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New Jersey State Park Police

New Jersey State Park Police Welcome to the Official New Jersey State Park Police page. The New Jersey State Park Police patrol and protect the State’s 54 Parks,
Forests and Recreation Areas which encompass an excess of 422,000 acres
and are visited by more than 17 million people each year.

We are a diverse group of men and women dedicated to safeguarding New
Jersey’s resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through the prevention
of crime, apprehension of criminals and enforcement of criminal and motor
vehicle laws of the state, and enforcement of park regulations. The New Jersey State Park Police are empowered with the same Law
Enforcement authority as all New Jersey municipal,

We are a diverse group of men and women dedicated to safeguarding New
Jersey’s resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through the prevention
of crime, apprehension of criminals and enforcement of criminal and motor
vehicle laws of the state, and enforcement of park regulations. The New Jersey State Park Police are empowered with the same Law
Enforcement authority as all New Jersey municipal,

Operating as usual

02/21/2022

PARK ADVISORY: Island Beach State Park

Island Beach State Park will be closed to all use on Monday, February 21, due to emergency utility maintenance.

Mobile Sport Fishing Permit holders must exit the beach by 9 p.m. on Sunday, February 20.

The park will reopen on Tuesday, February 22 at 8 a.m.

#NJStateParks #IslandBeachStatePark

NJSPP shared in the final salute to Ocean County Sheriff’s Officer Brian Stockhoff yesterday in Brick, NJ. Hundreds of p...
02/20/2022

NJSPP shared in the final salute to Ocean County Sheriff’s Officer Brian Stockhoff yesterday in Brick, NJ. Hundreds of police officers from in and around Ocean County filled the streets from Brick to Lakewood in a mile+ procession to pay tributes to a locally popular officer. Officer Stockhoff is credited with founding the OCSO’s Mounted Unit. He frequented Double Trouble State Park in both training and aiding visitors in need throughout his career.

RIP Officer Stockhoff and thank you for your service! Our condolences to both your family and the entire Ocean County Sheriff 911 .

We would like to welcome Officer Trainee Tyler Vardanega to our agency. He will soon begin as a recruit in the Basic Cou...
02/19/2022

We would like to welcome Officer Trainee Tyler Vardanega to our agency. He will soon begin as a recruit in the Basic Course for Police Officers at the Mercer County Police Academy. We wish him the best of luck during this training!

We share our sincere condolences with the family of Retired Chief Ranger Tom Card in announcing his passing recently thi...
02/16/2022
Thomas Card Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information

We share our sincere condolences with the family of Retired Chief Ranger Tom Card in announcing his passing recently this week. Thank you for your many years of service.

Share Memories of Thomas & Support the Card Family

Our 1st Officer Spotlight featuring:  K9 Officer KrieteK9 Officer Kriete started his Law Enforcement career with the U.S...
02/16/2022

Our 1st Officer Spotlight featuring: K9 Officer Kriete

K9 Officer Kriete started his Law Enforcement career with the U.S. Coast Guard, working as a boarding team member with the Maritime Law Enforcement Unit. He also worked for Rutherford EMS. In 2005, K9 Officer Kriete was hired by the New Jersey State Park Police and graduated from the Morris County Police and Fire Academy.

K9 Officer Kriete is assigned to the K9 unit with a Dual-Purpose Police Canine. Upon assignment to the Canine Unit, he was partnered with K9 Zico from 2014 until 2021 when K9 Zico retired. From 2021 to present, he is partnered with K9 Ranger. K9 Officer Kriete is a certified scent and patrol canine trainer and is also part of the New Jersey Detect and Render Safe Task Force. K9 Officer Kriete is in charge of the maintenance and deployment of all New Jersey State Park Police marine vessels as well.

In K9 Officer Kriete’s spare time he assists with recreational sports and enjoys fishing and boating. His favorite part of being a New Jersey State Park Police Officer is working with the K9 unit and training.

RIP Ocean County Sheriff’s Officer Brian Stockhoff
02/15/2022

RIP Ocean County Sheriff’s Officer Brian Stockhoff

Our condolences to the family and friends of Ocean County Sheriff's Officer Brian Stockhoff, who passed away suddenly early this morning. Officer Stockhoff, with "Mounted 1" was an ambassador for the Sheriff's Department and a fixture at parades, County parks, and large events throughout the area. The Mounted Unit was also trained for back woods search and rescue to find lost or injured hikers at parks like Double Trouble. We mourn with his brothers and sisters in the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office.

