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 Editorial Misses the Point
December, 2013

This letter is in response to an Editorial ("Threatening not to Enforce Laws Sends Wrong Message" April, 2013).


I read this article and though I agree with the overall premise I feel that I must point one thing out. The Executive Branch of our US Government under the auspices of the Attorney General is suppose to enforce Federal Laws. Mr. Holder picks and chooses what he and Mr. Obama want to enforce and they ignore what they choose not to enforce. Furthermore, Holder has brought suit against states that enact laws that he doesn't feel are right which is sort of trouncing the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution. For us to respect the Constitution we need an executive branch that does also.

What several of these law enforcement officers should be considered is are patriots. They believe in the Founding Father's principles. The Founding Fathers stood for what they believe and many died for those beliefs. Unfortunately, not many of us study American history in depth anymore or we'd better appreciate the U.S. Constitution and the way of life it has provided to Americans up to now.

-Bob Richter


Governor Back in.  Brace for Impact!
November, 2013

As expected, Governor Christie won his re-election bid.  Now, we have to wait and see what he has in store for us.

We learned from this last election that he likes to come out of the gate hard and then slow things down as a new election nears.  This time, thought, the new election might be for the presidency.

Either way, if he comes after us we need to be more organized and more cohesive.  We need to call more politicians and write more letters.

The NJ PBA was right to require proof that the entire membership was registered to vote.  Hopefully, it will help.

15-Year Veteran


Don't Let NJ Supreme Court Stop You from Doing Your Job!
August, 2010

I know the new rulings stink, but keep on nailing the bad guys.   (Read the column on recent New Jersey court decisions)

Just articulate the heck out of each situation to demonstrate the exigent circumstances.  I spell out the lack of manpower to properly secure the vehicle, safeguard it, detain the occupants, etc and how this will eliminate the total officers on my shift (Midnights), thus endangering the entire population; therefore I instruct my officers to carry on with the search and I stand behind them 1000%. 

I also articulate a dated memo from the Criminal Assignment Judge (Lawson of Monmouth County) that says unless for a Homicide, we cannot "bother" a Superior Court Judge (who gets $164,000 a year) to get a warrant signed.  I put this on the very top of the list of exigency reasons.  And I will vigorously elicit the assistance of various victim's and anti-drug/anti-gang groups, along with the PBA and FOP (Statewide and Nationwide) to appeal any suppression-dismissals based on what would be a valid search pre-Pena-Flores/et al.  When the Judges know that their "Diva" order not to bother them will be made VERY PUBLIC, I doubt they will stand by their own "order" to not be bothered.

Again, I know it stinks, but don't let the bad guys win-keep on going after the bad guys; I for one will NOT let such scum hide behind these ultra-Liberal and ultra-WRONG legal decisions.

At the end of the day, we're cops, we know right and wrong.  As far as most Judges, I have to ask whose side are they on.

-20 veteran


Nice Job to All in Blocking Parole of Cop Killer!
June, 2010

I'd like to salute all who ensured that Clark Squire will not be paroled at this time.  What troubles me more is the fact that the New Jersey Parole Board would actually consider this cold blooded killer for release. 

I recall Squire and Chesimard's trial where criminal defense attorney and all around low life, William Kunstler, actually argued that Squire and Chesimard acted in "self defense" when they gunned down Trooper Foerster on the NJ Turnpike.  The absolute arrogance of a member of the bar arguing to a jury that a heroic Trooper's death should be abrogated, marginalized and nullified still troubles me to this day. 

That insult was exacerbated by Governor Corzine who signed a bill into law just before leaving office that did away with the death penalty while allowing those convicted of the intentional murder of law enforcement officers to apply for parole after only four (4) years of incarceration! This asinine act  turns logic on its head but it proves that Corzine and the liberal democrats in the political arena are not the friend of law enforcement so matter what they preach. 

Rest in peace Trooper Foerster, justice has been done...for now.

-Sergeant Michael P, Barry Port Authority of NY & NJ Police Department


Don't Forget About Chesimard!
July, 2009

When I was 17, Werner Forster was killed by Chesimard. Soon after the assassination I had the privilege to meet Trp. Forster's partner who was also wounded in combat during the assassination of Trp. Forster. I bought my first used  car from him as a new driver. He lived in Freehold Borough at that time and was shot in the lower abdomen and buttock by Chesimard. He still was recovering from his injuries when I went to his house to buy the used car. (For his privacy, I will leave his name out)

Although becoming a police officer was a thought in my mind, this Trooper convinced me that law enforcement was going to be my life. He showed me his awards and uniforms, his off duty gun that he wore and told me about the State Police.  Well after meeting him and getting to know him, he eventually gave me the old car for free but my father made me go and give him a certain amount of money, thereby teaching me that no good deed comes for free and also that taught me about being responsible.

I eventually went into a weight training and running program and went to Brookdale for criminal justice. When the day came for me to take the civil service test, I did and passed with a high score, in fact in the top three in 1979 for the entire town of Freehold.

I didn't know anyone and I called the Trooper and asked if I could use his name as a reference. He said yes and he wrote me a letter of reference.  My interview lasted 3 minutes with the Mayor and Council of Freehold and I was hired. All they wanted to know was "how do you know Trooper ______?" I told them the car story and how I had taken an interest in law enforcement after talking with him and the used car story.  I lost touch with the Trooper when he moved out of Freehold and I hope he is alive and well where ever he may be.

To the point: We as a County and  as a State owe Trooper Forster and his partner/back up Trooper some dignity and closure. A convicted killer, assassin, escaped convict and ACTIVE member of the Black Liberation Army lives a life of luxury in Cuba in exile as a political refugee and maintains such status. I'm sorry if I am not politically correct or racially sensitive because I mentioned BLK. Most of the people reading this were not even born when the BLA was founded and was active in the sixties and early seventies. They were then, and are now racist's and hate white people. They killed Trp. Forster because he was white and represented the government. If you wish to debate that in another post I shall, but I wont have a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent so have your facts ready if you with to debate me.

