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Police and Law Enforcement Home    >    Editorials    >    Bloomfield PBA Needs Support for Suspended Captain at Council Meeting


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Bloomfield PBA Needs Support for Suspended Captain at Council Meeting
Police and Law Enforcement News
Tuesday, February 18, 2014  12:01 a.m.


By now, most have watched the video.

A man who was told to run a police department reached his limit. 

He reached his limit with the classic New Jersey game of using promotion, in this case to chief, as both the carrot and the stick.

So, Bloomfield Police Department Acting Chief James Behre did the unthinkable: he stood up to the town council at a public meeting.  He called out certain members of the council for requests for favorable treatment of certain minority officers, ticket fixing, violations of chain of command, and personnel assignments based on their personal agendas. 

And all of this was done as the position of chief was dangled in front of him.

To many, Acting Chief James Behre committed career suicide. 

To us, he demonstrated true leadership.

He drew a line and said, "Enough!" 

He said enough with this crap that has gone on in New Jersey for far too long.  He said appoint me, or skip me, but I will not compromise my integrity for the political preference of the day.

Less than 48 hours later, Acting Chief James Behre was placed on leave.


Mayor Michael Venezia confirmed that Behre was placed on paid leave today but said it was due to concerns over Behre's health and not due to his comments regarding Councilman Carlos Bernard.

"He's still being paid. We felt that we needed to take precautions," Venezia said. During Behre's comments on Monday, the acting chief claimed he had lost 10 pounds due to stress caused by the turmoil within the police department and that his children ask "why daddy is angry every night," the mayor noted.

Mr. Mayor, outside the council chambers, no one is buying that including the Bloomfield PBA.  Oh, and prepare to meet many of us tonight at the council meeting. 

The Bloomfield PBA has issued a Call to Arms to all New Jersey officers.  They are asking that every available New Jersey officer converge on the council meeting tonight, February 18, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  It is located at 1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, NJ 07003.

Even if you can't get into the meeting, they want brothers and sisters in blue to mass outside the municipal building as a show of support.

If you can't make it, at least forward this link or post it on your social media pages.

Acting Chief James Behre may never become permanent Chief James Behre.  But if he can risk throwing his career away in defense of our noble calling, we can give up a few hours to show support to his professional bravery. fully and completely supports Acting Chief James Behre and the Bloomfield PBA.

PS:  In case anyone is wondering, many of our articles receive 100 to 200 Facebook likes.  The initial piece we did on this issue in just two days - as of this date - has received 5,670 likes.  Yes, we are all sick of corruption in this state.

And if you haven't seen the video, it can be found below:











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