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New Jersey Does Not Need the Republicans Legislating the 2% Salary Cap Out of Fear of November’s Impending Gubernatorial Election Results

Posted in Uncategorized
Over the past several days, the minority leaders of the New Jersey State Legislature have become increasingly vocal in their demands to renew what is commonly called the Interest Arbitration Salary Cap.  The Interest Arbitration Salary Cap limits Interest Arbitrator’s economic awards that govern pay raises for first responders in the State of New Jersey.… Continue Reading

3rd Circuit Rules that Citizens Have The Right to Film Law Enforcement Officers

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As reported in the New Jersey Law Journal, in the case entitled Fields v. City of Philadelphia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently joined five other circuits in ruling that the First Amendment protects individuals’ rights to film police officers performing their official duties. The Third Circuit decision involved two civil rights… Continue Reading

Police Dash Cam Footage and Use-of-Force Reports Must be Turned Over Under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law
This past week the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that dashboard recordings and use-of-force reports generated in connection with the fatal police shooting of a man who led officers on a high speed chase through several North Jersey towns are public records and thus subject to disclosure under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act. … Continue Reading

New Jersey State Senate to Vote on Supplemental Appropriations Bill to Pay Public Employees That Were Involuntarily Furloughed

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On Thursday, July 13, 2017, The New Jersey State Senate will vote on a supplemental appropriations bill to pay workers who were unable to work during the State governmental shutdown that was imposed over the last July 4th weekend.  This bill would amend the 2018 budget appropriations bill to ensure that those workers that were involuntarily furloughed be paid for… Continue Reading

Intelligence Sharing Agreement Between Obama and Cuba Fails to Include the Return of Convicted NJ Fugitive that Murdered a NJ State Trooper

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As reported in NJ.COM, The head of the New Jersey State Police, Colonel Rick Fuentes, renounced an agreement struck between the Obama administration and Cuba to share information on international criminal activity because it did not require the return of convicted cop killer Joanne Chesimard. Some Republicans also renounced the deal partly because of objections to… Continue Reading

Troopers Start Wearing Body Cams

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As reported by NJ.com, troopers at three State Police stations began patrolling with body-worn cameras this weekend as the Division prepares to outfit every officer on the road with the technology. Uniformed troopers assigned to Bordentown, Bellmawr, and Red Lion stations turned on their cameras on Saturday as part of an “initial deployment program,” according… Continue Reading

Law Suit Filed by Pension Board Trustees is Dismissed by the State Superior Court

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law, Public Employment Pension Crisis
As reported on NJ.Com, yesterday, Mary Jacobson, a State Superior Court Judge blocked an attempt by the Trustees of New Jersey’s largest pension funds to revise their suit seeking billions of dollars from the State to fund the pension system in light of a recent state Supreme Court decision.  The state’s highest court in June found the… Continue Reading

Christie Tells State Pension Fund Trustee’s That They Have No Authority to Request an Audit

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law, Public Employment Pension Crisis, Retiree Benefits
As reported by Samantha Marcus of NJ.Com, The Trustees of one of New Jersey’s largest government employee pension funds say they have been told by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration that they have no authority to request an audit of their fund’s investments, valued at about $80 billion. Tom Bruno, chairman of the board of trustees… Continue Reading

More Employee Misconduct at Bo Robinson Private Halfway House

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As reported by The Trentonian.com, an employee at private halfway house Albert “Bo” Robinson Assessment and Treatment Center, better known simply as Bo Robinson, is again being accused of having inappropriate sexual relations with an inmate. This is the second time since June a Bo Robinson worker was terminated for allegedly engaging in sexual relations with an… Continue Reading

NJ Pledges Millions To Equip Officers With Body Cams

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As reported by NJ.com, New Jersey has pledged $4 million to equip every New Jersey State Trooper and thousands more local police officers with body cameras as demand for the technology rises in the wake of several high-profile police-involved shootings in the United States. Body cameras, though increasingly ubiquitous in policing, are not yet standard gear for… Continue Reading

