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NJ Cop Shot Offering $20K Reward for Information on Shooting of City of Camden Officers

NJ COPSHOT is offering an additional $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspect(s) involved in a shooting of police officers in the City of Camden.

On Tuesday evening, September 15th, 2020 unknown gunmen opened fire on a home on the 2900 block of Clinton Street in Camden City. The home was occupied by two police officers and their 10 day old infant when six rounds struck their home.

Anyone with information is asked to call Camden County Police Department at (856) 757-7042or the Citizens Crime Commission at (215) 546-TIPS.

For additional information: https://6abc.com/2-shooters-open-fire-on-home-of-nj-officers;-manhunt-underway/6431214/

The NJ COP SHOT Program is administered by the NJ State PBA Survivor and Welfare Fund. Rewards of $20,000 will be offered for the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the shooting, killing or seriously wounding any New Jersey Law Enforcement Officer regardless of union or department affiliation.

Current Law Prohibits Release of LEO Personal Info

In the wake of violence and social media threats against law enforcement officers the State PBA has been asked for information regarding preventing the release and posting of personal information, addresses and phone numbers of officers.  Please be aware that existing New Jersey Law already prohibits disclosing, circulating, publishing or posting on the Internet the home address or unpublished home telephone number of any retired law enforcement officer, law enforcement officer or spouse or child of a law enforcement officer.  The Law, P.L. 2015, c. 226, makes it up to a 3rddegree crime and it applies to any private citizen, governmental entity, business or association that discloses an officers personal information.  An officer whose personal information is posted online can seek damages under the law in Superior Court as well. 

A copy of the law can be found here: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/PL15/226_.PDF

Any active or retired officer whose rights are violated by the release of their personal information should immediately seek to protect themselves under the law and press charges when appropriate in order to protect themselves and their families from harassment.  Please stay safe.

2020 Survivor Golf Classic

Mercer County Conference of PBA's invites you to the annual 2020 Survivor Golf Classic that benefits the surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal government criteria.  Garden State Concerns of Police Survivors also provides training to law enforcement agencies and the Golf Classic also raises funds for the organization.  For additional information on the golf tournament please visit, www.gardenstatecops.com.

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Colligan/Kovar Meet with Trump at the White House July 31, 2020

State PBA President Pat Colligan and Executive Vice President Marc Kovar today joined NAPO leaders from around the United States at the White House to meet with President Trump and Vice President Pence to discuss combatting the national anti-police sentiment and to announce NAPO’s endorsement of the President’s re-election.

NAPO recently voted to endorse the President after backing former Vice President Biden in 2008 and 2012.  President Trump has frequently spoken out in favor of the nation’s law enforcement officers and he has been especially supportive recently as some public officials have spoken out against and threatened to defund law enforcement.  

President Colligan and Executive Vice President Kovar both spoke to the President during the meeting with NAPO leaders to express the disappointment of the State PBA in those officials that criticize law enforcement officers while ignoring the outbreak of lawlessness and murder that has spread across the nation.

Executive Vice President Kovar, who serves as a NAPO elected officer, told the President: “Too many elected officials have let us down despite the fact that New Jersey officers do their job professionally and with less need for force than officers in nearly every other State.”

President Colligan has been outspoken that the public campaign against the police is not only bad for morale and officer safety but the effort to limit the powers and response of the police is empowering a dangerous criminal element in too many places.

The meeting at the White House was also attended by PBA and NAPO leaders from New York, Florida, Massachusetts and Texas as well.  The President once again reiterated his support for the law enforcement community and pledged to continue to fight to keep officers and our communities safe. 

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NJSPBA PRESIDENT COLLIGAN APPLAUDS APPELLATE COURT OF NEW JERSEY RULING ON AG’s DIRECTIVES

Calling it a “great first step”, New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan today released the following statement thanking the Appellate Division for granting the request by the State PBA and a number of other law enforcement unions for a stay of the Attorney General's Directives requiring law enforcement agencies to release the names of law enforcement officers who were issued major discipline since 2000. 
 
A number of law enforcement agencies intended to release and publish this information by July 15th.  This means that law enforcement agencies cannot publish the names of law enforcement officers who have been issued major discipline and summaries of that discipline pending further order of the Court. 
 
Colligan and the NJSPBA were among a number of concerned members of the law enforcement community who immediately rushed to the defense of members of law enforcement to ensure that confidential and personal files could not be simply released by fiat with no examination of the legality and potentially devastating consequences that will surely accompany the Attorney General’s decree.
 
“We have consistently said that we are willing to work with the Attorney General towards a resolution that is fair, just as we always have,” said Colligan.  “In the absence of partnership that allows us all to root out bad actors without sacrificing individuals who will be unfairly ruined in the rush to secure a soundbite, we will continue to pursue any and all legal remedies.  We know that this is an ongoing process, but this ruling is a great first step for our members and for the public at large.”
 
The case will be argued before the Appellate Division in October and the Appellate Division will issue a decision on whether to permanently stay the Attorney General's Directives. 

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President's Message

Patrick Colligan, NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan, President

The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly been an extraordinary and trying time for our membership. As usual, you have risen to the occasion and provided safety and security to the residents of our state during one of the most trying times since 9-11.

We have and will continue to provide guidance for those of you that are experiencing issues with your employer. The issues presented to those of us in law enforcement during this pandemic are certainly unprecedented. As Mike Freeman has suggested; work now, grieve later. These are without a doubt unchartered waters. Continue to monitor our webpage, Facebook, Twitter and the PBA App for the very latest and up to date information.

In an abundance of caution we have closed the Woodbridge office. Administrative staff is home. They continue to answer the phones during normal business hours and they monitor their emails from home. They have all done an extraordinary job in keeping some sense of normalcy to our operation. You have all been exceedingly patient and we certainly appreciate that.

We are currently working on setting up our own testing sites for first responders and their families throughout the state. We will put out that information as soon they are ready. Hopefully we will have an update within the next 24 hours or so. We will initially be providing the testing information to your presidents and delegates for distribution.

Please continue to keep those that are Covid positive and those in quarantine in your thoughts and prayers. Some of our members and our other first responder brothers and sisters are in very serious condition. This is an unseen enemy none of us ever trained for and used to only be a movie storyline. Most of us never expected our work to be brought home to our families and loved ones. This virus doesn’t know when our shift has ended and is indiscriminate in who it infects. Please continue to take every possible precaution to keep yourself, your co-workers and your families safe!

I’m sure we are all looking forward to the day when this story is old history. I hope that day comes very soon!

Please stay safe!
Pat

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