NJ Spotlight News feature on Officer Stockhoff and the Mounted Unit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDq3aXbsfOM

Happy Valentine’s Day from our own K9 Ringo!  Ringo is always up for a photogenic holiday greeting! Future departmental ...
02/14/2022

Happy Valentine’s Day from our own K9 Ringo! Ringo is always up for a photogenic holiday greeting! Future departmental charity fundraiser?? 🐾🚔💙

Jumping on the bandwagon and using this picture to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day. Whether you spent a unique 60 d...
02/14/2022

Jumping on the bandwagon and using this picture to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day. Whether you spent a unique 60 degree day on a hiking trail with your significant other this weekend or are bundling up to celebrate today; we wish you and yours a great one!

Here are some photos from a recent weekend rescue of an injured hiker on the Stony Brook Trail near the A.T. and Stokes ...
02/08/2022

Here are some photos from a recent weekend rescue of an injured hiker on the Stony Brook Trail near the A.T. and Stokes State Forest. NJSPP officers often work joint search and rescue operations with local first responders and volunteer SAR teams.

Teams involved in this rescue include:

NJ State Park Police, Sandyston Fire Department, Frankford Fire, Blue Ridge Rescue, and Stokes State Forest Maintenance staff.

On Wednesday, February 2nd, the donations from the first annual New Jersey State Park Police Coat Drive were delivered t...
02/03/2022

On Wednesday, February 2nd, the donations from the first annual New Jersey State Park Police Coat Drive were delivered to the Department of Veterans Affairs for homeless veterans. 100 winter coats were donated to help keep NJ’s homeless veterans warm this winter.

Thank you to everyone who used one of our drop off locations to make a donation!

(Pictured below is NJSPP K9 Officer Mott at the VA.)

🚫 ATVs PROHIBITED 🚫Hopatcong State ParkWaterloo Village Historic Site (Waterloo Valley Road)Stephens State Park/Allamuch...
02/02/2022

🚫 ATVs PROHIBITED 🚫

Hopatcong State Park
Waterloo Village Historic Site (Waterloo Valley Road)
Stephens State Park/Allamuchy Mt. State Park

Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:2-3.4(d), recreational use of ATVs is not permitted on lands administered by the NJ State Park Service.

Thank you for your help in protecting New Jersey’s natural and historic resources.

🔗 Read the State Park Service’s administrative code: https://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/rules/njac7_2.pdf#page=36

#NJStatePark

Our agency would like to welcome Police Officer Justine Matulewicz  to our agency. P.O. Matulewicz was recently sworn in...
02/02/2022

Our agency would like to welcome Police Officer Justine Matulewicz to our agency. P.O. Matulewicz was recently sworn in and has already begun her field training. She is an alternate route graduate of the Passaic County Police Academy. We wish her a safe and successful career policing New Jersey's State Parks, Forests, and Historic Sites.

We would like to congratulate Police Officer Matthew Costelow on his recent graduation from the Mercer County Police Aca...
01/31/2022

We would like to congratulate Police Officer Matthew Costelow on his recent graduation from the Mercer County Police Academy! We welcome him to our agency as he begins his Field Training. Best of luck on a safe and prosperous career!

Here’s a quick look at a typical fresh snowy day up at High Point State Park. (Thanks Officer Viggiano for the photos).
01/31/2022

Here’s a quick look at a typical fresh snowy day up at High Point State Park. (Thanks Officer Viggiano for the photos).

01/29/2022

Winter Weather Advisory: New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

In preparation for the impending winter storm, gates at state parks and forests will begin closing at 4 p.m. today, January 28.

It is expected that many state parks, forests and historic sites will remain closed for the majority of Saturday, January 29, while maintenance crews are conducting snow removal activities. Park reopening updates will be posted on our page.

Additionally, camping at the following state parks is closed for the duration of the storm: Bass River State Forest, Belleplain State Forest, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Parvin State Park & Wharton State Forest.

#NJStateParks

New Jersey government has declared a State of Emergency ahead of tonight’s blizzard. Please follow your local State Park...
01/28/2022

New Jersey government has declared a State of Emergency ahead of tonight’s blizzard.

Please follow your local State Park on social media or the web before you venture out tomorrow.

If your local State Park is closed, please respect signage and maintenance/State Park Police directions. Parks will reopen when it is safe and clear to do so.

Stay Safe!

NJSPP was present to honor NYPD Det. Jason Rivera today at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan. Together with a...
01/28/2022

NJSPP was present to honor NYPD Det. Jason Rivera today at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan. Together with a sea of tens of thousands of brother/sister law enforcement officers, we stood tall to mourn a passionate young police officer taken far too young.

R.I.P. Det. Jason Rivera.

The NJ State Park Police stands in solidarity with our brother and sister officers of the New York City Police Departmen...
01/27/2022

The NJ State Park Police stands in solidarity with our brother and sister officers of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). This year has been a rough one at best.

