State police expect to add 500 troopers by November 2014, lawmakers told

TRENTON – The New Jersey State Police expects to add nearly 500 new troopers to its ranks by November 2014, Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said Monday.

The head of the Department of Law and Public Safety said during testimony before the Senate Budget Committee that four new state police classes – including the 152nd, which begins today – will add hundreds of more officers to the agency’s ranks.

“Between this year’s two classes and the two for next year supported by our proposed budget, we expect to add nearly 500 new troopers,” he said.

The governor’s proposed budget for the agency amounts to a more than $6 million decrease over fiscal year 2013’s adjusted appropriation.

The New Jersey State Police also expects to purchase 250 new police vehicles, Chiesa said.

“As you know, our state police vehicles are put to rigorous use – often at emergency-response speeds,” he said. “We can ill-afford to have them failing mechanically or operating at less than peak performance while our troopers are out there responding to 911 calls, apprehending criminals and keeping motorists safe.”