2022 News Release

December 24, 2022

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State Police Announces 2022 Trooper of the Year Award Recipients

West Trenton, N.J. - Today, Colonel Patrick J. Callahan announced that Detective II Patrick Septer #7543 and Detective Anthony Pompei #7917, of the Crime Suppression Central Unit, Intelligence and Criminal Enterprise Section, Investigations Branch, are the recipients of the 2022 Trooper of the Year Award for spearheading 107 criminal investigations, which resulted in the arrest of 232 suspects including 140 violent offenders with firearms during a one-year period.

Between July 2021 and June 2022, Detective II Septer and Detective Pompei led more than 60 percent of Crime Suppression Central Unit's investigations. They have implemented advanced violent crime strategies which have redefined policing violent crime in an urban setting and is contributing to the reduction of gun-related murders and shootings.

Detective II Septer and Detective Pompei were instrumental in preparing and executing most of the 60 search warrants conducted by members of the Crime Suppression Central Unit. During these investigations, they not only targeted violent gun offenders in the City of Trenton, but also targeted large scale heroin and cocaine distributors that go hand in hand with gun violence. Both detectives were involved in the dismantling of several heroin mill and "ghost gun" operations throughout the City of Trenton and the surrounding areas.

As a result of their outstanding efforts, they seized 151 firearms, more than 49,490 grams of marijuana, more than 4,640 grams of methamphetamine, more than 84,670 grams of cocaine, more than 530 grams of crack cocaine, more than 6,550 grams of heroin, more than 2,490 grams of fentanyl, more than 2,690 grams of ecstasy, $299,000 worth of vehicles, and more than $641,110 cash.

In addition to all the advanced investigative techniques that Detective II Septer and Detective Pompei have incorporated in their daily operations, they continue to evolve in their investigative strategies by using crime-gun intelligence to further aid in shooting investigations, cultivating confidential sources, and working seamlessly with numerous law enforcement partners.

Detective II Septer and Detective Pompei's dedication are deserving of the honor of being named, "Trooper of the Year." Their commitment during these investigations have undoubtedly made the City of Trenton and its surrounding communities safer. The remarkable efforts of Detective II Patrick Septer and Detective Anthony Pompei embody the New Jersey State Police core values of Honor, Duty, and Fidelity.

Every year, the New Jersey State Police selects an enlisted member or members to be the recipient of the "Trooper of the Year Award." Recipients are awarded a red ribbon encased by a gold frame, which is to always be worn on the Class "A" uniform. It is the highest honor a trooper can receive from within the Division. All recipients are honored for their outstanding performances, an honor which reflects great credit upon themselves and the New Jersey State Police.

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