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

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of retired canine Dickson. Retired Sgt. Melissa Brown lost not jus...
09/17/2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of retired canine Dickson. Retired Sgt. Melissa Brown lost not just a companion but also her partner. We appreciate everything she and canine Dickson did for the department and the State of NJ.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of retired canine Dickson. Retired Sgt. Melissa Brown lost not just a companion but also her partner. We appreciate everything she and canine Dickson did for the department and the State of NJ.

09/06/2021

The D&R Canal State Park has sustained considerable damage due to the recent tropical storm.

For safety reasons, most of the park (including the towpath trail, boat launches, offices, historic canal houses, etc.) is CLOSED at this time.

For your safety and convenience, please avoid the park until further assessments can be made.

ALSO CLOSED: Canal bridges over Alexauken Creek in Lambertville and over the Wichecheoke Creek in Stockton.

OPEN: Bulls Island Day Use Area - picnic area and playground

OPEN: D&R Canal Towpath Trail between Bridge Street in Lambertville and Trenton.

Evaluation is ongoing. As sections become accessible and safe, updates will be posted on our page.

Please obey all signs and barricades indicating closure to the public. These areas are NOT SAFE and are closed to public...
09/04/2021

Please obey all signs and barricades indicating closure to the public. These areas are NOT SAFE and are closed to public use for a good reason. Officers have been patrolling these areas and have had to respond and prevent people from going under and moving barricades.

09/03/2021

Many state parks, forests and historic sites in northern and central New Jersey are closed today, September 2, due to flooding and other storm impacts.

Please call your local state park office before visiting today to ensure the park is open. Office phone numbers can be found on our website: http://njparksandforests.org.

Parks in southern New Jersey, including Island Beach State Park, are open and operational.

#NJStateParks

Timeline Photos
09/02/2021

Timeline Photos

Today marks the official retirement date for NJSPP Canine Zico. Ofc. Ken Kriete and Zico have been a hard working, dedic...
08/31/2021

Today marks the official retirement date for NJSPP Canine Zico. Ofc. Ken Kriete and Zico have been a hard working, dedicated team to the NJ State Park Police and to the State of NJ. Thank you Zico and we hope you have a long and happy retirement! Here is a career bio for Zico from Ofc. Kriete:

K9 Zico came from Czechoslovakia in 2013 at 15 months old as a grant canine for the NJ Detect and Render Safe Task Force (DRS), sponsored by U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. He graduated from NJ State Police K9 Academy for Explosives in 2014 and Union County Patrol Class with K9 Cabo and K9 Kelly in 2016. Zico served as a major partner for the DRS program working Miss America, Pope visits, Presidential visits, 9/11 Memorials, law enforcement ceremonies and details, court sweeps, and so on. Upon graduation from the academies, 3 weeks later, Zico assisted Jersey City with a shooting incident where he indicated on a garbage can containing a black hoodie which was used to identify a shooter through DNA and match the firearm used. Since this Zico would be requested and helped locate several other fi****ms dropped/tossed and spent shell casings. He is accredited with five criminal surrenders, multiple criminal track finds, multiple lost and suicidal tracks, and countless article searches for items lost by park patrons to items attached to criminal cases, one find was a Rolex watch worth $15,000. He has worked five presidential details two of which he worked on the protection detail. He worked every large scale planned event within New Jersey, two with New York, and one with Pennsylvania. K9 Zico has worked in almost every county in NJ with countless call outs and requests from hundreds of Police, Sheriff, and Federal Agencies. His call out record stems from a home invasion in Mullica Twp by Wharton S.F. to assisting NJSP on a bail out on NJ Turnpike for a cache of guns at 0245hrs, to Sussex for a track and locating a suicidal male, assisting in locating two murder suspects with K9 Ringo, to locating and verifying an explosive device on Rt 80W at the Delaware River Bridge. He has served sick and injured without a single complaint but now with failing health it is time for him to pass the torch on to the newer and younger canines.

