In 1912 about 20 New Jersey Police Chiefs banded together for the purpose of unity, elevating standards, planning, cooperation, the protection of life and property and close cooperation with law enforcement authorities in neighboring states. The Association was officially inaugurated with the first State Chiefs Meeting on February 12, 1912 at the Newark Court House. Elizabeth PD Chief George Tenney was elected the first NJSACOP President. By-Laws were adopted and meetings were set for the first Thursday of each month, a tradition that continues to this day.
The first committees created were Membership and Legislative. By the end of the year, the membership rolls had grown to over 100 Chiefs.
New Jersey Governor Woodrow Wilson was elected President of the United States during that initial year, and invited officers of the NJSACOP to escort him to Washington for his inauguration.
Over the years, the NJSACOP has grown in scope and membership, but our commitment to our core values has remained steady and sure.