Jersey FOP NEWS
F R AT E R N A L O R D E R O F P O L I C E SPRING 2009
Police Week in D.C. &
conference in Long Beach
Two BIG! National FOP events
Falling asleep on the job?
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Hooray for the
Medford Lakes cops succeed
in keeping their department intact
Rescuer Harold Wooden
t in the DairypRitiscop A le of Burlington Lodge #2
Night Shif teys, Jersey City’s Sho e
He vaults past the norm
to help people
Meet Fred Pap
This season’s golf
Seven local lodge events plus
the 4th Annual Bowman Classic
New Jersey Law Enforcement Memorial
Service, May 19, Ocean Grove
S P R I N G 2009
Jersey FOP NEWS CONTENTS
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8 Police Week in D.C. & Conference in Long Beach
National FOP events
mercial purposes without permission is
10 Night shift in the dairy aisle
Meet Fred Paparteys, Jersey City’s ShopRite cop
New Jersey FOP News, Inc.
20 Falling asleep on the job?
Check out Sleep Better NJ
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Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: (609) 599-1222
25 Hooray for the hole-in-the donut PD!
Medford Lakes cops succeed in keeping their department intact
Fax: (609) 599-1221
40 Rescuer Harold Wooden of Burlington Lodge #2
Advertising Inquiries He vaults past the norm to help people
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Phone: (908) 823-9001 16 Federal cash keeps NJ cops employed
16 The skinny on PFRS loan applications I N E V E R Y I S S U E
Fax: (908) 823-9002
17 Are you owed military extra earnings?
18 Future PFRS debt looms larger ahead 5 From the President’s Desk
Editor: Robin Patric
18 NJ L.E. Memorial Service, May 19 6 Grand Lodge Update
20 Get PTC basic training or be dumped 9 Letters
Printer from PFRS 14 State Lodge Briefs
A.F.L. Web Printing 19 Corzine at FOP Mini Convention 22 Eye On Trenton
2 Executive Drive 26 Dets. / P.I.s invited to 1-day seminar 30 NJ FOP Membership Benefits
Voorhees, NJ 08043 26 NJ ranked 39th in incarcerations 31 Dear Steph
Phone: (856) 566-1270 13 Blue Mass in Trenton, April 28 33 Richman Report
Fax: (856) 566-0110 19 Suicide Task Force touts strategy 18 Awards
26 “Take 25” and save a child 41 Quickbits
NJ FOP State Lodge Officers 27 Eight golf tournaments coming up 42 Members on the Move
President Ed Brannigan 28 Mini Conference photos 46 Officer Elections
Executive Vice President Bob Fox 32 Filing requirements for local lodges 44 Cop2Cop
Vice President Dominic Romeo
Corresponding Secretary Wayne Winkler Local News Highlights
Treasurer George Kline 5 Lodge #7 embraces Doo Wop style A D V E R T I S E R S
Recording Secretary Steve Demofonte 38 Demotions and layoffs threatened
Sergeant at Arms Ken Hawkins in Monmouth despite solid budget 3 Allied Mortgage
Chaplain Andy Castellanos 39 Monroe’s Finley Brown says yes to 4 Modern Mortgage
National Trustee Ron Bakley the Cognac that nearly killed him 9 BagolieFriedman
41 Lodge #34 fires back at county 11 Brick Armory
Past Presidents administrator 12 Santamaria Eye Center
Rick Whelan, John Sisto, Jim Forcinito, 45 Pat Derosa named 2008 Mt. 15 Gateway Toyota
Harold Shea Arlington FOP Member of the Year 17 Stark & Stark
46 New Contracts: Princeton 21 Allied Home Mortgage
University, Randolph, Sparta 24 Key Testing
Director of Member Services
47 Robert Mason named Randolph chief 34 Lucas Auto Group
36 Attorney Tom Cushane
38 Eastern Dental
FOP State Legal Counsel 48 Caesars
A.J. Fusco, Jr., P.A.
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SPRING 2009 3
4 NJ FOP NEWS
FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK
We have binding arbitration
because we cannot strike
Here we go again with the League of Municipalities. Don’t forget, long before Governor
Christine Todd Whitman gave the municipalities a pension holiday, we fought a battle with
the League over binding arbitration in 1995.
Republicans and Democrats fought to reform binding arbitration laws using the same
excuse then as they do today -- property tax. It was a long and hard battle and in the end,
on Jan. 4, 1996, Governor Whitman signed the law on compulsory arbitration for public fire
and police departments, amending and supplementing P.L. 1977, c.85, and repealing section
7 of P.L. 1977, c.85.
NJ FOP President
Among the law’s reforms were the following:
• Arbitrators must explain which factors they do or do not consider relevant when
making an award.
• Arbitrators must consider the local cap law when making an award, as well as the effect
of the award on local taxes, existing programs and services.
• The Public Employment Relations Commission must develop arbitrator guidelines for
determining comparability between jurisdictions.
• PERC must conduct a yearly survey of private-sector salary increases for use in public-
sector wage negotiations.
Governor Whitman claimed that reformed arbitration would be significant in helping
municipalities control property tax rates.
“ Binding arbitration “Meaningful reform of the way arbitrators resolve contract disputes between public
employers and their police and firefighter unions is vitally important to our efforts to keep
was meant to level down governmental cost,” she said when signing the bill. “New Jersey taxpayers deserve the
kind of break which this overhaul of binding arbitration will provide.”
the playing field Two years later, the League was still complaining about property tax rates and Her
Eminence, Governor Whitman, granted state, county and municipal authorities the pension
in negotiations holiday. They saved hundreds of millions of dollars because they didn’t have to pay into our
between local pensions for five years. They were supposed to gradually pay back until they met their full
obligation of 100% in 2008. Well now they have another deferral of 50%.
elected officials Wouldn’t you think that local governments fortified with the savings of hundreds of
millions of dollars in property tax relief would put the money aside for the future? No, why
and public safety should they? It’s new-found wealth they can spend on local perks and government abuse.
The heck with the police and fire pensions and benefits.
unions. Now they Well, the stock market crashed and the economy went into recession. Homes are being
foreclosed, unemployment is at its highest, and the police and fire pension lost $23 billion in
want to take that 2008 because of the market, poor investments and government not making their pension
away and bring us contributions.
These are the worst of times and the League of Municipalities would like you to believe
back into the that municipal budgets are strained because of pension obligations and binding arbitration.
How convenient to once again blame police and fire for their mismanagement.
1970s.” How often in recent years, during the stock market boom and pension holiday did we
see some of these same politicians -- mayors and legislators -- go to jail for corruption?
While bashing our pensions and benefits, they were receiving kickbacks and squandering the
taxpayers’ money on pay-to-play schemes and patronage, taking care of friends and family
and enriching their own pockets.
The reason we have binding arbitration is because we do not enjoy the right to strike.
Binding arbitration was meant to level the playing field in negotiations between local elected
Cont’d on page 17
SPRING 2009 5
U P D A T E
Obama invited to has ruled in Arizona v. John- forcement officer fatalities.
keynote Police son that law enforcement Justice Ruth Bader Gins-
Memorial Service officers have the discretion burg affirmed an earlier rul-
President Barak Obama to frisk car passengers ing in Terry v. Ohio (1968),
had not given his response at stopped for traffic violations "recognizing that a limited
National FOP deadline time, but he has if the officers believe their search of outer clothing for
Directory been invited by the National safety is at risk. weapons serves to protect
FOP to be the keynote According to the FBI, both the officer and the
speaker at the 28th National traffic-stop altercations are a public.” The court held the
Peace Officers’ Memorial leading cause of law en- pat-down as reasonable under
HEADQUARTERS Service in Washington, D.C.
701 Marriott Drive The ceremony will be held
Nashville,TN 37214 on the west front of the U.S.
Capitol at noon on Friday,
FAX: (615) 399-0400
May 15. $4 billion for law enforcement
Officer deaths bring in federal stimulus package
budget crunch to Philly
More than $4 billion for state and local law
LEGISLATIVE OFFICES Lodge #5
enforcement is included in the American Recovery
309 Massachusetts Since the Philadelphia
and Reinvestment Act. President Obama’s economic
Avenue, N.E. Police Department does not
Washington, D.C. 20002 jumpstart was signed into law on Feb. 17. The fund-
pick up funeral expenses for
Jim Pasco ing includes:
officers who die in the line
Executive Director • Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance
Phone: (202) 547-8189 of the duty, it’s Philadelphia
Grant Formula Program ($2 billion) – for multijuris-
FAX: (202) 547-8190 FOP Lodge #5 that fills in
dictional drug and gang task forces, cold case units,
the gap. In the last year,
identity theft investigations, school violence preven-
eight Philadelphia officers
CURRENT OFFICERS tion programs, services for threatened jurors, witness
have been killed at a cost of
protection programs, and victims’ rights and hate
President Chuck Canterbury $200,000 for the lodge and
Vice President Dave Hiller they are requesting help to
• Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Secretary PatrickYoes restore their treasury. The
($1 billion) - will add 13,000 more officers to the
New Jersey FOP donated
TreasurerTom Penoza streets over the next three years.
$1,000 to help them and
2nd Vice President • Edward Byrne Competitive Grant Program ($225
President Ed Brannigan
million) – grants to ensure job growth and job reten-
Frank Gale urged New Jersey local
Sgt-at-ArmsTim Downs lodges to donate $100 each.
• Assistance to tribal law enforcement ($225 mil-
Bill for federal officer • Programs established by the Violence Against
PAST PRESIDENTS equity introduced Women Act ($225 million).
Gill Gallegos National is backing a • Competitive grants to improve criminal justice
Dewey Stokes newly introduced bill, HR- system functioning ($225 million) – assistance to
673, the “Law Enforcement victims of crime and youth mentoring grants.
Officers’ Equity Act,” which • Assistance for rural law enforcement to combat
Leo Marchetti proposes equal pay and drug-related crime ($125 million).
John Dineen retirement status to nearly • Assistance for law enforcement along the south-
30,000 federal officers in 38 ern border and in high intensity drug trafficking areas
agencies. The benefits would ($30 million).
include 20-and-out retire- • Grants for victim compensation and assistance
ment for those at least age ($100 million).
50, or 25-and-out at any age. • Grants for initiatives in internet crimes against
children ($50 million).
FOP applauds high • Competitive grants for assistance and equipment
court ‘stop and frisk’ to local law enforcement along the southern border
ruling and in high intensity drug trafficking ($40 million).
The U.S. Supreme Court
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U P D A T E
the Fourth Amendment. Higher salaries or benefits Chicago Police Superin- he’s recuperating (from brain
Apply now for COPS for particular individuals are tendent Jody Weis was cancer), nobody will move
hiring grants the responsibility of the forced by a February court it.”
The COPS Hiring Recov- grantee agency. order to turn over a list of New Jersey’s state collec-
ery Program is a $1 billion Applications are accepted 2,000 officers who have five tive bargaining bill would be
competitive grant program to only online: or more citizen complaints superseded by the federal law
increase community policing www.cops.usdoj.gov. COPS against them. should it pass. Canterbury
and crime-prevention. Avail- will provide technical assis- Weis previously refused said the off-and-on impetus
able as of March, it is for tance to applicants. For in- to release the list, defying or- to do away with collective
hiring and rehiring career law formation, call Corey Ray at ders from two federal judges, bargaining laws in various
enforcement officers. (202) 514-5328. but he was then found in states would be taken away if
There is no local match contempt of court. He said the federal law passes. New
requirement; funding is based Chicago’s top cop turns releasing the list could Jersey is one of the few FOP
on current entry-level salaries in list revealing names endanger the listed officers, states that has 100% congres-
and benefits packages. of 2,000 cops even though some of the sional backing for the bill.
complaints may be
unfounded. He also feared For your dumb criminal files
officer concern about their Bathroom robber
NATIONAL CONFERENCE reputations could render nabbed by cops on
them less aggressive on the convention
All National officers to re-up in Long Beach street. Three hundred cops
All seven National FOP Executive Board members The list isn't public. It gathered for a conference in
are seeking re-election at the National Conference in cannot be released to anyone Swatara, Penn. on Mar. 27
Long Beach, Calif. At deadline time, there were no an- other than attorneys and but it was retired New York
nounced opposition candidates. The election is the final judges, but officials who op- police officer John Com-
order of business at the general conference, Aug. 16 to posed the release were con- paretto who had the most
20. cerned that legal challenges excitement. He was accosted
The current board is led by President Chuck Canter- could force wider release. by an armed robber in the
bury from South Carolina who is running for a fourth Chicago FOP President hotel bathroom.
consecutive term. Other board members are Vice Presi- Mark Donahue backed Weis "He looked suspicious . . .
dent Dave Hiller from Michigan; Secretary Pat Yoes, in the initial withholding. but I had to go," Comparetto
Louisiana; Treasurer Tom Penoza, Delaware; Second "As a matter of fact, the said in an AP news article.
Vice President Frank Gale, Colorado; Sergeant-at-Arms FOP attempted to intervene When Comparetto came
Tim Downs, Indiana; and Board of Trustees President in this case and the judge re- out of the stall, the robber put
Mike Burnette, Wyoming. fused to allow it. We would "a very large handgun" in his
have been standing with the face, said he would kill him
Four competitors in 2013 site election city if he had," Donahue and demanded his money.
Cincinnati, Virginia Beach, Louisville and Dallas said. "Mere allegations of Comparetto gave up his
have all announced bids for the 2013 National FOP Con- any level of seriousness are money and watched the rob-
ference. The choice will be determined at this year’s con- just that, allegations." ber flee, then pulled a gun
ference. New Jersey will hold a site endorsement vote at Victims of alleged police from his ankle holster and
the June State Lodge meeting. brutality had been fighting chased him. He yelled to a
for release of the list for hotel clerk to let other offi-
months. cers at the convention know
Member of the Year nomination
deadline July 1 that a fellow police officer
Federal bargaining bill needed back-up.
The Jack Dudek Member of the Year Award, Na-
tional’s most prestigious member acknowledgment, will could pass this year Outside, Comparetto
be given during the conference. The deadline for nomi- The Public Safety Em- spotted the robber in a cab. "I
nations is July 1. Entries should explain the member’s ployer-Employee Coopera- stopped the cab at gunpoint,"
outstanding activities in law enforcement, the FOP and tion Act (HR-413) “will pass he said. "Ten other cops
the community. Resume-style nominations must be sub- in this congress if we go to a came running out and we ar-
mitted by a local lodge; no self nominations permitted. vote,” predicts National FOP rested probably the dumbest
Entries must be typed, and five copies provided. Send to President Chuck Canterbury. criminal in Pennsylvania."
Awards Chairman Leo Marchetti, 701 Marriott Drive, “It all depends on senator Turns out Blanchett has
Nashville, TN 37214. Ted Kennedy. He’s the god- an extensive criminal history,
father of the bill. As long as including 10 felonies. #
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N AT I O N A L F O P
National Police Week Friday, May 15
Wreath Laying Ceremony
Schedule Immediately following the Memorial Service at the National
of Events Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Judiciary Square.
Washington Friday, May 15
D.C. Memorial Night Baseball
The Washington Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies
at the new D.C. baseball stadium.
Tuesday, May 12
Police Unity Tour
Arrival ceremony, 2 to 4 p.m.
at the National Law Enforcement Officers
Memorial. Eleven hundred cyclists are ex-
pected to participate in the 12th annual ride, 59th Biennial
a 300-mile, three-day bicycle trek from
Florham Park, NJ. The tour has raised $5.6 mil- National FOP Conference
lion for the memorial since 1997. For informa- Long Beach, California, Aug. 16-20
tion, visit www.policeunitytour.com, call (973)
443-0030, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 13 More than 200 New Jersey FOP members are expected
21st Annual Candlelight Vigil at the 59th National FOP Conference in Long Beach. The
Starts 8 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Officers Memo- California State Lodge is hosting the Aug. 16 to 20 event,
rial, Judiciary Square. No tickets required; Metro use advised. which marks 94 years of FOP representation.
For information, call (202) 737-3400. The conference will be held at the Long Beach Conven-
tion and Entertainment Center, as will EXPO 2009, with
Wednesday-Saturday, May 13-16 more than 100 exhibitors.