Why is it that we can talk about opening relations with Cuba, a communist country, when they are giving refuge to an assassin of a State Trooper.  Quite frankly, I don't know why a team of mercenaries has not brought her back dead for the one million dollar reward. Maybe the State of New Jersey could take some people off of welfare and take the savings and add it to the reward.

My church (I will leave them nameless) conducts several missions a year to Cuba and are authorized to enter Cuba under the State run church program. There is a perfect was to enter Cuba and extract Chesimard remains for DNA identification. If you "goggle" her name, you can get an idea of exactly where she is living her luxury life and we all know the United States government knows exactly where she is at. Don't think it has not entered my mind to go to Cuba under the guise of a missionary worker and take care of business. However, I can not dishonor God by going in under His name for another purpose.

Every time we hear Cuba brought up and how we are attempting to restore relations with them. Lets remember that Chesimard is there being protected and needs to be brought back to justice before we start talking about Cuba's relations with the United States. Maybe its time to speak with our government leaders and ask them to make it one of their platforms they will run under. I see a lot of votes coming their way if they please the law enforcement community, regardless of their political affiliations. I say, no negotiations with Cuba unless we are going to annex them and take them over with our military, or they willingly give Chesimard to us, dead or alive.

Det. Sgt. William C. Ward (ret.)
Freehold Police Department.



Support Our New President
November,  2008

It's my experience that there are more Republicans in our ranks than Democrats.

That said, our new President is our new President.  I think that it is extremely important that we all get behind President Obama.  It feels weird just typing this, but I think it is important to give him a chance. 

Our country is facing some serious threats right now both home and abroad.  While his stance on just about everything goes against my beliefs, I hope he surrounds himself with good people and finds the wisdom to make the best choices for our nation.


We Must Not Forget the Deeds of Our Domestic Terrorists
October,  2008

I think that it is a shame that our Government and our officials have all but forgotten the case of Joanne Chesimard. Some of us will never forget. But I am afraid that with the way the current "change" in the political atmosphere is going, society is forgetting who the real terrorists were during the 60's and 70's(William Ayers) They forget what he really did or tried to do. They forget the officers he tried to kill. I can only hope someone will stand up and say "enough is enough" before society forgets all together what these people did.

-Former student of Professor John B. Wolf
-John Jay College of Criminal Justice


Arm Princeton University Cops
May, 2008

To Serve and....Protect?

Princeton University Police Department is hoping to finally become armed.  The police officers of PUPD have long been without firearms while on duty.  After the rise of campus shootings and violent incidents, the University Administration maintains a "non-armed" police force.  Their argument is that their "Public Safety officers are approachable, and arming them might make them less approachable."  First, these officers are fully trained, PTC certified police officers who are qualified to carry firearms.  The University, being private and exempt from state policy, refuses to let their police officers carry firearms. 

We must support our fellow brothers and sisters in their cause to protect their community and themselves.  I attended the police academy with a Princeton University Police officer.  We went through all the same training from day one to graduation. 

I understand the University issues their police officers ballistic vests, acknowledging the dangers they might face.  A person may shoot at them, but they can not shoot back?  They are also issued OC spray, expandable batons, and handcuffs.  I have never read of any Princeton University Police officer using excessive force with their current equipment.  We all know it would be in the news if they had. 

Their police officers are extremely professional and will not speak out based on emotion, and I admire that.  If my Department took away my firearm, I would speak out!

We must unite and help!  Thoughts?

-Anonymous Mercer County Police Officer



Has Had it With NYPD
March, 2008

This is another reason why I am leaving the NYPD to pursue a career of law enforcement in New Jersey. The Mayor won't pay us, he said Sanitation workers have a more dangerous job. Anytime there is a police shooting we have  to take a breathalyzer  He refused to call Det. Zadroga a hero after he died from WTC lung sickness. And now he is holding hands with Sharpton over a guy who hand a long rap sheet along with his friends who were in the vehicle.  

Also making this a racial issue when 2 of the 3 cops are black. 

I'm tired of having to work in a city where no one will back us up except other brothers and sisters in blue. The morale couldn't be any lower, thanks to Giuliani and certainly Bloomberg.

-A disgruntled NYPD Police officer


Eliminating the Death Penalty is a Disgrace
January, 2008

(Originally Sent and Directed to the Bergen Record Newspaper)

Mr Editor,

I hope you people are all happy after foaming at the mouth and getting the people in state to believe that you are doing something good by abolishing the death penalty. They should change the nickname of this state from the Garden State to " You can get away with murder in Jersey."

So now you can murder someone and get a life sentence. That is the people of New Jersey will have to fund the three square meals a day the warm clothes the color, cable TV, the library, the college education, and the arts and crafts section of the prison.

They should change the name of the prisons to "Work Houses" like they did in the days of Charles dickens.

What has this society and world come to?  Killers like Trantino are let to walk the earth free as a bird after they destroyed a family and an entire city. What about the Rybka murder that occurred at Bergen Pines Hospital.

The Record ran an article then about how a down trodden youth who came from the ghetto who couldn't help himself, just so happened to kill a Bergen county Sheriffs Officer in cold blood.

But he still lives.

What about the other people that have been murdered in this state by the likes of these dregs of society? Now they can sit back and welcome the sunshine as they get to breath another day, as paid for by the citizens of this state.

This Governor Corzine is a Liberal, bleeding heart, "Let him loose Bruce" sort of guy. He doesn't care about the victim's families, does he? Neither does your paper. The record ran an article that was in the Sunday magazine section years ago, concerning Trantino. The paper made him out to be a poor down trodden youthful offender. Yea, who happened to be celebrating a murder that his cohorts had committed in New York.