Yesterday, NJSPP K9 Handlers Sgt. Beard, Officer Kriete, Officer Mott, and Officer Hendrickson traveled to Rutherford, N...
08/17/2021

Yesterday, NJSPP K9 Handlers Sgt. Beard, Officer Kriete, Officer Mott, and Officer Hendrickson traveled to Rutherford, NJ. Our agencies participated in a special es**rt of a donation by Love Holds Life Children's Cancer Foundation to Mahogany Venson. Along with our colleagues from the New Jersey State Police and Rutherford Police Department, officers met with family and friends in the community in support of Mahogany and her strength to battle her disease. We wish you all the best, Mahogany!

On Wednesday August 11th, NJ State Park Police participated in the Italian American Police Society of NJ cookie distribu...
08/14/2021

On Wednesday August 11th, NJ State Park Police participated in the Italian American Police Society of NJ cookie distribution to Camden Promise Charter School. 125 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and juice boxes were delivered to the summer program. We had a great time also delivering smiles to all the kids! A special thank you to Det. Sbarra on coordinating NJSPP participation!

NJSPP Liberty State Park officers spent their weekend coordinating a growing event for the GI-GO Fund and the United Sta...
08/09/2021

NJSPP Liberty State Park officers spent their weekend coordinating a growing event for the GI-GO Fund and the United States Navy. The Navy SEAL Hudson River Swim & Run. LSP hosted dozens of Navy SEALS as well as the US NAVY Leap Frogs Parachute Team. Our officers coordinated the safe arrival, perimeter security, and departure of the event and it’s guests. The event was a success and we hope all attendees enjoyed their weekend in the park. Thank you to our mutual aid partners at the New Jersey State Police and the Jersey City Police Department as well as McCabe Ambulance Service.

This past weekend State Park Police and NJ State Police teamed up for boat patrols on Lake Hopatcong! Saturday and Sunda...
08/09/2021

This past weekend State Park Police and NJ State Police teamed up for boat patrols on Lake Hopatcong! Saturday and Sunday we conducted joint patrols to ensure all the residents and visitors enjoy beautiful Lake Hopatcong in a safe, responsible way! Great teamwork everyone!

Officer of the Month for July is Officer Charlie Sbarra!At approximately 0600 hours, while on patrol in Wharton State Fo...
08/05/2021

Officer of the Month for July is Officer Charlie Sbarra!

At approximately 0600 hours, while on patrol in Wharton State Forest, Ofc. Sbarra discovered a motor vehicle accident with very serious injuries to the driver on Rt. 542 near the entrance to Batsto in Washington Twp. Ofc. Sbarra was able to provide critical and immediate medical assistance to the injured driver. NJ State Police responded to the scene and due to the severity of the driver's injuries, the driver was flown via medivac to Atlantic Care in Atlantic City.

Due to Ofc. Sbarra’s quick response, he undoubtedly helped the driver receive immediate, urgent medical care. Thank you and congratulations Ofc. Sbarra!

Officer of the Month for July is Officer Charlie Sbarra!

At approximately 0600 hours, while on patrol in Wharton State Forest, Ofc. Sbarra discovered a motor vehicle accident with very serious injuries to the driver on Rt. 542 near the entrance to Batsto in Washington Twp. Ofc. Sbarra was able to provide critical and immediate medical assistance to the injured driver. NJ State Police responded to the scene and due to the severity of the driver's injuries, the driver was flown via medivac to Atlantic Care in Atlantic City.

Due to Ofc. Sbarra’s quick response, he undoubtedly helped the driver receive immediate, urgent medical care. Thank you and congratulations Ofc. Sbarra!

NJ State Park Police had a great time at 3 National Night Out locations yesterday! We would like to thank everyone in Lu...
08/04/2021

NJ State Park Police had a great time at 3 National Night Out locations yesterday! We would like to thank everyone in Lumberton, Brigantine, and Ewing for hosting these wonderful events and appreciate everyone that came out to see us! Already looking forward to next year!

