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Major Brian McPherson - Commanding Officer

The Special Operations Section ...

The following Bureaus make up Special Operations Section:

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Marine Services Bureau

The New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau (MSB) is the primary provider of full-time law enforcement services for more than 200,000 registered vessels on all of New Jersey waterways and contiguous land areas. The mission of the MSB is to protect and serve our citizens, every aspect of the marine environment, preserve natural resources, enforce the laws of this State, and provide a preventive measure of Homeland Security that is second to none.

The Marine Services Bureau is comprised of five main stations and four sub-stations. These facilities are strategically located throughout the State to address recreational boating issues, fish & game laws, search & rescue, criminal matters, and Homeland Security.

The stations are:

  • Atlantic City
  • Bivalve
  • Burlington
  • Lake Hopatcong
  • Monmouth County
  • Newark Bay
  • North Wildwood
  • Ocean (Waretown)
  • Point Pleasant

The waters of this State include:

  • 1,960 square miles of coastline, fresh water lakes and rivers,
  • 127 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline,
  • 1,750 miles of interior tidal shoreline,
  • 100 inland bays, creeks, coves, and rivers, and
  • over 800 lakes and ponds totaling over 700 square miles of surface area.

Supplemental to standard State Police Training all of the troopers assigned to the Marine Services Bureau patrol function attend a four week marine law enforcement school and then must demonstrate their proficiency through the successful completion of the "Vessel Operator Certification Program." In order to maintain a high level of proficiency, the certification process must be re-validated annually.

Separate from and supplemental to internal certifications, approximately one third of the personnel assigned to the Marine Services Bureau are United States Coast Guard Licensed Captains with licenses that contain both tonnage and commercial towing endorsements.

Marine Services Bureau training also includes water survival, ocean rescue, and ice rescue.

Patrol vessels vary widely from 13' to 50' in length, single outboard to twin diesel inboards producing in excess of 1,000 horsepower, fiberglass to aluminum, and from open to fully enclosed weather tight cabins with long-range capabilities.

The equipment onboard the vessels includes basic marine safety equipment, VHF radios, police radios, high tech thermal imaging equipment, side-scan sonar, depth finders, and radar interfaced navigation equipment.

As a preventive measure intended to increase boating safety and reduce waterway user conflict, during the winter months a contingent of troopers are assigned to various schools throughout the State to teach boating safety to students.

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Transportation Safety Bureau

The Transportation Safety Bureau acts as the executive liaison to the Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles, Division of Highway Traffic Safety and the Federal Highway Administration. The Bureau provides technical assistance, including but not limited to accident investigation of commercial motor vehicles, to state and municipal police departments, prosecutor's offices, general public and other government agencies.

The Bureau consists of 5 units:

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Commercial Carrier Safety Inspection Unit

Commercial Carrier/Safety Inspection Unit personnel are responsible for implementation and enforcement of the federal regulations governing commercial vehicle drivers, related safety equipment, and the transportation of hazardous materials over state highways. They are also responsible for the enforcement of the commercial vehicle size and weight laws. Having adopted the Federal Motor Carrier Hazardous Materials Regulations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, the Division has assigned numerous teams of troopers, with specialized training, to conduct roadside inspections of commercial vehicles to enforce federal safety regulations.

Additional responsibilities include unannounced school bus safety inspections and commercial vehicle safety presentations to both the public and private sectors. Back | Top  


Construction Unit

The Construction Unit enforces the rules and regulations governing traffic control and safety in highway work areas. The Unit members inspect NJDOT construction sites to ensure contractors are in compliance with the traffic control plans established for their project.

The troopers assigned to the Unit receive specialized training in work-zone safety and traffic control for highway construction areas. This training is combined with their experience in motor vehicle law enforcement to create a comprehensive safety program.

The Unit members also provide work zone safety training for local police agencies and for other governmental and private organizations.

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Diesel Emissions Unit

The Diesel Emissions Unit (DEU) works in conjunction with the Motor Vehicle Commission, to conduct roadside emission testing of heavy duty diesel trucks, buses, and other diesel powered vehicles. DEU is responsible for implementation and enforcement of Federal Regulations governing commercial vehicle drivers, and related safety equipment. The DEU also is responsible for the enforcement of state statutes governing size and weight regulations.

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Hazardous Material Transportation Enforcement Unit

Hazardous Materials Transportation Enforcement Unit (HMTEU) personnel are responsible for roadside hazardous materials inspections, as well as commercial vehicle inspections. HMTEU has the primary responsibility for enforcement of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations along with the Hazardous Material Regulations also defined in Title 49. HMTEU is also responsible for an overtime joint Federal/State IRS Dyed Diesel Fuel Program.