Open Letter from NJ State PBA President Patrick Colligan on the Recent Unrest Against Police

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Given the unrest that has erupted throughout our country in response to two Grand Jury decisions that failed to return True Bill’s of Indictment, we came across this letter from PBA President Patrick Colligan that offers an opinion from the perspective of a law enforcement officer.  Given our audience is New Jersey Public Safety Officers, we… Continue Reading

Attorney General’s Office Steps Up Oversight Of Edison Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit

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  As reported by nj.com, State and County law enforcement officials have stepped up oversight of the Edison Police Department’s internal affairs unit, which has been beset by allegations that it launched politically motivated investigations and quashed credible claims of brutality. The new measures, imposed by the State Attorney General’s Office and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s… Continue Reading

Lawmaker Suggests Police Internal Affairs Functions Be Transferred To AG’s Office

Posted in Internal Affairs
  As reported by nj.com, the internal affairs functions of every law enforcement agency in New Jersey would be transferred to the Attorney General’s Office under a bill proposed by an assemblyman, who contends politics and bias too often creep into investigations when police departments police themselves. Assemblyman Peter Barnes III (D-Middlesex), the son of… Continue Reading

Report: Port Authority Police Earn Far More Than Counterparts In Region

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  As reported by nj.com, Port Authority police officers earn far more than counterparts from most surrounding local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including 57 percent more than New Jersey State Troopers, according to a report from an independent watchdog group. The Citizens Budget Commission also found that officers of the Port Authority of… Continue Reading

Camden County Freeholders Hire Former State Police Captain To Help Form Metro Division

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  As reported by nj.com, the Camden County Freeholders hired a former New Jersey State Police Captain and Camden City resident to help form the county’s regionalized police department. Edward Fanelle will join the former police director for the State of New Jersey, Jose Cordero, in creating the operational team constructing the Camden County Police Department,… Continue Reading

NJ Attorney General Pitches Christie’s Proposed $958M Public Safety Budget

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  As reported by nj.com, State Attorney General Jeffrey Chisea made his case for the Department of Law and Public Safety’s proposed $958 million budget, which includes money for new State Police recruits and hundreds of patrol vehicles. The budget, proposed by Governor Chris Christie in February, also includes money for the State Police to hire… Continue Reading

Trenton Violence Prompts Meeting With AG Officials About NJSP Intervention

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  As reported by nj.com, amid a rising tide of violence in Trenton, including a murder in the shadow of the Statehouse on Route 29, the State Attorney General sent officials yesterday to discuss helping Trenton’s layoff-depleted police department, Mercer County Prosecutor Joe Bocchini said today. The meeting between Bocchini, Trenton acting Police Director Dave… Continue Reading

Complaints Against NJ State Police Declined In 2010

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  As reported by nj.com, complaints against New Jersey State Police troopers for everything from excessive force to minor paperwork violations fell for the fourth year in a row in 2010, but more troopers faced the most serious allegations of misconduct, a new report shows. The public and other officers filed 848 complaints against troopers in… Continue Reading

NJ Attorney General Blocks Public Knowledge Of State Police Overtime Pay

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  As reported by nj.com, in what some advocates of open government call an unprecedented overreach, Attorney General Paula Dow has blocked the public from knowing how much overtime State Police troopers and other state law enforcement officials earn. Dow’s rule, which took effect this month, is part of a larger effort by the Attorney General… Continue Reading

NAACP Vows To Challenge NJSP Over Low Black Representation In Recruit Class

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  As reported by nj.com, when the New Jersey State Police’s first class of recruits in two years reports for training today, only five of 123 will be black, a striking failure in the division’s decade long effort to achieve greater diversity. Now, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (“NAACP”), which settled discrimination… Continue Reading

Sweeney Says State Police Should Drop Charges Against Protesters Arrested At Pension Rally

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  As reported by nj.com, the State Police should drop all charges against the protesters arrested at Thursday’s contentious budget hearing, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said today. “The issues of pension and health reform are tough and emotional,” he said in a statement. “I understand that. And as someone who has spent my life in a union fighting… Continue Reading
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