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New Presidents Class Scheduled for February 14, 2019


A New Presidents class has been scheduled for THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019, at the State PBA headquarters, 158 Main Street, Woodbridge.  The class begins at 10:00 a.m. 

Class size is strictly limited to the first 40 members.
To reserve your space, please email the individual’s name and Local name and number to  A confirmation email will be sent to you.

A message from State President Colligan

It is with deep regret I have to announce the passing of Pablo Santiago, President of the Mercer County Sheriffs Department PBA and great friend to many of us locally and throughout the entire state. Pablo will be sorely missed. Check back for further updates.

2019 Law Enforcement Collective Bargaining Seminar

The Collective Bargaining Seminar will be held at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, 777 Harrahs Blvd, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401. Call the PBA Office, 732-636-8860, early to make your SEMINAR reservation now.

The seminar will begin Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 with lunch immediately after the State PBA meeting until 4:00 PM. Seminar will continue Wednesday (2/6) and Thursday (2/7) beginning at 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM. Registration will begin before the State PBA meeting at the Avalon Registration Desk in the Conference Center.

Seminar applications should be received by Friday, January 11th, 2019. A check for $325.00 per participant for first 2 members of a Local made payable to the NJSPBA should accompany each application. Additional members from the same Local are $300 each. The seminar includes a lunch on Tuesday and continental breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday. Seminar applications received after January 11th, 2019 will be $375.00 with no Local volume discount.

If there are any questions concerning this seminar, please contact Michael Freeman at the State PBA office (732-636-8860) or email

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Governor Murphy Signs Law Exempting Officers from Magazine Limit

Governor Murphy has signed legislation moved by the NJ State PBA to exempt law enforcement officers from the magazine capacity limit. The law ensures that active duty officers can carry magazines on and off duty up to 17 rounds and exempts officers authorized to carry rifles capable of holding more than 17 rounds as well. 

The existing law already protected the rights of retired officers to carry 15 round magazines and that exemption remains intact.

We are also addressing the retiree carry rules in their entirety for the next legislative session. It is our hope to clarify and simplify the current legislation to address NJ law and statutes and its relationship with the Federal LEOSA rules.

ATTENTION MEMBERS! UPDATE on the Magazine Capacity Bill A4304-S2846

The General Assembly has unanimously passed legislation today to address the ability of off duty law enforcement officers to carry firearm magazines of greater than 10 rounds. The bill addresses errors in the law identified by the State PBA. This legislation, written at our request, overrules the letters sent out recently by county prosecutors prohibiting officers from carrying large capacity magazines off duty. The governor is expected to sign the legislation as soon as practical, possibly as soon as tomorrow.

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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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