- Born in Dayton New Jersey on February 12th, 1912;
- Appointed township constable by mayor Elmer J. Griggs in 1933. Prior to being appointed constable all police duties were handled by the New Jersey State Police;
- Officers provided their own vehicles during this time and purchased their uniforms. Fred Holsten’s house served as police headquarters;
- Appointed Police Chief on a full time basis on January 1st, 1962;
- Served as Deputy Game Warden for Middlesex County for 25 years;
- Charter member of the South Brunswick Lions Club;
- February 1, 2002: 41 year veteran, founder of the South Brunswick Police Department and former Chief Fred Holsten passed away. “He was a very good man to work for and with. He was a good Chief,” said Chief Frank Simmons.
- Here is a video interview of Fred Holsten from 1997
“They didn’t have anything before us; they depended on the State Police all the time. The little stuff we had here, the State Police didn’t bother with it. We needed to have some local people handle it.”
– Fred Holsten reflecting on the days before the South Brunswick Police Department was founded
Police Commissioner Dr. Richard Ilnicki and Police Chief Fred Holsten in the early 1960s.