The early years of the decade again found the State Police summoned
to civil disturbances in the cities of Asbury Park and Trenton.
In July 1970, the 82nd Class would be the last State Police Class
to graduate from the Academy in West Trenton. Subsequent classes
would be conducted at the State Police Academy in Sea Girt.
The Division of State Police marked their 50th Anniversary in 1971.
On May 1, of that year, the new State Police Academy Building at
Sea Girt was dedicated in honor of our first Superintendent, Colonel
H. Norman Schwarzkopf, and on June 12, a monument, honoring the
44 Troopers who have died in the line of duty, was dedicated by
the Association of Former New Jersey State Troopers.
From January through October 1975, Colonel Eugene A. Olaff served
as the eighth Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
During this period of time, Colonel Olaff recognized the importance
of many of the initiatives implemented by his predecessor. With
that thought in mind, he felt the time was right to establish the
Corruption Control Unit within the Organized Crime Task Force Bureau.
The Corruption Unit was comprised of state police personnel, investigative
accountants, and attorneys from the Division of Criminal Justice
who collaborated on corruption investigations.
As the 1970's progressed, our nation was preparing to celebrate
its 200th Anniversary. As a result, the State Police formed the
Bicentennial Planning and Coordinating Unit.
This unit was charged with coordinating the efforts of approximately
one hundred law enforcement agencies for the control of crowds and
traffic at the bicentennial events and historic sites throughout
In 1975, the traditional black and white troop cars would enter
the history books with the boots and breeches and motorcycles. An
all white patrol car would emerge as the principle troop vehicle.
The first compliment of all white Plymouths had no other markings
than the triangle on the door and the words State
Police on the trunk. After realizing how plain looking the
cars were, chevrons were added to all car doors and the decal State
Police added to the right front fender. In 1978, this decal
was replaced by State Trooper.
On October 24, 1975, Colonel Clinton L. Pagano was sworn into office
as the ninth Superintendent of the State Police.
The demands on the State Police were increasing tremendously at
this time. The need for specialized police services dictated a need
for an organizational structure change to effectively administer
the new responsibilities. Allocation of work was parceled to eight
Sections instead of three to meet with these demands.
So many areas in the modern, crime prevention effort were initiated
during this period. Arson investigation, fugitive tracking, and
major crime investigation were only some of the functions that became
specialized tasks, while basic and extended training for Troopers
and municipal police officers increased progressively at the State
Police Academy in Sea Girt.
The Staff organization within Division had grown in concert with
the growth and expansion of the State Police mission. Intelligence
gathering procedures were expanded and analytical unit was established
within the Division.
Sophisticated intelligence systems were instituted that have been
recognized by several government commissions including the International
Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
In 1976, the oldest tradition still remaining in our road operations
would enter the history books. Troopers would no longer live in
the barracks, as they had since 1921. The pass list
was replaced by the 8 hour day. During this same year, the Division
assumed the responsibility of providing police services to the state
owned Meadowlands Complex.
In December 1977, Colonel Pagano authorized the signing of a formal
contract with Seton Hall to further professionalize policing. State
Police recruits are awarded twenty-nine credit hours which are approved
by Seton Hall and conform with the Middle Atlantic States Association
In 1978, the State Police, in cooperation with the College of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey, expanded the services of the Helicopter
Patrol Bureau to provide the states first organized Air Rescue
Medical Evacuation Program (MED-EVAC).
The new service was designed to expedite the transportation of persons
who had sustained life threatening injuries thereby increasing the
ability of local and state agencies to provide for the public safety.
The State Governmental Security Bureau was also expanded in 1978
to include all persons performing security functions within the
State House Complex. The Bureau consists of Troopers, Capitol Police
and Security Guards who are responsible for traffic control, investigation
of crime and patrolling the grounds and buildings within the Complex.
The Bureau also provides security for the Governor and other dignitaries.
In 1979, the Highway Patrol Bureau of the Division of Motor Vehicles
was transferred to the State Police and made part of the Field Operations
Section. Also, the Office of State Fire Marshal within the Department
of the Treasury was transferred to the State Police. In addition,
enforcement responsibilities of the Division of Alcohol Beverage
Control would now be under the direction of the State Police.
During the same year, the CD-DC function was transferred from the
Department of Defense and incorporated in the State Police as part
of the Emergency Management Section. The Office of CD-DC was reorganized
and designed to promote coordination and eliminate the duplication
of emergency relief efforts throughout the State.
With the advent of casino gaming in Atlantic City in 1979, the Division
was called upon to play a major role to ensure compliance and enforcement
of state statutes under the Casino Control Act. More than one hundred
Troopers act as the law enforcement arm for the Division of Gaming
Enforcement and the Casino Control Commission.