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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Auxiliarist named National Police Officer of the Month
sergeant John Jedrejczyk, City of Passaic, NJ Police Department was named the
National Officer of the Month August 2008. His picture and biography will appear
in the National Police Officers calendar for the Month of August 2009.
Jedrejczyk, better know as Jed, is one of the founding members of the Fort Dix
Detachment. Currently as member of Flotilla 69, he was elected Vice Flotilla
Commander. Jed is a member and currently Captain of District 5NR Color Guard,
SO-MS Division 6, an active boat crew member and an AED/CPR instructor.
D.C. — The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has
announced the selection of Detective Sergeant John Jedrejczyk of the City of
Passaic (NJ) Police Department as its Officer of the Month for August 2008.
Detective Sergeant Jedrejczyk is a decorated Vietnam War veteran, a member of
the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the New Jersey Naval Militia. He is
also a lifesaving hero, a part-time teacher, and a Board Member of the
nationally recognized Police Unity Tour. John Jedrejczyk is a sponsor and
volunteer with the non-profit groups Special Angels Recreation and
Putting Pieces Together, and advocates for children with autism and special
needs. It is difficult to imagine that Detective Sergeant John Jedrejczyk has any
time or energy left to devote to his first love: his career as a law enforcement
professional. A 35 year veteran of the Passaic (NJ) Police Department, Detective
Sergeant Jedrejczyk's experiences and contributions to the citizens of Passaic
County and New Jersey as a whole, encompass that of a person who has maintained
two full-time careers.
Throughout these many years, Detective Sergeant Jedrejczyk has served within
several divisions of the department: Patrol, Anti-Robbery, the Detective's
Bureau and Internal Affairs. According to Chief Daniel Paton, "Detective
Sergeant Jedrejczyk has conducted countless investigations leading to numerous
arrests and has received many commendations." He is willing to do what it takes
to catch a suspect.
One Christmas season, Detective Jedrejczyk spent every evening on surveillance
to catch a burglar who had committed several crimes at a local church. Finally,
on December 28th, his patience paid off and he surprised the suspect. As the
suspect fled, the Detective gave chase and single handedly confronted and
arrested the burglar, whose fingerprints were compared to those from some
outstanding cases. The comparison confirmed that Detective Jedrejczyk had not
only arrested the felon responsible for the burglaries, but those same prints
had been left behind at the murder scene of an elderly woman from a neighboring
jurisdiction. All those hours of surveillance brought down not only a thief, but
a cowardly murderer as well.
Detective Sergeant Jedrejczyk is determined that young officers coming up
ranks know the history of their profession and, in particular, to recognize the
service and sacrifice of those who went before them. Beginning in 1999,
Detective Sergeant Jedrejczyk spent countless hours researching files dating
back one hundred years in search of his department's forgotten heroes. After two
years, he compiled all known information about the five fallen officers from his
department and reached out to their families. For the widow and children who
were babies at the time Officer Robert Strone was killed on May 8, 1958, this
personal contact and recognition were long overdue. In 2001, Strone family
members were asked to present the department's first "Robert Strone Officer of
the Year" award, which is now presented annually to an officer from the
department who goes above and beyond the call of duty. To the Strone family,
John Jedrejczyk is a hero.
Detective Sergeant Jedrejczyk also serves as the department's Honor Guard
coordinator as well as that of the Elmwood Park Post 5084 VFW Color Guard. He
strives to ensure that every member of each unit is property trained, outfitted
and ready to stand guard when called upon to do so, traveling to other areas of
the state to honor fallen heroes and to participate in community events. In
2002, he was hand-selected as a special officer at the Olympic Winter Games in
Salt Lake City, Utah.
Education is very important to this extraordinary individual and he knows that
it is critical to anyone's success. Since 1995, in what little free time he
might have, John Jedrejczyk has been an instructor at Passaic High School's
Adult Evening School conducting lessons in the English as a Second Language
program. He, himself, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and
two Master Degrees, the first in Urban Education and Education Leadership and
the second in Criminal Justice Administration.