Jim Varick is a Detective Sergeant with the New Jersey State Police Arson/Bomb Unit. He has
been a member of the New Jersey State Police for fourteen years and a member of the Bomb Unit for
eleven years. As part of his current assignment he is also deputized as Task Force Officer with the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm, and Explosives (BATFE) for the Newark Field Office. Jim also serves
as an instructor for Kean University within their Fire Safety Training Program. He teaches a course, that
he developed, entitled Bomb Threat Management and Response.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Monmouth University and a
Master of Arts Degree in Homeland Security from American Public University. Along with numerous
other professional and technical certifications, he is certified as an International Post Blast Investigator
(CIPBI) by the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators. In addition, he is also
certified as a Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) by the National Association of Fire Investigators.
Jim is currently the supervisor of the North Squad of New Jersey State Police Arson/Bomb Unit.
His responsibilities include conducting render safe operations for incidents involving hazardous devices,
technical support of SWAT operations, dignitary/VIP explosive sweeps, and investigating post blast
scenes. He has operated in a supervisory capacity for numerous incidents and a number of high-profile
venues including Super Bowl XLVII, WrestleMania 29, and the 2015 PGA Barclay’s Tournament.
Jim is actively engaged in the training and outreach mission of the NJSP Arson/Bomb Unit. He
has provided instruction to thousands of Federal, State, County, and Local First Responders along
civilians in the private sector. The topics of instruction have included explosives and explosive effects,
IED awareness, homemade explosives, IED response, and bomb threat management. He has served as
an instructor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in their Post Blast Investigation Course and the
BATFE in their Advanced Explosive Destruction Techniques Course. Jim also developed a training
program at the request of the New Jersey Department of Education to address the growing swatting /
bomb threat environment that has plagued many New Jersey schools. To date, over one thousand
school administrators and personnel have attended the program.
In addition to his law enforcement career, Jim has been a volunteer firefighter for nineteen
years. He rose through the ranks of his department and served as a Chief for four years. Through his
volunteer work and career Jim has responded to several thousand incidents. As a result, he has earned
immeasurable experience in emergency response as both an operator and on-scene incident