25th Annual COPS Seminar
National Concerns of Police Survivors will hold its 25th Conference Agenda
Annual COPS Seminars from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 14 to • Sunday, Aug. 16: Pre-Conference Board Meeting
16 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center. Mandatory registra- • Monday - Thursday, Aug.17 - 20: General Sessions
tion on Wednesday, May 13. • Friday, Aug. 21: Post-Conference Board Meeting
Thursday, May 14 Training Seminars
Seventh Annual Honor Guard Competition Seminars on labor, legal and leadership issues will be
Starts at 8:30 a.m. at John Marshall Plaza, Pennsylvania offered Monday to Wednesday at the conference center,
Avenue at 4th Street, NW. Awards immediately following. most of them following daily business sessions. Up to 15
Sponsored by the FOP Grand Lodge. To get involved, e-mail free seminars will be provided, some offered multiple
Ken Roske at email@example.com or visit www.police- times.
Thursday, May 14 • Sunday, Aug.16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
15th Annual Emerald Society & Pipe Band March • Monday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sponsored by the National Conference of Law Enforcement • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Emerald Societies, Inc. Assembly at 4:30 p.m. at New Jersey
Avenue and F Street, NW. Step-off at 6 p.m. Contact: Don New Jersey Hotel
Gilmartin, (732) 689-5267 or e-mail Tonality13@hotmail.com. New Jersey has blocked 150 rooms at the Long Beach
Hilton, the main hotel for the 2009 conference. It is located
Friday, May 15 at 701 West Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. Registration
forms are available on the National website. The rate is
28th National Peace Officers' Memorial Service
$165 per night plus taxes. Reservations must be made
Sponsored by the FOP Grand Lodge and the Grand Lodge
through the State Lodge by May 1. Contact Wayne
Auxiliary. To be held on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol at
Winkler at (609) 923-4444, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
noon. Expected length: 2 hours. President Barak Obama invited
as keynote speaker. For information, contact Linda Hennie or Cont’d on page 16
Marcello Muzzatti, (202) 547-1651.
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HAVE YOU EVER
HAD SHOULDER SURGERY?
YOU MAY HAVE A LEGAL CLAIM
Did you have a pain pump installed?
If yes, following the shoulder surgery In The Mail
Do you experience . . .
• Increased shoulder pain whether the shoulder is in motion
or at rest Glad we had the story up front
• Shoulder joint clicking, popping, or grinding
• Stiffness or weakness of the shoulder A few years ago I asked you to republish an article
• Decreased shoulder range of motion that was sent to me. It was an emotional and at times
You may have a legal claim. gut-wrenching story. I'm sure it brought back many
Contact us NOW for a free & confidential evaluation. memories among fellow members who served in the
Call Toll Free 1-866-333-3LAW (1-866-333-3529) military. The story, of course, was “Taking Chance,” a
Shoulder surgery pain pump lawsuits are being pursued for those who have
experienced cartilage damage following shoulder surgery. The use of shoul- memoir of Marine Lt. Col. Mike Strobl who escorted
der surgery pain pumps has been linked to the development of postarthro- home the body of a Marine from Wyoming who was
scopic glenohumeral chondrolysis, also referred to as PAGCL. The painful killed in action in Iraq on April 9, 2005. The story first
disorder causes permanent deterioration of shoulder cartilage, which could appeared on several military websites and later was
lead to complete shoulder joint replacement.
picked up by numerous mainstream newspapers.
Now, HBO has made a movie starring Kevin Bacon
INJURED ON THE JOB? as Lt. Col. Strobl. It premiered on Feb. 21 and contin-
LEARN WHAT YOU MUST DO TO PROTECT YOUR ued airing in March. Starting May 19, the DVD will be
WORKERS COMPENSATION & DISABILITY RIGHTS! available. Members can check it out at
Questions and answers about your rights as a police officer.
Q. HELP! I was hurt at work. What sures to asbestos, fumes, noise, and Just wanted to say, I'm glad that we (the FOP News)
do I do? blood?
A. You must report the accident or in- A. You can collect money, medical
were up front with this story back in the winter 2005
jury as soon as possible, even if you treatment and benefits for lung dis- edition.
might not lose time from work or need ease, cancers, hearing loss and Hepa-
immediate medical care. Report all in- titis, even if you are retired.
juries to all body parts, no matter how James A. Sharrock
minor they may seem. Remember that Q. Will I have to pay any money out Jersey City Lodge #4
the report you write will be used if you of my pocket to find out if I have a
need to apply for an accidental dis- claim?
ability retirement pension. Choose A. No, the Law Offices of Bagolie Thanks to Wanaque heroes
your words carefully! Friedman will evaluate your claim for
free and will set up a no-risk doctor’s
Q. My job will NOT give me an examination. If there is no case you do The following letter appeared in a recent issue of
MRI. Can I still get one? not pay a fee. the weekly newspaper in Wanaque. The three named
A. Your doctor controls the treatment, officers all belong to Wanaque Lodge #145.
not risk management. If you need an Q. Does Bagolie Friedman know
MRI and the job will not approve it, about the rights of Police Officers? Our family would like to thank some very special
the experienced attorneys at A. Yes, Ricky Bagolie and Alan Fried- people for saving the life of Sandy Thompson, who
BAGOLIE FRIEDMAN can fight to man have successfully represented
get it approved at no cost to you. hundreds of Police Officers, have lec-
suffered a massive heart attack and stroke on Dec. 26,
Workers’ comp should be paying for tured to other attorneys on the rights 2008. Words cannot express our sincere gratitude to
ALL benefits, not your health insur- of workers and Ricky Bagolie is an as- three very special heroes from our Wanaque Police
ance. You should NOT be using your sociate member of FOP Lodge #46.
sick time. Department: Sgt. Angelo Calabro, Ptl. James Cappello
Q. What do I do now? and Ptl. Matt Ralicki.
Q. Can I collect money even if I have A. Call Ricky Bagolie or Alan Fried- Please know that each of you made the difference
previously injured the same body man toll free at 1-866-333-3529 now
part? for a confidential and free consulta- between life and death that day for our precious daugh-
A. Yes, the job is responsible for all tion. If you have sustained an injury ter, wife, mother and Granna. There is no doubt that
new injuries or aggravations of old in- from a take-down or accident, experi-
juries. Don’t let the job tell you differ- ence shortness of breath, coughing or
without the three of you, she would not be with us
ent. hearing loss or have been diagnosed today. Thank you so much for not giving up.
with cancer or Hepatitis, Bagolie
Q. Can I only collect money if have Friedman will fight for your right to
an accident? What about my expo- obtain just compensation. The Thompson Family
660 Newark Avenue • Five Corners Building
Jersey City, NJ 07306 • 201-656-8500
ACCIDENTS • LUNG DISEASE • HEARING LOSS
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SPRING 2009 9
Night shift in the dairy aisle
Meet Fred Paparteys, Jersey City’s ShopRite Cop
he irony of Fred Paparteys
is that he’s always smiling,
because he’s actually tough
as nails. Possibly tougher.
Christmas Eve 2006. Fred
was by the exit door of the Jersey City
ShopRite where he provides night-
time security. It was closing time and
15 people were pleading with him to
get in. One guy tried bribing with
$100. Then $200. Finally $400.
“Then he offered something un-
mentionable,” but Fred refused it all.
The guy got mad and kicked Fred in
“I got him by the throat. He started
yelling about his rights,” telling Fred
he had no right to choke him. the other day.” For another woman, “I
“I’m not choking you. If I was even knew where Bulgarian sour cher-
choking you, you’d be on the ground,” ries were,” he said triumphantly. “I
said Fred. “He never got out of my Fred Paparteys told her, ‘Next time, try to give me
has been a member something hard.’ ”
grip until the cops arrived.”
of Jersey City Lodge #4
The bully was 32, Fred 70. He helps lost children. “I don’t let
Yes folks, this is Fred Paparteys, them wander too far. I put the an-
proud ShopRite cop for 36 years, re- nouncement on and let the mother or
tired Jersey City Police detective, and shoppers with weapons, including a the father come for them. If you move
a friendly face known to 97.586% of potential rapist, and he stopped a vio- them too far you confuse the child.”
the city’s residents. lent kidnapping in progress out in the And when there’s a security prob-
“But don’t write about me,” said parking lot. He did it all with no gun, lem, everyone in the store knows to
Fred. “It isn’t about me. It’s about not even cuffs. He’s been bloodied call Fred.
community.” from head to toe stopping a knife fight New Year’s Eve 2008, “I was
Yeah, okay. Sort of. Truth is, it between employees in the appetizing down by the (in-house) liquor store. I
really is about him. department, and he’s headed off end- heard someone in appetizing calling
Follow Fred around the 25-aisle less heists of mega merchandise con- Manager Jenkins. Twenty-five seconds
Jersey City ShopRite for a couple of ducted by professional fencers. He’s later, I heard it again. ‘Mr. Jenkins to
hours and you’ll find out why “being got a photo gallery of hundreds of appetizing ASAP!’
Fred” makes him so successful at known shoplifters and he instructs his “Then there was a call for security.
what he does. The tour will also staff to watch for them constantly. I went running across the store. I
change your perspective on grocery Yet, there’s always that smile. didn’t see anything with all the cus-
stores. You won’t be able to return to tomers in front of the counter and
your neighborhood supermarket with- “I meet people in the aisles and nothing behind. So I ran to the back
out wondering how many shoplifters greet them. I pick up garbage and and two employees were going at it
are in action at the very moment cardboard, I keep dogs out, I help peo- with knives. Something had been
you’re choosing your asparagus. ple find items they can’t find.” brewing all day. They were ragging on
You’ll wonder who’s seeing you on Fred has a friendly relationship each other. Then it turned to pushing
surveillance video as you scratch your with every employee and a smile- and shoving, then punching. Then one
backside in the cereal aisle. inducing comment every time he of them grabbed a knife.”
Lest you think Fred has a namby- passes by. Customers stop him in the Fred broke it up with an intense
pamby job, consider these facts: aisles to chit chat. struggle and came away covered from
He has caught three ShopRite “I helped a woman find apple cider head to toe in blood. “One guy had a
10 NJ FOP NEWS
4.5-inch gash that just missed For Fred, there was never here constantly. I get a lot of Not every grocery store
his juggler. “He didn’t die a real disconnect between the respect from citizens in needs full-time security.
but he has a vicious scar,” two jobs. As a police detec- Jersey City.” Jersey City ShopRite, at 400
said Fred. One of them was tive, he spent most of his ca- In the 80s and 90s, Fred Marin Boulevard, has the
deported to Jamaica, the reer in downtown Jersey City. was so devoted to the store population and the local
other went to jail. Both had Even before community that he became a near-full- crime to warrant it.
police records. policing became a profes- time manager, continuing his With 21 registers and 25
“When the s... hits the sional cliché, he understood security duties as needed. All aisles, the colossal store is a
fan, you have to be tough,” intuitively the need to mingle the while, he was a full-time small city with numerous in-
said Fred. “But you can be with citizens. Jersey City police officer. In dependent vendors, including
soft when everything is going He operates on the same the last 13 years, he has de- a flower shop, a bank,
fine. You can be nice and principal at ShopRite. “Cus- voted himself solely to store Dunkin Donuts, a sushi
friendly and go into your tomers know me as an old security, working with a uni- restaurant, and a liquor store.
pockets.” shoe from the police depart- formed officer at the front Every day, 1,600 to 1,800
“Sometimes a guy will ment.” To this day, they feed door and a rotating group of shoppers come through the
ask for $2 or $3. He’s down him information about surveillance people. door and Fred says he recog-
and out. That’s all there is goings-on in their neighbor- Store hours are 7 a.m. to nizes most of them.
between him and the end of hoods and he keeps a stack of midnight. Fred generally He also recognizes most
his life. Who am I to say no? 3x5 index cards in an inside works the night hours when of the thieves. In a secured
I’ve been doing this all my suit pocket — information crime is more likely. room, he keeps a photo
life. I know when to cut it off.” that, over and over again, As a civilian, he no gallery, 500 or 600 photos a
proves valuable to Jersey City longer has police authority year. “Every five months or
Fred became a Jersey police. and, although the law allows so we have to take them
City police officer in 1966 “There are 59 nationali- senior citizens in his age down and start over because
and retired as a detective in ties speaking 54 languages in range to qualify annually for we run out of space on the
2001. Eight years into his Jersey City,” and Fred knows carrying rights, he declines to wall.”
police career, he started representatives of most. do so. He has never called the The photos are informal
moonlighting for ShopRite Among the more established cops to assist. “I call them for mug shots. Written in ink on
as a uniformed officer at the ethnicities, “I know three transporting a prisoner,” he each one is the amount stolen
front door. generations. It’s just being said. Cont’d on page 13
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Fred Paparteys, ShopRite Cop Cont’d from page 11
and the date of theft. Every- sey City ShopRite that you there was nobody to clean it “I have a reputation for
one in security knows who might say, he’s irreplaceable. up. The store was too busy. being a tough guy,” he says.
to watch for, and Fred says But he doesn’t make that “So I did it, and I had my But more than being tough,
many of them are chronic claim himself. Never would. suit on (like always). One “it’s a matter of being in-
perpetrators. “One woman He is successful because customer said, ‘I can’t be- volved in your community,
was coming in nightly.” he integrates his security role lieve a man in a suit is mop- and you do it as honestly as
“Yesterday, a girl on a into his life in the commu- ping the floor.’ I said, possible.”
register was flimflammed nity. ‘Someone could slip other- #
for $90.” That happens a lot. “I try to be diplomatic. wise.’ ”
Shakedown artists pick out It’s a system that has worked Fred embodies a univer-
new cashiers and give them for me. Maybe that’s why sal lesson in caring about
counterfeit money. New I’ve lasted so long. I’ve had your fellow man, whether
cashiers are easy to spot customers I’ve caught who you’re a janitor, a manager, a
because they’re mostly high come in and say hello to me clerk or an extraordinary
school kids and new ones now. You’re welcome back as ShopRite cop.
come in every month. long as you behave yourself.”
Once, he recalls, when
Fred Paparteys is such someone dropped a gallon of
an enduring fixture at Jer- milk in the front of the store, SHOPLIFTING:
A popular hobby in grocery stores
By far, shoplifting is the number one problem in
grocery store security. Fred Paparteys, who works security
at Jersey City ShopRite, says shoplifters grab more than
$1,000 in groceries every week.
The store makes one penny of profit on every dollar of
merchandise sold. A $50 theft means the store has to sell
another $500 worth to offset the loss.
Fred estimates he catches four or five shoplifters a
week, but the actual incidence is much higher. Many peo-
The Most Reverend John M. Smith ple help themselves to $8 or $12 worth of merchandise.
The Bishop of Trenton “It’s everybody,” he says, from young girls to senior
Announces citizens, and it’s a crosscut of nationalities. People walk
around and eat stuff and then dump the refuse in the
A Celebration of Law Enforcement aisles or on a shelf.”
at In the grocery biz, they call it “grazing.” It causes a lot
Cathedral of St. Mary’s of the Assumption of loss.
151 North Warren Street, Trenton “We’ve had seniors as old as 78 shoplifting. They
come in with pens and write their own prices. Arresting
Tuesday, April 28 • 10:30 A.M. them could get them real excited. I don’t want them to
Luncheon to follow immediately after at have heart attacks.”
Cathedral of Saint Mary’s Hall Rather than having a confrontation over $4.95, Fred
often walks to the register when the person gets on the
Luncheon ticket: $10 donation check-out line and whispers to the cashier to add the
Checks payable to: stolen amount to the bill.
Diocese of Trenton - Blue Mass “Sometimes you have to use finesse. They’re never
701 Lawrenceville Road going to look at the receipt,” he says. “They won’t even
P.O. Box 5147 know they’ve paid for what they stole.”
However, there is a limit. “If you do $25 or $30 you’ll
Trenton, NJ 08638-0147
get a summons.”
