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In Remembrance of September 11th
NAPO Response to Nike's Colin Kaepernick Ad

Mr. Mark Parker
Chairman, President and CEO
Nike World Headquarters
One Bowerman Drive
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Re: Colin Kaepernick and Nike's ''Just Do It'' Campaign

Dear Chairman Parker,

On behalf of the more than 241,000 law enforcement officers represented by our Association across the country, I write to you to condemn in the strongest possible terms your selection of Colin Kaepernick for Nike's ''Just Do It'' ad campaign. Mr. Kaepernick is known, not as a successful athlete, but as a shallow dilettante seeking to gain notoriety by disrespecting the flag for which so many Americans have fought and died.

The inclusion of Mr. Kaepernick in Nike's ''Just Do It" ad campaign also perpetuates the falsehood that police are racist and aiming to use force against African Americans and persons of color. In reality, officers across the nation risk their lives not only protecting the athletes featured in Nike's various campaigns, but also serve aspiring athletes across the country who use the Nike brand, through the thousands of Police Athletic Leagues, Boys and Girls Clubs and Big Brother/Big Sister programs where our officers donate their time and energy. They deserve to have the respect and full support of corporate citizens like Nike.

Adding to the insult is the image of Mr. Kaepernick from the campaign featuring the quote ''Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.'' The fact that Mr. Kaepernick is no longer a starting NFL player does not equate to him being someone who has ''sacrificed everything''. To truly understand what it means to ''believe in something'' and ''sacrifice everything'', you should look to Arlington National Cemetery, or to the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial in Washington, D.C., or to the trauma unit of a military hospital. The brave men and women of every race and color buried there, memorialized there, healing there, believed in this nation and our flag and exemplify the true meaning of ''sacrifice''.

In featuring Mr. Kaepernick in the ''Just Do It'' campaign, Nike grossly insults the men and women who really do make sacrifices for the sake of our nation. We are calling on all our member officers, their families and friends to join in boycotting all Nike products.

Sincerely,

Michael McHale
President

View Official Letter Here

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

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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).

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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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