Firemen, policemen, doctors, lawyers, and nurses, when we were children these job titles were primarily the first on our list. When I was growing up I happened to be in a family of police officers that included my dad and a great deal of uncles and cousins. It was like a torch that has been passed down because through the three generations that I know, the candle has been passed to serve as a cop for the community.
My father and a couple of my uncles served as local cops in our area. When I was young I didn’t know why my family seemed to be so well known and it was because my dad was a cop. As time progressed I could see the livelihood in the community digress. Since time had passed my father new less and less people because of the evil in the streets. Nowadays you cannot really get too involved in a community because of the hostility in our up coming youth.
A few of my cousins became state cops in Delaware as well as New Jersey They always tell me that the job is good and it also pays well. In society the youth is the future and my goal is to find away to help them understand that there is more to life than the streets. In my neighborhood the youth look at cops as an enemy or a prejudice force that is out to get them but, in actuality the police are just doing their job.
Becoming a state cop and trying to bring civility back to the neighborhood because I was once a product of their same environment. If the community could be built back up it would have to start with the youth. My true definition of a police officer is someone is protects, serves, and gives onto his or her community. The New Jersey state police are the sharpest officers I have seen besides our armed forces. State Troopers are Clean cut, uniform that fits tough like a suit, and a just a tough attitude. One of the main reasons that being a state policeman attracts me is because they come well respected.
The New Jersey State Police is the force for the state of New Jersey. As with the New York State Police, the primary reason for the creation of the New Jersey State Police was for the protection of rural areas that had never had law enforcement beyond a local sheriff, who was often not able to provide suitable police services. Legislation for its creation was first introduced in 1914, but it would not be until March 29, 1921, with the passing of the State Police Bill, that a statewide police force was created. In 1921 our first Superintendent, H. Norman Schwarzkopf, established the foundation upon which this Division stands by issuing the general order that lists the code and conducts of being a New Jersey State Trooper.
Schwarzkopf was a graduate of West Point military academy and this training and his time in the military heavily influenced how he organized and trained his first group of troopers. The first State Police academy consisted of 116 men out of an applicant group of 1,600. Training took place in Sea Girt, New Jersey on the same grounds as the current New state Police Academy.
Out of the 116 men who started training only 81 officers and troopers completed the three-month training program. On December 1, 1921, the new troopers were administered the oath of office and on December 5, 1921, in a blinding snowstorm, started out on horseback and motorcycle to their posts throughout the state (Winkipedia.org). The primary function of the agency is committed to protect, preserve, and safeguard the constitutional and civil right of all citizens through impartial and courteous law enforcement with integrity and professionalism.
They shall ensure public safety and provide quality service in partnership with our communities. The three core values of the New Jersey State Police are; Honor always act with the utmost integrity, and be honest and truthful. Enforce the laws equally and without bias. Hold yourself and other members to the highest ethical standards. Duty to protect and serve the public, prevent crime and apprehend offenders. Ensure the highest quality service to the public. Perform our duties honorably and accept the responsibility to carry them out. Our devotion to duty will never waiver.
Fidelity, faithfully uphold the traditions of the New Jersey State Police. Strive to embody the principles under which we were founded. Maintain pride in yourself and the organization. Ensure that the codes of Honor, Duty and Fidelity are the core values (NJSP.org). One officer that shows all these values is highest ranking officer or the superintendent of the New Jersey State Police is Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes was selected by Governor James McGreevy to become the 14th Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
Superintendent Fuentes enlisted in the State Police in January 1978, as a member of the 93A Class. He has served the Division of State Police throughout the state, including assignments as a general road duty Trooper in Central and Southern New Jersey, and an instructor at the Sea Girt Academy. He also was a supervisor with the FBI/NJSP Joint Terrorism Task Force, Narcotics Units, and the Street Gang Unit.
Prior to being named Acting Superintendent, he was assigned as the Chief of the Intelligence Bureau, overseeing nine units within the Intelligence Section. The recipient of numerous awards, Superintendent Fuentes has been recognized by the U.S. Justice Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, and in 1993 was a co-recipient of the New Jersey State Police Trooper of the Year award.
Superintendent Fuentes earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kean College of New Jersey in 1977, a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York in 1992, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from City University of New York in 1998. In 2006, Colonel Fuentes was appointed General Chair of the State and Provincial Division of the IACP (NJSP.org). To be able to obtain the Superintendents position is a major responsibility Colonel Fuentes has almost been in this position for four years. Colonel Fuentes is highly decorate as well as educated.
For me it is breath taking to see an individual who accomplished so much. Hopefully in my future I can accomplish many inspiring things to give that hope back to the youth in the community because there is light at the end of the tunnel! And speaking of tunnels I found it hard to find the number of employees in the agency but, the agency has twenty five important people on the command staff that are the head of their operations and I can imagine that there is a great deal of people who work under the people in command. Colonel Fuentes is the Superintendent and he has twenty-four people under him. So everyone else probably has about the same number or doubles that.
The requirements for entry are you have to be between 21 and 35 years old, a US citizen, and must have a current driver’s license. Applicants must possess a college degree or sixty college credits with two years of satisfactory employment or military experience. On the NJSP website it didn’t clarify the salary but, it did say they start of with a great salary, benefits, and continuous training for other job opportunities in the law enforcement. To get a Job with the NJSP applications are supplied online but it is almost like any other job except for the extensive background check and the physical qualification tests consisting of push ups, sit ups, 1.5 mile run, arm endurance test, leg endurance test, 75 yard pursuit run and the side step test (NJSP.org).
When it comes to the physical aspect of the training I don’t think that is going to hold me back I am already training vigorously. The cardio may be a problem but I have another year before I actually start worrying about that. To become a cop is fulfilling a childhood dream as well as falling into the line of following my relatives.
Finally, to be a major part of the community it starts with authority. Once the authority is taken care of respect falls into place. To be able to gain respect by your community enables you to accomplish almost anything because the people are on your side.
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