But even that’s flexible. “Last week, a pregnant
All Law Enforcement Officers, woman stole $40 worth of merchandise. I let her go,” said
Families and Friends Invited Fred, recalling how destitute she was.
www.bluemass.org “We try to protect the assets of the company without
causing confrontations with customers.” #
SPRING 2009 13
S TAT E LODGE BRIEFS
Pensions deferred, but layoffs 2011. He expressed surprise at being • An estimated $300 from a Mini
likely anyway reappointed since the National FOP Convention raffle for a free weekend
Over the winter, Governor Corzine did not endorse President Barak at one of four Bally’s hotels.
held several meetings and conference Obama, but said he’s eager to continue.
calls with the FOP, PBA, PFA and “It’s an important committee for our Local lodge housekeeping
FMBA. None of the four favored the service men and women coming back • Second half per capita is due
pension deferral proposed by Corzine, from Afghanistan and Iraq. Today we May 1. Bills from the State Lodge
“but we understand his position,” said take care of them a lot better.” went out in mid-March. Amounts are
State Lodge President Ed Brannigan. Brannigan is a Vietnam (naval) vet- based on each lodge’s total member-
“He put in the legislation to avoid eran and a retired Newark police offi- ship.
layoffs in public safety, but the state cer with 31 years of service. He is one • Any lodge not receiving minutes
can’t tell towns not to lay off. This bill of several FOP members across the from State Lodge meetings
will probably be signed and they’re country who serve on federal commit- should call Membership
probably going to lay off anyway.” tees. Services Director Steve Szypul-
Brannigan said it’s “very scary” On the state level, he was ap- ski at (609) 599-1222.
that the state pensions are funded at pointed last fall to the Governors Task • Need another avenue for pub-
only 67% right now. He also noted Force on Police Suicide. The task force licizing your local lodge events?
that at a recent meeting of the FOP was charged with recommending ways E-mail a PDF of your flyer or a
Eastern States Coalition, “everybody to improve suicide awareness within Word document to the state of-
talked about pension problems. We’re departments, provide broader access to fice at email@example.com.
not alone.” counseling services, and combat the
reluctance of officers to seek help. TheLabor Council pays down
Polar Bear Plunge task force released its report on Feb. loan
growth tallied 26. (See page 19.) It’s been a long and potholed road,
but the NJ FOP Labor Council is start-
Newspaper downsized ing to dig out of its indebtedness to the
for savings State Lodge. At the Mini Convention
Downsizing of the New Jersey FOP in March, Labor Council Chairman
News started with the winter 2009 edi- Nick Barbella turned over a check for
tion. The change from tabloid to maga- $10,000 to the State Lodge.
Kudos to the State Lodge for zine format is saving the State Lodge
steady, impressive growth in Polar $15,000 to $20,000 per edition on FOP scholarship interest grows
Bear Plunge participation and printing and postage. “The board is Fifty-two high school seniors have
fundraising. Here’s the skinny on the happy with the changes. We hope you applied for the NJ FOP scholarship.
first three years: are too,” said President Brannigan. The deadline was Mar. 1 and winners
• 2007: 109 plungers, $62,000 will be announced at the June board of
raised. Bowman Fund stays recession- directors meeting.
• 2008: 362 plungers, $102,000 proof
raised The George Bowman Survivors Deborah fundraising plummets
• 2009 - 492 plungers, $140,000 Fund continues to grow despite the bad Deborah Committee Chairman
This year, Salem County Lodge #6 economy, with a balance of $313,115 Kevin Karcher reports that last year
raised the most money of any FOP as of the Mar. 23 State Lodge meeting. local lodges raised only $4,000 for the
lodge -- $16,754. The were honored The most recent growth included: famed heart and lung center in Browns
by the State Lodge for their achieve- • $2,070 from a cocktail fundraiser Mills.
ment. at the Coastline Restaurant on Jan. 20. Local lodges make contributions
• A $1,000 private donation from throughout the year and the State
Brannigan gets state and Dennis Plasha, Sr. of Medford Lakes. Lodge adds to their combined contri-
federal appointments Plasha gives annually to a police sur- bution to meet an annual pledge of
President Ed Brannigan was vivor fund and this year he chose the $25,000.
reappointed in January to the federal Bowman Fund. A smaller commitment may be
government’s Advisory Committee on • $500 from William and Deborah coming given the financial times.
Veterans Employment Training and Fox of Marlton. (William is Bob Fox’s Two donations were given at the
Outreach. He also serves on the Gov- brother.) Mar. 23 meeting. Marlboro SOA
ernor’s Task Force on Police Suicide. • $1,500 from Brave Spirits, the Lodge #15 gave $500 and New Jersey
Brannigan’s new term on the new liquor company that donates gen- Law Enforcement Officers Lodge #69
federal committee will extend until erously to public safety concerns. gave $250. #
14 NJ FOP NEWS
SPRING 2009 15
S TAT E L O D G E N E W S
The skinny on PFRS loan applications
from the State Treasury
Interest Rates and Fees
• 2009 interest rate: 3.33% per annum on the declining balance of the loan.
• Administrative processing fee: $8.
Federal cash keeps • Repayment terms: five years.
• If you have an outstanding pension loan balance and plan take another loan,
NJ cops employed you must repay the combined balance within five years of the issuance date
of the first loan.
The federal stimulus program
is helping New Jersey police de- No More Written Loan Applications
partments hire and retain officers Effective Nov. 1, 2008: paper loan applications are no longer accepted.
and even rehire some who have Use the pension loan application on the Member Benefits Online System
been laid off. (MBOS), http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/mbos_webx.htm.
On Mar. 16, the U.S. govern-
ment began accepting applications MBOS Application Advantages
for its COPS Hiring Recovery Pro- • Confirms that your application was received.
gram, part of the $787 billion stim- • Shows the date your loan check will be mailed.
ulus package signed into law in • Calculates repayment options based upon the amount you borrow.
February by President Obama. The
program is administered by the Automatic Telephone Information (609) 777-1777
Department of Justice. The Automated Information System lets you:
For police departments across • Determine your eligibility to borrow, the maximum amount you may
the country, the program makes borrow, and the minimum repayment.
available $1 billion to create or • Determine the repayment schedule for any amount borrowed, up to the
save 5,500 law enforcement jobs. maximum authorized.
Federal lawmakers from New Jer- • Calculate the payoff term for a higher monthly repayment.
sey have urged our state’s police • Get the check date for a loan application you have already filed.
• Get a loan balance for an existing loan. #
departments to apply for the funds.
For those hiring full-time
entry-level officers, salaries and
benefits will be covered for three
years with no local matching fund National FOP Conference
requirement. Departments must
agree to keep and pay for those Cont’d from page 8
jobs for at least a year after the Flights/Voting Concert.” Adults $50, children $35.
federal investment ends. Book your return flight on Friday, Aug. • Tuesday: BBQ in the Park. Adults $45,
Eligible police departments 21 to accommodate New Jersey’s Thurs- children, $30.
must apply to DOJ during the open day afternoon voting slot. We will be the • Wednesday: Beach party. Adults $40,
period for grant applications, 40th delegation to vote in the national children $30.
which began Mar. 16 and contin- election, probably after 1 p.m.
ues through April 14. Group and Individual Tours – Sunday to
In March, the federal govern- Conference Events Thursday
Complete package: Adults $125, kids Tour the world of the rich and famous in
ment also awarded another $38
$90. For tickets, go to www.cafop.org Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Cruise
million in grants to 180 New Jer- • Sunday: “Taste of Long Beach. Adults around California’s pristine beaches in a
sey police departments, also $10, children $5. yacht or visit the California surfing
funded through the stimulus pack- • Monday-Wednesday: Beer Garden. lifestyle at Huntington Beach. Capture
age. # Free admission. movie magic at Disneyland or Universal
• Monday: Michael Israel Show, “Art in Studios.
16 NJ FOP NEWS
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President’s Message Cont’d from page 5
officials and public safety unions. Now they want to take that
away and bring us back into the 1970s when we made far less Please call your New Jersey State Civil
than people in the private sector. The arbitration process was
put into place more than 30 years ago and the majority of
Counsel for a
cases reach agreement before arbitrators issue binding deci- concerning any civil
It’s time for the politicians to face reality and get to the real
root of the problem. The problem is not police and firefighters;
it is them. Do they forget that we are homeowners and taxpay-
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SPRING 2009 17
S TAT E L O D G E N E W S
Future PFRS debt looms larger S TAT E L O D G E SERVICE AWARDS
than towns’ current obligations
The FOP has taken a firm time.” MEDAL OF VALOR
stand against local employers The FOP, PFANJ and the P/O Gary Towers and P/O Gabe Rodriguez
trying to reduce their contri- International Association of Camden Lodge #1
bution to the Police and Fire- Firefighters have a pending Rodriguez and Towers were confronted by an armed
men’s Retirement System. In lawsuit against the state for suspect on Dec. 17, 2007. A chase ensued and the suspect
February, the State Lodge enacting the 2003 law that fired a gun at the officers three times. When the officers
teamed with and the Profes- allowed towns to suspend caught up with the suspect, he fired again. Towers shot
sional Firefighters Associa- their pension contributions. the suspect.
tion of New It seeks to force the
Jersey to state into mak- PURPLE HEART & MEDAL OF VALOR
lobby ing regular full P/O Romanita Rivera
against bills that pension pay- Camden Lodge #1
would reduce the ments with- Officer Rivera confronted a suspect accused of stab-
obligation. out the state bing. The suspect used his knife to attack Rivera. She shot
A-3688 was treasurer at him, but a struggle ensued on the ground. The suspect
introduced in Jan- adjusting the gained control of Rivera’s weapon and shot her multiple
times. She survived after being rescued by two fellow
uary and as of dead- payment sched-
line time was ready for ule to suit current
Assembly passage. The coun- fiscal needs. MEDAL OF VALOR
terpart, S-7, was ready for “We understand the stress P/O Dexter Miller and P/O Charles Thorpe
Senate passage. On Mar. 10, on property taxes,” noted Camden Lodge #1
two additional bills were Brannigan and Marino in Miller and Thorpe responded to a call for an officer
introduced: S-21 and A-3868, their letter. “Our members shot on Mar. 17, 2008. Responding rapidly, they saw a
two more versions of the and their families pay prop- suspect standing over and shooting Officer Romanita
same measure. erty taxes, too, a fact some- Rivera. Immediately Miller shot the suspect and Thorpe
In a Feb. 2 joint letter to times overlooked. But the took him down and arrested him. Their quick response
Assembly members, Presi- reluctance to pay current saved Miller’s life.
dent Ed Brannigan and obligations now creates a
PFANJ President Dominick new and more ominous obli- POLICE STAR
Marino asked lawmakers to gation, a future debt much P/O Steven Hardwick
vote against the bills (at that large than the current obliga- Camden Lodge #1
time, specifically A-3688). tion.” # Officer Hardwick was working at TD Bank in Camden
They noted that the current on Jan. 28 when he was alerted that a subject had taken
value of PFRS is only 62% of money from a teller. Hardwick located the suspect in the
expected pension obligations. parking lot, confronted him and took him into custody. All
“This year, the state and of the money was recovered.
municipalities are required to
resume contributing 100% of
their pension contributions
into the pension system,” said
the two in their letter, “but New Jersey Law Enforcement
A-3688 would permit the
continuation of dangerous MEMORIAL SERVICE
underfunding of worker
pensions. A-3688 disguises
insufficient funding of pen- A Tribute to Extraordinary Men and Women
sions as a deferment. This so- Tuesday, May 19, 11 a.m.
called deferment will instead
require a future pension fund The Great Auditorium
contribution for the state and Ocean Grove, New Jersey
municipalities greater than
For Information, call NJ Association of Chiefs of Police, (856) 988-5880
the sum of the payments if
they were made full and on
18 NJ FOP NEWS
S TAT E L O D G E N E W S
Corzine touches on pension reform
and suicide prevention at FOP
Suicide task force announces
• Crime is down in New
Jersey. statewide training strategy
• FOP efforts to overhaul
police discipline get a A task force studying law enforcement suicide
thumbs up. released its recommendations on Feb. 26, calling for:
• Suicide prevention • An increase in suicide prevention training, includ-
training is becoming stan-
dard law enforcement train- ing new recruits, active officers, and supervisors.
ing. • Improving access to and effectiveness of counsel-
That’s the good news, ing services for officers, including legislation that brings
according to Governor Jon confidentiality to peer counselors and additional out-
Corzine, who made a quick
appearance at the New reach to retired and disabled officers.
Jersey FOP Mini Convention • Adopting "best practices" of other law enforcement
on Mar. 23. agencies, such as a comprehensive law enforcement em-
The governor confirmed ployee assistance programs and mandatory counseling
his position on pension re-
form, calling for respect for following traumatic events.
prior commitments (meaning The Task Force on Police Suicides was created by
defined benefits) while Governor Corzine to address concerns over the number
endorsing change for new of suicides by New Jersey law enforcement. There were
employees, such as defined
contribution plans. 55 reported officer suicides from 2003 to 2007, more
The Police and Fire Re- Governor Corzine gestures to an than the number of line-of-duty officer deaths.
tirement System is a defined FOP member after leaving the The 14-member task force was charged with devel-
benefit plan. Retirement ben- podium at the Mini Convention.
oping a strategy to assist law enforcement administrators
efits are determined by for-
mula, not investment returns. with 127 fewer traffic deaths dealing with stress and other mental health issues.
The New Jersey FOP favors last year. “Something is For the full report visit www.nj.gov/oag/library/
staying that course. going on and that’s right here njpstf-report.html. #
Corzine hopes to steer among the people that you
new hires into defined represent.”
contribution plans, which In national safety ratings,
involve the individual retire- New Jersey has “moved from problems and face them choice to make.”
ment accounts favored by 20th to 16th best,” said straight-on.” “When economic strength
many corporations. Corzine. “We’re moving in Corzine acknowledged returns, we’ll get back on
Speaking before roughly the right direction.” that the FOP did not back his track of securing that pen-
300 officers, the governor He also touted his Task pension deferral plan. sion. It is at the top of my list
declared, “We have put more Force on Police Suicides, “When you go through a just like when I came into
money into the pensions in noting 55 reported suicides recession you make choices office. I hope you will stand
last three years than was put of New Jersey law enforce- you would not otherwise back and think as individuals
into them in the last 15 years ment officers from 2003 to make. Regrettably, in the that these are choices in a
combined.” 2007, more than the total current crisis we need to constrained world.”
Corzine opened his talk line-of-duty officer deaths. temporarily reduce pension The governor did offer
by touching on brightening “The suicide prevention funding so that we can hope for the future. “Today
statewide crime statistics. era will change the state’s sustain our first priorities - (Mar. 23) following three
“We’ve worked enormously law enforcement training” our children, seniors, and the weeks in a row, we’re seeing
well together in the last sev- with “enhanced outreach in most vulnerable. In better strength in the stock market.
eral years.” police departments. We’ll try times, such an action would It’s up 2%. If we can get that
He noted that violent to centerpiece what we’re be unacceptable. But this is a going day after day, we can
crime and murders are down doing so all officers will time of unprecedented eco- restore that pension.” #
compared to four years ago, have the tools to identify nomic stress. It is the right
SPRING 2009 19
S TAT E L O D G E N E W S
lems. Recurring episodes are in Cherry Hill, Toms River,
Falling common. Chronic insomnia
lasts more than a month and
Old Bridge, Union, Kearny,
asleep can be related to underlying
medical, behavioral or psy-
Ridgefield Park and Wayne.
The company’s medical
chiatric problems. director is Dr George
on the A sleep study requires
one or more consecutive
Ciechanowski, a Jersey City
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laboratory. Each sleep center
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most insurances, with refer-
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by closed circuit televisions ist. PPO insureds can
and microphones. The study directly access a pulmonary
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sensors to the head, face, tor for a specialist referral.