We recently learned that P.O. Jason Rivera married his wife, Dominique, at our own Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ this past October.

We thank both officers for their service and sacrifice and know that they will NEVER be forgotten!

“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived” -Etched on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, DC.

NJSPP officers in the North and Central districts responded to two seperate incidents over the weekend involving deer st...
01/23/2022

NJSPP officers in the North and Central districts responded to two seperate incidents over the weekend involving deer stuck on ice. Officers at Round Valley Recreation Area joined local volunteers to rescue a deer off of the reservoir.

Officers at Monksville Reservoir (Ringwood State Park) were joined by volunteer first responders to bring a deer to safety in their park.

Great work to all personnel involved in both incidents on a safe resolution!

Officers Pittore (left) and Conte (right) participated in a joint Ice Rescue training for first responders on Lake Hopat...
01/20/2022

Officers Pittore (left) and Conte (right) participated in a joint Ice Rescue training for first responders on Lake Hopatcong today. Coordinated by New Jersey State Police, they learned how to use ice rescue protective equipment as well as tools used in an emergency. They demonstrated their knowledge of these tools and techniques with hands on scenarios in a simulated ice rescue. Many state parks in New Jersey have bodies of water that freeze in the winter. These officers are now prepared to assist our local first responders in case of an ice rescue emergency. Great work officers.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2nd annual Christmas Tree Recycling Project at Island Beach State Park!  T...
01/08/2022

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2nd annual Christmas Tree Recycling Project at Island Beach State Park!
The recycled Christmas Trees help trap loose sand which rebuilds dunes that are damaged from seasonal storms and regular erosion.
We would especially like to thank all of the volunteers who donated their time and hard work today, as well as Officer Winter, Officer Digiantomasso, and Officer O'Neill!

NJ State Park Police Officers worked in various roles over the weekend in support of the Army Navy Football game at MetL...
12/14/2021

NJ State Park Police Officers worked in various roles over the weekend in support of the Army Navy Football game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Our explosive detection K9 handlers supported the mission at the stadium and various off site locations in explosive detection and protection details.

Our Liberty State Park officers were involved in months of planning and executing the safe and secure evening at the Army Navy Gala on Ellis Island.

It was a great weekend of working together with our law enforcement partners at the local, county, state, federal, and military levels. Congratulations to Navy on their victory!

Please join us in welcoming Police Officer Skyler Conte who recently joined our ranks. P.O. Conte graduated from the Mor...
11/27/2021

Please join us in welcoming Police Officer Skyler Conte who recently joined our ranks. P.O. Conte graduated from the Morris County Police Academy and will begin his field training this week. In the academy, he was the recipient of the 200 Club Award for his “Outstanding efforts and attitude”. We wish him all the best in his career here. Stay safe.

11/22/2021
11/22/2021
Congratulations to Officers Todaro and Wentzell on their Life Saving Awards presented by the NJ State PBA this weekend i...
11/22/2021

Congratulations to Officers Todaro and Wentzell on their Life Saving Awards presented by the NJ State PBA this weekend in Atlantic City!

11/11/2021
11/01/2021

***MCPO made the below update as this subject has been located deceased. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones***

Attention visitors and residents local to Allaire State Park. Please be on the lookout for 17 year old Shawn Erm. Shawn is missing from the area of the Wall Twp/ Howell Twp border in Monmouth County.

This past weekend NJSPP participated in two Trunk or Treat events in Wawayanda State Park and Wharton State Forest!  Off...
10/25/2021

This past weekend NJSPP participated in two Trunk or Treat events in Wawayanda State Park and Wharton State Forest! Officers had the opportunity to hand out candy to hundreds of visitors at both parks! We love to work with our surrounding communities! A huge thank you to everyone that came out this weekend and for all the work the Officers put in to make these events a success!

Congratulations to Detective Steve Franzone for receiving the September Officer of the Month!State Park Police responded...
10/14/2021

Congratulations to Detective Steve Franzone for receiving the September Officer of the Month!

State Park Police responded to the Sussex Branch trail parking area on a report of a motor vehicle break in. Detective Steve Franzone, guided by past incidents, went to the Walmart in Ledgewood and spotted a vehicle identified in past burglaries with two occupants inside. He conducted a motor vehicle stop and both occupants, Mr. Andy Fernandez-Baez and Ms. Estefoni Cabada-Paulino, were charged accordingly in numerous motor vehicle burglaries by several police departments.

