This week marked the 100th anniversary of the New Jersey State Police, created when Gov. Edward I. Edwards signed a law creating the force on March 29, 2021. On July 1, 1921, Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf was appointed the first superintendent of the force. The colonel’s name should sound familiar: He was the father of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the commander of all Coalition forces for Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
To honor the long and distinguished service of the New Jersey State Police, a resolution was introduced in the state Senate by Sens. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen, Passaic) and Fred H. Madden Jr. (D-Camden, Gloucester). It cites, in part, the NJSP’s “great distinction and honor,” as well as its “unparalleled professionalism in so many of the nation’s historic investigations and natural disasters such as the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Hindenburg disaster, the Great Atlantic Hurricane, the September 11th terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and superstorm Sandy.”
The resolution also honors the NJSP for its service as the lead law enforcement agency for major events including the World Cup, Special Olympics, Super Bowl XLVIII, US Open and PGA Golf Tournaments, papal visits, presidential events, and foreign dignitary visits.”