A Harvard study on 4,471 during sleep. Central sleep chest, stomach and legs to Like Sisto advised, “If
police officers shows that apnea (the less common monitor brainwaves, eye you have a sleep disorder,
38% have a sleep disorder, form) occurs when the brain movements, breathing, blood get it checked out. It will
including 35% with obstruc- fails to send the appropriate oxygen levels, heart rate and change your quality of life.
tive sleep apnea. signals to the breathing mus- muscle activity during sleep. You’ll wake up in the morn-
That comes as no surprise cles to initiate respiration. After the study, your re- ing feeling good.” #
to former State Lodge Presi- Obstructive sleep apnea, the ferring physician will receive
dent John Sisto or current more common form, occurs a sleep report, used to rec- For more information about
Sleep Better NJ, contact Rooney
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Wayne Winkler, both of out of the person's nose or plan. or send e-mail to aasc466@
whom have been diagnosed mouth, although efforts to Sleep Better locations are hotmail.com
with sleep disorders. breathe continue.
During the State Lodge I Narcolepsy. A chronic
Mini Convention in March, a disorder or the central nerv-
New Jersey company called ous system. Messages about Don’t get dumped!
Sleep Better LLC made a when to sleep and when to
presentation on sleep disor- be awake hit detours and Get your PTC basic training by July
ders. Commenting on the arrive in the wrong place at 2010, or be OUT of PFRS
talk, Sisto told members he the wrong time. Someone not
was diagnosed with sleep managed by medications
A new PFRS rule on police and firefighter training
apnea four years ago. may fall asleep while eating,
may affect the eligibility of some current pension mem-
“I would wake up gasp- talking, or worst of all, while
ing and choking,” he said. “I driving.
To be eligible for the Police and Firefighters Retire-
was taking naps in the after- I Restless Leg Syndrome.
ment System, you must meet the statutory definition of a
noon because I was so ex- Tingling or prickling sensa-
“police officer” or “firefighter,” which includes specific
hausted.” tions most pronounced dur-
training requirements of the Police Training Commission.
If you have chronic prob- ing inactivity, particularly
Those without basic training have from now through
lems falling asleep, staying while trying to fall asleep.
June 30, 2010 to establish certification. If you do not
asleep at night, staying Rubbing the legs, getting up
follow through within 18 months of the rule change you
awake during the day, exces- and walking around, or
will be removed from PFRS.
sive snoring or breathing dis- taking a hot shower usually
Some law enforcement members may be able to
turbances, you too may have offer only temporary relief.
substitute comparable federal, state, or county training if
a sleep disorder. I Insomnia. Transient
approved by the PTC and PFRS. Employers may submit
Sleep Better LLC is head- insomnia lasts only a few
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state. An approved vendor to sleep timing or environment.
the State Lodge, they offer Short-term insomnia is poor
For more information, call (609) 292-7524, or e-mail
diagnosis of these conditions: sleep spanning two or three
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EYE ON TRENTON A L E G I S L AT I V E U P D AT E F O R N J L AW E N F O R C E M E N T
The FOP is a sponsor of these c.92, the interest loan rate for the four
bills, which are named after Tom retirement systems was a fixed 4%.
Canzanella, former president of the That law instead provides that loans
Professional Firefighters Association will be granted at a commercially
of New Jersey, who died in 2007. reasonable rate and the state treasurer
PFANJ co-sponsored the bill. may charge an annual administrative
A-1330 is in the Assembly Labor fee. The Division of Pensions and
Committee. S-569 is in the Senate Benefits announced that the changes
Labor Committee. required by P.L.2007, c.92 would be
implemented by Jan. 1, 2008 and that
FOP Initiatives Stun gun bill
The FOP’s stun gun bill may be
retirement system members who take
loans dated on or after that date would
stalled due to higher priorities, even pay the new interest rate and adminis-
though it has passed out of the Senate trative fee. For calendar year 2008,
PFRS Board expansion
Law and Public Safety Committee. the pension loan rate was determined
considered to be 4.69% per annum and the
The FOP has initiated an effort to S-182 would allow certain local
law enforcement officers and state administrative fee was $8. For 2009,
increase membership on the PRFS the pension loan rate was determined
Board of Trustees from 11 to 19 peo- and county corrections officers to use
stun guns on duty. Current law to be 3.33% per annum, while the
ple. The bill calls for four additional administrative fee remained at $8.
public members appointed by the prohibits their use unless specifically
exempted by the attorney general, These bills require the interest
governor. Two elected trustees, active loan rate to be commercially reason-
in policing and firefighting, would be who opposes blanket permission.
Officers who successfully able, but no more than 4%, and the
replaced with eight PFRS members administrative fee would be elimi-
appointed by the Governor, with complete a PTC-authorized stun gun
training course would be certified to nated for pension loans dated on or
Senate consent. Two each would be after its effective date.
appointed upon the recommendation possess and use stun guns on duty.
State and county corrections officers S-425 is in the Senate State Gov-
of the FOP, PBA, FMBA and PFA. ernment Committee. A-3682 is in the
A-3436 is in the Assembly State would need approval from their
respective administrators. Assembly State Government Commit-
Government Committee. tee.
Certifications would be valid for
one year. Completion of an annual
Canzanella Bill stalled review course and requalification Civil Service status for UMDNJ
Legislative Agent Pete Guzzo says would be required. Rutgers & NJIT officers
the “Tom Canzanella Bill” is a “no The bill has three versions: S-182 The FOP has proposed an amend-
brainer, but we’re in a fiscal crisis,” so is ready for passage in the Senate. ment to add NJIT to the beneficiaries
its passage may be delayed. A-1290 and A-2594 are both in the of A-377 and S-811. Under the exist-
A-1330 and S-569 create a “rebut- Assembly Law and Public Safety ing measure, police officers employed
table presumption” regarding work- Committee. by UMDNJ and Rutgers would be
ers’ compensation coverage. In other
conferred civil service status, subject
words, the insurance claim will be
assumed valid if death or disability PFRS loan interest rate to the provisions of NJ Title 11A.
capped at 4% Those employed at least one year
(including post traumatic stress disor-
The interest rate on loans avail- prior to the bill’s effective date would
der) occurs in response to a terrorist
able to members of the state-adminis- have permanent career status with
attack, epidemic or other catastrophic
tered retirement systems would be no seniority awarded from the date of
emergency, in which the worker is
more than 4% under S-425/A-3682. appointment. The FOP supports the
exposed to pathogens or biological
Members of PAF, PERS, JRS, PFRS measure with the NJIT amendment.
toxins, hazardous chemicals or can-
and SPRS are eligible for loans from A-377 is in the Assembly Law
cer-causing radiation. It also applies if
their respective systems in an amount and Public Safety Committee. S-811
the worker witnesses death and suffer-
up to 50% of their accumulated em- is in the Senate State Government
ing great enough to cause significant
ployee contributions. The interest Committee.
The bills require public safety earned on loans is treated the same as
employers to provide psychological interest earned from the retirement No Internet postings of law
and social counseling programs for systems’ investments. enforcement ID
workers during and after emergencies. Prior to the passage of P.L.2007, A-3591 prohibits the home
22 NJ FOP NEWS
EYE ON TRENTON
addresses or unpublished home tele- to prevent a crime.
phone numbers of law enforcement • In a civil or criminal action
officers and retired law enforcement
officers from appearing on the Inter-
against the representative in his pro-
fessional capacity or against the labor
Violators would be charged with • When required by order of the
a third-degree crime if the offense Superior Court or an administrative
results in serious bodily injury; or a law judge.
fourth-degree crime if the offense • When the union member con-
results in bodily injury. Any lesser sents to the disclosure.
violation would be a disorderly • If the member is deceased, the
persons offense. personal representative of the mem-
ber’s estate may consent to the disclo- I Theft investigation help from
sure. scrap metal dealers. Dealers are
• If the member has been legally now required to maintain certain
declared incompetent. records regarding purchases.
The bill is modeled on a 2005 Illi- Signed Jan. 27. P.L. 2009, c.8.
nois law. (Former S-1781, A-2738)
A-3856 is in the Assembly Labor
Committee. I Upgraded pensions for officers
who die in military service. Extends
FOP emblems on license payment of the accidental death ben-
plates efit in PFRS, SPRS, PERS and TPAF
A-1246 authorizes special license to survivors of certain members of
emblems for FOP members. Surviv- reserve components of the armed
ing spouses could continue to display forces and National Guard.
the emblem on their vehicles. Signed Mar. 17. P.L.2009, c.23.
State and local agencies would be The bill is in the Assembly Law & (Former A-770, S-1392)
barred from posting officer addresses Public Safety Committee.
and telephone number on the Internet, I Limited police suspensions.
without first obtaining officer consent. Protection from giving Provides that certain law enforcement
(Retirees included.) officers and firefighters regain pay
Persons, businesses and associa- status when appeals of termination
S-1775 provides immunity for
tions would be prohibited from sell- are not resolved within 180 days.
police officers subjected to certain
ing or trading an officer’s address and Signed Mar. 5. P.L.2009, c.16.
disciplinary and administrative hear-
telephone information on the Internet (Former A-3481)
ings. An officer in a non-civil service
with the intent to cause harm to an
municipality would not be required to
active or retired law enforcement I Parole spot on PTC board.
testify or produce evidence against
officer. A violation would constitute Adds the chairman of the State
himself in any hearing involving
an unlawful practice. Parole Board to the Police Training
disciplinary or administrative charges
A-3591 is in the Assembly Law Commission.
that might result in suspension;
and Public Safety Committee. Signed Mar. 21. P.L.2009, c.30.
removal from office, position or
employment; reduction in rank, office
New protection sought or position; or a fine.
for labor union reps The immunity applies only to dis-
A labor representative could not ciplinary and administrative charges,
be compelled to disclose any informa- not criminal proceeding. Eye on Trenton is reported with assis-
tion obtained while acting in a repre- tance from Pete Guzzo, legislative
The sponsor believes that law
sentative capacity under A-3856. The agent for the New Jersey FOP. Guzzo
enforcement officers who work in and his associates at TTP Government
provision would apply in any civil or civil service municipalities currently Relations of Trenton meet daily with
criminal proceeding, or any adminis- are afforded such immunity. legislators, provide testimony, and
trative or arbitration proceeding. S-1775 is in the Senate Law and attend key political events in behalf of
Exceptions would be: Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs the FOP. Guzzo can be reached at
• If disclosure appears necessary Committee. (609) 883-7481, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The hole-in-the-donut PD
fends off abolition attempt Consolidation survival tips
Frank Martine tells how Medford Lakes PD Consolidating is an issue that isn’t going away, says
succeeded under high stress Medford Lakes Police Chief Frank Martine. For those fac-
ing the prospect, he advises, “Support your government
Medford Lakes in plan that would have ab- by being part of the solution, not a part of the problem.
Burlington County is a 1.2- sorbed the borough's police We’re the ones that know best what the solutions are.”
square-mile borough with an force, saving an estimated $1 Here are some of Martine’s tips for “what to do and
eight-man police department. million a year. Hundreds of not do” in a consolidation.
It is surrounded on all sides residents spoke against the • Officers: Continue to go the extra mile for residents.
by Medford Township with plan, and some even In the long run you’re going to need their support. “In
its 40 square miles and 45 launched a recall effort to try Medford Lakes, when residents were mobilizing their
police officers. and remove Weiss from support, they sent us letters, e-mails and cards. It was all
“We’re the hole in the office. placed in a binder for personnel to read during shift prep.
donut,” says Medford Lakes Finally, on Feb. 11, Mar- It let the officers know they had support from residents.”
Police Chief Frank Martine. tine got his turn at the mike. • Leaders in Merging PDs: Hold open talks with your
He runs the borough PD that “I made a presentation, with counterparts. Police administrators in merging depart-
watches over 4,200 residents. the help of my officers, to ments need to communicate with one another because
Last November, borough say why the proposal was not “there’s always a way to solve a problem without anyone
Mayor Paul Weiss tiptoed showing true numbers.” getting hurt.” If, for example, both parties know the man-
over to the Medford Town It was a 10-year-plan of power goal – such as reducing from 50 to 40 officers – it
Council and asked them to basic patrol services pro-
can be accomplished through normal attrition. Until the
draw up a proposal on pro- vided by the existing Med-
magic number is reached, other
viding police services to ford police force. Estimated
consolidation strategies will
Medford Lakes. cost to Medford Lakes:
Weiss “didn’t tell me $200,000. already be bringing savings.
until January,” said Martine, Sounds cheap but, “It was • All Ranks: Be aware of how
a member of South Jersey full of unknown contingen- the municipal budget works.
Lodge #56. That was 48 cies,” said Martine. Fees for Knowing the numbers will help
hours before a scheduled “other services” loomed corroborate or refute certain
public meeting where the large in the unestimated cost financial information given by
plan would be announced. At column, things like investiga- the town, like tax implications of
that point, “The trust factor tion for a burglary, or special the police budget.
went down the drain,” he said. events coverage. He also • Labor Leaders: Take charge
In three emotional pointed out the significant of the facts. Ask for information
Medford Lakes Police
borough council meetings, “reduction in services that Chief Frank Martine from you municipal administrator
angry residents heard about a we offer today.” via OPRA (Open Public Records
In the end, the Medford Act). If you’re told a document “does not exist,” then
Lakes Borough Council prepare your own and ask for it to be signed.
rejected the proposal and a • Administrators: Inform all personnel throughout the
The FOP Question study is under way to look at process. Just like residents and business owners, everyone
the benefits of sharing at in the department needs to be informed from inception.
Q. If a member of the least some police services.
lodge is being laid off by “Give them responsibilities or tasks to accomplish when
Martine says, “The resi- preparing your turn at the mic. Make them part of the so-
the department, can they dents are the ones that
maintain their membership lution, help ease their anxieties, and bring the department
defeated the thing, not me.
in the FOP? together as a team.”
Once they lost trust of the
A. It’s up to the local • Everyone: Expect years for a true merger. “It’s a long
government,” they mobilized.
lodge. Members can vote “I researched 30 years worth term process,” said Martine. “You’d have to slowly intro-
to keep the officer until he of annual reports,” but they duce new policies and procedures. New contracts would
or she is hired elsewhere. added the strength of public be drawn up. Residents would have to get used to new
The National FOP is on support. “They bought mate- officers and officers would have to get used to each other.
the side of hard-pressed rials and made signs and put Through that five years or whatever, you’d accomplish
individuals, says New Jer- them up all over town. They your manpower reduction.”
sey National Trustee Ron were prepared to do peti- For more advice from Frank Martine, call (609) 654-
Bakley. The FOP can be tions.” And they did it with- 2156.
an anchor in the storm. out any prompting from the
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S TAT E L O D G E N E W S
Detectives and PIs invited to all-day seminar
in North Branch Take 25
and save a child
Law enforcement officers throughout Picking” with Victor Rotolo, Esq.
New Jersey are invited to a one-day semi- Starting at 3 p.m. there will be a If your local lodge is look-
nar on investigative techniques. Officials shorter session geared to private investiga- ing for a community project,
from the FBI, the New Jersey State Po- tors, or those thinking about starting an the National Center for Miss-
lice, P.I. Magazine and more will speak agency. Two seminar sessions will ing & Exploited Children has
during the May 21 event at Raritan Valley be offered by Jimmie Mesis of an idea for you.
Community College in North Branch P.I. Magazine: In 2007, NCMEC
(Somerset County). • “Increasing Business in a launched a national program
The New Jersey Licensed Private Poor Economy.” called “Take 25” to call atten-
Investigators Association is sponsoring • “How to get Clients tion to common dangers
the event, which last year attracted from the Internet.” posed to children. The agency
nearly 150 participants. Registration starts at is devoted to preventing child
Government- 8:15 a.m. The cost is $75 abduction and sexual exploi-
employed officers may per person, with a reduced tation, aiding in the recovery
find the seminar cost for groups of five or of missing children, and
useful for learning more. The fee includes conti- assisting children who have
about a second career in nental breakfast, lunch and been victimized. Take 25 en-
private investigation. snacks. Members of courages parents, guardians,
The first part of the seminar, from 9 NJLPIA from Somerset and law enforcement and other
a.m. to 3 p.m., is for police detectives and Hunterdon counties can attend for free. concerned citizens to take 25
private investigators. Topics include: No in-service training credits are minutes to talk with children
• “Electronic Crime Investigation available. about ways to stay safer.
Techniques,” with S.A. Susan Seco, FBI. For more information, contact Lisa Last year, more than 320
• “Retrieving Information from Cell Reed at (908) 788-0020 or lisa@lsrinves- local communities partici-
Phones,” with Private Investigator Nicole tigations.com. A registration form can be pated in Take 25 events, and
Bocra. downloaded from www.njlpia.com. # this year, the National FOP is
• “Legalities of GPS Devices/Garbage supporting the campaign.
