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Sergeant Lawrence H. Bannick

New Jersey Department of Human Services Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, December 7, 1977

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Reflections for Sergeant Lawrence H. Bannick

Rest in peace knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 2, 2020

NJ Human Services Honors the Department’s Police Officers as Part of National Police Week & Peace Officers Memorial Day

Posted on May 17, 2020 InsiderNJ News

NJ Human Services Honors the Department’s Police Officers as Part of National Police Week & Peace Officers Memorial Day

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Human Services is honoring National Police Week this week and Peace Officers Memorial Day today by recognizing the New Jersey State Human Services Police for their efforts to protect some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents.

Police Week is celebrated annually to recognize police officers around the country who lost their lives in the line of duty and to recognize officer achievements. Two Human Services Police Officers have lost their lives in the line of duty – Officer Wilson McLaurin, who died in the line of duty in 1975, and Sgt. Lawrence Bannick, who died in the line of duty in 1977.

The New Jersey Human Services Police serve and protect individuals across New Jersey, including children, individuals with disabilities, and others.

Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson highlighted the essential work of the Human Services Police and noted the unique skills required for this critical role.

“New Jersey’s Human Services Police often handle situations and duties that are the true essence of community policing by engaging with individuals and families at times of great vulnerability and providing steady and supportive leadership,” Commissioner Johnson said. “Their work requires specialized skills and talents and training. I thank them and Director Timothy Gallagher for their constant dedication and commitment.”

Retired Police Officer

May 18, 2020

While I am truly sorry for his loss, I am glad he is finally recognized for his sacrifice. Being a State of New Jersey Human Service Police Officer is a difficult job in law enforcement, dealing with a unique clientele each and every day. May he rest in peace.

NJ State Department of Human Services Police ( retired)

September 22, 2019

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 12, 2019

Sergeant Bannick, many do not understand the job you and your colleagues do, but regardless, you don't worry about that, you simply do what is expected of you. The Police at our nations state hospitals or any mental health care facility do a job in a totally different environment that most cops and that environment is NOT easy. Much like our Brothers and Sisters in Corrections, you don't get the luxury of having more 'average' citizens to deal with to counterbalance those who, though not always through their own fault, can cause a burden or potential harm to the rest of society. They are your bread and butter so to speak. You still go out there, day in/day out and do what is right. Protecting those who are confined there, those who care for them, their property and that of the institution. You are under appreciated, but those who know what you do, appreciate you all the more.

God Bless you, Brother in this 42nd year of your passing. You are truly a hero.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

May 10, 2019

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