Stay Alert, Stay Alive, Stay Engaged
Standing With Our Brothers and Sisters in Dallas
As the NJ State Lodge president, along with and on behalf of the thousands of members of our organization, I express our deepest sympathy to the surviving family members and colleagues of the five Dallas officers who lost their lives in the recent ambush in Dallas. We also pray for the full and speedy recovery of the additional seven officers who were wounded during this heinous attack. This act of violence against our brothers and sisters in Dallas is the law enforcement community’s most devastating attack since September 11, 2001.
It is common knowledge that in the ambush, the suspect had expressed hatred toward law enforcement officers and had set out on a mission to kill as many officers as possible. Our brothers and sisters throughout the state must stay alert to the fact that this type of ambush can happen anywhere.
As law enforcement officers, we put our lives on the line daily to protect our citizens, even knowing that there are some out there who want to do us harm. I applaud our Dallas law enforcement officers, who actually ran toward the gunfire to protect those they were trained to serve. I commend Dallas Police Chief David Brown in making the tough decisions that helped to end the confrontation without more loss of life.
We will continue to remind the public, media and politicians that law enforcement is not the enemy! No matter what happens, officers will continue to do what we’re trained to do — protect and serve the citizens of New Jersey. We must remember that we are the Thin Blue Line, the only thing that stands between civilization and chaos.
On June 9, the state Supreme Court came back with its decision on the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). It decided 6-1 against the union’s position that the COLA was part of the pension and decided with the state that it was an added benefit of the pension. It should be noted that the COLA is only suspended by the state; it is not eliminated. It can be restored when the state feels that pensions are properly funded. This decision makes it even more important that we get the constitutional amendment on funding pensions passed on the November ballot. We need to get all our FOP members, family members and friends registered to vote to support this amendment. I suggest that each FOP lodge form a voters’ notification committee to call all of their members on the day before the election to remind them to get out to vote for this amendment. This is our best chance to end the pension funding problem forever and restore COLA in the future.
34th Biennial Convention
As you know, next month we will have our State FOP Biennial Convention in Cambridge, Maryland. This conference is very important, because the entire State FOP Executive Board will be up for election. I have been honored to serve you all as president over the past two years and would be honored if you allow me to stay in that position for another two years. I am running with my entire Executive Board under the name of Team Fox and ask for your continued support of me and all the Team Fox members.