Local lodges are asked to
• Hosting a child identifi-
New Jersey ranked 39th nationally in incarcerations cation event.
• Distributing Take 25
Our state ranked 39th in and Mississippi, one in 69. inmate locked up was child safety materials.
the nation in the 2007 na- A Mar. 3 report in the $34,600. • Incorporating Take 25
tional incarceration rate. One Star-Ledger noted there are Nationally, one in 31 into an existing community
in every 140 New Jersey 25,359 people currently in adults in the U.S. is behind event.
adults is behind bars and one New Jersey state prisons, bars, on parole or serving • Holding safety presenta-
in 35 is on parole, probation compared to 27,500 in 2003 some form of probation, tions in local schools.
or some from of supervision and 31,286 in 1992. according to the Pew report. Take 25 provides organiz-
for an offense. Department of Correc- # ers with free event planning
Those statistics from the tions statistics show guides and sample outreach
Pew Public Safety Perform- that 45% of the state materials, including child ID
ance Project show a vast prison population com- kits, safety tips, and discus-
increase in jailed Jerseyans mitted violent crimes, sions guidelines. English and
since 1982, when the state 23% were classified as Spanish materials are avail-
imprisoned one in 408 resi- nonviolent offenders, able.
dents. and 32 percent were im- To register your lodge’s
But the Garden State is prisoned for drug crimes. event and request materials,
way behind places like the New Jersey’s annual visit www.take25.org, or
District of Columbia, with corrections budget is $1.3 contact Maggie Woods Starr
one in 50 residents in prison; billion and in 2007 the at NCMEC: mstarr@ncmec.
Louisiana, with one in 55; annual cost of keeping an org, or (703) 837-6123. #
26 NJ FOP NEWS
S TAT E L O D G E N E W S
Local FOP Golf Tournaments 4th Annual George Bowman
Jersey City Lodge #4 Survivors Fund Golf Classic
Tuesday, April 28, Pebble Creek Golf Club, Colts Neck Monday, Aug. 3,
The 8th annual Lodge # 4 golf outing will be limited to
Burlington County Country Club, Westampton
144 golfers. The shotgun start is at 9 a.m. Fee: $150 per
person including barbecue lunch and prizes. For information
visit Lodge # 4's website at www.jcfop4.org or call Greg The fourth annual luncheon and dinner events),
Kierce at (201) 424-8625. George Bowman Golf Clas- $2,500.
sic will be held Monday, • Silver Sponsor (1 com-
Salem County Lodge #6 Aug. 3 at Burlington County plimentary golf foursome
Friday, June 12, Wild Oaks Country Club, Quinton Township Country Club in Westamp- and hole sponsorship), $950.
The tournament will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, ton. • Hole Sponsor, $300.
using Calloway scoring. Entry is $75 per golfer. Sponsor- For $175, players can The deadline for sponsor-
ships are also availalble. For more information contact John enjoy 18 holes of golf plus ship is July 15. All donations
Smith at email@example.com, or Don Rambo at lunch, dinner and fraternal to the George Bowman Fund
firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call (609) 202-8421. support for survivors of New are tax deductible. For more
Jersey officers who die in the information or a sponsorship
Randolph Lodge #25 line of duty. form, contact State Lodge
Tuesday, Sept. 1, Great Bear Country Club, The tournament will Membership Services Direc-
East Stroudsberg, Penn. begin with registration and tor Steve Szypulski at (609)
Tee time is 8:30 a.m. for Randolph’s annual golf outing at lunch at 10:30 a.m., then 599-1222.
Great Bear Country Club in East Stroudsburg, Penn. The cost golf at noon, and dinner at 6
is $125 per player, including golf and cart, continental break- p.m. For those interested in The George Bowman
fast, buffet lunch and door prizes. For information or tickets, dinner only, the cost is $100. Fund was created in the
contact Keith Donovan at (973) 989-7020 or kdonovan067 Local lodges are encour- early 1990s as a way to
@comcast.net. aged to become sponsors or assist the families of New
to find sponsors in their local Jersey FOP members who
Cherry Hill Lodge #28 communities. Several levels die in the line of duty. The
Monday, May 18, Woodcrest Country Club, Cherry Hill of sponsorship are available: current benefit is $17,500
The tournament is a fundraiser for the lodge’s college • Tournament Sponsor per incident, which is given
scholarship fund. The cost is $150 per person including lunch (2 complimentary golf four- to the recipient family within
provided by Outback Steakhouse of Cherry Hill. Tee off somes and recognition one week of the officer’s
11:30 a.m. For details, contact Det. Sgt. Joseph Vitarelli at throughout the tournament), death. It helps the family
work (856) 432-8818 or www.cherryhillpolice.com. $10,000. remain solvent until pension
• Platinum Sponsor and insurance benefits begin.
Rockaway Lodge #31 (1 complimentary golf four- The fund is named after
Monday, June 15, Picatinny Arsenal, Dover some and the sponsor’s name Pennsauken Police Officer
The tournament starts at noon, with registration from on all golf carts used in the George Bowman who died in
10:30 to 11:40 a.m. Advance registration: $125 per person or tournament), $5,000. the line of duty in 1996. He
$480 per foursome, including registration gift pack, golf cart, • Gold Sponsor (1 com- was a staunch advocate for
barbecue lunch, on-course refreshments, and one-hour open plimentary golf foursome, police survivor rights and
bar and buffet dinner at Mulligan's Restaurant. Hole-in-one plus a company sign at benefits. #
contest for $1 million dollars. For information, call Mike
Wladich (973) 983-2920 or Walt Ardin (973) 983-2900.
Willingboro Lodge #38 Mount Arlington Lodge #78
Friday, June 19, Rancocas Golf Club, Willingboro Thursday, June 4, Water Gap Country Club, Pennsylvania
The lodge’s tenth annual golf tournament will be a Mount Arlington will hold its 19th annual golf outing on
fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Registration is June 4 at Water Gap Country Club in Delaware Water Gap,
at 11 a.m., with the shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee of Penn. Registration is at 7 a.m., breakfast at 8 a.m. and the
$90 will include driving range and golf, lunch, dinner and shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost is $100 per golfer, including
drinks all day. For more information, contact Mike Randall, breakfast, barbecue lunch, beverage tickets and giveaways.
(609) 877-2200. For more information, contact Greg Shallop at (973) 398-
2100. Directions are available at www.njfoplodge78.com.
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Seaside Seminar Past National President
Dick Boyd taps Cherry
Hill’s Jeff Leber for fresh
2009 NJ FOP Mini Conference fraternal perspectives.
National Executive Board instructors brought a fresh
approach to the NJ FOP Mini Conference this year. The
event was held Mar. 23 to 26 at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in
Atlantic City. Co-organizer Wayne Winkler said 272 mem-
bers registered, and 325 attended the State Lodge meeting on
the first day.
This year, national board members brought their popular
“Leadership Matters” seminar to New Jersey for the first
time. Past National President Dick Boyd presented “Motivat-
ing Your Lodge Members,” Secretary Pat Yoes talked on
“Success by Design,” and Chuck Canterbury discussed
“Roberts Rules of Order Survival Tips.”
Past State President John Sisto presented “Procedural
Rights in the Disciplinary Process.”
Governor Jon Corzine and Senator Robert Menendez
both spoke at the conference.
Jeff Weiserth and Sal Costa from Gloucester Township Lodge #206.
Fred Kearse of East Orange Lodge #111 proudly sports an Eagles #93 Honor Legion President Tony Mattessich chatted with State
shirt. With him is fellow lodge member Ed Carter. Lodge President Ed Brannigan and Jersey City Lodge #4 mem-
ber Jim McGuire in the vendors area.
From Newark Lodge #12, left to right, are Josephine Santaniello, Toni
Rosa and Chris Harris. Bruce LaCarte, Brian Libetti and Paul Apistar of Evesham Lodge #143.
28 NJ FOP NEWS
Dave Scott of South Jersey
Lodge #56 wears a T-shirt that It’s an FOP family legacy. Mike Divito, Jr., left, president of U.S. National President Chuck Canterbury
reads, “Support Our Heroes, Marshals Lodge #172, is the son of Mike Divito, Sr., a delegate of explains Roberts rules of order.
Philadelphia Police Department.” Monmouth County SOA Lodge #30.
Kevin Vernon, Anthony White and Michael Dalesio of Willingboro Lodge
#38 take notes during a seminar session. Jack Smith from Old Oak Lodge #6, foreground, chats with Sleep
Better reps Kathleen Brodzicki, Rajesh Grover and Priti Patel.
All photos by Tony Pace, Monroe Township Lodge #25
SPRING 2009 29
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• Accident emergency treat- tion for clients injured on the job
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• Accident follow-up treat- occupational diseases, injuries
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30 NJ FOP NEWS
Dear Steph Got a question for Steph? Contact
Law enforcement her at: Dear Steph, c/o CCIDC, 501
Iron Bridge Road #6, Freehold, NJ
07728 Phone: (732) 577-8300, x1
Wife keeps asking what’s the only time an afflicted officer all the officers who have died in the
wrong and he can’t tell her feels is when he or she is engaging line of duty and I don't feel they died
in at-risk behavior: drinking and in vain. They are my heroes. I feel
driving, excessive speeding or like a hypocrite. I pray that none of
Dear Steph: having an affair. The more numb you them went to work feeling the way I
I never thought I would be writ- get, the more adrenaline you need. It do. I think I want to teach. I enjoy
ing, but I’m too embarrassed to seek is imperative for you to understand helping others and that is the best part
help. I was involved in a critical inci- what you are going through and of my job.
dent many years ago and recently many websites address PTSD. Try
began having nightmares about it. I “Tears of a Cop.” - A Frustrated Teacher
didn't think it affected me and still As far as disclosing your affair to
don't. I just lost my dad and I am not your wife, that may do more harm
sure what, if anything, that has to do than good. You may need to come Dear Teacher:
with it. I have become detached from clean to relieve your guilt but then
You are not the first person nor
my family and began drinking a lot you’re dumping unnecessarily on
the last to worry that you chose the
more than I should be. My wife and I her.
wrong profession. Those are normal
are always fighting; I know I've My greatest concern is your
thoughts. One thing to consider is
changed. She keeps telling me I have, thoughts of killing yourself. Have
beginning college courses so you can
but I didn't want to believe her. you devised a plan? I know you have
teach down the line. If you take just
I ended up having an affair and the means. Suicide is permanent and
one course every semester, and you
now I’m plagued by guilt. My wife for every one committed, it’s said,
stay in policing for 10 years, by the
keeps asking me what is wrong and I 500 other people are affected.
time you earn that degree you will be
can't tell her. I blame her for all my With the same courage you used
fully vested in your job, you’ll keep
misery and she tells me I make her to reach out to me, reach out for
your pension while starting your new
feel like she's nuts. She has con- Cop2Cop, the confidential hotline, or
fronted me about whether there is any trusted friend. You are not alone,
By taking courses, even before
anyone else because I have been less although you might feel that way at
you earn your degree, you can begin
than amorous with her. I feel like I am times. Think about how you would
to substitute teach on your days off.
going crazy now. I have thought about feel if someone you loved chose to
It's a nice way to get your feet wet
killing myself but wouldn't go take their life. Take care and feel free
and not give up what you have.
through with it. It still frightens me to write again.
If you stay in law enforcement
that I have those thoughts. Please while earning your degree, think
understand that I will not seek treat- Policing ‘is NOT what I about what you might want to do
ment. It took me three months to expected’ there: Detective Bureau? Internal
write to you. Affairs? Training? What interim goal
- Embarrassed in NJ can you set your sights on to make
Dear Embarrassed: I got on the job a couple of years As a first step, go to a college
ago and this is NOT what I expected. financial aid office and look into your
You mentioned a critical incident I don't have any college and I’m options. It takes time and research to
several years ago and I will guess that making good money with benefits, learn what you’ll need to know.
you were never debriefed and had no so I feel like I can't leave, yet every No one promises you tomorrow,
follow-up. You may be right that it day I drive around these 3.2 square so enjoy today.
didn’t affect you and I’m not sure if miles fantasizing about doing some-
your father's death triggered anything, thing else. I didn't realize the huge
either from the incident or from con- role politics plays in police work. I Stephanie Samuels is a general partner
fronting your own mortality. think to myself that if I were killed in the Counseling and Critical Incident
Some of the symptoms you Debriefing Center, LLC, of Manalapan
doing this job I would die in vain. and Freehold. She can be reached at
describe are common to PTSD. Often, It’s a horrible thought. I think about (732) 577-8300, x1.
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Local lodge annual filing requirements Code of Ethics and Whistleblower
Policies. The public expects an organi-
& IRS good governance practices zation to abide by ethical standards that
promote the public good. The board of
directors bears the ultimate responsibil-
Incorporation Filing • Employer identifi- ity for setting ethical standards and
All lodges are required cation number. ensuring they permeate the organization
to be incorporated in ac- • Name and address and inform its practices. To that end,
cordance with the New of principle officer. the board should consider adopting and
Jersey State Lodge Con- • Organization’s regularly evaluating a code of ethics
stitution and Bylaws. If annual tax period. that describes behavior it wants to
your lodge has not com- • Statement that discourage. The code of ethics should
plied, you should hire an annual gross receipts are be a principal means of communicating
attorney or accountant to normally $25,000 or less. to all personnel a strong culture of legal
handle the initial applica- • If applicable, a compliance and ethical integrity.
tion process for incorpo- statement that the organi- The board of directors should adopt
rating. If you are zation is terminating. an effective policy for handling
incorporated but mis- Any Lodge with employee complaints and establish pro-
placed your paperwork, Information from gross receipts greater than cedures for employees to report in con-
you can obtain a copy by New Jersey FOP $25,000 must file either fidence suspected financial impropriety
contacting: NJ Depart- Treasurer Form 990 or 990-EZ. or misuse of the lodge’s resources.
ment of Treasury, Busi- George Kline
When gross income is Such resources are sometimes referred
ness Services, 225 West reaches $250,000 a certi- to as whistleblower policies.
State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 or call fied audit must be performed.
(609) 292-9292. The Pension Protection Act requires Due Diligence. The directors of a
To pay the annual incorporation the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status lodge must exercise due diligence con-
filing and fee, go online to of any organization failing to meet the sistent with a duty of care that requires
www.nj.gov/njbgs. You will be asked to filing requirements for three consecu- a director to act:
input your 10-digit incorporation ID tive years. Organizations that do not file • In good faith;
number, type of entity (not-for-profit) an e-Postcard, Form 990 or 990-EZ for • With the care an ordinarily prudent
and the date of incorporation. three consecutive years will lose their person in a like position would exercise
The state requires every nonprofit tax-exempt status as of the filing date of under similar circumstances;
organization to file an annual Charity the third year. • In a manner the director reason-
Registration Form. Each lodge must For more information, go to ably believes to be in the lodge’s best
file either Form CRI-200 (for under www.irs.gov/eo, call IRS customer interests.
