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State PBA to Boycott Miami Dolphins Game at Annual Convention

Brother and Sister PBA members:

As you are no doubt aware, a number of NFL players continue to protest the National Anthem as a statement about “police brutality” in the United States.  Sadly, their actions malign not only the entire law enforcement community but it insults the veterans of our Armed Forces who bravely and selflessly protect our nation.  The NFL has encouraged the myth of systemic police brutality by failing to act against this inappropriate behavior.

Days ago the Broward County PBA called for a boycott of the Miami Dolphins after several of their players knelt during the National Anthem at their opening preseason game.  Broward County PBA called upon PBA members in Florida to join their protest.  It is our intention that the NJ State PBA should respect the wishes of our fellow PBA members in Florida.

Therefore, the NJ State PBA is cancelling our trip to see the Dolphins-Raiders game on September 23rd during the 2018 Annual Convention in Boca Raton.  Any State PBA member who purchased a ticket for the game as a part of our outing will be reimbursed for their purchase.

We simply must take a stand for our profession and for the truth.  We shall not reward millionaire pro athletes who choose to disrespect us and our nation by spending our hard earned pay on tickets and food that go to line their pockets.  Police work is dangerous and our members rarely acknowledged for a lifetime of sacrifices.  Until the NFL respects our sacrifices, we will not encourage our members to make them all wealthier playing a game.


Fraternally,

Pat Colligan
State President

Letter to NFL Commissioner - The NFL’s continuing disrespect for American Police Officers

Dear Commissioner Goodell,

Your league is at it again. On behalf of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), I am writing to you to condemn in the strongest possible terms the continuing disrespect for American police officers evinced by many of the NFL’s players.

NAPO is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States that serves to advance the interests of America’s law enforcement through legislative and legal advocacy, political action, and education. Founded in 1978, NAPO now represents more than 1,000 police units and associations, 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers, and more than 100,000 citizens who share a common dedication to fair and effective crime control and law enforcement.

Despite assurances from the league and its representatives over the off-season, the first full week of pre-season games shows only a return to the same shenanigans on the field. At the same time that U.S. police line of duty deaths are up from last year, and while the men and women of our nation’s armed services continue to pay with their own blood to defend each one of us, your league’s employees publicly disrespect our flag, our national anthem, our veterans, and our police.

Your inaction in the face of blatant flouting of the norms of our nation, and your league’s own rules, has, unfortunately, come to be expected. Whether it was Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time performance celebrating cop-killers, or Isaiah Crowell’s Instagram image of an assailant slitting the throat of a police officer, you willfully turn a blind eye. How ironic that your league’s own logo deliberately calls to mind the American flag, with its red, white and blue coloring and background of white stars on a field of blue. America’s law enforcement officers and their families only wish you had the integrity to defend our nation’s flag as vigorously as you defend your company’s own logo.

But once again, there has been no response from you or the NFL. It is shameful that you have yet again sat silent while members of your organization abuse our nation’s defenders.

Sincerely,
William J. Johnson
Executive Director

View Official Letter Here

Tags: NFL, NAPO
NJ COP SHOT - ALERT

$20k Reward Offered For Information On The Shooting Of Two Camden Detectives
$20,000 REWARD

The NJ Cop Shot program has posted a reward of $20,000 dollars leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible for the shooting of two Camden Police Detectives Tuesday evening, August 7, 2018.  The detectives, who were in plain clothes at the time, were ambushed and shot while at a red light in an unmarked car.  The detectives were rushed to an area hospital with injuries being reported as non-life-threatening.

New Jersey State PBA President Patrick Colligan said, "We consider an attack on ANY law enforcement officer in New Jersey regardless of Union affiliation an attack on one of our own." We want these dangerous criminals brought to justice as quickly as possible and we are confident that this reward will help.  Our thoughts and prayers are with both detectives as they recover from this assault.”

In an effort to capture anyone responsible for the assault of this officer, the State PBA is offering a $20,000 reward through the NJ COP SHOT program for information directly leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for this assault on a police officer.

The NJ State PBA is asking anyone with information to call Detective Caffarelli of the Camden Police Department at (856) 757-7042.  NJ Cop Shot is a program run by the New Jersey State PBA.  All information provided is anonymous (confidential).

Tags: NJCopShot
NJ SHBP 2019 Rate Update July 24, 2018

As we have for the past several years, we are providing you with an update that may help you with anticipating rates for the next plan year. Please note that these rates have yet to be adopted by the Commission.

