During his tenure with the Division of State Police, Durwin served in many capacities. He served on the troop B fatal accident team where the members were called to investigate the most serious accidents in northern New Jersey. Durwin received his training as an accident reconstructionist at Northwestern's school for traffic safety located in Evanston, Illinois. He also served briefly in the State Governmental Security Bureau, which was charged with the physical security of state government buildings, including the governor's residence Drumthwaket. In addition, he served as a supervisor in the State Police Inspection Unit and was charged with maintaining readiness within the Division by both enforcing the rules and regulations and upholding the motto Honor, Duty, Fidelity.
Durwin's rise through the ranks has not been without hard work. He has served as a road duty trooper, assistant squad supervisor, squad supervisor, station administrative sergeant and assistant station commander. As assistant station commander, Durwin supervised the day to day operations of various troop B state police stations before retiring as the troop B transportation officer.
Durwin trained as an Emergency Medical Technician at the University Hospital of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, NJ where he received his certificate. While patrolling the highways of northern New Jersey, his training came in handy as he received commendations for saving the life of a five year old child who had become overcome by carbon monoxide fumes and that of a traffic accident victim who was thrown from his vehicle and found to be face down in a drainage ditch full of water. Durwin was no stranger to life threatening events. Prior to working for the Division, while employed as a Security Officer at Fairleigh Dickinson University, he was credited with saving the life of a heart attack victim.
Durwin also received commendations for drug arrests and a burglary investigation in which detectives were able to close several cases in the surrounding area. He has been recognized as Jerseyan of the Week by the New Jersey Star-Ledger. Additionally, he has been recognized by both the Frontiers International Newark NJ Club who presented him with the Achievement Service Award and the NAACP of the Oranges and Maplewood who presented him with the Community Service Award. He is also the recipient of the Rutgers University Newark, Jack A. Mark award for excellence in criminal justice.
Durwin still remains a servant to the community. Currently he serves on the board of stewards at St. Matthew A.M.E. Church. He is a church Sunday school teacher, the Assistant Scoutmaster for St. Matthew Boy Scout Troop 4749 and he serves as an advisor to the church security team.
Education & Training
Durwin is a strong believer in achievement through education and training. He currently holds a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, a Masters in Public Administration from John Jay College and a Masters in Science in Protection Management from John Jay College. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy where he studied command level legal issues, executive leadership, media relations, forensic science and violence in America. Additionally, he has been trained in advanced investigations by the F.B.I. He is board certified by the governing body of the American Society for Industrial Security as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP). He is also board certified by the Board of Healthcare Safety Management as a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP). He has trained as a fire safety director and is currently a certified crime prevention officer. He is a certified security guard instructor (NY).
Upon his retirement in 2007 he sought to transfer that same dedication to The Coppock Corporation (COPCO) where he believes the public is entitled to the same service that he provided as a sworn law enforcement officer.