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Motor Coach/Compliance Review Unit

Motor Coach/Compliance Review Unit personnel are responsible for roadside inspections of motor coaches, buses, as well as, commercial vehicles. The unit enforces Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations and Title 39 of the State motor vehicle code.

The MCCRU maintains the New Entrant Safety Audit program. This program is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration initiative, which involves troopers meeting with representatives from motor carriers , who have applied for a federal DOT number. The purpose is educational, in which the carrier is informed of the minimum requirements needed to operate within the guidelines of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The MCCRU conducts compliance reviews of motor carriers, which have failed to maintain an acceptable safety rating or have been involved in a serious/fatal commercial motor vehicle crash. This review involves an extensive check of a motor carrier's records, equipment and drivers. This is an enforcement program, which the FMCSA utilizes to impose fines and/or out of service orders.

Additional responsibilities include instructing motor coach inspection courses. The courses are given around the country and are mandated by the unit's funding source. The unit is also responsible to respond to and assist with post crash inspections.

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Deployment Services Bureau

The Deployment Services Bureau consists of the following units:

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Infrastructure Security Unit

The Infrastructure Security Unit provides professional and technical assistance to agencies through the development of security surveys, vulnerability assessments and Buffer Zone Protection Plans (BZPP). The Unit serves as the coordinator for providing assistance to the Office of Counter Terrorism's Critical Infrastructure Buffer Zone Protection Plan (BZPP) site survey program. They evaluate and reviews existing security plans, providing recommendations for modifications and improvements. They assist in developing comprehensive security plans for demonstrations, protests, rallies, and major political events conducted in and around state government buildings and grounds, as well as other identified critical infrastructure.

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Events Planning Unit

The Events Planning Unit coordinates operational and administrative planning for events/incidents that require assets outside of troop operations deployments. Events Planning maintains a centralized file of all plans developed for events/incidents while conducting and preparing pre-action and after-action planning reports, providing recommendations to the Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security/Superintendent for consideration and information. The Unit coordinates planning activities with the Emergency Management Section with regards to planned events and actual incidents as well as activities and details with other federal, state, and municipal agencies. The Unit serves as liaison/point of contact with the N.J. National Guard. They coordinate and maintain State Police Emergency Event Deployment (SPEED) recall rosters with the assistance of Division Section Administrative Officers. They coordinates special details as a result of any Homeland Security initiative (i.e. Target Hardening / Threat Level Orange Deployment).

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Incident Management Unit

The Incident Management Unit (IMU) serve as a member of the Incident Management Response Team (IMRT) and respond to inter-modal transportation incidents and other incidents as dictated by Special Operations and Emergency Management Section protocols. They serve as a liaison to the Incident Commander (IC). They ensure all management issues are satisfied, including, but not limited to, asset management, maintenance of operational time lines, logistical, and planning support with traffic routing. IMU is responsible for coordinating NJDOT engineering staff, along with federal, state, county, and local agencies in the development of detailed diversion plans for state and interstate highways. They work with local, county, state, and federal agencies and their leadership to promote the statewide incident initiatives. This will include attendance at monthly Traffic Officers, Emergency Management, Safety Council, Emergency Medical, Fire Services meetings to market, assist, and develop planning tools for effective incident management. Respond and support all New Jersey Search and Rescue (NJTF1) operations. The Unit also provides Incident Management Training through outreach efforts to authorities in both the public and private sectors.

Incident Management facilitates and coordinates Post Incident Response Evaluations (PIRE) which is designed to evaluate the emergency response to incidents for improved incident response and practices pertaining to transportation. They assist in the development of comprehensive operational plans for major events that support and promote the safety and well-being of all participants and attendees while working with established Traffic Incident Management Planning Teams (TIMPT) in all counties in order to develop contingency plans and other related initiatives that the supports the goal of "Keeping the Traffic Moving."

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Technical Response Bureau

Today, in advancing its overall Homeland Security mission, the NJSP has begun to implement a transformation process to better allocate its finite resources around addressing terrorism, natural, and manmade disasters. In keeping with the strategies and best practices outlined in the National Strategy for Homeland Security and The 9/11 Commission Report, the Homeland Security Branch has evolved into a mission oriented entity capable of confronting the challenges associated with emergency preparedness in a Homeland Security era. The creation of the Technical Response Bureau placed those technical entities under the command structure of a single authority, enhancing our ultimate responsibility in maintaining the safety of our state, and strengthening our Homeland Security mission.