$25,000 in gross receipts) or Form service at (877) 829-5500, or sign up Directors should see to it that poli-
CRI-300 for any lodge with income for the Exempt Organizations EO cies and procedures are in place to help
greater than $25,000. A reminder will Update, an e-mail newsletter posted on them meet their duty of care. Such
be mailed to you if your lodge filed the the charities pages of www.irs.gov. Go policies and procedures should ensure
previous year. to the site and click on EO Newsletter. that each director:
• Is familiar with the lodge’s activi-
IRS Filing IRS Good Governance Practices ties and knows whether those activities
The Internal Revenue Service The following text is IRS suggested promote the lodge’s mission and
requires all lodges to file an annual tax practices for tax-exempt organizations. achieve its goals;
report. Lodges that have gross receipts Some of these suggestions may be in- • Is fully informed about the lodge’s
less than $25,000 must file an elec- cluded in your lodge’s constitution and financial status; and
tronic Form 990-N (e-Postcard). There bylaws. • Has full and accurate information
is no paper form. The IRS is develop- to make informed decisions.
ing the electronic filing system and will Mission Statement. A clearly artic-
publicize procedures once the system is ulated mission statement that is adopted Duty of Loyalty. The directors of a
up and running. by a lodge’s board of directors will lodge owe it a duty of loyalty. The duty
The 990-N filing is Internet-based. explain and popularize the lodge’s pur- of loyalty requires a director to act in
Lodges that do not have access to a pose and serve as a guide to the lodge’s the interest of the lodge rather than in
computer can go to a local library to work. A well written mission statement the personal interest of the director or
file the e-Postcard. Information re- shows why the lodge exists, what it some other person or organization. In
quired to complete the e-Postcard is: hopes to accomplish, and what activi- particular, the duty of loyalty requires a
• The organization’s legal name. ties it will undertake, where, and for director to avoid conflict of interest that
• Any other organizational names. whom. is detrimental to the lodge. To that end,
• Mailing address. the board of directors should adopt and
• Web address, if applicable. regularly evaluate an effective conflict
32 NJ FOP NEWS
of interest policy that:
• Requires directors and staff to act THE RICHMAN REPORT
solely in the interests of the lodge with- LABOR LAW UPDATE
out regard for personal interests;
• Includes written procedures for
determining whether a relationship,
financial interest, or business affiliation Internal affairs policy must model
results in a conflict of interest; and Attorney General Guidelines
• Prescribes a certain course of
action in the event a conflict of interest by State Lodge Labor Attorney Steve Richman
Directors and staff should be Officer forced to repay his 304, 314 N.J. Super. 129 (App. Div.
required to disclose annually in writing department for too-soon 1998).]
any known financial interest that the resignation The Barcheski case highlights the
individual, or a member of the individ- A former officer in the Middlesex dangers of individual side agreements.
ual’s family, has in any business entity County Sheriff’s Department has Such contracts may not be binding on
that transacts business with the lodge. been ordered to reimburse his former a union, but they can be enforced
employer more than $8,000 because against the individual.
Transparency. By making full and he cut short his employment with the
accurate information about its mission, department. As a recruit, the officer Resumed pay now speedier
activities, and finances publicly avail- made an agreement to repay the in disciplinary matters
able, a lodge demonstrates transparency. department for the cost of his train- Officers suspended without pay
The board should adopt and monitor ing if he left within four years of for disciplinary proceedings can now
procedures to ensure that the lodge’s finishing his training. regain pay status when appeals of ter-
Form 990, annual reports, and financial In 2003, Matthew Barcheski ap- mination are not resolved within 180
statements are complete and accurate, plied for employment as a Middlesex days. A new law signed by Governor
are posted on the lodge’s public web- County sheriff’s officer. Although Corzine on Mar. 5 affects law en-
site, and are made available to the mem- there was a union contract in the forcement officers and firefighters.
bers upon inspection. department, the employer requires The exception is a suspension involv-
applicants to sign a minimum service ing a criminal investigation or allega-
Fundraising Policy. Charitable agreement. Barcheski signed on Feb. tions of criminal violations.
fundraising is an important source of 7, 2003, then resigned to work for Some days do not count toward
financial support. Success at fundrais- another police department on Mar. 3, the accrual of the 180 days, including
ing requires care and honesty. The 2005. The county sued to enforce the any days prior to the filing of an ap-
board should adopt and monitor policies repayment agreement. peal with the Office of Administrative
to ensure that fundraising solicitations The NJ Appellate Division con- Law, or days during postponements
meet federal and state law requirements firmed a lower court decision that the requested or caused by the employee.
and solicitation materials are accurate, agreement was valid and binding and Also significant, the law (formerly
truthful and candid. Lodges should awarded the county more than $8,000 A-3481/S-1336) grants non-civil serv-
keep their fundraising costs reasonable. in damages and interest. The court ice employees the option of an arbi-
In selecting paid fundraisers, a lodge reasoned that an individual contract trated appeal or Superior Court action,
should use those that are registered with is valid if it does not conflict with the as previously authorized by statute.
the state and that can provide good ref- bargaining agreement. [Appellate Non civil-service police and fire
erences. Performance of professional Division, A-2413-07T3 (February employees will now have the option
fundraisers should be continuously 24, 2009).] of appealing a suspension or termina-
monitored. It is not clear whether the union tion to arbitration through the Public
sought to challenge the repayment Employment Relations Commission
Financial Audits. Directors must requirement as a unilaterally imple- within 20 days of being disciplined.
be good stewards of a lodge’s financial mented term and condition of em- Various state agencies are prepar-
resources. A lodge should operate in ployment. PERC and the courts have ing rules and regulations to imple-
accordance with an annual budget ap- held that an employer’s unilateral ment the new law, which becomes
proved by the board. The board should implementation of a training/uniform effective in early June.
ensure that financial resources are used reimbursement requirement is an For questions on either matter,
to further lodge purpose by regularly unfair labor practice. [See New Jer- contact the New Jersey FOP or Labor
receiving and reading up-to-date finan- sey Transit Authority v. PBA, Local Council for information.
cial statements including Form 990,
auditor’s letters, and finance and audit
committee reports. Steve Richman serves as labor counsel to the State Lodge and the FOP Labor Council. His
firm, Markowitz & Richman, maintains offices in Haddonfield, NJ, New York City and
Philadelphia. He can be reached at email@example.com or (215) 875-3114.
Cont’d on page 43
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FAMILY OWNED FOR 61 YEARS
LUCAS FORD LUCAS DODGE LUCAS CHEVROLET
Route 130 @ Columbus Rd. 1624 Route 38 East 1622 Route 38 East
Burlington, NJ 08016 Lumberton, NJ 08048 Lumberton, NJ 08048
Phone: (609) 386-3100 Phone: (609) 267-3400 Phone: (609) 267-0200
Fax: (609) 386-5886 Fax: (609) 267-4564 Fax: (609) 267-1060
for FOP members
See General Manager Bill Page
34 NJ FOP NEWS
LOCAL LODGE NEWS
CAPE MAY COUNTY LODGE #7
Lodge #7 embraces
Doo Wop style in newly
renovated lodge hall
“Doo Wop architecture.” proclaims: “Cape
That’s how Wildwood May County Frater-
officials describe the 1950s nal Order of Police.”
building style that dominates Three goose-necked
the popular shore community. spotlights make the
Angular space-age imagery, letters pop even
neon tropical themes, and more. And surround-
kitschy colors are every- ing the marquee at the
where. outer edge are thin
Now, Cape May County LED stripes, one red
unty Lodge #7
Lodge #7 has embraced the and one blue. Cape May Co
vated façade of the glory.
Doo Wop theme in a newly Authentic 1930s-style The newly reno all its Doo Wop
meeting hall in
renovated lodge hall at 3207 police station globes have
Pacific Avenue in Wildwood. been retro-fitted with mod-
“We have incorporated it ern wiring on either side of owned the building since the use it for private functions.
into our design,” said Presi- the entry door. mid-90s and completed min- Members will not rent their
dent Chris Howard, who Howard anticipates a imal rehab so that meetings hall to the community as an
personally favors the term grand opening come May or could be held there. income source. “It is OUR
“Jetsonian” to describe the June, and “the communities “We always dreamed of a lodge hall,” emphasized
style. that we represent will be complete rehabilitation, Howard.
Checkered blue and invited.” including the front façade,” Lodge #7 represents mul-
white tile dominates the face Lodge members began said Howard. tiple law enforcement agen-
of the building. Up top is a earnestly renovating the 100- Prior to its FOP owner- cies, including the Cape May
huge neon FOP star, an- year-old building in early ship, the building served as a County Correctional Offi-
chored by raised blue letter- 2008 after years of planning clothing store, a shoe store, cers, Sea Isle City, Wild-
ing on a marquee that and saving. They have an appliance store and even wood and West Wildwood
a car dealership. police departments, and
Now as an FOP some individual officers
lodge hall, the from the North Wildwood
building provides Police Department and the
meeting space, Delaware River & Bay Au-
administrative of- thority.
fices, a kitchen and “When we initially pur-
rest rooms. Ameni- chased the building, it was at
ties include a regu- a historic low in property
lation pool table, values in Wildwood and we
shuffle board table, took advantage of the condi-
a working bar, and tion at the time,” said
of course, a flat Howard. “We nearly paid the
screen TV. building off prior to the
The lodge’s current construction project.”
250 members and The lodge has a mortgage to
their families have cover the costs of renovation.
primary access to #
Among the folks who brought about the lodge hall renovation are these four
officers of Cape May County Lodge #7, from left: President Chris Howard, First
the facility. With
Vice President Tom McQuillen, Past President Jim Nanos and Treasurer Chris approval, they can
Chobert. (Photo by Tony Pace, Monroe Township Lodge #125)
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36 NJ FOP NEWS
LOCAL LODGE NEWS
CAPE MAY COUNTY LODGE #7
and Kita ride for
One hundred and one
people attended the beef and
beer fundraiser to support
three Cape May County rid-
ers in the 2009 Police Unity
Tour. The annual three-day
Police Week bicycle ride
goes from New Jersey to
Bill Kita from the Wild-
wood Crest PD, Roger Lillo
from the Wildwood PD, and Lodge #7’s Unity Tour riders, from left, are Vinnie Carrannante, Roger
Lillo, and Bill Kita.
Vinnie Carannante from the
North Wildwood PD, will be He is the tour’s training ride the lodge held a benefit on
among 1,200 riders from coordinator. Carannante is Mar. 29 at Vienna Inn in
across the country participat- riding for the third time, and Cologne. Participants
ing in this year’s event. Kita is a first-timer. enjoyed food, music, door
Lillo, the beef and beer prizes and a Chinese auction.
event organizer, said the
turn-out at the Bayview Inn Benefit held for AJ ••• Class II seasonal
How ‘bout these
was far better than expected, Garreffi Police Officer Jude Bartle-
raising $1,600 from tickets, AJ Garreffi, the 9-year- lodge website baugh was assigned to the
a 50/50 and T-shirt sales. old son of Sea Isle City ideas? Boardwalk Squad in 1997,
Each new Unity Tour Officer Tony Garreffi was re- ••• Lodge #7 is now under Lt. Charles Quinn Jr.
rider is required to raise cently diagnosed with severe posting historical police de- (now retired). Jude, a self-
$1,750 to participate; veter- aplastic anemia. He has had partment photos on its lodge taught artist, sketched this
ans must raise $1,600. The numerous blood transfusions website. On display now: A image of Quinn, which now
cost covers lodging, meals, and tests, and may need a 1941 departmental photo of appears on the Lodge #7
uniforms and donations to bone marrow transplant in the Wildwood PD, and a website. “The whereabouts
survivor families. the future. To help the family photo from the first annual of Jude is not known,” said
Lillo will be riding for through a difficult time both Wildwood Retired Officers President Chris Howard, “but
his fourth consecutive year. emotionally and financially, Lunch in 1988. his artwork lives on!”
AT L A N T I C C O U N T Y L O D G E # 3 4
Robert Roeder dies unexpectedly live in ational time around the
your mem- campfire, joking and
Senior Corrections Offi- bers “know how fondly he ory and be sharing memories with
cer Robert Roeder, a member spoke about all of you and in your friends and family.
of Lodge #34 and a seven- how much he enjoyed work- thoughts In addition to his
year employee of the Atlantic ing with you. Even though and wife, he also leaves be-
County Department of Public his life ended early, he would prayers.” hind his seven-year-old
Safety, died unexpectedly on have wanted you to remem- One of son Zachary.
Mar. 1. He was a resident of ber him for all his outra- Robert's Robert’s sudden
Mays Landing. geous stunts and antics. He great joys death has left the family
“The rank and file of FOP loved to have fun and make in life was in financial need. Lodge
Lodge # 34 will miss him fun for others as well. We serving in #34 is requesting dona-
greatly,” said a lodge have many great memories the United States Army tions to Melissa Roeder, c/o
spokesman. and that’s how Robert would Reserve. He also enjoyed FOP Lodge # 34, P.O. Box
His wife of 10 years, have wanted everyone to re- hunting, fishing, and four- 992, Mays Landing, NJ
Melissa, wrote to let mem- member him. May he always wheeling,” as well as recre- 08330. #
SPRING 2009 37
LOCAL LODGE NEWS
MONMOUTH COUNTY SOA LODGE #30
MONMOUTH COUNTY SHERIFF’S SUPERIORS LODGE #121
Demotions and layoffs threatened in Monmouth
County despite solid finances
Monmouth County sher- Civil Service Commission The situation has tracts. Non-union employees
iff’s and corrections officers requires employers to meet prompted unity between the will get no raise.
were given a choice on Jan. with unions to find other so- two FOP lodges and PBA Lodge #30 asked the
9: Open current contracts and lutions. “They haven’t done Locals 240 and 314, which freeholders for documenta-
take a 0% increase this year, that,” said Lodge #30 Presi- bargain for line officers in tion showing actions they’d
or face demotions and lay- dent Joe Smentkowski. both the sheriff’s unit and taken before issuing the ulti-
offs. “They held a mass meeting corrections. They are sharing matum. “They gave us a
Sheriff’s superiors in with all unions and laid information but filing 2009 budget proposal,” said
Lodge #121 and corrections down the law. No pre-negoti- separate unfair labor practice Smentkowski.
superiors in Lodge #30 have ations. No discussions.” charges with the Public The FOP has obtained
refused to comply. Instead, Three corrections superi- Employment Relations Com- three independent audits of
they are filing unfair labor ors now face demotion and mission. county finances. “All state
practice charges against the 35 line officers could lose The announcement on that the 2009 budget was in
county administrator and the their jobs. In the sheriff’s de- layoffs and demotions came good shape,” he said. “We
board of freeholders, citing partment, three supervisors with no warning just weeks also found the county to be
failure to follow state person- could be demoted and up to after the county finished ne- well funded with surpluses.
nel guidelines. 16 line officers could be let gotiating multiple employee They don’t want to touch it
Before any layoff, the go. contracts granting “good because of their triple-A rat-
raises” and no indication of ing. They also have a rainy
financial straits. Those agree- day fund and they don’t con-
ments, with public safety and sider this to be a rainy day.”
other employee groups, were The FOP believes politics
signed in November and are behind the January ma-
December. neuver. “We have documents
Then came Jan. 9. Unions showing the freeholders want
still in negotiations were to create certain posts,” said
instantly asked to accept 0% Smentkowski.
Serving FOP Local Lodges raises for 2009 or face He lauded Sheriff Kim
and Retirees layoffs. Those with signed Guadagno and Warden Bill
agreements, like Lodge #30
We participate with all major
Fraser who have tried “to
and Lodge #121, were show the county that layoffs
dental insurance plans
required to open their con-
18 convenient locations
Cont’d on page 39
For office locations and hours
Lodge #30 fights Thanksgiving
please visit our website
If non-union county employees are granted a holiday,
union employees are supposed to get the same. “It’s con-
tractual,” says Lodge #30 President Joe Smentkowski.
Normally, the Friday after Thanksgiving is a holiday,
but Governor Jon Corzine partially cut the break in 2008.
Non-union employees got the day off; union employees
Lodge #30 is filing an unfair labor practice action
with the Public Employment Relations Commission. The
Melvin Feiler, DDS Aaron Feiler, DDS
filing is being handled by the New Jersey FOP Labor
Council to which Lodge #30 belongs. #
38 NJ FOP NEWS
LOCAL LODGE NEWS
MONROE TOWNSHIP LODGE #125 upon a bottle of cognac. region of France, blended
Delighted with his find, with eaux-de-vie that has
he put it aside to bring out at aged more than a century.
Finley Brown says ‘yes’ to the drink the appropriate quiet mo- The blend is further aged in
ment. He wasn’t the only one barrels that are themselves
that nearly killed him who found such a bottle. several hundred years old.
Several soldiers soon realized A 750-ml bottle of Louis
No liquor had touched that the Nazis had planted XIII may be priced as high as
Finley Brown’s lips for 65 multiple bottles, all spiked $2,000, though the average
years. But that Louis XIII with a poison that nearly range is between $1,300 and
cognac roused his memory killed them. Finley became $1,500. Its hand-blown crys-
and dared him to take a swig. violently ill and incapaci- tal decanter alone sells for
At a union meeting in tated. When he recovered, he approximately $100.