So now what is next in this glorious state? You going to ask that child molesters be given a clean bill after they have done their time?  Right, they never get over their lust for a kid, but that's ok because they can spend time with the murders who now will have the run of the mill, oops sorry the new "Work House"

What do you tell a young child in school today that is ok to kill someone! That you don't have to worry about capitol punishment because it is a life sentence you'll be facing not the death penalty. Great thing to tell our children and our grand kids about. that New Jersey with it's bleeding heart liberals has finally got what it wanted.
This state should have elected to leave the Union a long time ago. They write laws that no one enforces and they have statues patterned after California (Penal Law) and so what, they don't enforce them. These murders should have been executed a long time ago. Forget an eye for and eye. Most of you liberals don't believe in God anyway. Just the mere thought of taking someone's life during the commission of a robbery or a break in.

I bet your going to tell me that if they kill a cop they get life anyway. Yes I know I was one of the people that stood up and had the acting governor sign that into legislation a few years back.

We tried to keep Trantino in behind bars. Have you read the trial transcripts or the appeals that he rendered?  They can be found on the Rutgers law Library web site.

They even had the hero, Trantino sitting on a panel at Rutgers. He was giving advice to people getting out of jail. I figured it was murder 101. He walked out of jail with a conscience as clear as saran wrap.

I feel for the people of this state, they are not going to be safe in their beds anymore. A criminal can now kill them and not be subjected to the "Needle". Lovely way to look at it I just hope the governor and his cohorts are happy and families like Voto, Tedesco, Rybka and the rest of the murdered victims families never ever forget the injustice that is being done to their love ones names.

Dominick Donofrio
(Ret) Chief Lodi Police Dept
Lodi NJ




Pursuit Could Have Been Handled Better
, 2007

The pursuit in New York City on March 17th, 2007. The dispatcher trying to scold the officers to be calm is out of line and was using valuable radio time. She should be fired. The supervisors of this pursuit never took control of this incident. At the very least radio silence should have been called right at the beginning.



Good Photo of the Week
, 2007

Great photo this week, Jr. Police Academy in Wayne with the kids, Great Job.

Hope you'll have more like that in the future.

-30 Year Retired Veteran



New Breed, You're Dropping the Ball
, 2007

This article by Jim Donahue sums it ALL up!!!


The BROTHERHOOD ...I Don't Give a Damn
I took this job because of the benefits & a steady paycheck.

"It's not like it used to be," laments one of your buddies over coffee. "We used to get together after the shift for a beer. We played softball together. We partied together. When someone had a big project at home, we all pitched in and helped get it done. These young kids just don't care anymore."

I want you to think about those guys. As you read this, I encourage you to imagine who it is in your department that best fits this description. Stay with me here.

The scenario: the shift is really busy with calls backed up. You're down a couple of reports. Then, one of the guys ties himself up on a B.S. arrest that will take him out of service for a couple of hours, leaving everyone else to cover his area.

When a list goes up announcing an upcoming overtime detail, this guy's name will always be at or near the top. Anytime you're near him, he's complaining--about something. Never a positive word comes out of his mouth.

Another scenario: a group in your community plans a charity event--like collecting toys at Christmas to be given to kids whose families are facing tough times. The cops are invited to help. This guy only shows up if he's getting paid. Otherwise, he's nowhere to be found.

If one of the guys on your crew is off for some time healing from an injury or long-term illness, this guy won't find time to stop by or even call. He's too busy taking care of his own wants and needs. Help someone on the crew lay some sod or rebuild a deck? Forget it!

As for Police Week in Washington D.C.--are you kidding? This guy wouldn't think of burning the time, unless the department is footing the bill and giving him the time to do it.

We all know "This Guy" too well. And, we're glad that he's not our partner.

You find yourself wondering why he became a cop. If asked, he may or may not answer honestly. There's little chance of layoff. Retirement after 20-25 years. The benefits and retirement are generally better than the private sector, even though the pay may not be as good. Of course, there is some occasional excitement that fuels an adrenaline rush.

This guy has no sense of camaraderie or The Brotherhood. He just doesn't care. You know this guy. You know his name, don't you?

Heart of a cop
I have a video from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. In it, there is a scene showing one of the Officers of the Month: Dennis Sullivan. Dennis says, "I truly believe that if you don't have the heart of a cop, you won't be a good one." Amen.

Being a cop is first and foremost who you are at heart. Yes, it may also be the job you do. But you can have the job without being a "cop." Just remember the guy I described earlier. He's got the man-made credentials, but without a change of heart, he will never be a cop.

Being a cop starts in the heart. It becomes a state of mind. It's a lifestyle. It flavors your decisions. It is the basis of your attitude. It's the warrior mindset. It's a willingness to fight for what's right, even if it costs your life.

A sense of brotherhood:
Likely, the best experience of the Brotherhood occurs each May in Washington D.C. The NLEOMF and the F.O.P. create an experience that is an immersion in what it means to be part of this Brotherhood. I have been blessed with being there every year for most of a decade.

First timers all say the same thing at the conclusion of their first experience, "this was my first time, but I'll never miss it again." That message is universal.

Upon arrival, the presence of cops everywhere is in the air. Guys pepper the population wearing police garb. Many are carrying their badges on a chain around their necks. Cops permeate the region with flat-top haircuts and steely gazes.

You see guys at the hotel. They're on the Metro ride into town. Arriving at The Wall stirs my soul with deep reflection: 18,000 names of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The most recent additions are freshly etched and on the bottom-most lines.

There are letters from the kids of fallen officers with pictures saying, "I miss you, Daddy." There are notes from wives and family members attesting to their loved ones' call to duty and expressing the deepest pain of loss.

The "work families" often post messages, pictures, and other tributes to their fallen brother or sister, as well.

These names, these messages, and this experience is like no other. Words can only fractionally describe this most powerful moment.