The Technical Response Bureau (TRB) is an intricate component of the Homeland Security Branch, and is the primary technical response element for statewide emergencies. The TRB is comprised of four distinctive Units:

The TRB institutes a capabilities-based strategy among the four units that reside within the Bureau. The capabilities-based strategy provides a framework for properly planned, organized, equipped and trained personnel. Each unit maintains proficient capabilities within its respective discipline. However, cross- training among the units allows for a Bureau wide response to any critical event. This vital component of the TRB makes it the premier technical response entity in the state.

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Arson / Bomb Unit

New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad Logo The Unit readiness is based on a rapid response with thirteen fully equipped SUVís, three fully equipped bomb response vehicles that are strategically located in North, Central and South of New Jersey, nine robots, fiber optics and portable x-ray capabilities, large vehicle and personnel borne Improvised Explosive Device counter measure defense, and on scene explosive materials testing. In addition, the Unit is equipped with a Mobile Explosive Containment Chamber, as well as a Weapon of Mass Destruction Containment Chamber for preparedness in a chemical or biological attack. The Unit is also the coordinator of the New Jersey Render Safe Task force that has the capabilities to activate for deployment fifty-two certified hazardous devices technicians.

Arson/Bomb Unit members have been utilized and have rendered assistance to various government agencies with the arrest of Yu Kikumura (member of the Japanese Red Army), the 1993 World Trade Center bombing , the TWA plane crash investigation off the coast of Long Island, the FedEx Plane crash at Newark International Airport and the September 11th attacks, as well as assisting with the recovery of human remains in Staten Island. They also provided on site technical assistance with advanced explosive equipment during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and the 2000 World Banking Conference in Washington, D.C. Unit members assisted various federal agencies with the field testing and evidence recovery during the anthrax investigation. The Unit has also aided the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy, Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife by explosively sinking ships off the coast of New Jersey for the manmade artificial reef program. The unit maintains and operates some of the best bomb equipment in the United States and is therefore recognized for its abilities and accomplishments.

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Canine Unit

The New Jersey State Police Canine Unit was established in 1987 within the Investigations Section and re-assigned to the Special Operations Section within the Homeland Security Branch on February 28, 2004. The unit currently consists of twenty-four Troopers assigned cross-trained canine partners who work as a team. The canine teams are scent trained to detect the odor of explosives, controlled dangerous substances and cadaver. They are cross trained for patrol functions which include conducting tracks, evidence or article searches, urban search and rescue and criminal apprehension. They are available to respond to any requests twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

The primary function of the Canine Unit is to assist Federal, State, County and Local law enforcement agencies whenever the services of a police canine is required. The unit assists Division personnel in any investigation or motor vehicle stop that necessitates the utilization of a canine. The canine teams are used to assist in establishing probable cause based on the canines positive indication. They also assist Field Operations by utilizing police canines to locate fleeing suspects, missing people, illicit narcotics, explosive materials, and cadaver remains.

The Unit maintains security enhancement for the Statehouse Complex through high visibility patrols, explosives sweeps, and covert operations. The Unit currently has detachments on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Atlantic City Airport.

The Canine Unit maintains a full-time training academy. The Canine Training Academy conducts bi-annual classes in scent and patrol. The trainers provide a sixteen week patrol class and a twelve week scent class. The trainers ensure compliance with the Attorney Generalís K9 Training Standards and utilizing the certification methods set forth by the United States Police Canine Association. They also conduct monthly in-service training. The Canine Training Academy is located at 10 Georgetown Rd Wrightstown Boro at the former Fort Dix Station.

Since the inception of the New Jersey State Police Canine Training Academy, in excess of 260 canine teams from various agencies have successfully completed the training and were certified in scent detection and patrol. The canine academy also in-services an additional 70 teams during the month in scent and patrol.

The Canine Unit was selected by the Attorney Generalís Office to oversee the New Jersey Detect and Render Safe Canine Program to include certification training, maintenance and in-service training, and statewide deployments of the Detect and Render Safe police canines for homeland security and to provide infrastructure security checks.

All Canine Unit members conduct police canine education lectures and demonstrations for the Division, school and D.A.R.E. presentations, Federal, State, and Local law enforcement agencies and the citizenry of the state of New Jersey.

The New Jersey State Police Canine Unit teams and other canine unit teams throughout the country are a tremendous asset to the law enforcement community.