March, Lodge #125 received pledged never to drink The name Louis XIII is
a special gift from a local Cognac again. meant to evoke history, the
friend -- a bottle of Louis But as Lodge Delegate famous personalities who
XIII cognac valued at Tony Pace commented, “It have favored the drink, such
$1,400. takes more than a poison as Chanel, Picasso, Churchill
After much discussion, brew to bring a brother and de Gaulle; and the great
members decided to open the down!” occasions it has marked, like
bottle and share it among Finley’s poison, when not the maiden voyage of the
members attending that very spiked, is actually one of the luxurious Normandie ocean
Finley Brown asks himself: most highly regarded alco- liner or the supersonic Con-
night’s meeting. Twenty-five “Should I give this godforsaken
members lined up for a shot, holic beverages in the world, corde.
stuff another chance?”
and first in line was Finely, And below: “Of course!”
a product of Remy Martin. “That said, it tastes like
the 89-year-old eldest mem- Louis XIII is made from watered-down VO to me!”
ber of Lodge #125. grapes grown in the Cognac commented Pace. #
It was then that Finley
told the story of the last time
he drank cognac, or any al-
cohol for that matter. It was
1944 in Normandy during
WWII. His Army unit had
just landed and the combat
was on-again, off-again. Be-
tween battles, he happened
Monmouth layoffs Cont’d from page 38
are not going to be economic. everything we know proves
They’ll pay double what otherwise. They’ve already
they’re saving in overtime.” laid off people but they’re
In the two FOP lodges, appointing people they Two K9s (& their people) honored
the raise for 2009 was sup- want.” Two K9 partners in the Monroe Police Department
posed to be 3.75%. Both “We have enough to retired from service in late December. Chase and Merk
agreements will expire in prove this is all political and shook paws with fellow officers for the final time after
December. The PBA con- has nothing to do with the several years of service.
tracts expired last December. economy.” To mark the occasion, the FOP recognized the dogs’
"If 0% is what everyone is He also noted that in the officer partners during the February lodge meeting.
accepting, we’ll do our part last contract period, superi- Shown are Cpl. Rich Miragli, right, who partnered with
and entertain that for the new ors agreed to a step program Chase, and Cpl. Mike Rebecca, left, who partnered with
contract to begin in 2010 if that saved the county money. Merk. Chief Dan Pontano handed out plaques that recog-
they can show why 0% is “We’re not opening up to nized the officers and their dogs for many years of dedi-
what we should accept,” said give back anything,” he said. cated service. #
Smentkowski. “Right now #
SPRING 2009 39
LOCAL LODGE NEWS
BURLINGTON COUNTY LODGE #2
Rotary, the Catholic
From policing in Palmyra to barrio rescue Church and the Dominican
government are ongoing
Harold Wooden vaults past the norm of ‘helping people’ devotees, but Wooden says
the challenge of maintaining
ots of retired police rific.” There was an open-air the foundation, the coordinat-
L find second careers.
Harold Wooden left the firewood, kids sleeping on
job and discovered the ground and young girls
his passion in the
lic. Since retiring,
he has rescued
hundreds of orphans from
less missions to improve an
kitchen with pots burning on
unclothed, with no shelter.
Wooden brought the story
back to the Riverside, Del-
ran, Delanco Rotary Club
whose new mission became a
squalor and organized count- Rotary International commu-
nity service project. It took
four years to raise funds and
ing keystone, is getting
Each year, Orchid sends
Hogar a shipping container
loaded with food, clothing,
relief items and school
supplies. The collection is
year-round at a donated ware-
house in Willingboro. Volun-
teers load the container.
“Shipping keeps going up
Known as “Woody” to build the dormitory that now and Rotary can’t pay for it
his friends, Wooden retired houses 140 children, ages 3 all. I’m not sure how much
from the Palmyra Police to 14. longer we can continue,” said
Department in Burlington But Wooden didn’t stop Wooden.
County in 1989 after 34 there. In 1989, he founded Wooden said most volun- Some costs are paid out
years as a night-shift patrol- the nonprofit Orchid Founda- teers are young people who of membership dues. But Or-
man. During much of that tion, Inc. to provide ongoing come back changed. “Thank chid has only 200 members,
time, he ran an independent support to the facility. God I’ve got a mom and dad each paying $50 a year in
insurance agency in the day- Today, Hogar Escuela and I live in America,” they’ll dues.
time. Sleep was a precious Armando Rosenberg is a typically say. Wooden belongs to
commodity. 15-acre complex including a Wooden himself, has Burlington County Lodge #2
Worried about his hours, medical/dental clinic, a phar- traveled back to Dominica at but doesn’t attend meetings
Wooden’s family arranged an macy, a church and an educa- least twice a year in the past. any more since he now re-
all-expense-paid solo vaca- tional program with day care, Now 76, he is limited by sides in Brigantine, outside
tion for him to the Domini- elementary, middle and high personal infirmities to one Atlantic City.
can Republic in 1983. schools, plus an outreach trip this year. To learn more about
Once on the island na- school in the barrio. Twelve He earns no salary from Hogar and possibly adopt it
tion, he found himself in a hundred students from his work, nor do any of his as a local lodge cause, visit
hotel where the local Rotary surrounding areas walk to board members. “I live on the website at www.orchid-
Club held it meetings. A Hogar for education. social security. Expenses are foundation.org, or call Harold
devoted Rotarian himself, he In addition, two water further reduced because, Wooden at (609) 266-5208.
befriended members who stations supply the barrio “The office is in my house.” #
showed him around the area, with clean water.
explaining the club’s com- On-site administration
munity service projects. of the facility is handled by
That’s when Wooden first a nunnery based in Spain,
saw the local orphanage in already on the island when
Sabana Perdida, a large bar- Wooden arrived. The
rio (neighborhood) in Santo Catholic Church owns the
Domingo, the capital of the entire complex.
Dominican Republic. Wooden and his board
“I was devastated,” he have a year-round schedule
said. "The children were in a of fundraising events, and
desperate situation. The volunteers sign up for trips to
small shacks that some of work on service projects like
them lived in were beyond new construction, mainte- Harold Wooden’s charity, Orchid Foundation, saves orphaned
description. The conditions nance or educational initia- children from conditions like these and worse.
of the orphanage were hor- tives.
40 NJ FOP NEWS
LOCAL LODGE NEWS
AT L A N T I C C O U N T Y L O D G E # 3 4
Sometimes, being helpful
doesn’t help Jersey City Lodge #4
Best wishes to lodge member John Scalcione who is re-
Atlantic County Adminis- coerced to sign letters of covering from a serious motor vehicle accident at the Reha-
trator Jerry Del Rosso may resignation. bilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls.
have realized that helpfulness 5. Many union concerns
is a matter of opinion after he about working conditions Newark Lodge #12
forwarded to Lodge #34 have been Take in the starlit view of the entire New York metro-
President George ignored until the politan area while enjoying the 43rd Annual Newark Lodge
Hebert some “help- union has #12 Dinner Dance, on Friday, May 1 at the Newark Club.
ful” information brought formal The club is located on the 22nd floor of One Newark Cen-
showing how Essex action. “The ter, the building adjacent to the NJ Performing Arts Center.
County plans to re- warden has Tickets are $100 per person including cocktails at 7 p.m.
duce public safety operat- stated in writing to me and dinner at 8 p.m. For more information, call (973) 642-
ing costs. as union president that I 0390.
Hebert replied with his was not authorized to investi-
own helpful reminders about gate any employee of the Wharton Lodge #24
Atlantic County circum- department for any reason at It was the end of an era at the lodge’s annual officer
election in December. Chick Moreno stepped down from
stances that preclude follow- any time. So we are clear, I
his post as treasurer. “He has been on the executive board
ing the Essex lead. His will continue to represent my
at least 30 years,” said his son Dave Moreno, the immedi-
thoughts in a Mar. 8 letter to members and investigate any ate past president. “He was an original member when it
the freeholders, the county of their complaints regarding was still the Lakeland Lodge.” Moreno retired as a captain
executive and local media are working conditions in my in the Wharton Police Department in 1999.
summarized below. capacity as union president.”
6. “County officials Greenbrook Lodge #23
1. In failing to settle a should look at themselves Greenbrook members will host their annual community
contract with Lodge #34, At- before asking employees to fishing derby on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to noon in
lantic County has expended take furloughs, give up bene- the pond behind the municipal building. Up to 100 kids,
tax dollars for legal represen- fits or take lower salary from toddler to teen, are expected to participate in the
tation in seven mediation ses- increases.” Elected officials goodwill project that gets the kids interacting with police.
sions and four days of formal receive health insurance, a
hearings ($1,400 a day). pension if elected prior to South Jersey Lodge #56
Officers have been working July 1, 2007, and a deferred ••• Lodge #56 recently presented a $1,000 check to
without a contract or salary contribution retirement pro- the Philadelphia Lodge #5 survivors fund. The department
increase for two-and-a-half gram if elected after July 1, has suffered numerous officer deaths in recent months.
years. 2007. County records indi- Shown below, Philadelphia FOP President John McNesby,
2. Atlantic County and cate the cost of health bene- left, and executive board member Steve Weiler, second
Essex County salaries are not fits received by 13 Atlantic from right, accepted the check from Lodge #56 President
commensurate. Maximum County officials in 2008 Dave Scott, second from left, and Vice President Wayne
base for a correction officer (medical, prescription, dental Bonfiglio, at right.
in Atlantic County is and vision) was $171,024
$54,400; in Essex County,
$66,736. “Our jobs are hard
3. Atlantic County has enough maintaining order
lost thousands in litigation with the inmates without
over the past two years for having to fight the adminis-
arbitrations it lost. Those tration and county at the
matters often involve investi- same time,” wrote Hebert.
gations and disciplinary “I hope the information
charges against the union provided in this letter will be
president and vice president. food for thought for you, the
4. The administration has county and the jail adminis-
denied officers their legal tration.” # Cont’d on page 43
rights. Two were recently
SPRING 2009 41
LOCAL LODGE NEWS
Essex County Public Safety Lodge #71 Police Academy, will join the force this
Members on The Move Thirty-one members of 2008-1 Essex
County Basic Corrections Officer recruit
Promotions • Retirements • New Hires class graduated this spring. Due to an Monroe Township Lodge #125
unsettled lawsuit, their academy training
was delayed up to three years and they
Jersey City Lodge #4 worked using on-the-job training.
Retirements The graduates are Taufeeq Ashford,
• Lt. Mike Whelan, Mar. 1. Ivan Blanford, Eddie Blount, Bruce
• Sgt. Joseph Botti, Nov. 1. Burgess, Carlton Clark, Jennifer Cruz,
• Det. Christopher Henne, Dwayne Dibuno, James Green, Alton
Nov. 1. Harris, Derek Jackson, Jason Jarmon, Rich Livingston
• Det. Frank Laraway,Dec. 1. Michael Leone, Naimah Marrow, John then and now.
• P/O John Bacigalupo, Mar. 1. Mellito, Shakeith Miller, Tanira Moore,
• P/O Marisa Johnston, Dec. 1. • Captain Rich Livingston retired Jan. 31
Alexis Muniz, Maotse Orozco, Salvatore after 30 years of service.
• P/O Anthony Pekarsky, Nov. 1. Pensiero, Nello Pepe, Ray Polhill, Robert
• P/O David Sanchez, Mar. 1. • Joe Smart was promoted in December
Powell, Mariela Rivera, Anthony Russo, to Detective Lieutenant. He is a 21-
Kristoher Schrodi, Stanley Stephens, year veteran.
New Officers hired Dec. 12 Ricky Targonski, Javier Torres, Ahmad
Ali Bravo, Justin Fahey, Matthew Kilroy, • David Hoffman was promoted in De
Vincent, Rickie Walton and Alisha cember to Corporal. He is an 11-year
David Leon, Anthony Makofka, Williams.
Nathaniel Montanez, Christopher Or- veteran.
tega, Michael Rivera, and Nydia Ro- Deptford Lodge #72
driquez. Montclair Lodge #126
• Chief John J. Marolt retiring June 1 • Deputy Chief Roger Terry retired last
after 30 years with the department, the June after 32 years.
Sparta Lodge #26 last six as Chief.
• Cpl. Richard Clayton retired Mar. 1 • P/O Steven Johnson retired in January
• Daniel Murphy was promoted to Chief after 25 years.
after 25.5 years of service. on June 1. He was previously the Deputy
• Cpl. Craig McMickle retired in Decem • P/O Abdul
Chief. Aleem Muham-
ber after 30 years.
• Hired in March – P/O Arlene Lippencot. mad retired last
Princeton University Police Lodge #75 June after 27
• Jorge Gonzalez was hired in February. years.
Cherry Hill Lodge #28 He is the department’s first Hispanic
• Lt. Thomas Riddle retired Feb. 1 after • P/O Frank
police Taylor (pictured
28 years with the department. officer.
• Newly hired - P/O Randy Karch. at right) retired
• Sean last June after
Smith, 25 years.
South Jersey Lodge #56 now in
Promoted in the Pine Hill Police Dept. the
• Bob Smuda, to Sergeant. Mercer
• Chris Winters, to Lieutenant. County
Jorge Gonzalez Sean Smith
Thirty-one members of 2008-1 Essex County Basic
Corrections Officer recruit class graduated this spring.
42 NJ FOP NEWS
LOCAL LODGE NEWS
Local lodge filing requirements
Cont’d from page 33
Cont’d from page 41
If a lodge has substantial assets or include guidelines for handling elec-
annual revenue, its board should ensure tronic files. The policy should cover South Jersey Lodge #56 cont’d
that an independent auditor conduct an backup procedures, archiving of docu- ••• The lodge donated video equip-
annual audit. The board can establish ments, and regular check-ups of the ment to the Bancroft School at
an independent audit committee to reliability of the system. For more Voorhees Pediatrics. The system lets
select and oversee the independent information see IRS Publication 4221, children view computer programs
auditor. Compliance Guide for 501(c)(3) Tax- on a large screen. School Principal
Substitute practices for very small Exempt Organizations, available on the Colleen Valentino and student Nicki
lodges would include volunteers who IRS website. O’Keefe accepted the gift from FOP
would review financial information and member Chris Tomasco and Presi-
practices. Trading volunteers between Local lodge treasurers can contact dent Dave Scott.
similarly situated organizations who State Lodge
would perform these tasks would also Treasurer
help maintain financial integrity with- George Kline at
out being to costly. (856) 779-0954
Compensation Practices. A geokline@veri-
successful lodge pays no more than zon.net. He can
reasonable compensation for services provide updated
rendered. Lodges should generally not tax administra-
compensate persons for services on the tive booklets.
board except reimburse direct expenses Pat Conklin,
of such service. Officer compensation CPA of James a
should be allowed only when deter- Lynch, CPA,
mined appropriate b y a committee Boonton, NJ;
composed of persons who are not Tom Penoza,
compensated by the lodge and have no Grand Lodge
financial interest in the determination. FOP Treasurer; and Robert Krone, CPA
of Frank L. Sassetti & Co., Oak Park, Essex County Public Safety
Document Retention Policy. An Ill., assisted in providing this informa- Lodge #71
effective lodge will adopt a written pol- tion. “IRS Good Governance Practices” Members from all over the state
icy establishing standards for document is a copy of Krone’s PowerPoint pres- are invited to Lodge #71’s black tie
integrity, retention, and destruction. entation at the Leadership Matters Sem- celebration of their twentieth
The document retention policy should inar held in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. # anniversary on Saturday, April 4 at
Hanover Manor in East Hanover (16
Eagle Rock Avenue). Donations are
$75 per person, including a buffet
dinner and open bar. Hours are 7:30
Got a question about p.m. to 12:30 a.m. For more informa-
local lodge administration? tion, call Elaine Pearson (973) 886-
2812, or Kenneth Leonard at (732)
Deptford Lodge #72 and
New Jersey FOP State Lodge Gloucester County Lodge #165
Phone: 609-599-1222 • E-mail: njfop.org Lodges #72 and #165 will hold a
joint beef and beer social event on
Saturday, June 6, from 7 to 11 p.m.