Throughout the week, we shared the very stirring Candlelight Vigil. We stood at the Capitol and listened to the President give thanks for those who have fallen and for those who remain on guard. We shared time over a beer (maybe two) in different venues. Each year, I leave with many new "old friends" who will remain for the rest of my life.

The emotional exchange is overwhelming and the bonds created are permanent.

My attempt to share it with you is like my wife trying to help me understand the experience of giving birth to our kids. I understand the words; I'll never comprehend the experience.

The greater good
I recently taught an eight hour block to new recruits at the academy. "You are joining a family. There are some benefits: you've probably received your last traffic ticket. But, remember this: for every one thing you receive, you owe at least a hundred in return," I explained.

I am indeed fortunate. I am part of a close-knit group of cops. My group of guys have ensured that the family of an officer who had fallen on hard times had a fitting Christmas when they otherwise would not. We adopted officers in Louisiana who had lost everything in Katrina. We have been at the hospital when one was sick or injured. That's what it means to be part of this Brotherhood.

Small things, big things, no matter. We are there. So does this responsibility now move to the recruits as its newest members.

Critically important
It is vital to our well being that we nurture this sense of Brotherhood and pass it along. It must be kept alive and made to thrive.

Each year, Police Week reminds us that we are part of a very large family. We have a stake in the lives of each other. This Brotherhood is greater than even the largest agency. It spans the globe. This year brought brothers from Canada, England, the Netherlands, Italy and Australia to Washington D.C.

Humans fight harder and longer when they are emotionally tied to the outcome.

One example is a man fighting to protect his wife and children. He will fight to the death.

Our military leaders have long recognized the need for the emotional bond between fighters. The Marines have spent a lifetime engraining the messages:


This is no accident. Marines are recognized as The Force on this planet. They are second to none. They are prepared to give all without hesitation for the sake of their country and their brothers.

That same emotional bond among cops causes them to excel beyond anything they ever thought possible.

Our brothers become heroes every day. They will do their best when they have a strong emotional bond to those with whom they serve.

What can I do?

  • Get involved. The major events of Police Week are the Candlelight Vigil, which is held on the evening of May 13th every year. The second is the Memorial Service which is held at the Capitol on May 15th every year. In 2008, that's a Tuesday and a Thursday. Mark your calendar now.
  • Join the Fraternal Order of Police. Read at least one periodical ( is an excellent choice). There are many from which to select. One will suit you. Do something TODAY! Something big or something small--it doesn't matter. But, do something!
  • For those of you who were in D.C. this year: bring a new person next year. Just one. Invite them now. Help them with the cost, if you can.
  • Remember the guy you had in mind at the first part of this article? He's an excellent candidate. Every Police Week attendee should strive to bring just one new person the next year.
  • Your life may well depend on backup one day. Do you want that person to be driven by his emotional tie to you, or just there because the paycheck is steady? Think about the Marines. There's your answer.

Get involved. Tie your heart to your career. Being a good cop starts in the heart and goes out from there. Come on ...your Brothers are waiting to welcome you!



'College Does not a Cop Make' Rebuttal
, 2007

In my town the Chief of Police & about 40% of the Officers do not have any College at all and make over 80k easily. Chief makes 100k (No College).

Anyway I have to agree it is not fair, in fact there are Officers who were Dispatching at the desk and asked if they wanted to be an Officer and were sent to the Police Academy pronto.

NJ is a very nepotistic State in general and 60 college credits is not needed or fair to the up & coming kids who can't afford or just cannot go to College for what ever reason, what's good for the goose??

All should have College or nobody should******



Delacy Davis is a Disgrace
May, 2007

In response to your article about Delacy Davis, I have to say that I am completely disgusted.  How can a man who served on the road become so twisted in his thinking.  Yes, there will always be bad eggs within our ranks the same way that every other profession has them, however most of us work hard for everyone.

That was a fallen policeman's wife those people were screaming at.  How can this Delacy Davis live with himself aligning himself with such trash? Has he ever been to a police funeral?

I hope that every cop in New Jersey sees what this guy is about.

Just my opinion.

-Inner City PFL


Enough with Sharpton and Jackson
April, 2007

I am so sick of hearing about Sharpton and Jackson. Why do these slugs come out and always stir up trouble?

These self anointed pompous Assholes can't wait to put their mug before a camera and spew forth B.S. Look now, Imus is gone because of the heat from the two rabble rousers. Also, the Duke Lacrosse team have been exonerated and charges have been dropped.

Will Wierd Al (Tawana Brawley)Sharpton be hunting down the cameras and apologize to the Players he tried and convicted himself. Hell NO! Because you have to be a REAL man to do that, sadly he is NOT! And Jesse Jackson, will he speak out against using the N-word?  Hell NO! He is NOT a real man either. 

What would anybody expect from Bloomberg? Hug Sharpton for the cameras, show solidarity against the evil powers of rogue Police, it will get the vote out. I feel sorry for you guys in Blue. All you try to do is just do your job, and come home at night to your family. Stand straight and tall, because you guys a doing a great job. Thank you!



Mumia is Innocent!
April, 2007

Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning Pennsylvania journalist who exposed police violence against minority communities. On death row since 1982, he was wrongfully sentenced for the shooting of a police officer. New evidence, including the recantation of a key eyewitness, new ballistic and forensic evidence and a confession from Arnold Beverly (one of the two killers of Officer Faulkner) points to his innocence! Mumia had no criminal record.

For the last 25 years, Abu-Jamal has been locked up 23 hours a day, denied contact visits with his family, had his confidential legal mail illegally opened by prison authorities, and put into punitive detention for writing his first of three books while in prison, Live From Death Row.

His case is currently on appeal before the Federal District Court in Philadelphia. Mumia's fight for a new trial has won the support of tens of thousands around the world, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, The European Parliament, Alice Walker, Paul Newman, Maya Angelou, Sister Helen Prejean, Danny Glover, Rage Against The Machine, the Detroit and San Francisco City Councils, Amnesty International, and many others. Mumia Abu-Jamal's fate rests with all those people who believe in every person's right to justice and a fair trial.

