Topic: “485 Rounds: The Jersey City Incident”
Description: The December 10, 2019 Jersey City shooting in which Detective Joseph Seals was killed
Rick Kuhrt is a Detective Sergeant with the New Jersey State Police where he is assigned to the Cold Case Unit, and is currently supervising the northern Jersey Cold Case task force, which is a part of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Squad, along with the New Jersey State Police Cold Case Unit. Detective Sergeant Kuhrt began his career in law enforcement in 2008, when he graduated from the New Jersey State Police Academy, 148th Class, and was assigned as a patrol trooper, where he worked in various stations across North Jersey.
In 2015 he was assigned to the Major Crime Unit/Homicide North Unit where he was tasked to solve ongoing homicides, police-involved shootings, suspicious deaths, etc. In this capacity, he worked with many outside agencies, including County Prosecutor’s Offices and several state and federal agencies. During this time, Detective Kuhrt was assigned to the Essex County Homicide/Major Crime Task Force, assisting them with similar cases. In 2018 he was assigned to a newly formed Cold Case Unit working with Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and in 2020 was assigned to the newly formed New Jersey State Police Cold Case Unit.
Detective Sergeant Kuhrt was a board member of the New Jersey Homicide Association, is also a certified instructor by the New Jersey State Police, and routinely conducts training classes for in-service detectives and police recruits in criminal investigation. During the course of his career, Detective Sergeant Kuhrt has attended numerous training courses to continually increase his knowledge and skills, including homicide and other criminal investigation courses that were provided by both private and public agencies. Detective Sergeant Kuhrt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University and a Master’s Degree in Police Graduate Studies from Seton Hall University.