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Presidential Campaign Update from NJSPBA Executive V.P. Marc Kovar

I have the honor of representing our membership as Sergeant-at-Arms for the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO).   I am passing along a NAPO chart comparing Presidential Candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on issues that impact law enforcement and our families.  The comparison is a quick and worthwhile read for our membership as election season moves ahead.

-Marc Kovar

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Summer of Heroes: First Responders Blood Drive

The First Annual Summer of Heroes: First Responders program will be taking place Saturday, August 13th through Sunday, August 28th, 2016. We are inviting our local police departments, fire departments, and first aid squads to donate at our three donor locations in Howell, Shrewsbury, or Toms River. The Central Jersey Blood Center will award the group with the most representing donors during this time with a $500 donation to show our appreciation for our first responders.

Text “brave” to 444999 to schedule your appointment today or call 888-71-BLOOD. PLEASE mention “Summer of Heroes: First Responders” when you call. Thank you for being a life saver!

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Message from President Colligan: Baton Rouge Attack

As our members were literally leaving Dallas this morning we learned of another horrific attack on brother officers in Baton Rouge. Although early in the investigation we again have officers targeted simply for the uniforms they put on this morning. The rush to judgement by politicians and appointed officials in our highest offices did nothing more than to fan the anti-police sentiment held by few in this country. Our communities and life as we know it would cease to exist and turn to anarchy if we chose not to put on the uniform every day. We will stand united with our brothers and sisters in Baton Rouge as we did with Dallas. Our Thin Blue Line has been stretched these last two weeks but it will not break. Our society will not be undermined by the few who despise us for what we represent.

New Jersey State PBA (NJSPBA) Reaches Into Survivor & Welfare Fund To Support Law Enforcement Victims

Law Enforcement Officers from NJSPBA to drive support trailer to Dallas to help on the ground.
(Woodbridge, NJ – July 9, 2016)-  NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan today announced that the union representing 33,000+ law enforcement officers from through New Jersey will make a $10,000 donation to support the men and women of law enforcement who were victims of the shooting attack on July 7 in Dallas, Texas.  
“Law enforcement will continue to stand together in these difficult and dangerous times. The donation to our brothers and sisters in Dallas is the right thing to do and we hope that other organizations throughout the country will show support for these fallen officers and their families,” said NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan.
The donation will come from the NJSPBA Survivor & Welfare Fund, a non-profit organization established by the NJSPBA to support law enforcement officers during difficult times. Funds in the NJSPBA Survivor & Welfare Fund, a tax exempt 501(c)3, are donated by law enforcement officers, corporate donors, PBA locals, businessmen and residents.
In addition to the donation, the NJSPBA will be dispatching the organization’s Special Services trailer to Texas in order to assist law enforcement officers and their families. The NJSPBA trailer is traditionally used to support law enforcement activities and events in New Jersey.
“We continue to get calls from our members looking for ways to help in Dallas. Pat Colligan and I will be traveling to Dallas with the PBA’s trailer to support law enforcement and their families,” added NJSPBA Executive Vice President Marc Kovar. 

Important Alert For PBA Members & Their Families From NJ State PBA Executive VP Marc Kovar

Our thoughts and prayers are with the law enforcement officers murdered in Dallas. These vicious murders make one thing clear: Even while protecting the communities we are sworn to serve, we are in danger because of our profession.  Please be vigilant and remain on high alert given the anti-police sentiment making its way through our country.

Do your job, but don’t be a hero.  Please be mindful of your surroundings at all times.  Avoid any situations that are not essential to public safety or the very description of your job during these dangerous times.  Most importantly, please take all precautions to survive your shift and make it home to your families.   When off-duty, we are recommending that you limit wearing  police insignia or PBA apparel that would make you or your family a target for those looking to harm law enforcement officers.  We also encourage taking police shields and other police identifying articles off your cars.

We’re all in this together.  Protect one another and get home safe to your family.  

Marc Kovar, NJSPBA Executive Vice President

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President's Message

Patrick Colligan, NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan, President Dear Trenton: a race to the VERY bottom!

To my friends in the NJ State Legislature, let me start this message by saying that my sister used to believe I was so far to the “right,” I didn’t need left shirt sleeves. Tony Wieners used to say those of us in law enforcement were conservatives with Democratic needs. Whether you are right, center or left, I just have to get S-1711 off my chest this month. In case you voted on it and didn’t get a chance to peruse it, please allow me to give you some CliffNotes from the bill:

- Amending or terminating any existing contracts (excluding financing instruments such as bonds);
- Modifying the terms, including wages and hours, or other terms of collective negotiations agreements or terminating any collective negotiations agreements to which the municipality is a party;
- Negotiating, on behalf of the municipality, future collective bargaining agreements;
- Abolishing any positions in the municipality;
- Unilaterally appointing, transferring, or removing employees.

Humor me and please go back and re-read that just one more time; it’s kind of important to those of us who have dedicated our lives to serving the citizens of New Jersey. Allow me to pull the old “Miriam Webster says” for a second. Unilateral means: “Done or undertaken by one person or party.”

Anybody want to hazard a guess who that might be?

Now, forgive me for insulting anybody but that places New Jersey public workers’ rights somewhere below Mississippi and a slight tick above China. I say New Jersey because that bill doesn’t say Atlantic City anywhere in its 22 pages. I checked.

This is a bill for all of New Jersey (granted, with some parameters). I’m not sure how anybody on either side of the aisle doesn’t read that and have the bejesus scared out of them. It really is a race to the very bottom. I hope that those of you who voted for it get another bite at the apple. I suspect you will.… Read More

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