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We are once again receiving complaints from citizens that they are receiving telephone calls from a solicitor claiming to be fundraising for the State PBA. Fortunately today a caller agreed to report this to the Division of Consumer Affairs and make an official complaint.

The telemarketer is calling from 732-419-9307 and is actually soliciting on behalf of the NJ State Law Enforcement Officers Association.
This is another one of those groups that sells memberships to civilians and provides shields and cards that look like they came from an actual LEO Union.
Please advise your members and residents that the PBA does not solicit on the telephone and that all deceptive solicitation calls should be reported to the Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6200.

A Message from Executive Vice President Marc Kovar

The National Association of Police Organizations is pleased to announce a partnership with the American Red Cross to increase the availability of potentially lifesaving blood and platelets. We hope that, as first responders and heroes, you will continue to protect our communities by helping ensure there is a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.

Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. As the nation’s single largest supplier, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.

Blood must be on the shelves before an emergency occurs, as was seen in the Boston Marathon bombings. Not only did survivors of the bombings need blood, but so did one of our own. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Officer Richard “Dic” Donohue needed 46 units of blood after being shot in the line of duty. Dic would not be here today without the first responders who risked their lives to save him, the response of the medical team – one of whom climbed onto the gurney to perform CPR as Dic was wheeled into surgery – and the blood that was available at the hospital. He has since recovered and recently donated blood for the first time in gratitude to blood donors.

The Red Cross came to NAPO for help because it recognizes the strength and unwavering commitment of NAPO members to serve communities across the country. You can continue this proud tradition by sponsoring a blood drive, donating blood if you are eligible and encouraging others to join you.

In the coming weeks, Red Cross representatives will be contacting members in certain geographic areas to discuss blood drive opportunities. For more information about hosting a blood drive and blood donations, members can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

NJSPBA PRESIDENT COLLIGAN PRAISES PASSAGE OF BILL TO PROTECT OFFICERS

(WOODBRIDGE, NJ- May 18, 2015) - New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan released the following statement praising the New Jersey State Senate’s passage of legislation today that will upgrade simple assault to aggravated assault if committed against corrections officers and other law enforcement officers because of job status and commended legislators for their role in trying to ensure the safety of off-duty officers.  The legislation passed the NJ State Senate unanimously, 35-0.
 
“This is about parity.  If you wear the law enforcement uniform, you deserve the protection.  Corrections Officers are playing a critical role every day in the fight to keep our streets safe and our neighborhoods secure, and they deserve to have the same protections as anyone else wearing the uniform, regardless of whether they are on or off duty.
 
It is not uncommon for inmates released from jail to live in the same communities as the Corrections Officers charged with overseeing their incarceration.  This dynamic has the potential to create a scenario where off-duty officers find themselves with their families in their communities and in contact with individuals they were previously overseeing in our prison system.  Today’s legislation provides protective measures for officers and helps serve as a deterrent for any potential conflict that could arise from residual impact of the corrections officer-inmate dynamic.
 
It has taken a lot in order to get this legislation passed through the State Senate after it’s introduction last December and I would like to personally thank Senator Diane Allen and Senator Linda Greenstein for their determination in helping to protect our members.  I would also like to encourage Speaker Prieto to take the next critical step in the process and post this important legislation for a vote at the next Assembly voting session.”

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Letter to President Obama from State President Colligan

May 18, 2015

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of the 33,000 State, county and local law enforcement officers of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, I am writing in follow up to your visit to Camden, NJ today where I believe you were provided misleading information to support a Police Department that is in essence a shell game designed to misdirect the public about crime and policing in the City.     

Mr. President, you have been misled by public relations spin and misreporting of crime statistics to believe that the Camden County Metro Police is a success.  This police department was created by union-busting tactics with the full collusion of Governor Christie and local leaders who, when crime spiked after massive officer layoffs, blamed the remaining officers instead of themselves.  

The Camden County Metro Police was created in 2013 through an agreement between the State, County and City of Camden.  In the years preceding the creation of the new Department, 168 police officers were laid off and crime rose.  When the Camden FOP would not negotiate severe cuts in their existing contract with the City for their remaining officers, local leaders went to the State for approval to disband the Department.  The result was a deal to lay off every remaining Camden Police Officer, transfer policing of the City to the County, and allow for the use of tens of millions in State funds to pay for the new force.  

Camden County does not have a countywide police department.   These officers never leave Camden and no other town in Camden County has asked for the County to patrol their  communities.  That alone sends a message that the real goal of establishing this Department wasn’t crime fighting but union busting.  During your time in office you have fought for employees to have the right to collective bargaining and job security.  What happened in Camden, however, stripped hard-working veteran officers of both and I believe it violates many of the principles you have spoken out on as President.  

