Detective Thomas Atkins Dawson

Detective Thomas Atkins Dawson

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, August 13, 1973

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Thomas Atkins Dawson

Detective Thomas Dawson was killed in a one-car automobile crash on State Highway 130 while working undercover.

Shortly after 11:00 pm, Detective Dawson was driving south when his vehicle went out of control and struck two trees.

Detective Dawson had served with the New Jersey State Police for almost 7 years, assigned to the Narcotics Bureau Central Unit. He was survived by his wife, two sons, mother, father, and brother. One of his sons became a trooper with the New Jersey State Police.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 2141

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

vehicle crash, narcotics, undercover

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Det. Dawson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Jersey. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 13, 2023

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