By the end of 2017, 2,801 troopers will be employed by the state police. This 158th recruit class is the eighth class trained since 2010 and, after graduation in 2018, will have the most state troopers since 2011. The state expects to graduate 130 troopers and lose 45 to attrition in fiscal year 2017, according to the state budget report. At the end of FY2016, the number of troopers was listed as 2,716.
The state police are responsible for general police services and operate four branches: administration, homeland security (including emergency management and special operations), investigations (including the office of forensic sciences and special investigations), and operations (which deals with traffic and public safety). The NJSP is also charged with protecting the governor and lieutenant governor.
Gov. Chris Christie’s fiscal 2017 budget will commit $1.5 million to the 158th recruit class of state troopers.