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Important Update for PBA Trenton Day - March 26th

PBA Day in Trenton on March 26th, 2018 has the potential to be an historic event for the State PBA.  In addition to the importance of PBA members coming to the State House in great numbers to see and be seen, both the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to vote on our priority legislation (Senate Bill 5/Assembly Bill 3761) to provide independence and investment authority to the PFRS Board of Trustees, among several other PBA related bills.


Monday will be a busy day in Trenton as several major rallies are scheduled by other groups.  Parking will be extremely limited and PBA members are urged to arrive in the State House by 9am to secure parking.

Check in location:

Members should enter the State House through the State House Annex entrance on West State Street.  You will be required to go through a metal detector.  Please advise the State Police at the entrance if you are carrying.  Police identification is required to carry a firearm in the State House and it must be concealed at all times.  Once at the registration desk simply tell the clerk you want to go to one of the following rooms.  Once inside members can go anywhere in the State House Annex or State House Building.

Schedule of Hearings:


Senate Session 2:00 PM Senate Chambers
Senate Judiciary 10:00 AM Committee Room 4, 1st Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ
Senate Labor 10:00 AM Committee Room 6, 1st Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ
Senate Transportation 10:30 AM Committee Room 10, 3rd Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ
Senate Community and Urban Affairs 11:00 AM Committee Room 1, 1st Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ
Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation 11:00 AM Committee Room 7, 2nd Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, New Jersey
Assembly Session 1:00 PM Assembly Chambers


Please note that due to expected large crowds from unrelated groups, entrance into the Senate and Assembly Chambers will be limited.  Plan to arrive to get a seat by 11am if you wish to watch the voting session.

Members should feel free to introduce themselves to legislators at the hearings or in the State House hallways and you are encouraged to contact their own representatives prior to Monday to arrange a time to meet if possible.  State PBA representatives will be on hand to point you in the right direction.


The State PBA Trailer will be on hand on West State Street serving coffee, water and doughnuts. The State House Cafeteria, Café NJ, is located in the basement level.  Vending Machines are also available in the State House basement.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday.

David Strumolo Named Next Chief of Police of the Harrison Police Department

As many of you already know, the Harrison PBA has been involved in a dispute with the Mayor and Council over the selection of our next Chief of Police.

Over the last several weeks we asked Harrison residents, our families, friends and fellow law enforcement officers to support us in this debate.

Most recently, we scheduled a rally for Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to continue to raise awareness about this important situation.

We are very happy to report that the Mayor and Council conducted the interviews they referenced at the February 6th Town Council meeting and have since announced that the number one candidate, Lt. David Strumolo will be the next Chief of Police of the Harrison Police Department.

We cannot thank you all enough for your continued interest and support of your local police department and the Harrison PBA Local 22.

We pledge to you, under the leadership of Chief David Strumolo, that we will do the best job we can for the residents of Harrison, and we will not take your support for granted.

The Harrison PBA invites you to join us on Tuesday, February 27, to celebrate with us and meet Chief David Strumolo and the members of the Harrison Police Department.

2018 NJSPBA Mini Convention - March 5th through 9th

Caesars - Atlantic City
March 5 - 9, 2018

A $100.00 registration fee will be charged to each Local and should be submitted with the initial registration. This fee is payable no later than February 10, 2018 and is payable whether or not the Local stays at the hotel.

No deposits will be accepted. All reservations and payments must be paid in full and received no later than February 10, 2018.

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Cops Exempt from Bill to Reduce Magazine Capacity

Legislation has been introduced this session that will lower the legal capacity for ammunition magazines.  But before rumors about the bill spread we want to make clear to the law enforcement community that active, off duty and retired officers are exempt from the reduced capacity required by the bill.  Section 2 and Section 3 of Senate Bill 102/Assembly Bill 2761 clearly maintains the status quo for all active and retired officers.   Although the bill has no impact on the law enforcement community, we monitor all gun bills closely and we will be meeting with Senate members on Friday.

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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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