Photos from NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's post
07/14/2021

Photos from NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's post

Officer Mott and K9 Kelly attended the Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs fishing tournament at Leonardo State Marina!  The ...
06/07/2021

Officer Mott and K9 Kelly attended the Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs fishing tournament at Leonardo State Marina! The day was a great success, even without any big catches! Thank you Officer Mott and Kelly!!

You never know what you'll find while on patrol in NJ State Parks! Ofc. Hoover takes the win for an awesome find!
06/02/2021

You never know what you'll find while on patrol in NJ State Parks! Ofc. Hoover takes the win for an awesome find!

Detective Franzone and Detective Correa have been working numerous motor vehicle burglaries that included stolen credit ...
06/02/2021

Detective Franzone and Detective Correa have been working numerous motor vehicle burglaries that included stolen credit cards. Video was obtained of a subject wearing a mask while using the stolen credit cards. Still pictures were put out on TRAX APBnet. A subject was eventually identified and taken into custody who matched our suspect. His ID was confirmed through tattoos on his neck. The Detectives went back through all unresolved motor vehicle burglaries, and the suspect was eventually charged by both Detectives clearing 11 State Park Police cases.

Detective Franzone and Detective Correa have been awarded Officer of the Month for May for their great investigative work. Congratulations to them both!

These cases prompt an important reminder to park visitors, PARK SMART!

Detective Franzone and Detective Correa have been working numerous motor vehicle burglaries that included stolen credit cards. Video was obtained of a subject wearing a mask while using the stolen credit cards. Still pictures were put out on TRAX APBnet. A subject was eventually identified and taken into custody who matched our suspect. His ID was confirmed through tattoos on his neck. The Detectives went back through all unresolved motor vehicle burglaries, and the suspect was eventually charged by both Detectives clearing 11 State Park Police cases.

Detective Franzone and Detective Correa have been awarded Officer of the Month for May for their great investigative work. Congratulations to them both!

These cases prompt an important reminder to park visitors, PARK SMART!

National Safe Boating Week, May 22-28, the official launch of the 2021 Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign pro...
05/25/2021
Safe Boating Campaign

National Safe Boating Week, May 22-28, the official launch of the 2021 Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign promotes the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2019, and that 86 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

New life jackets are much more comfortable, lightweight and stylish than the bulky orange style most boaters know. There are innovative options, such as inflatable life jackets, allowing mobility and flexibility for activities like boating, fishing, paddling or hunting, and are much cooler in the warmer weather.

For more information, please visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com

Reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the U.S. Coast Guard.

05/24/2021
05/20/2021

PARK ADVISORY: Corson’s Inlet State Park

State parks with oceanfront beaches are some of the most popular in New Jersey’s state park system. Before summer kicks into full gear, the State Park Service would like to remind you of some of Corson’s Inlet State Park’s management strategies. Following these will ensure that you, and others around you, enjoy your visit!

Thank YOU for your part in taking care of Corson’s Inlet State Park and the Strathmere Natural Area. Your cooperation is much appreciated by the area’s wildlife and by other visitors.

KEEP IT CLEAN AND GREEN♻️
Protect plants and animals and care for Corson’s Inlet State Park by taking your trash with you. Whatever you carry into the park, plan on carrying it out too. It’s like crowdsourcing trash management! Bring a bag or two for trash, recycling and cleaning up after your pet. There are no trash receptacles in this park.

NO ALCOHOL / NO SMOKING 🚭
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in state parks, forests, recreation areas, golf courses, marinas, natural areas, historic sites, and preserves. [ N.J.A.C. 7:2-2.6 ]

State law prohibits smoking and use of electronic smoking (va**ng) devices in all state parks, forests, historic sites, recreation areas, golf courses and marinas. [N.J.P.L.2005, c.383 (C.26:3D-56)]

NO LANDING OF BOATS 🚫⛵
While Corson’s Inlet State Park provides a boat launch and is an excellent access point to the Atlantic Ocean, boats may not land along the shoreline in either Corson’s Inlet State Park in Ocean City or the Strathmere Natural Area in Strathmere. Launch and land at the boat launch only, please.

