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Alternate Route - PTC Certification Alert

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

At the December 2014 Police Training Commission meeting, the commission unanimously voted to stop extensions of waiver eligibility after the adopted three year window of eligibility to apply for a waiver to Basic Course for Police Officer (BCPO or regular training).

After the June PTC meeting, the commission will no longer allow graduates of the Alternate Route program to be waived to BCPO after a period of 3 years after graduation. The result of not being properly credentialed will be for the member to return to the regular academy for the full basic course for police officer training.

It is important to make sure that EVERY ONE OF YOUR MEMBERS THAT ATTENDED ALTERNATE ROUTE OR SLEO II training and were subsequently hired full time check with the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in your agency to make sure the proper training and paperwork was filed with the PTC.

All, Chiefs and Prosecutors have been advised and Prosecutors have advised many Chiefs to certify that the paperwork was properly filed with the state.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Kevin C. Lyons, Sr.

"NJSPBA president goes after Christie on first day of NH tour" - Article on PolitickerNJ

In an article written by Chase Brush today, President Patrick Colligan was quoted as follows:

"It would seem that Governor Christie has deemed it appropriate to travel the country in pursuit of his own career aspirations and political goals rather than stay in New Jersey and work through the significant problems that face our state. Unfortunately, for the more than 33,000 members of the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association who make up the majority of the membership within the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) pension system, these self-serving Town Hall meetings at home and out of state aren’t getting us any closer to a resolution to the issue at hand. It is well past time for Governor Christie to stop misleading the public on the issue of pension reform and begin working towards reasonable solutions. If the Governor actually went to New Hampshire to ‘tell it like it is’ on the pension problems facing our state, that would be a first.”

President Colligan continues,

“While it may be politically expedient in advance of a potential national Republican primary to let the public believe that the PFRS is anything other than stable while continuing to refuse to make the state’s required payments, it is nothing short of irresponsible. The New Jersey pension system is not one monolithic fund that is losing money daily.  In fact, the State manages five pension plans for State and local employees and, of those five, the PFRS is financed mainly by local governments, law enforcement officers and firefighters who have been making their required pension payments.  The current funded level of the local portion of PFRS is near 80% and any reasonable review will show that PFRS is not only financially stable, but poised to grow if actuarially required payments are made by the State moving forward.  The State’s own actuary and an independent actuary hired by the PBA both confirmed this fact.”

View the full article here




Funeral Services Set For Manchester Police Officer Scott R. Thompson

It is with great regret that the Manchester Township Police announces the untimely passing of veteran Officer Scott R. Thompson on Friday, April 10, 2015. Officer Thompson was exercising in the police headquarters gym
Friday morning when he collapsed and was later pronounced at Community Medical Center. Officer Thompson was 47 years old. Surviving are his wife, Tracy, and daughters Kelsey and Sydney.
Viewing: Wednesday, 4/15: 3 pm-8 pm
Oliverie Funeral Home: 2925 Ridgeway Road Manchester, NJ 08759
Funeral/Mass: Thursday, 4/16: 10:30am
St. Lukes Church: 1674 Old Freehold Road Toms River, NJ 08755

Michael Kaniuk Seeking Nomination for Representative of PFRS Board of Trustees


Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS)


Michael Kaniuk is seeking to become a candidate for an upcoming election to serve as your police representative on the PFRS Board of Trustees.  Nominations to support your choice for a candidate are now made electronically through a secure website.  The process is very easy and it only takes a few minutes to support the candidate of your choice.  You just need to have access to a computer and log on to and follow the simple directions.  The only information you will need to provide is the last 4 digits of your social security number, the first 4 letters of your last name, and your year/month of birth.  The list of those declaring their interest in being a candidate will then be available for your selection.

In accordance with N.J.A.C. 17:4-1.4, in order to nominate a candidate for the Police position on the PFRS Board, you must be an active Police member of the PFRS.  Please register your support for your candidate as soon as possible!  Nominations must be submitted by no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015.

We appreciate your assistance in supporting the electronic nominating process.  By doing so you are helping to decrease administrative costs and preserve resources!


Twenty Year Remembrance of Ptl. Norcross & Inv. McLaughlin

To remember the sacrifice of our brothers, Ptl. John Norcross and Inv. John "Jack" McLaughlin, twenty years ago, Haddon Heights Borough in conjunction with the Haddon Heights Police Department, the Camden County Prosecutors Office, PBA Local 328 and PBA Local 316 will be rededicating the Memorial Clock. This event will be held Monday April 20th outside Borough Hall, 625 Station Avenue, Haddon Heights NJ. The 600 and 700 blocks of Station Avenue will be closed to traffic at 11:00 am, and the ceremony will start at 1:00 pm.

Light refreshments will be served, afterwards, in Borough Hall. All residents and law enforcement are invited to attend as a show of support for the Norcross and McLaughlin families.

Law enforcement is asked to start staging at noon. Patrol units will have some designated parking areas in the 600 and 700 blocks of Station Avenue. All other vehicles must park on side streets.

Call the Haddon Heights Police Department with any questions at 865-547-0614, ext-0.

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President's Message

Patrick Colligan, NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan, President Jeb & Newt... not so 'Perfect Together'

Let me start this month’s message by letting you all know that this is not an “I told you so” article, but rather a “let’s think smart" article for the future of us all. 

Somebody a lot smarter than me once said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” No need to get nervous; the governor has reached his term limit here, and I won’t make a prediction about his future in politics. I suspect he is taking care of that all on his own.

What I want to do is remind everybody of those days before the 2009 election, when a majority of Law Enforcement supported (and later voted) for the current governor. Overall, we are a very odd group of voters. As Tony Wieners used to say, we are conservatives with Democratic needs, and I’m not sure there is a better description for us. So we were given this candidate back in 2009 from “Law Enforcement,” and with a “sacred trust” letter to us all if he wins. The rest, as they say…is history.

So now we are looking at a Presidential election in 2016. It’s already down to just a few viable options on the Republican side, and only one option on the Democratic side. My ears are open. I hear what you are all saying and who you seem to like so far, and it doesn’t seem to be the one candidate on the Democratic side.

I had the privilege to meet Brother Timothy Condon from one of our North Jersey Locals at the Collective Bargaining Seminar in Atlantic City during the first week of February. We started to chat about politics. He was kind enough to hand me a 2011 Op-Ed piece from the Los Angeles Times. Written by Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich, it was titled: “Better off Bankrupt.” It’s a Google search away, so take a peek at the whole thing. But let me give you a couple of the tidbits that Jeb and Newt seem to agree on:

…This approach begins with a new chapter in the federal Bankruptcy Code that provides for voluntary bankruptcy by states, a proven option already available to all cities and towns across America.

….As with municipal bankruptcy, a new bankruptcy law would allow states in default or in danger of default to reorganize their finances free from their union contractual obligations. In such reorganization, a state could propose to terminate some, all or none of its government employee union contracts and establish new compensation rates, work rules, etc. The new law could also allow states an opportunity to reform their bloated, broken and underfunded pension systems for current and future workers. The lucrative pay and benefits packages that government employee unions have received…..

Now, doesn’t that sound like a great idea? What I have discovered over time is that people tend to be a lot more honest than before they become candidates for something.  Maybe Gov. Scott Walker from Wisconsin sounds more palatable to you in 2016? I sure hope not! 

So thank you Brother Condon. We have to vote smart in 2016, and I hope that Op-Ed might shed some light on one of your early bets in that race. Time will tell, and a single candidate will emerge loaded with promises. I’m just going to remind you once more what that smart guy once said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” because I don’t want to be there, saying, “I told you so.”


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