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To all Delegates and Presidents:

The following courses are still available through the NJSPBA Education Committee.  As you can see in the course descriptions, there are two courses that we are making available to the general membership.  The Health Benefits seminar and Below 100 are both available to all interested members Statewide.  The Health Benefits update is even more critical given the amount of questions members currently have about changes being made in benefits across NJ.  Please make sure your members know this seminar is available to all of them.  The Below 100 course is an officer safety presentation specifically designed to reduce the number of preventable line-of-duty law enforcement casualties.  In today’s current political climate, the risks faced by law enforcement are dangerous enough; let’s try to educate our Brothers and Sisters better to keep the preventable risks, injuries and deaths as low as possible.

The course list has been posted in the magazine, but please make a point to distribute this information to your members and encourage them to participate.

An educated member is always the strongest member.

The remaining courses are open as listed and we encourage you all to take advantage of the information and knowledge available from the instructors. 

To register for courses, please visit http://scheduling.njspba.com/education. If you have any questions or suggestions for future courses, please contact education@njspba.com.

Best regards,
Joe D. Dudley II
Dunellen Local #146
Education Committee Chair

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Governor Murphy today signed into law a PBA initiated bill to expand the class 3 officer Program.

Under the new law every law enforcement officer eligible for retirement in the PFRS and every retired bi-state and federal officer would be eligible to be appointed as a class 3 officer. The law will go into effect 7 months from today so that the Police Training Commission has the time to develop the appropriate training program for these officers.

The new law also removes the current restrictions on how long an officer can be retired to be eligible. There are now no limits on how long an officer can be retired to be offered a class 3 job. And the law also now limits the off duty work available to class 3 officers by ensuring that all extra duty school assignments be offered first to the full time members of the police department before a class 3 officer can be offered the post. 

We would like to thank the NJ Association of Chiefs of Police for their cooperation and guidance in developing the law. We are grateful to Senator Bucco and Assemblyman Bucco for their sponsorship of the bill and appreciate the governor signing this PBA priority legislation quickly into law.

Brothers and Sisters,

Our veterans are attending our city council meeting at Clifton City Hall @8:00 pm on Tuesday March 19th, 2019.  We are looking for support from our County Conference brothers to attend this very important meeting. The agenda for this meeting will be to stop discrimination against our veterans. Please ask members to attend and wear PBA attire. We will also be selling t-shirts and sweatshirts. All proceeds help our military brothers pay for their attorney’s fees.

Nick Hriczov, President
Clifton PBA Local #36

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Sgt. Richard Lyons
Watchung PBA Local 193

Sergeant Lyons has served with the Watchung Police Department for more than 23 years and last 9 years as a Patrol Sergeant.  In early 2018, Sgt. Lyons was the target of four departmental investigations, three of which resulted in dozens of departmental charges.  These investigations are related to the patrolmen under his charge “idling”, contact with a suspected disabled MV, and completing a patrol log report.  Sgt. Lyons is facing a 1 year 5 day suspension, and demotion which we feel is unwarranted and highly excessive.  Sgt. Lyons’ hearing is scheduled for March 20th, 21st, and 22nd, in Judge Ciccone’s courtroom at Somerset County Superior Court in Somerville, 9:30am to 4:00pm.  Any support would be greatly appreciated!

Brad Sporer, Delegate
Watchung PBA Local 193

A story today from NJ Advance Media (nj.com) on law enforcement use of force will look to develop controversy and discontent by providing data with little context about the use of force officers are required to use. Police officers face an unparalleled challenge of saving lives, restoring peace, and bringing criminals to justice. The situations they face are dynamic and involve split second decisions. They are not done within the safety and security of a newsroom. The actions they take can mean life or death. In 2016 alone over 1,800 New Jersey Police Officers were assaulted while doing the job of protecting the communities they serve. The number of assaults on officers increased 8% and contempt for law enforcement is a growing trend nationwide. Often thanks to irresponsible and half-written articles like the one released today.

Yes, law enforcement is permitted to use force, and newspapers buy ink in barrels. No revelations there. Unfortunately print media has all but disappeared and has been replaced with online news. When you can't count newspapers anymore to tout your commercial success you have to generate "clicks" to sell advertising at top dollar. Regretfully, that has led to the demise of legitimate journalism in this country.

I knew where this "investigative report" was going the moment I saw the teaser headings and salacious preview video. It worked a few months ago for another NJ news organization so why not give it a crack here at nj.com. They have provided you with a clickable database for watercooler banter today, nothing more. Like TMZ, Inside Edition and the like they are giving you a suggestive bit of sensational data to keep an unsuspecting public engaged. Regretfully and unfortunately they have only told half the story. True journalists at least attempt to tell an entire story.

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