crippled economy, but one law-enforcement agency in the state is actually hiring. New Jersey State Police announced Wednesday they will begin accepting applications next month from candidates who want to be state troopers. As many as 225 spots will be available when two State Police academy classes commence training next spring. The application period runs online from May 7 to 29. This is the first time the state police have accepted applications since February 2010. The most recent class of state troopers graduated this past January, adding 85 to the ranks. State Police Col. Joseph R. Fuentes and state Attorney General …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
State Police and the N.J. Office of Emergency Management can now provide emergency information to residents via text.
New Jersey State Police submitted the following news release: New Jersey residents will now be able to receive critical information from the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) on their cell phones and PDAs with the use of a free, Web-based service. The NJSP and NJOEM will be using a service called Nixle Connect to deliver important and time sensitive information to the residents of New Jersey. Nixle Connect is an application that allows verified government agencies to communicate with the public via text/SMS, email and Internet posts. This service is provided at no cost to the department, taxpayers or residents and unlike other social media applications, Nixle does not contain any third…