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TEAMS

The T.E.A.M.S. Unit was established in 1978 as a full time emergency response unit prepared to handle extra ordinary police emergencies. During the early years of the Unitís existence, members were chosen from the Divisionís Underwater Recovery Unitís personnel as they had distinguished themselves as highly disciplined, self motivated troopers. Today, the selection process is the most demanding among any in the Division. Members are selected based on written resume, physical agility test, background investigation, oral interview, and the successful completion of the physically and mentally demanding underwater recovery course. The TEAMS Unit is comprised of three ten member squads, regionally located in the north, central, and south.

The TEAMS Unit is a multi faceted entity who has met the challenges of emergency preparedness in a post 9/11 era. TEAMS maintains an ďall threatsĒ-ďall-hazardsĒ- ďall crimes,Ē methodology toward prevention, protection, response and recovery. The Unit is adaptive, and is utilized by federal, state, and local agencies for an array missions. The Unit is fully operational, and can respond to any incident due to their full-time, 24 hour call-out status. TEAMS maintains an extreme training regimen which is focused on the many disciplines it possesses.

Special Weapons And Tactics: Commonly known as SWAT. Is a primary mission for the TEAMS Unit. The Unit is utilized to execute tactical intervention strategies for hostage and barricade gunmen situations. TEAMS is also called upon by federal and local agencies to conduct high risk warrant service entries for some of the stateís most dangerous criminal elements. The Unit is equipped with technologically advanced systems that are being utilized by SWAT and military units throughout the world.

Rescue Operations: The TEAMS Unit is called upon to perform high-angle and confined space rescue operations during the response and recovery phase of any critical incident. The Unit is a support element for the New Jersey Urban Search & Rescue Team (NJTF-1). In addition, the Unit has helicopter rappel capabilities to either employ a rescue operation or perform a linear tactical assault.

Underwater Search and Recovery: The TEAMS Unit is utilized to conduct underwater search and recovery operations for criminal evidence and unfortunate drowning victims. TEAMS can perform SCUBA operations anywhere in the state, under some of the most severe maritime conditions. TEAMS also performs tactical maritime operations with our Marine Bureau assets.

Counter-Terrorism Operations: TEAMS is called upon to conduct preventative and protective operations for the stateís identified critical infrastructure. TEAMS is the tactical element for the Target Hardening Response and Emergency Activation Team (THREAT). Due to the TEAMS Unitís tactical capabilities, they can be utilized from the air, sea, and land for any target hardening mission.

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Aviation Bureau

The Aviation Bureau of the section provides emergency medical evacuations (Medevac) transportation of seriously injured victims of motor vehicle, industrial, and recreational accidents, etc. to trauma centers. It also provides air support for the various commands within the Division of State Police, as well as other law enforcement agencies that request assistance, in accomplishing numerous police and Homeland Security activities.

It is the responsibility of the Aviation Bureau to provide emergency medical evacuations (Medevac) for:

  1. On-scene medevac transportation of seriously injured victims of motor vehicle, industrial, and recreational accidents, etc., to trauma centers.
  2. Inter-hospital medevac transportation of seriously ill patients to specialty care facilities such as burn centers, re-implantation centers, cardiac centers, etc.

The Aviation Bureau will provide air support for the various commands within the Division of State Police and other law enforcement agencies that request assistance in accomplishing their police and Homeland Security mission. Airborne expeditious search and rescue which includes our Forward Looking Infra-Red capabilities, aid to disabled motorists, facilitate traffic flow by identifying congested areas and suggesting solution alternatives. Aviation Bureau homeland security operations also include identification and surveillance of important infrastructure, including bridges, tunnels, powerplants, refineries, and railways.

Additionally, the Aviation Bureau will provide alert notification in selected areas of the State's Emergency Planning Zones, and provide surveillance of evacuation areas in the Emergency Planning Zones.

The Aviation Bureau is responsible to maintain its fleet of aircraft in compliance with all applicable Federal Aviation Regulations, airworthiness directives, manufacturer's service bulletins, and Aviation Maintenance Manual procedures, and insure that all Aviation Bureau maintenance technicians are properly trained and certified to maintain bureau aircraft in an airworthy condition at all times. The Aviation Bureau assures that all pilots are properly trained and proficient by complying with Aviation Bureau performance standards as outlined in the Operations Manual, and all pilots meet F.A.A. recency of experience requirements with regard to night operation, instrument currency, and flight reviews.

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