Over the past two years, we have worked to keep the rates at an effective 0% increase which has been unheard of in the health insurance realm. Unfortunately, this year there would be plan design changes that would compromise the quality of the plans thus leaving us with increases that frankly are in line with national averages.

Below you will find the proposed increases for the different plans for state employees and local government (county and municipal) employees. These are two different risk pools and rates are computed independently due to the funding sources. You will see that State employees have a substantially lower rate increase this year.

In, order to apply these rates you must take the 2018 rates and apply the appropriate increase to the current plan rate, for instance if you are a local government employee in a family plan with direct 15 you must apply an increase of 7.3% to $2,104.28 (monthly) for medical and 14.3% to $547.94 (monthly) for prescription (if you are in the state prescription plan).

If you notice, the Employee (Ee) and child and family have substantially higher increases then employee (single) this is due to a shift in the ratio that Aon uses to assign risk to the different tiers of coverage. All of the rates are based off of the single rate which has a value of 1. Aon has proposed that Employee plus children be adjusted from 1.79 to 1.825 and families from 2.79 to 2.825.

Early retirees have an 8.2% increase and medicare retirees have a 14.8% decrease.

If you would like to review the complete renewal reports they are available at:  https://www.nj.gov/treasury/pensions/rate-renewal.shtml.

Finally, as many locals enter into negotiations, the yearly misinformation is being spewed by unscrupulous municipal representatives. Please note the following:

  1. No unit that relinquishes health benefits in retirement is eligible for Chapter 330 health benefits.
  2. There have been no discussions on the design committee to eliminate the PPO 10 or 15 plans.

As always, please contact your attorney or the State office before making any major decisions regarding health benefits.

Tags: SHBP, 2019 Rate
New Era of PFRS Management begins as Murphy Signs S5 into Law

Governor Murphy this morning has signed Senate Bill 5 into law marking an historic change in the management of the PFRS and the beginning of a new focus on prioritizing the full funding of the pension system for our retired members and every current and future member of the law enforcement community in New Jersey.  The law dramatically restructures the PFRS Board of Trustees and grants them broad powers over the policy making and investment strategy for PFRS.  Under the new law, PFRS will be managed on a day to day basis by an Executive Director and money managers who will report to the Board of Trustees.  The law removes the control of the pension system from the State and provides the PFRS Board with the exclusive power to select the investments for PFRS assets and make decisions about how PFRS pension policies will be governed.  Amongst the PFRS Board’s new powers are the ability to adjust COLA, modify the procedure for approving disability pensions and make changes to benefits limited by Chapter 78.  All benefit changes require actuarial certifications and a “super majority vote” of the Board.
 
The new PFRS Board of Trustees will take office on the first day of the seventh month from today and will begin the process of selecting a staff including an Executive Director, Chief Investment Officer, attorney’s, auditors and other staff.  The new Board and their staff will take complete control of the PFRS on or about July 4, 2019. 
 
 
Statement of State PBA President Pat Colligan on the signing of S5

“Today marks an historic day for the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS).  The signing of Senate Bill 5 into law will have a profound impact on the future of our retirement system and it places in the hands of PFRS members and their employers the tools to do what the State has failed to do for too long: focus on fully funding the system.   I am grateful to Governor Murphy for his support in our efforts to restore the health and independence of the PFRS.
When the State PBA began researching this concept and the best practices of healthy pension systems around the nation more than 4 years ago, we were convinced that making PFRS independent from the State was our only option. 
Nearly 20 years ago PFRS was overfunded and amongst the healthiest pension systems in the United States. But after years of fiscal gimmicks and State ineptitude our pension fund has sunk to levels that we could no longer ignore. This law provides the PFRS Board of Trustees with exclusive powers over the investment, policy making and management of the pension system. Today's changes establish a pathway for the future funding of our pensions. No longer will PFRS members be forced to suffer from the poor decision making and political expediency that marked the State’s stewardship of our pensions over the years. This law ensures competent professionals and a focused Board of Trustees will protect the fund from abuse and control investment decisions designed only to grow the value of the PFRS.  

I want to especially thank Senate President Sweeney for sponsoring this law and for his passionate leadership in advocating for this concept to protect our pensions. A new era in pension management begins today in New Jersey. The growth of PFRS protects the promise of a pension and security for their families made to our members when they became law enforcement officers.
The intent of this law is clear: PFRS members and their employers want to fully fund the PFRS and we now finally have the vehicle to make that a reality.”

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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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