🔗To learn more about Corson’s Inlet State Park and its permitted activities visit: https://www.njparksandforests.org/parks/corsons.html

#NJStateParks

Attention all week and weekend campers. Please follow daily instructions from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service regardi...
05/19/2021

Attention all week and weekend campers. Please follow daily instructions from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service regarding use of campfires.

UPDATE - May 24 - Cape May County is now also included in Stage 3 fire restrictions.

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has implemented stage 3 fire restrictions for our Division B & C coverage areas beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 19.

Stage 3 Fire Restrictions:
🚫🔥All fires in wooded areas will be prohibited unless contained in an elevated stove using only propane, natural gas, gas, or electricity.
🚫🔥No charcoal fires are allowed.
🚫🔥No agricultural burning.

Division B is - Burlington County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County (south of the Raritan River), Mercer County except Hopewell Township

Division C is - Atlantic County, Cape May County, Camden County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County, Salem County

🔗 Current New Jersey Fire Danger: https://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/fire/infotools/conditions-restrictions.html

#NJFFS #NJForestFireService

Thank you to the hard working men and women of the NJ Forest Fire Service!
05/18/2021

Thank you to the hard working men and women of the NJ Forest Fire Service!

Island Beach State Park will be hosting the 30th Annual NJ Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament on May 23, 2021.  Visit th...
05/11/2021

Island Beach State Park will be hosting the 30th Annual NJ Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament on May 23, 2021. Visit the Park or visit www.NJFishandWildlife.com to register, or find more information.
(Pictured below K-9 Ringo)

Island Beach State Park will be hosting the 30th Annual NJ Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament on May 23, 2021. Visit the Park or visit www.NJFishandWildlife.com to register, or find more information.
(Pictured below K-9 Ringo)

The Officer of the Month recognition for April is proudly given to Officer Richard Maxie for his outstanding efforts in ...
05/07/2021

The Officer of the Month recognition for April is proudly given to Officer Richard Maxie for his outstanding efforts in the Community Policing Specialist role for District 1. Since taking this extra role on, Ofc. Maxie has excelled in his ability to connect with and contribute to communities surrounding State Parks. He has taken over the annual District 1 Toy Drive and created new initiatives such as the Trunk or Treat event and the clean-up event Every Litter Bit Helps. Ofc. Maxie also participates in events held locally, hosted by other police departments or community organizations. Congratulations Ofc. Maxie!

The Officer of the Month recognition for April is proudly given to Officer Richard Maxie for his outstanding efforts in the Community Policing Specialist role for District 1. Since taking this extra role on, Ofc. Maxie has excelled in his ability to connect with and contribute to communities surrounding State Parks. He has taken over the annual District 1 Toy Drive and created new initiatives such as the Trunk or Treat event and the clean-up event Every Litter Bit Helps. Ofc. Maxie also participates in events held locally, hosted by other police departments or community organizations. Congratulations Ofc. Maxie!

Officer Mott and K-9 Kelly conducted a demonstration for the Cub Scout Pack #51 during their camp out at Allaire State P...
05/06/2021

Officer Mott and K-9 Kelly conducted a demonstration for the Cub Scout Pack #51 during their camp out at Allaire State Park! Please see the letter below and photos. Great Job Officer Mott and K-9 Kelly!

Lt McCauley and Officer Mott and K9 Kelly,
As Cub Scout leaders we are constantly trying to instill in our Scouts them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. We are very fortunate to have people such as you that we feel exemplify these values. We cannot thank you enough for taking the time out of your busy schedule to spend some time with our Scouts. It was truly a highlight of our Spring Campout. Officer Mott and K9 Kelly's demonstration fascinated the Scouts and the way you held their attention made some of our leaders jealous. We especially liked how you spoke with them and not to them. Many of our parents also spoke of how impressed they were with the demonstration.

Thank you again for all you do for our Community, and for what you did for Our Pack

Patrick Maguire - Cubmaster
Michele Kenahan - Committee Chair
Cub Scout Pack 51, Long Beach, NY

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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.