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
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
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
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
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.
NJLawman.com 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: