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Drive-Through Testing Sites for COVID-19

REMINDER: Tomorrow both the Bergen Community College and PNC Bank Arts Center drive-through sites will be reserved for symptomatic health care workers and first responders with valid credentials ONLY.

On Sunday, 3/29, only Bergen Community College will be open. They will be able to test 500 people starting at 8:00 AM.

On Monday, 3/30, only PNC Bank Arts Center will be open, again at 8:00 am and for 500 tests.

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Pension Seminars Cancelled - April 2nd & 22nd

Pension Seminars scheduled for April 2, 2020 at the Morris County Police Academy and April 22, 2020 at the Ewing Police Department are canceled.  Both seminars will be rescheduled to a later date.

Important Information from President Colligan & Executive Vice President Kovar

Please take some time to review the following forms:

Protective Measures Fact Sheet from FEMA

Toolkit from the State Health Benefits Plan

Letter from Dr. Killeen Offering Assistance with Behavioral Health

Police Week National Memorial Candlelight Vigil

Dear NAPO members,
 
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has decided that it cannot hold the annual candlelight vigil at the Memorial as scheduled during this year’s Police Week in May.  Please see the below link for more info.  They are planning to do a “virtual” reading of the names to be added, and hopefully will reschedule a live reading later in the year.

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TOP COPS Rescheduled, Lobby Day Cancelled

Dear NAPO members,

Things here continue to grow more restrictive regarding public gatherings of any kind.  The time frames for those restrictions also continue to be extended farther into the year.  So we’ve had to conclude that our 2020 TOP COPS Awards will not be able to be held as first scheduled on May 14 at the MGM National Harbor outside Washington, D.C.    This decision also applies to our May 13 Lobby Day on Capitol Hill and Legislative Luncheon.

All the NAPO elected officers, as well as our own in house staff, in evaluating the current public health situation as well as the outside recommendations and prohibitions from the CDC, the Office of the President, the U.S. Capitol Complex, the U.S. Congress , the District of Columbia government, and the State of Maryland government, unanimously see this the same way.  It is not possible, (in fact it would be illegal under the current executive orders) to hold our event as originally scheduled. 

Having said that, it is also very important to us individually and as an organization that we honor the men and women who were nominated by their peers and selected as this year’s TOP COPS.  We are looking at the two remaining NAPO events for 2020 that we already have scheduled, our annual convention in Ohio in July, and our fall seminar in Florida in October. 

Given that we need to reset our TOP COPS Awards for this year to a later date and location, we are trying to reset it only once.  This is for several reasons:  To try to make it as smooth as possible under the circumstances, recognizing that some disruption in plans is unavoidable.  To work within the travel requirements for our Award winners, whose airline tickets can generally only be changed once without penalty.  To save unnecessary time, cost and expense that would be incurred in moving it twice.  And to do our best to set the new date/venue sufficiently far in the future so as to have the best chance of being out from under the current gathering and travel restrictions.

Since none of us know how long or to what degree of restriction current and future public health regulations will extend, we are going to look at moving TOP COPS to the October meeting as our best chance under the circumstances.  We still are planning a successful convention in Cleveland in July, but the possibility of restrictions still being in place regarding larger gatherings make it more prudent to try to move the Awards program later in the year.

Thank you to Tom Austin and the OPBA for all the work they’ve already done and continue to do to make our convention a success.

To sum up:         

  1. TOP COPS will not be held May 14 in Washington. 
  2. TOP COPS will be held later this year.
  3. Our May 13 Lobby Day and Legislative Luncheon are cancelled.  We can provide the legislative awards directly to deserving Members of Congress and their staffs later in the year.
  4. Our convention is still set for Ohio in July.
  5. Our fall seminar is still set for Florida in October. 
  6. We are resetting our TOP COPS Awards dinner to coincide with our October meeting in Florida.   Most likely about the week of October 18.
  7. We will notify everyone of more information regarding the new date/location as soon as it is firmed up.

From every one of our office staff, thank you very much for your understanding and support during these unusual times.  Please do let me know of any questions, comments or concerns.

Sincerely,
Bill Johnson

 

William J. Johnson, Esq., CAE
Executive Director
National Association of Police Organizations

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President's Message

Patrick Colligan, NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan, President Keynote Address

On Jan. 17, NJ State PBA President Pat Colligan gave the keynote address at the graduation of the Cape May County Police Academy 41st Basic Course for Police Officers. Here are some excerpts from that address:

The NJ State PBA publishes New Jersey Cops Magazine and the director was kind enough to allow NJ Cops complete access from the very first day that these recruits arrived in August until their graduation today. It was an honor and a privilege to follow these recruits. The police academy provides extraordinary training for these recruits, and they are well prepared for policing in 2017 and beyond. The training will prepare them for just about anything that they will encounter.

What I would like to tell you first, in the audience, is what the Academy has done for you. I don’t think the officers are going to want us to talk about it, but you deserve it after watching them all leave every Sunday or Monday morning. This academy has taught them how to iron. They can make their beds. They learned how to use a washing machine. Unfortunately, it’s only khakis and whites, but I assume you can let them know how to use colors when you get home. Most importantly, they can shower, shave and do all of their other business and get out of the bathroom in 30 seconds. That’s what the academy has done for you.
Things have changed slightly since I graduated from a similar academy in 1992. Most of these recruits hadn’t been born yet. Yahoo was something you said when you were excited. Gas was $1.05 and you paid the toll on the Parkway with something called a token. So we can agree that times have changed since 1992. The technology has certainly changed, and much of the police training has changed. But the core principles of policing have not.

The members of the very first municipal police department from Boston reported for duty in 1838, as these officers are responding in 2017. What has not changed, and will never change, are the core values of law enforcement: professionalism, compassion, respect, integrity and dedication. Whether you respond on horseback or in a car, whether you respond with a lantern or a flashlight, the call was answered the same way in 1838 as it was in 1992, and will be tomorrow for some of you.

You will respond with professionalism, compassion, respect, integrity and dedication. Bring those values to every call. Treat every victim and even every suspect like you would want your family to be treated. And you will enjoy a very long, healthy and rewarding career. The technology may be vastly different 25 or 30 years from now. The training will change. But those core values will remain exactly the same – I guarantee it.

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