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Can someone please share the heroic efforts of a Liberty State Park Police Officer who jumped into the Hudson River, risking his own life, to save the life of someone in distress this week? We need to hear some good news about the unsung heroes in this wonderful department. Thank you and stay safe.
WARNING! AGGRESSIVE GROUND BEES IN HACKELBARNEY STATE PARK! Next to a big tree by the big waterfall! Stung 18 times!
THANK YOU!!! ... to NJ State Park Police and NJ State Police who did a great job in a joint effort to find an autistic child who was lost this evening.
This post is in regards to the upsetting problem at Morris Canal Park of individuals failing to keep their pets on a leash. As noted on The Department of Environmental Protection's website: The failure of owners to keep their pets on a leash has been an issue for quite some time and has gradually become worse. Many owners believe that Morris Canal Park, (despite it being a historical park and a sign at the entrance reflecting such), is a dog park and therefore owners gather with others to allow their pets off of the leash to run around, paddle in the canal and disturb other owners and their pets. There have been numerous occasions where my husband and I, while walking our pet, have had to remind others to put their pet on a leash, which usually is not happily accepted by those failing to abide by the rules. As I previously noted above, this issue has gradually become worse, where we are now concerned about our safety, as well as the safety of our dog. Unfortunately, due to the current state of the uncertainly with COVID-19, many individuals are “on-edge,” and do not respond to requests to leash their pet or pick up after their pet. We, as well as others in this community, should not have to be concerned about our safety, when simply abiding by the laws ourselves and requesting that others simply do the same. It is quite upsetting that the rule of ensuring one's pet is properly leashed at all times while in the park is not being abided by nor enforced. Our hope is that folks can abide by the rules or the park can be overseen and the rules can be enforced so we no longer have the be concerned about the safety of us or our dog. Thank you.
Dear Park Police Officers, Thank You, for doing random checks, especially during the shut down. There are many homes in certain areas of the State forestry. My neighbor was burning brush at first, uncontained, with gasoline. Later, they used an oil can. This past Sunday, an officer was doing a random patrol and stopped to tell them not to burn. Although, last nigjt, my neighbor confronted me, they are accusing me, that I called to report them, i am glad that your dispatcher was able to confirm there was no calls made by me and nothing on record for them. Again, it was just a random check in our area! I do have a question, from Clove Road, Montague-and any roads like Steenykill, Reinhardt, Oak Ridge Road, New Road and much of the area going south, On the map, it shows that we are part of Stokes/High Point State park. Is this true? Are the homes jointly regulated by State Park Police, not just State Police barracks in Augusta? (Obvious, since the Park police patrol, but my neighbor said he was once a park ranger/park police officer...he said we are not) I was told by the town, YES, we are on State Park Property. Could you kindly, Please confirm, Thank You, so much, in advance! (isnt it also illegal to impersonate a police officer, whether past or present? By the way, if he was a Park Police Officer, past or present, he should have known to have a burn permit!)
Congrats K9 Ofc. George Hendrickson, and welcome to the NJSPP K9 family. Keep your chin down and stay focused, always trust your dog, and know your partner has always got your 6🐕👿😈💪-
Special thanks to Officer Farnkopf for taking time to take a family pic for us and saying hello to our lil Jules !!!
Thanks to Officer Karl Mott and Officer Kelly work a wonderful presentation for the Shetland Sheepdog Club of NJ.
🐶Jules loved meeting Officer Farnkopf today at the May Spring Festival & Pet Expo... Thank you for your services Officer Farnkopf.🏖
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NJ PFRS retired members please do not forget to vote for the retiree trustee. The election ends on January 7, 2019. I am asking for your support. Attached is my bio. Michael Cleary is a retired Jersey City Fire Captain. He retired in December 2016 after 28 years of service for the residents of Jersey City. During his career, he earned several meritorious awards. While he was working as a firefighter, Michael continued going to college. He earned degrees in Accounting and Fire Science. In 2008, he finally became a Certified Public Accountant. In 2012, Michael was appointed to the New Jersey State Investment Council as the AFL-CIO representative. The State Investment Council formulates policies governing the $77 billion dollar pension funds of New Jersey. Throughout his career, Michael belonged to IAFF Local 1066, IAFF Local 1064 and FMBA Local 1. In retirement, he belongs to PFANJ Alumni Association as well as the New Jersey State CPA Society. During his time as a firefighter, Michael served as a shop steward and executive board member of IAFF Local 1066. Currently, Michael is the treasurer of the Jersey City Firemen’s Relief Association overseeing assets of $4.5 million dollars. With the forthcoming changes to the PFRS starting in 2019, Michael feels that more than ever, transparency in the funds management, along with timely and accurate information for the membership is not only vital, but the right way to conduct affairs. His education and experience will be an asset for all the retired and active members of the PFRS. Since being added to the State Investment Council, the value of the pension system has grown from $70 billion dollars in 2012 to $77 billion dollars as of June 30, 2018.