at the Woodbury American Legion,
National FOP Headquarters 1019 Washington Avenue. Tickets
are $25 per person for all you can eat
Phone: (800) 451-2711 • E-mail: fop.net and drink. Enjoy food, music and
Cont’d on page 45
SPRING 2009 43
Suicide Awareness Seminar, part of the Governor’s mission to help troubled cops
By Cherie Castellano,
MA, CSW, LPC, AAETS
C O P 2 C O P
ooking into the cam- Enforcement
L era and baring their
the stars of a
16-minute documentary film
called “Shattered Lives.” The
how to recognize
the signs and
New Jersey FOP President Ed Brannigan
and Cop 2 Cop Director Cherie
Castellano are part of the Governor’s
Task Force on Police Suicide. The
film, directed and produced suicidal behavior group is charged with developing a
by former cop Donna in fellow officers,
strategy to help law enforcement
Roman-Hernandez, was the then “Question,
centerpiece of a poignant day Persuade, and officials deal with officer
of conversation and learning, Refer.” stress and other
the “Cop 2 Cop Suicide A Cop 2 Cop
Awareness Seminar.” volunteer, once mental health
Fifty people attended our suicidal himself, issues.
first annual event on Mar. 16, told his personal
all of them wistful that the story, then ex-
program didn’t last longer. It plained the warn-
was held at the Cop 2 Cop, ing signs he manifested back
University Behavioral when there was no Cop 2 and disabled officers. That’s Attorney General Anne
HealthCare training center in Cop and no one to teach more than the annual aver- Milgram and Department of
Piscataway and participants QPR. age number of officers killed Human Services Commis-
learned techniques and inter- Other seminar highlights in the line of duty. sioner Jennifer Velez co-
ventions for managing police were: “The job-related stress chaired.
stress and suicidal officers. • Hypothetical scenarios experienced by law enforce- Task force recommenda-
Roman-Hernandez of on what to do for a suicidal/ ment professionals is incred- tions, released last month,
Blue Force Films homicidal officer. ible,” said Gov. Corzine, can be reviewed online at
(www.blueforcefilms.com) • New Jersey corrections “and this alarming increase www.state.nj.us/governor.
took the opportunity to debut officer stress and data uncov- in suicides among these Go to “Newsroom,” then
her newest documentary, ered by Cop 2 Cop. brave men and women de- “Press Releases,” and scroll
“Shattered Lives,” filmed • A presentation on serves our quick and imme- down to Feb. 26, “Awareness,
during the 2007 Out of the assisting police families in diate attention." Training, Key To Preventing
Darkness Community Walk crisis by the New Jersey The 14-member task Suicides By Law Enforce-
in New Brunswick. The an- Traumatic Loss Coalition. force, which included New ment Officers.”
nual walk is sponsored by the The Cop 2 Cop Suicide Jersey FOP President Ed Our seminar back in
American Foundation for Awareness Seminar was Brannigan and myself, was March was a passionate day
Suicide Prevention, and created as part of the mission charged with developing a together, a day of tears and
Cop2Cop participates every of the Governor’s Task Force strategy to help law enforce- testimony, but most
year. on Police Suicide. Governor ment officials deal with offi- poignantly, we shared
The seminar also featured Jon Corzine created the task cer stress and other mental courage and made a commit-
a historical look at the 23,000 force last September when health issues. Also on the ment to take action. We can
calls to the Cop 2 Cop hot- he learned of a spike in law task force were representa- stop police suicide, with no
line -- what has worked and enforcement suicide. tives of local law enforce- more shattered lives if we all
what hasn’t. Our staff has An average 12 New Jer- ment, the state police, do our part to put the pieces
subverted 157 out of 159 sey law enforcement suicides mental health professionals, back together.
suicidal and homicidal cases. occurred each year from noncommissioned officers, Please mark your calen-
We also provided an 2003 to 2007, including the Attorney General's dar for the next “Out of the
overview of “QPR for Law police, corrections, retired Office and police survivors. Darkness Walk” on Oct. 4.
To get involved in our Cop 2
Cop suicide prevention ef-
COP 2 COP was created through legislation in 1998 as a confidential police hotline operating 24/7 to forts or to be in the walk, call
provide peer support, clinical referrals, assessments and critical incident stress debriefings to law enforce- us at 1-866-COP-2COP. #
ment officers and their families. Call them at 1-866-COP-2-COP, or visit www.cop2coponline.net.
44 NJ FOP NEWS
LOCAL LODGE NEWS
MOUNT ARLINGTON LODGE #78
Derosa named 2008 Mt. Arlington Cont’d from page 43
FOP Member of the Year
door prizes, plus a cash bar for
Last year, Pat Derosa Derosa’s effort raised mixed drinks. For tickets or informa-
plunged into FOP involve- more than $4,200, which tion, call Mike Divito (856) 686-
ment by suggesting a clas- was added to the general 2204, x179, or Odess Myers, Jr.
sic car and bike show as a treasury for donations to (856) 845-6300, x276. Or visit
fundraiser for the lodge’s local charities and for www.deptfortfoplodge72.com.
general fund. He was so lodge expenses.
successful that members Lodge #78 President Princeton University Police
decided to name him their Joe Wargo said the car Lodge #75
2008 Member of the Year. show wasn’t the only rea- Jim Lanzi stepped down as presi-
To make the show hap- son Derosa was honored dent of the lodge on Jan. 1, and for-
pen, Derosa didn’t wait for as member of the year. mer Vice President Paul Krzewinski is
now acting president.
anyone else to take his idea “He also participated in
and run with it. For weeks all of our events and
Monroe Township Lodge #125
he went on a self-guided helped out at every one
More than three truckloads of
tour of area car shows researching how of them.” In addition, he attended “all toys for disadvantaged local families
to make the Lodge #78 show the very but two meetings last year.” Derosa’s were amassed by members during
best it could be. involvement was so encompassing that their annual holiday party in Decem-
The effort paid off. More than 100 he even enlisted his wife to bake cook- ber. Every FOP family was asked to
people turned out for the Aug. 24 show ies for the lodge on a number of occa- bring at least one toy. “Rich Miraglia
that will now become an annual event. sions. # did a great job organizing the festivi-
ties,” said a lodge spokesperson.
Lowry and McCoach Annual bike tour Evesham Lodge #143
Six members will participate in
honored set for April 26 this year’s Police Unity Tour, the
Members Bill Lowry and Dennis The Lodge #78 Tour De Lake Bicy- fundraiser for the National Law
McCoach received departmental life cle Challenge around Lake Hopatcong Enforcement Officers Memorial.The
saving awards in February for saving a will take place Sunday, April 26. The ride begins on May 9 in northern
woman whose husband attacked her race is a fundraiser for the Police Unity New Jersey and ends May 12 at the
with an ice pick. Lodge #78 extends its Tour and the Pancreatic Cancer Foun- memorial in Washington, D.C. The
congratulations to both for outstanding dation. six will be among an anticipated
service. # The 40-mile race starts at 9:30 a.m. 1,100 cyclists participating in the
and the 20-mile race at 10:30 a.m. 300 mile trip. Since 1997 when the
Start, finish and parking is at the Mt. Unity Tour was started, it has raised
Lodge gives $2,300 in $5.6 million for the memorial fund.
Arlington Civic Center, North Glen
local charity Avenue and Fern Place. The tour motto: “We Ride for Those
Mt. Arlington FOP made a series Entry is $25 before April 20 and
of community assistance donations in $30 on the day
FOP Lodge #200
recent months: of the event. It will be “FOP Lodge 200
• Lymphoma Foundation - $400 The fee in- Night” at Trenton Thunder Stadium
• Police Unity Tour - $400 cludes ride on Saturday, June 27 when the
• The Payton Fund (given to a new- support, light home team faces off against the
born for double kidney’s replacement) - breakfast, awards, Reading Phillies. Game time is 7:05
$500 post-ride pasta p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults and
• Delaney’s Dream (given to a child and an event water $22 for children ages 5 to 12. Tick-
with stage four cancer) - $500 bottle (if pre-regis- ets include a 90-minute all-you-can-
• American Cancer Foundation - tered). eat buffet and post-game fireworks.
$200 For more infor- For more information, call James
• Capt. Mike Carroll and family, mation, call coor- Pitts at (609) 217-5959, or Les
Pine Hill Police Department (stage four dinator Keith Licata Robertson at (609) 410-9563. #
melanoma) - $300. # at (973) 600-5332. #
SPRING 2009 45
LOCAL LODGE NEWS
S PA R TA L O D G E # 2 6
Sparta Twp wants sea change
in police terms; FOP won’t budge
Contract negotiations decided their best option for
Co n t r ac t s
were always a breeze for getting a new contract would
Sparta FOP members – until be to join the New Jersey
now. In four attempts at FOP Labor Council, which
negotiation, officers were they did in January.
stonewalled by a surprising “In the past, we never
list of township demands: had a problem with negotia- RANDOLPH LODGE #23
• A 20% contribution tions,” said Smith. “We
toward healthcare coverage. always had a great relation- Randolph FOP gets 16% 4-year increase
(Members already pay 10%, ship with the town.” He
ticked off a list of union Randolph members got a Healthcare Point of Referral,
more than most departments
fundraising projects that 16%, four-year pay increase both requiring primary doctor
in the state, according to
resulted in departmental with a new contract signed in referrals. With either choice,
President Rick Smith.) The
improvements at no cost to December. The agreement there is no co-pay for mem-
proposed increase would
the township. brings 4% annual increases bers or their families.
bring the cost of a family
“It was always a working to 30 patrolmen and 10 su- To encourage the switch-
plan to $2,000 a year.
relationship, but this year, pervisors. Since 2008 is the over, the township paid a
• Increased prescription
they don’t want to cooper- first year of the agreement, one-time bonus of $2,500 to
co-pay (from $10 to $20 for
ate.” they received retroactive pay those who accepted a doctor
One of the biggest stick- for last year. referral plan.
• Education reimburse-
ing points was the town- Mediation got the two The 16% salary increase
ment limited to degrees at
ship’s demand that officers sides past a healthcare cover- brings the starting patrol base
state colleges only.
switch to the State Health age hurdle. FOP members from $48,025 in 2008 to
• Reduced personal days
Benefits Plan,” but, “We were adamant about a cost- $54,022 in 2011. Top patrol
- from two to one.
didn’t agree,” said Smith, free health plan allowing the pay, in the same four-year
• Reduced sick days -
“not even close.” doctor of their choice. spread, goes from $86,547 to
from 20 to 15.
With the union’s current Through mediation, they $97,353.
• Longevity changed
10% contribution toward agreed to concessions. The union also gained on
from a percentage to a flat
healthcare coverage, “We’re Those who stay in the college tuition bonuses. Any
fee. (Currently they get 2%
already on the high end for traditional plan, United member who earns an associ-
starting in the sixth year and
the state,” he said. “The Select 10, will now incur a ate or bachelor degree already
max out at 10% in the 22nd
majority of departments co-pay every pay period, receives an annual bonus
statewide are not paying increasing gradually over the throughout his or her career.
• No more extended sick
anything. There’s only one last three years of the con- With this contract, the
leave pay granting two
other department in Morris tract: 2009, $10; 2010, $20; amount was boosted by $500.
years’ salary for a serious
County that’s paying any and $2011, $30. The associate bonus is now
contribution and they’re New and less-costly $1,500 per year, and the
In return, the township
paying 5%.” # options are Aetna or United bachelor degree bonus,
offered a two-year contract
$2,000 per year. #
with a 3.25% increase in the
first year, and 3.5% in the
second year. They also re-
fused retroactive pay. (The
contract expired Jan. 1,
Local Lodge Officer Elections
2009.) Wharton Lodge #24 • State Delegate Hank Randolph Lodge #25
Sparta has 25 line offi- Elected in December Doblosky Elected in December
cers and detectives. Cur- • President Bill Zimmerman • Sergeant-at-Arms Pola • President Scott Bailey
rently, a starting officer earns • Vice President Charles Kowski • Vice President Scott
$45,211 and top patrol earns Cranz, Jr. • Chaplain Dave Moreno Arentowicz
$87,597. • Secretary Bill Hamilton • Trustees Chick Moreno, Al • State Delegate Keith
After four failed negoti- • Treasurer Robert Lupia Belcher, Greg Garcia Donovan
ating sessions, members • Secretary Michele Edelman
46 NJ FOP NEWS
LOCAL LODGE NEWS
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY LODGE #75 RANDOLPH LODGE #23
12.15% pay increase negotiated Robert Mason appointed
for Princeton University Police chief in Randolph
A new three-year contract workplace milestones, such Robert Mason, age 41, for you.” He told officials to
in the Princeton University as limiting sick days to an became the new chief of the “hold me accountable for my
Police Department is bring- agreed-upon level. Randolph Police Department performance,” and “don’t
ing a total salary increase of The contract brings a on Feb. 17. He has been with worry if I stumble or fall
12.15% to 19 officers. The new shift schedule, mostly the department since 1985, because I will get back up
smoothly negotiated agree- six on and two off, over an mostly recently serving as and move forward with even
ment brings no change in eight-week period. Previ- the lieutenant in command of greater perseverance.”
health benefits. ously, officers worked a the traffic and detectives bu- Mason was the youngest
The raises are 7.15% for three-week rotation of eight- reaus as well as community officer in the history of the
2009, 2.5% for 2010 and hour shifts. service. department to attain a super-
2.5% for 2011. Members lost an over- Mason succeeds Chief visory rank: At age 25, he
The agreement was time scheduling benefit. In Dean Kazaba, who retired on was promoted to sergeant.
signed in mid-April, bringing the past, the university was Feb. 1 after 34 years of serv- Over the years, he ran the
retroactive raises for the first required to post for overtime ice. Traffic Safety Bureau, the
part of this year. coverage when members In an article in the “Ran- Community Services Divi-
For 2010 and 2011, mem- took vacation. The policy did dolph Reporter,” a local sion and the Patrol Division.
bers will get an annual 2% not guarantee vacation over- weekly newspaper, Mason He was a member of the Mu-
“group merit” bonus if the time; it was available in the said he now faces “the great- nicipal Alliance Committee
union attains certain perform- event of need. “We consider est challenge” of his career -- and Morris County’s
ance goals as agreed with this a loss,” said a lodge “refocusing the department” Counter-Terrorism Liaison
management. The goals are spokesman. # on core law enforcement Program.
functions after years of diffi- Mason holds a master’s
cult personnel issues. degree in public administra-
At his swearing-in cere- tive science and he com-
Local Lodge Officer Elections mony, he told officers, “As pleted the West Point
hard as I ask you to work for Command and Leadership
• Treasurer Will Yarzab • Sergeant-at-Arms Barry me, I will work even harder Program. #
• Chaplain Kevin Clark Frost
Photo Credit: P.C. Robinson, Editor, Randolph Reporter
• Sergeant-at-Arms RB • Trustees: Jon Wainwright,
Heeseman Brian Curry, George Flynn
• Trustees: John Fichter, Chris • Delegates: Mark Wilson,
Giuliani, Steve Kepler Steve Demofonte, Frank
Martine, Chuck McManus,
Sparta Lodge #26 Rich Annacone, Wayne
Elected in November Bonfiglio, Scott Wishart
• President Richard Smith
• Vice President Marc Rubino Lodge #69
• Secretary Ryan McGowan Elected in November
• Treasurer Joseph Antonello • President Dave Voorhees
• First Vice President Karl
South Jersey Lodge #56 Klein
Elected in December • Secretary Michael Somogi
• President Dave Scott • Treasurer Lawrence Gados
• Vice President Wayne • Sergeant-at-Arms George
• Treasurer Howard Black • Chaplain Mary Heimal
• Recording Secretary Steve • First Trustee Tim Ahern
Demofonte • Second Trustee Jay
• Corresponding Secretary Hartpence
Al DeColli • Third Trustee Vince Candura
• Chaplain Scott Wishart Randolph Police Chief Robert Mason addresses well-wishers at his
swearing-in ceremony on Feb. 17. With him, from left, are daughter
Nicole, wife Clorinda and son Ethan.
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