March 30, 2021
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Yesterday, Colonel Patrick J. Callahan was joined by Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Senator Paul Sarlo on the steps of the State House Annex for a ceremony to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the State Police Bill.
The State Police Bill, which was introduced on March 29, 1921 by Senator Clarence Case—who is known as the “Father of the State Police.”—officially established a statewide police force.
Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Grewal, and Senator Sarlo spoke about the proud traditions of the State Police, which has served the citizens of New Jersey with honor for a century, responding to some of New Jersey’s most challenging events such as the Lindbergh kidnapping, the September 11th terrorist attacks, Superstorm Sandy, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colonel Callahan reflected on the evolution of the Division’s mission from patrolling rural farming communities to investigating crimes with forensics and cutting-edge technologies. He stated that as he is excited for our members to begin filling in the blank pages of the next 100 years, he remains confident that our traditions and core values of Honor, Duty, and Fidelity will continue to be the guiding principle of our members for the next 100 years.
Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News