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$10,000 College Scholarship for Families of Police Officers Wounded in the Line of Duty

Security retailer BrickHouse Security has officially announced the opening of its Second Annual BrickHouse College Scholarship for 2015 to benefit current/former law enforcement officers wounded in the line of duty and their families. The company is awarding $10,000 to an officer or family member through its annual essay scholarship competition. Recipient will be announced in May, 2015.

“If you are a current or former uniformed law enforcement officer in the United States who was wounded in the line of duty, you may be eligible to receive this immediate-use scholarship. We hope this donation will serve as an investment in the future, providing you and yours an opportunity to reach your full potential after sacrificing so much for us.”

Academic Requirements
    •    High School Graduate or Current College Student
    •    Minimum 3.0 Cumulative High School GPA
    •    Complete a 250-500 word essay on the following topic:

"Describe how your service and injury have impacted your outlook on higher education."

More information available here

State President Colligan Sends Letter To President Obama About Cop Killer Joanne Chesimard

President Patrick V. Colligan today sent a letter to President Barack Obama, the Honorable Eric Holder, Attorney General, USA, the Honorable Robert Menendez, US Senator, the Honorable Cory Booker, US Senator and Members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation to respectfully request that he demand Joanne Chesimard's immediate extradition so she can serve out the remainder of her life in a jail where she belongs.

View The Full Letter Here

 

 

From State President Colligan: Op-Ed Regarding the Ferguson & Staten Island Grand Jury Decisions

Our Nation is reeling from two unfortunate tragedies: the death of Michael Brown and the death of Eric Garner.  The reaction to these incidents show that it will take a long time for our communities to heal and our profession will be impacted forever by these two events. The divide and passion in the debate over these deaths is deep and palpable and I certainly respect a person’s right to peaceful and lawful protests. The freedom of speech is the greatest part of our Democracy.
 
To offer some perspective, in 2011 approximately 34,000 persons were arrested by Officers every single day throughout our Country. In New Jersey, that was approximately 930 arrests per day. A majority of those arrests take place without any incident whatsoever. They are transported, processed, entered into our Criminal Justice System and given their day in court.
 
As sad and tragic as it is to admit, when 12.4 million people get arrested in one year, statistically there are cases that come to an unfortunate end. We are not infallible and we make mistakes. Our Officers must often make life or death decisions in split seconds. We have no time to resort to law books, case law, legal opinions, experts, attorneys, supervisors or clergy. Grand Juries, juries and the public are left to scrutinize that decision for months and years to come. Lives on both sides of the equation are changed forever.
 
That is not to suggest that law enforcement officers are always indifferent in the performance of their duties.  Are there those among over 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers in this country that are racist or abuse their authority? Absolutely. Despite rigorous testing, interviews and psychological tests they still get into our profession. But the overwhelming fact remains that in 2014 we have the most professional, best educated, best trained and best equipped law enforcement professionals in our Nation’s history.  Consider that when the millions of "calls for service" and non-arrest statistics are factored in, the number of times an officer removes his gun from his holster is so statistically insignificant that you probably have a better chance of being struck by lightning than stare down the barrel of an officer’s gun.  That is because of great training, good people and good relationships between a community and its officers.
 
I was not an eye witness on August 9th in Ferguson. I was not on the Grand Jury nor was anybody I know. I was ready to accept whatever verdict was rendered in both St. Louis County and Staten Island. Our Grand Jury System is certainly not perfect, but it is the best system we have. Over my years as a Detective the Grand Jury system has surprised me, disappointed me and satisfied me. Whatever the results were in any of my cases I accepted them and moved on.
 
Deadly force is not an easy option. The public has to realize that there is a gun at every single call. It is our gun. Our badges do not make us super-human. We cannot effect an arrest on everyone we meet just because we wear a uniform. It should come as no shock that not everyone complies with an arrest.
 
In my 23 years as a police officer, I have never once witnessed a person that complied with a lawful order get even a single scratch. Not once. At the very core of this issue, both Eric Garner and Michael Brown were violating a law. When they were given a lawful order by an Officer neither of the men complied. When they were being placed under arrest or ordered to stop they resisted that order. When they resisted they were tragically killed. In the simplest of terms, if Michael Brown and Eric Garner had complied with the lawful commands of those police officers they would both be alive today.

Ceremony to Officially Dedicate Atlantic City First Responders & 9-11 "In the Line of Duty" Memorial

To ensure that the memory and sacrifice of those brave men and women who courageously gave their lives in order to save countless others on September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), in partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) and the City of Atlantic City, will unveil the First Responders & 9/11 Memorial on the Boardwalk at St. James Place on Friday, December 5 at 1 pm.

The day will begin at noon with services at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, located one block from the memorial on Pacific Avenue between New York and Tennessee avenues.  A reception at the Irish Pub on St. James Place will follow the conclusion of the dedication.

View Official Press Release Here

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State President Colligan Responds to Congressman Frank Pallone

State President Colligan responds to statement made by Congressmen Frank Pallone regarding the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

View Letter From State President Colligan to Congressman Pallone Here

View Congressman Pallone's Statement Here

Anyone wishing to contact the congressman may do so here:

https://pallone.house.gov/contact-me 

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December 2014 Back Issues
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President's Message

Patrick Colligan, NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan, President Summer of 2014

When Nat King Cole wrote that song he certainly got the last part right. Summer is traditionally a relatively quiet time at the NJ State PBA office. Unfortunately, the summer of 2014 didn't really cooperate. Tragically, we lost two of New Jersey's finest: Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago was murdered in his police car on July 13 by an animal who wanted to be famous. A few short days later we lost Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell during the performance of his duties while most of the residents of Waldwick slept safely and comfortably in their homes. We also had a host of very serious crashes involving police officers all across the state. I wish them all a fast and healthy recovery.

The dirt on Santiago and Goodell's graves hadn’t even settled when we were graced with the governor's “No Pain, No Gain" disgraceful tour of self-promotion. “Part 1” was on the very afternoon we buried Officer Goodell. I guess “No Pain, No Gain” is a lot catchier than “I Don’t Have a Damn Plan, I Want The System To Fail and I’ll Add This To My Long List Of Things I've Screwed Up” Tour.  The 2014 “No Pain, No Gain” tour can best be described as a cross between the old "Where's the Beef?” commercials from Wendy's and the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day. A whole lot of nothing replayed throughout the state over and over and over and over and over again……all summer long.

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