Sadly, I believe you were brought to Camden under false pretenses.  You don’t need to be a criminology expert to know that more cops means less crime but, even with increased staffing from rookies with less experience than the officers the County laid off, the numbers in Camden don’t tell the whole story.  Camden officials frequently misreport and underreport crimes to make it appear as if violent crime and gun violence are dropping.  This is not conjecture, it is real frustration from officers on the streets in Camden.

I am sure that Camden officials didn’t brief you on the substantial turnover that is occurring in the Department.  A large number of the new officers hired to staff the Department have left the Force – nearly 20 in April 2015 alone - due to poor pay, working conditions and the lack of facts being told about what is really going on in Camden.  These officers are being asked to work in the nation’s deadliest City with pay and benefits insufficient to address their workload.   

Most insulting, Camden County laid off experienced officers, many close to retirement, but chose to retain and give a $67,000 raise to its Chief whose failure of leadership led to the understaffing and crime spike to begin with.  If the prior Department was such a failure then the Chief should have been the first to go.  But it is easier to blame employees and their contracts than to acknowledge that leadership has failed.

Camden County is receiving tens of millions of dollars in State funding, money that is being used to run this Department that would be better spent in other places.  As you are aware, Atlantic City is struggling to stay afloat following the closure of several casinos.  The Mayor of Atlantic City has been working hard with his employees to cut costs and has been begging the State for financial assistance.  However, the Governor has ignored his pleas while propping up a police force in Camden with money that is desperately needed elsewhere.

Camden residents deserve increased public safety and a dedicated police force.  They had a hard-working police department that was disbanded not because they couldn’t fight crime but because they were deadlocked at the bargaining table.  

Mr. President, I am urging you to look closely at what is really going on in Camden and to not allow yourself to be used to perpetuate a myth that is now being spread throughout New  Jersey that the easiest way to cut crime is to lay off hard working police officers, dramatically cut their pay and benefits and manipulate crime stats.  

Thank you for your attention to these serious concerns.  I will make myself available to you or your staff to discuss this issue in depth at any time.  

Sincerely,


Patrick Colligan
State President

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NEWS ALERT: NYC "Canyon of Heroes" Rally has been Cancelled

Please be advised that the rally in New York City scheduled for this Wednesday, May 6, 2015 has been cancelled due to the tragic passing of NYPD Officer Brian Moore. Funeral details for P.O. Moore will be posted when they become available, funeral scheduled for this Friday, May 8.

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Patrick Colligan, NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan, President The new ‘50 Years of Service’ rule

Before I get to the new 50 Years of Service rule, I just want to know how Facebook and Twitter became the newest authority on what was going on in the state when it comes to Pensions & Benefits. I will tell you all that we have gone to great lengths to get the right information out to all of you, both on our website and through Facebook and Twitter. When we know something, or have new information, it is posted almost instantaneously. We don’t post something we aren’t sure of, and we certainly aren’t going to post rumors.

The latest “fact” I was asked about from one of our members was that he wanted to know when we were going down to 55-percent funding in PFRS. Of course, I needed to know where he got that one from. “Midnight briefing, one of the guys was talking about it,” he told me. Let me take a wild guess: another expert who hasn’t been to a PBA meeting in five years but spends two hours of every day on Facebook?

Let me address the Pensions & Benefits Commission and the rumors that continue to swirl fast and furiously. NOTHING has happened since the weeks before the governor’s budget address. Let me repeat that: NOTHING has happened since the weeks before the governor’s budget address. Now, as the days tick by, it becomes more and more likely that nothing will happen this year and a lot is happening behind the scenes to come up with some very viable alternatives. The governor and the state legislators are under very tight time constraints for anything to appear on the ballot in November, and they currently seem to be pretty far apart. When we know some solid facts, you will know them too. Like the duck that looks calm on top of the pond, we are working feverishly under the surface. We have cultivated some very unlikely allies in this fight to keep us carved out, and we are making some great progress. This is an incredibly important issue; check out your PBA meeting for some pretty important updates.

We have a PFRS Pension Trustee election coming up. I certainly hope that more than 8000 of you will choose to take the 25 seconds required to cast a vote for your future. That’s all that voted the last time. Once again, I’m not quite sure what it will take to get you to vote online (in less than a minute), but I hope that you consider the future of your pension system is important enough. I know I do.

And now for the “50 Years of Service’ rule: If somebody read the title and didn’t bother to read the article, I’d guess that will be the next rumor at the midnight briefing. Fear not my fellow law enforcement officers. It was the recent anniversary celebrated by our own Pat Fluta at the State PBA office. Now, I suspect she won’t be very happy reading about this in NJ COPS, but most of us complain getting to just half of that benchmark. I just can’t let 50 years of dedicated and loyal service to our members go unnoticed. Her work ethic is unequaled and the NJ State PBA would truly be crippled without her. I’m truly grateful she chose to stay when Marc and I took over, and I wish her the very best of luck for the next 50 years.

Thank you, Pat, for all you do!

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