Edison Police Officer Receives Award

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EDISON– On Wednesday, May 26, Edison Police Officer Lisa Pensak received the Officer of the Year Award at the annual training conference of the New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement organization.

Pensak, a six-year veteran of the Edison Police Department, received the award for her actions that led to the apprehension of a serial bank robbery suspect. Shortly after 9 a.m. on June 8, 2009, the Skylands Community Bank in Metuchen was robbed. Based on witness descriptions, Metuchen Police had broadcast the suspect’s vehicle information throughout the county.


Pensak, who was working an extra-duty traffic detail, spotted the suspect vehicle on Route 1 near Forest Haven Boulevard in Edison. She pursued the vehicle south on Route One and then onto Route 18 South. The suspect became stuck in traffic on Route 18 where he was captured and taken into custody by officers from Edison and East Brunswick.

The New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement conference took place at the Cook Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Attorney General Paula Dow spoke during the opening ceremonies and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno was the keynote speaker at the conference.

Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan said, “On behalf of the entire Edison Police Department, I congratulate Officer Pensak on receiving this award. Officer Pensak’s actions during the incident exemplify her dedication and commitment in service to our community”.

Founded in 2004, the New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement (NJWLE) is a professional organization of both women and men who are working together to strengthen public recognition of the unique contributions of women to the profession of law enforcement.

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