Harry Hurley welcomed New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan to WPG Monday morning for a very important interview.

Colonel Callahan will be in Atlantic City on Tuesday to tour the field medical station that has been set-up at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The makeshift hospital is an integral part of the strategy to battle the coronavirus, should it be necessary.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Matt Doherty, Executive Director of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, will also be on the tour of the field medical station at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Tuesday morning.

The United States Army Corp of Engineers, New Jersey State Police, and everyone involved have done a fabulous job establishing this facility in record time.

Callahan has led the New Jersey State Police since October 31, 2017, sworn in by then Governor Chris Christie as the 14th Colonel of the New Jersey State Police.

Colonel Callahan’s biography is impressive.

In April, 1995, Colonel Callahan enlisted in the State Police as a member of the 115th Class. He served as Recovery Bureau Chief in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and worked with state and federal partners to develop and implement long-term recovery effort strategies. Colonel Callahan also served as the Commanding Officer of the Emergency Management Section and Assistant State Director of the Office of Emergency Management. He was the chairman of the Command and Control Subcommittee of the Emergency Management Section when New Jersey hosted Super Bowl XLVIII, working to develop and implement all operations undertaken by the Public Safety Compound.

Colonel Callahan most recently served as the Deputy Superintendent of Operations, supervising and directing the operational activities of the 1,800 enlisted members assigned to Field Operations as well as the operational duties and responsibilities of the Traffic and Public Safety Office, Victims Services Unit, Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, Highway Traffic Safety Unit, and the Criminal Investigation in s Offices within Field Operations.

Colonel Callahan earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Villanova University and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Colonel Callahan is the son of retired State Police Major Mick Callahan, who served as Division Staff Section Commanding Officer under Colonel Clinton Pagano, the 9th Superintendent of the State Police. Colonel Callahan resides in Warren County with his wife Linda, two sons and two daughters.

Listen to Col. Callahan's entire interview here:

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