"I remain innocent. A court cannot make an innocent man guilty. Any ruling founded on injustice is not justice. The righteous fight for life, liberty, and for justice can only continue." Mumia Abu-Jamal , Oct. 31, 1998

Facts about Mumia's 1982 trial:

* The policeman was killed with a 44 caliber gun. Abu-Jamal's gun which he was licensed to carry as a night-time taxi driver, was a 38 caliber.

* The police never tested Abu-Jamal's gun to see if it had been recently fired. They never tested his hands to see if he had fired a gun. They have never shown Abu-Jamal 's gun to be the fatal weapon.

* No police officers present at Abu-Jamal's arrest claimed to have heard Jamal's "confession" until two months after it allegedly occurred. This was right after Abu-Jamal had filed police brutality charges.

* Abu-Jamal's doctor said that Abu-Jamal, who was unconscious, said nothing. He reported that a nurse found police with loaded guns pointed at Mumia as he lay unconscious in his hospital bed.

* William Singletary, a Vietnam veteran and local businessman, saw the whole incident and has testified that Abu-Jamal was not the shooter. However, the police forced him to change his story and intimidated him into leaving Philadelphia.

* Other key witnesses, such as Veronica Jones -- who now testifies in support of Abu-Jamal, were harassed into giving false testimony. Two prosecution witnesses were given special favors, including exemption from criminal prosecution, for their testimony.

Elements in an unfair trial:

* The Judge, Albert Sabo, sentenced more people to death than any other sitting judge in the US.

* The public defender didn't interview a single witness in preparation for the trial, and didn't have funds for defending a capital case.

* The prosecutor removed 11 qualified African Americans from the jury. He also argued for the death penalty because of Mumia's membership in the Black Panther Party, a practice later condemned as unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court.

* The racial bias of Philadelphia's courts has resulted in 120 people on death row, all but 13 non-white. Response:  Your facts are self-serving and cherry picked.  You now have supporters of the MOVE group defecting and advocating for Officer Faulkner.  Your resources and pool of supporters for Mumia are dwindling.  It's time to go out and find a new murderer to worship or maybe even a job.  Good luck to you.



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Following the Trooper Higbee Case
April, 2007

The following is my opinion surrounding the circumstances of the accident involving Trooper Higbee.

I strongly believe that this poor guy is getting railroaded for trying to do his job. What happened was an unfortunate accident, and my sympathy goes to the family of the deceased. But is it really fair to hang this guy? why isn't the Law enforcement community stepping up for our brother as this injustice unfolds?

Had this been anyone other than a cop, this would have been viewed as a horrible and tragic accident, but certainly not criminal. My thoughts and prayers to Trooper Higbee and his family.

Anonymous Patrolman (ret.)


The New Breed Isn't Cutting It    (Rebuttal)
April, 2007

Doing your job is fine young man, but don't just spend your whole shift looking for motor vehicle stops or warrant arrests.  Patrol..again..patrol your district, the alleys, the parks the side streets.  Be ready to roll when the burglary in progress comes in, not tied up transporting some rinky dink warrant arrest when someone's house is getting broken into.

The veteran officers are the guys who have been there, faced the armed guys, been in the scuffles and been there for the past 20 years. We know what its like to wait that extra 2 or 3 minutes for backup when real stuff (that some young guys haven't seen yet) goes down...

THAT is what pace yourself means. Do your job but don't get carried away with the little things

-Anonymous Patrolman


The New Breed Isn't Cutting It    (Rebuttal)
April, 2007

Just a comment on "The New Breed Isn't Cutting It" rebuttal by Anonymous Patrolman.

It irks me that on duty officers don't give citations to off duty officers. These are individuals who obviously committed an infraction and deserve to be ticketed. I know, I know, "all the hard work...low on the line" story, but from that perspective: if you are unhappy with your job, find another.

In short, you commit a crime or infraction, you deserve to be called on it--law enforcement or not. Period!

-Anonymous Patrolman



The New Breed Isn't Cutting It    (Rebuttal)
March, 2007

As a police officer who is of the "new breed" (2 years on,) I make sure to always extend courtesy to another officer whenever it is possible. I would never even dream of writing a fellow officer a summons. All I expect is to receive the same courtesy in return; not to have an off-duty officer waive his badge out the window when I have them stopped and proceed to take off. I also don't believe in handing out summonses like Halloween candy, they are there for the ignorant people who deserve them.

As for senior officers, I respect their knowledge and their advice when it is given. I don't believe they should be regarded as obsolete dinosaurs. What does frustrate me is when a senior officer tries to demotivate me from being proactive for the sake that they want to have a relaxing week on the midnight shift. They tell me not to burn myself or ask me what I am trying to prove.

The one best feeling I can say about being a police officer is that of pride. I think that if I only went on the road to drive around aimlessly and answer the calls I am dispatched to and nothing more, then I have failed. I would rather listen to a senior officer giving me crap for locking up a drunk at 4 a.m., rather then letting that person go all because that senior officer had to come back me up on the stop and would have rather been "relaxing."

Is it wrong that I am motivated to perform the job I swore to do?

-Anonymous Patrolman



The New Breed Isn't Cutting It    (Rebuttal)
March, 2007

To the “New Breed” who responded amiably revealing their values of “the old way”.

I want to thank you all for disclosing what a buffoon (I’m being kind) this particular officer is who would have the audacity to write a fellow officer or a family member a motor vehicle summons. This idiot associates issuing a MV summons to a crime of the highest magnitude.

I emphatically agree with you there are situations where officers cannot and should not avoid taking action, such as a DWI accident or incidents involving Domestic Violence. But again, I was only referring to minor motor vehicle violations.

