Trenton, NJ – Lifelong Wayne resident James Bianchini is now Sergeant Bianchini of the New Jersey State Parole Board. 

The newly minted Sergeant has been with the parole board for nineteen years, first in general supervision, then assigned to the gang unit, and the last fourteen years, Bianchini served as a senior parole officer with the Special Operations Group where he tracked fugitive parole absconders; nine years of which, he was assigned to the US Marshall’s New York/New Jersey Regional Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Bianchini has been recognized multiple times with outstanding performance awards, the most recent was last year for assisting another officer. “It was actually pretty cool,” said Bianchini. “We tracked down a person who absconded from parole to a home in Newton, New Jersey, and while we were searching for him, we uncovered a hidden room behind a secret door behind a bookcase.  Inside was an abundance of weapons.”

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Sergeant Bianchini grew up in Wayne, graduating from Wayne Valley High School and playing for the 1988 state championship football team as well as playing for the travel hockey team. Bianchini went on to Lynchburg College in Virginia where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and furthered his education with a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. 

He still calls Wayne home, living there with his wife, two daughters and two dogs. Keeping their safety and all of our’s in his mind, Bianchini said: “The most rewarding part of my career has been working on the fugitive unit and placing those who are violent and a risk to the community under custody.”

“I look forward to the challenges ahead as a parole sergeant and feel that my years as a parole officer in the Special Operations Group have prepared me to lead the dedicated officers who are an important part of this agency,” said Sergeant Bianchini.

State Parole Board Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. said, “The job of sergeant is one of the most challenging and important positions within the New Jersey State Parole Board. As a front-line supervisor, a sergeant mentors parole officers under their command, making them one of the most valuable members of a law enforcement team. Congratulations to Sergeant Bianchini for taking an important step in his career at the New Jersey State Parole Board.”

The New Jersey State Parole Board (SPB) is committed to promoting public safety, utilizing effective methods to aid supervised offenders in reentering society, and to reduce the recidivism of offenders while addressing the needs of crime victims. As required by law, appointed parole board members and staff conduct approximately 13,500 hearings per year, solicit input from victims, and decide upon parole matters. Nearly 400 sworn SPB parole officers supervise more than 15,500 offenders and act as New Jersey’s primary law enforcement agency responsible for sex offender supervision. Additionally, SPB officers are also active partners with a variety of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and task forces. Finally, the SPB’s Community Programs Unit partners with government, non-profit, and private agencies to connect former inmates with vocational, mental health, and related services.