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…
Monday, September 17, 2012
NJSP denied request for public records, stating basic policies are exempt from Open Public Records Act.
Monday, September 17, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey has filed suit against the New Jersey State Police for denying a request for public records detailing its promotion policies. This is the second time this summer that the ACLU-NJ has legally challenged the state for lack of transparency regarding public records. The ACLU-NJ filed the lawsuit on behalf of Richard Rivera, who requested the documents on behalf of the Civil Rights Protection Project of the Latino Leadership Alliance. “The state police is operating in virtual secrecy with no accountability to the public it serves,” said Rivera. “The public has an interest and a right to know what types of policies determine why some officers get promoted, including whether those policies favor …
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.
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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 …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
State police announced the arrest of 27 New Jersey residents, including 18-year-old Livingston man, on charges of possession of child pornography.
State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced the arrest today of 27 people, including an 18-year-old Livingston resident, on child pornography charges. At a morning press conference, Chiesa said the operation -- dubbed “Operation Watchdog” -- brought together the State Police and local police departments between April 9 and April 13 in sting operations aimed at disrupting peer-to-peer file-sharing sites. The state Division of Criminal Justice had been investigating and attaining warrants since January. Jeremy Gardner of Livingston, was arrested on April 9 and released of his own recognizance. Of the remaining 26, one is female, one a minor and the oldest is 66. Two of the suspects are charged with distribution as well as possession. …
Thursday, April 12, 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, because of budget cuts in a crippled economy. The effects of the recession may linger, 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 …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
State Police and the N.J. Office of Emergency Management can now provide emergency information to residents via text.
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-party advertisements. Messages from the State Police would …