This should not be the values of the “old way” it is only Professional Courtesy, a tradition that has always connected the “bond” of our chosen profession. I also know the academy’s are brain washing the recruits to be robots with no discretionary capabilities, but I believe the academy’s main focus is the “blue wall of silence”. You hit the nail on the head when you indicated “this idiot should write himself a ticket every time he exceeds the speed limit” or better still start tagging his family members then tell them why.

But this POS will never reveal his identity or his department for fear of exactly this. I wish “the entire new breed” a safe and prosperous career in law enforcement, for you have taken that first step in a tradition that distinctively bonds and unifies our profession like no other.



The New Breed Isn't Cutting It    (Rebuttal)
March, 2007

The New Breed IS cutting it just fine!!!

Let me start off with one obvious retort, I am not a beat cop, never have been, never yearn to be really. I am what you would call (most would anyway) an IA rat! Yep, pretty much. I am on with a State Agency and we investigate (my unit) cops!

I know many guys/gals OTJ and rarely ever see them acting out of school. They, remember, are the product of their FTO and nothing else. If the FTO issues a citation to another officer, well, what in the world do you think the "newbie" will do? I have been given the benefit of the doubt at least once by a rookie officer and I appreciate the fact that they are OTJ, absorbing like sponges and most are keeping their noses clean.



The New Breed Isn't Cutting It    (Rebuttal)
February, 2007

In reference to ''cops targeting cops'' if you are so much by the book that you will give another ''cop'' a ticket for a minor traffic offense then the next time you drive your car over the speed limit or commit a traffic violation, GIVE YOURSELF A TICKET.



The New Breed Isn't Cutting It    (Rebuttal)
February, 2007

I am also part of the new breed and I would never write a fellow cop a ticket or bust his chops. For you to say that if another cop is caught speeding he or she should get a ticket is ridiculous. Its called professional courtesy. Most businesses give an employee discount, and this is ours. We don't write each other or family members tickets. We are supposed to look out for each other because god knows that the general public don't care.

I do admit though, that there are situations that an officer cannot avoid taking action against a fellow officer. If a fellow officer is involved in a domestic dispute or a DWI accident there's not anything you can do to help him out.

I hope there are not a lot of new cops like you that don't show professional courtesy.

-Another young blood that values the old ways.


The New Breed Isn't Cutting It    (Rebuttal)
February, 2007

I’m elated that one of the “New Breed” has submitted a rebuttal to my comment pertaining to the new breed of idiots that are being hired in law Enforcement. Let’s break down the mentality of his/her rebuttal.

First: “I am part of the new breed and correct me if I'm wrong but when did the old breed become above the law? Regardless if you are an officer or not all citizens should be treated equally. If you are caught speeding you should get a ticket. If you are committing a criminal act you should be held accountable. See where I am going with this? Instead of complaining you should look at your self in the mirror and ask yourself if you are a true peace officer?

Giving a summons idiot is discretionary, the law allows you to either write the infraction, or allow the violator to leave by issuing a verbal warning or in some jurisdictions a written warning. A motor vehicle violation is not a criminal act, which is why we have title 2C as opposed to title 39. It sounds like you never heard of the word “discretion” so let me explain it to you; it means judgment, prudence, preference, freedom of choice, option, diplomacy and maturity. None of which you have and will never have espeially “maturity”.

Second: “Instead of complaining you should look at your self in the mirror and ask yourself if you are a true peace officer? To me it sounds like bending the law is normal procedure for you. Trust me it's time for you to take your pension and get out and let us Real Police Officers show the old breed how it's supposed to be done. No one is above the law and I mean no one. Every single human being should follow the Law regardless of their profession or relationship to a professional. In addition, on a personal note if the old breed weren't so corrupt there would not be a need to file complaints”.

Again idiot, were talking about a motor vehicle violation not a criminal act. “Bending the law”, you are the typical police officer that would lock up someone for spitting on the sidewalk and except to get an award citation from your department. I hope I’m the officer who pulls you over for a “motor vehicle violation” so I can hear you say “please officer give me the ticket, I deserve it, no one is above the law” Give me a break, you proved to all “beyond a reasonable doubt” you are not fit to wear the uniform. Your comments are typical of the mentality and maturity of the compost that is being hired today. I guess you will have to look up that word too "New Breed"


New Jersey Needs to Expand Veteran's Preference    (Rebuttal)
February, 2007

I am the proud disabled vet and I would like to explain to the forum exactly how I got the classification without getting into many details.

Back in 1998 I was involved in an op in the Balkan area. Needless to say I was injured on this op and yes I was in danger. The injury was very stupid needless to say I simply tore my ACL in my right knee. Now this mission was not in direct support of any of the combat theaters specified by the New Jersey Civil Service Criteria.  Anyways to make a long story short I was discharged had my surgery did the whole rehab thing and got a Disability rating of 30 percent. I already checked with various agencies anything above 30 percent would disqualify you from Becoming a law enforcement officer. Luckily I am right on the line. I can still run, jump, and chase down the even the fastest criminals. I am fully healed and having a disability rating does not mean that I actually am fully Disabled. Hope this answers a few questions you guys had.



The New Breed Isn't Cutting It    (Rebuttal)
February, 2007

In reply to the new breed not cutting it I have a few things to say. I am part of the new breed and correct me if I'm wrong but when did the old breed become above the law? Regardless if you are an officer or not all citizens should be treated equally. If you are caught speeding you should get a ticket. If you are committing a criminal act you should be held accountable. See where I am going with this? Instead of complaining you should look at your self in the mirror and ask yourself if you are a true peace officer? To me it sounds like bending the law is normal procedure for you. Trust me it's time for you to take your pension and get out and let us Real Police Officers show the old breed how it's supposed to be done. No one is above the law and I mean no one. Every single human being should follow the Law regardless of their profession or relationship to a professional.  In addition, on a personal note if the old breed weren't so corrupt there would not be a need to file complaints.



