Police Officer Joseph A. Pocchio

Police Officer Joseph A. Pocchio

Essex County Park Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Saturday, August 4, 1979

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Joseph A. Pocchio

Police Officer Joseph Pocchio was shot and killed after he stopped a vehicle he suspected was stolen.

He spotted the vehicle inside of Branch's Brook Park in Newark and conducted a traffic stop. Before he could exit his vehicle, the driver opened fire, killing Officer Pocchio.

The subject was apprehended and convicted of murder.

Officer Pocchio had served with the Essex County Park Police Department for seven years.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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I went to the academy with Joe in West Orange he sat next to me we helped each other through the class

Det Sgt Robert Bucella
Wedt Orange PD

February 11, 2018

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