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2018 Law Enforcement Collective Bargaining Seminar

The Collective Bargaining Seminar will be held at the Harrah’s Hotel & Casino, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401. Call Harrah’s Hotel & Casino early to make your Seminar room reservations now.
The seminar will be Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, through Thursday, February 8th, 2018. The seminar will begin at 12:00 pm after the State meeting, with lunch, and continue through Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Room reservations can be secured by calling Harrah’s Hotel & Casino 1-888-516-2215, Code SH02PB8. Single or Double occupancy is $45.00 plus applicable taxes.

Seminar applications should be received by Friday, January 12th, 2018. A check for $300.00 per participant made payable to the NJSPBA should accompany each application. Seminar applications received on or after January 14th, 2018 will incur charge a of $350.00 per attendee.

The seminar includes a lunch on Tuesday, the 6th and continental breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday.

If there are any questions concerning this seminar, please contact George O’Brien at the State PBA office, phone 888-465-7722, or 732-636-8860.


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Proposed Local Government Services/Local Finance Board Rules

Please review the attached clarification letter regarding the proposed rule changes for Local Government Services and Local Finance Board .

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Will ending cop salary cap raise your taxes?

A cap on police and fire salary increases in interest arbitration cases will expire at the end of the year unless it is renewed by the Legislature and governor. The New Jersey State League of Municipalities, which represents all 565 of the state’s municipalities, argues that if the cap isn’t renewed, it will put further upward pressure on the state’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes and force reductions in municipal services. The state Policemen’s Benovolent Association argues that the cap isn’t necessary and that contract settlements should be negotiated between towns and local unions, not bound by an arbitrary cap. State PBA president Pat Colligan and League executive director Michael Darcy offered their differing perspectives on the cap in a Q&A

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NJ Cops Magazine

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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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