The New Breed Isn't Cutting It    (Rebuttal)
February, 2007

1. Blame the academies that tell rookie's "No One Gets a Break." "When your out on the road, You're in charge!" "I've got a magic ticket book, It doesn't stop writing until the pen's dry." All that lovely police ideology that makes you think your god the day you graduate.

2. Blame yourselves for not helping a rookie understand the error of his ways. I don't advocate violence but a blanket party never killed anyone. (We've all been the rookie at one point. It took learning from some of the best cops out there to change it.)

3. Give them a bit of slack like a puppy, pull hard on the leash when they get salty.

4. Don't give 18 year olds a gun, badge, and a car and say "Go Get 'Em!" Kids are kids, and they will do stupid things. I started my career at 18 and I can assure you I did many a stupid thing. FTO's Are IMPORTANT that they do their jobs and make a good cop out of a rookie. I work for a department that had damn good FTO's to help me.

-A Youngblood that value's the old ways.


The New Breed Isn't Cutting It
February, 2007

I've been on the job for over 30 years and this "new breed" for the past 10 years has been a disappointment.

The majority of the officers hired today are not fit to wear the uniform. They have no reverence for other officers, no admiration for the job itself, issuing tickets to officers and their family members, signing criminal complaints against other officers, shall I go on?

If these officers did these acts 20 years ago, their careers would have been over fast. No officer or supervisor would talk to them and back-up would be nonexistent. Ask any police officer who has been on the job for a while and was stopped by this “new breed” or has to deal with these idiots on the job. I still have deep respect and admiration for the job but today it’s only as good as the people we hire.

Also, beware if you confront one of these idiots and try to change his/her ideology; a harassment complaint will be most likely filed against you.



Cops Targeting Cops
February, 2007

There is a major problem within New jersey's law enforcement. It's what I have termed cop-on-cop crime.

Its when law enforcement personnel target other LEO's for either personal vendetta's or professional advancement of both.

Currently, despite the plethora of government agencies in NJ designed to combat corruption, not one has stepped forward to help stop the targeting of innocent police officers. And its just not in South NJ, its across the State and across the LEO profession, from local to State.

How has this come about, other than greed and petty jealousies on the part of the bad apples? Apathy and blind ignorance. NYPD leads the way in police solidarity. NJ leads the way is fragmentation of it. No more do you see hundreds of LEO's coming to the aid of wrongfully accused brothers and sisters. Instead, they step aside and allow their "comrades in arms" to take it full on, alone.

NJ LEO must act to force for a true State level Internal Affairs unit. One staffed by LEO's whose integrity is beyond reproach, who can't be bought with promotions, or pay advances. Officers who have always cared first and foremost about the JOB. We used to be able to say there were only a few bad apples spoiling it for the rest, now its the opposite.

We need a new police organization other than the FOP and the PBA.

We need a pool of REAL lawyers trained and dedicated in defending LEO's and not trying to simply get in and out.

We need REAL solidarity.

Who am I you may ask to profess to have such expertise? I am a former police sergeant, and only former for all the above reasons.  I have proven, from the inside out, as a victim and as a trained professional LEO veteran, how no one is safe. This may be the single most important post for the future of NJ's LEO's.

For more details, if only to prepare yourself and train yourself, go to my website:

Dale M. Baranoski
Mt. Laurel, NJ


Racism within the Ranks?    (Rebuttal)
February, 2007

Racism within the ranks does exist. Just because you put on the uniform does not mean the racism stops at the door. If your not a minority then you would not understand.  I'm on the job as a police officer and see it everyday.

Police Officer


New Jersey Needs to Expand Veteran's Preference    (Rebuttal)
February, 2007

To proud disabled vet:

Can you explain to me and the rest of the forum how you can be a disabled vet, receive everything disabled vets receive from this country but yet are OK enough to become a police officer?

-Anonymous Hopeful


In reference to the article on December 2006 about expanding veterans preference, the bottom line is ""YOU WERE NOT IN A COMBAT ZONE AND YOU WERE NOT IN DANGER"" that is the difference. You may have served with honor but the bottom line is you were not in a campaign that the DOP considers a combat zone.




Racism within the Ranks?    (Rebuttal)
February, 2007

This is in response to the Racism within the Ranks letter.

Isn't it possible that the cop you were dealing with was just an a**hole? 

Why does everything that happens bad to certain persons of color have to be about your race?  I'm a white guy.  When I'm denied a loan or pulled over or treated rudely by a sales clerk what can I blame it on?

I don't doubt that there is racism out there.  I just think that you guys should stop going right to the race card every time something doesn't go your way. 

-Frustrated White Officer


Racism within the Ranks?
February, 2006

It still lives.

I am a African-American male officer with 15 years experience in law enforcement (County Corrections).

On Dec 14 2006 in South Jersey I was involved in a incident that I still can't believe happened to me. I have never been approached by a police officer in such a abrasive manner before.  To be questioned by this officer the way that I was, made me feel like a common criminal. Questions such as (Do you have a problem ? Do you have a problem with me, it appears you do? It appears that you do, Do you ?)  All if these questions were done in a way to provoke a incident. These questions were after my friend and myself ID ourselves as law enforcement officers. I have traveled the world, served my country I have never felt so disrespected by a individual in my entire life. Because if he treats me like that what will he or what has he done to other African-American people in that town.

Corrections Officer

Added by Same Author

After reading your reply I realized that I left out the most important detail of the incident. My friend who was in the car with me and was the driver is White and was not treated in the same manner as I was. After the incident he made a comment that this was the first time he had seen racism like that. While it is true that some people do go right to the race card when things go wrong, you know it must have been bad for the White person involved to make that comment.

Corrections Officer


New Jersey Needs to Expand Veteran's Preference
December, 2006

I served in the United States Marine Corps active duty And The Army National Guard. I did not serve in a Combat Theater but I'm still a Patriot and would lay down my life if my country needed me but why is it that in this great State of New Jersey I can not get Veterans preference for the civil service test?

