SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Sheriff Michael F. Strada recently announced the promotions of two Correctional Police Officer Corporals in the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections.
Correctional Police Officer Jennifer Van Der Wende has been promoted to Corporal. A 15-year veteran of the Bureau of Corrections, Corporal Van Der Wende began her law enforcement career in October of 2005 when she was hired by the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer.
Throughout her career, Corporal Van Der Wende has received certifications and training from the State of New Jersey Police Training Commission, the Passaic County Police Academy, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute, the International Council of Women in Law Enforcement, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training and the New Jersey State Department of Corrections.
A certified Field Training Officer (FTO), during her tenure with the Bureau of Corrections Corporal Van Der Wende has served in many capacities including background investigations, administration, and the Special Operations Group (SOG). She is currently assigned to the Sussex County Office of Emergency Management where she is working with municipal emergency management coordinators and community stakeholders on hazard mitigation planning for the County of Sussex; as well as procurement and stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) in preparation of a potential second wave of coronavirus.
Corporal Van Der Wende is a 2020 graduate of The College of Saint Elizabeth with a M.A. in Justice Administration and Public Service. She also holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Seton Hall University. Corporal Van Der Wende is a graduate of the Passaic County Police Academy Basic Corrections Officer Training Class.
Correctional Police Officer Jamie Caravaggio has been promoted to Corporal. A 2001 graduate of Hopatcong High School, a lifelong resident of Sussex County, and a 15-year veteran of the Bureau of Corrections, Corporal Caravaggio began her law enforcement career in October of 2005 when she was hired by the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer.
During her tenure with the Bureau of Corrections, she has received commendations and letters of recognition for her performance.
An avid supporter of her community, Corporal Caravaggio frequently donates her free time to charitable causes. She is a previous member of the Police Unity Tour, a five year return runner in the Stephen Sillers Tunnel to Towers Foundation charity to benefit disabled veterans, and she takes part in many local charitable events. A current member of her Union’s Executive Board, Corporal Caravaggio also organizes the PBA Local 378 annual Christmas Toy Drive which collects donated toys and distributes them to local Sussex County Schoolchildren each Christmas.
A 2009 graduate of Sussex County Community College, Corporal Caravaggio holds an Associates of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. Corporal Caravaggio is a graduate of the Passaic County Police Academy Basic Corrections Officer Training Class.
At a recent “swearing-in” ceremony for the new Corporals, Sheriff Strada congratulated them both and wished them continued success in their careers.