Granted I know that those that saw combat deserve to get preference over those who did not. All I'm asking is why is it that New Jersey can not recognize the fact that I served with honor.  I'm also a Disabled Veteran who incurred an injury while on active duty but I get no recognition what so ever.

When I see my Test results for the LEE and I see Non-Veteran it really irks me.  I Have nothing but the utmost respect for those who saw combat but come on Do my test results really need to say Non-Veteran I believe that's a slap in the face. It is my opinion that our State Government can at least enact a law that can recognize our service. Combat Veterans first, Disabled Veterans second, and then regular veterans that have served their country honorably. I do not want the preference that our Combat Veterans get all I want is the the respect the every Service member or former Service member deserves. I ask My State Government this serious question ...Can I least be acknowledged?

-Proud Disabled Vet


To all NJ Police Department Hopefuls...
October, 2006

All we do is complain about all hiring process issues, past records, hiring age etc.

We are such a high number that can in fact do something about it.  We can align together make a difference by doing workshops and meetings to figure out a way how we can contact the NJDOP commissioner and other high rankings political officials.  After all we and our families can make a difference as we are all voters

If you agree and want to do something about it write to me at

-Police Department Hopeful


Enough with the Criticizing of Veterans Preference
September, 2006

In response to the gentleman who is tired of veterans.  Stop complaining about the system and serve your country.  No one stopping you from joining the military and serving like we did. 

If you have been trying for five years now, you could have already completed a four year enlistment and about 3-4 tours in a combat zone like we all did.  If you want to serve your community, serve your country first.  It's the best way for showing your community service oriented.

-A Police officer & Marine Gunnery Sgt. USMC


Joanne Chesimard's Time May Be Running Out
August, 2006

No need to fret any longer my fellow brothers and sisters. 

Joanne Chesimard will be coming home very soon! 

CASTRO was just issued his one-way ticket to hell!!!



Joanne Chesimard is Innocent  (Rebuttal)
July, 2006

This is in reference to the ”Joanne Chesimard is Innocent” article.

You end your article with the sentence. “This is a terrible site to be posing as a true law enforcement site”. Are you even a police officer? Do you even know a police officer?

I think you need to get off your high horse and do some research on the subject before you start preaching.

This case has to do with cold blooded murder, not race or political affiliation. A brother had fallen and the “RACE” card was played. She is guilty and is nothing more then a coward who hides behind the image of political freedom fighter. Right from her web site, she states “I am an ex political prisoner, and I have been living in exile in Cuba since 1984”.

You are a waste of a human that has been living in fear since 1984. I dare you to return to New Jersey.

I see that she changes her name from Joanne Chesimard to Assata ("she who struggles") Shakur ("the thankful one"). I think she should change her name to ("she who murders") and ("the mentally warped one").

This is to NJLAWMAN. I placed a blog on the Assata Shakur website. It was removed right away. If she does not want to hear from us, why do we have to hear from her? Response
Your thoughts have been noted.

We receive a lot of hate mail regarding our articles and posts regarding Chesimard.  Occasionally, we even get one or two that can be understood or that aren't completely filled with seething profanity.  We post them to keep the conversation going.  As long as the conversation is going, no one will forget how much we want the piece of excrement sitting in a New Jersey prison.


Misplaced Loyalties (Rebuttal)
July, 2006

I have been a cop for many years & a motorcycle rider even longer. Every time I meet other bikers, or bike clubs, oftentimes they are cops. Equally, I don't need to tell any of you that every precinct in the nation has a higher percentage of motorcycle riders/enthusiasts than probably any other profession.

Far from being an outlaw gang/criminal enterprise in the mold of the Hells Angels or Pagans etc.  the Legion of Doom MC is a club pure & simple, and nothing more. Similar to many fraternal organizations it maintains principles of respect to fellow members, codes of acceptable behavior and a sense of fellowship.

Is it any surprise therefore that any Police Officer (not to mention Marines,  Firemen, EMT's & Schoolteachers?) finds these characteristics appealing?

Perhaps the author of "Misplaced Loyalties" piece needs to look more closely at his own actions and those of his colleagues, and focus on the real gangs who are causing so many problems in society - NOT a group of law abiding adults who were unfortunate enough to have an otherwise good night messed up by this Bayonne cop and his dubious personal agenda and M.O.

In fact, the Legion Of Doom respects all law enforcement officers, and would not hesitate to help a "fellow officer" or anyone else if they were in trouble.

I would hope that any experienced cop seeing a group of obviously tough guys would elect to approach the situation accordingly.



Juveniles on a Rampage
July, 2006

I'm sure you've noticed lately? The increase in violence specifically in the used to be quiet towns like the shore areas. The shootings, stabbings, rapes, purse snatching and everything else.

Juveniles have zero respect for authority.

Wonder why?

Thanks to the lawyers they have pretty much crushed everything we can use to prevent this crap from coming to those areas. More and more violence is to be expected... Thanks lawyers.. hope its not your family that has an unfortunate encounter and have to call police for help. Good work! Hope the paycheck was good!

There are some good lawyers out there. Some.



Police Officer Bill of Rights
June, 2006

Does anyone agree with me that we need a law that stops the appointing authority from conducting an internal disciplinary hearing?

I mean a panel of neutral, outside fact finders should conduct these hearings.

There are hundreds of officers throughout new jersey that wait for up to two to three years to be reinstated.

if there was a fair hearing process, right from the start, the horrible time delays and complications in the administrative courts, merit review board and appellate divisions could be easily avoided by having the local level hearings conducted fairly.



Joanne Chesimard is Innocent
May, 2006

Assata Shakur is, in all likely hood an innocent woman who deserves asylum.  She was arrested and tried based on her race and political affiliations.  This is a terrible site to be posing as a true law enforcement site. 

-Anonymous Response
Firstly, her name is Joanne Chesimard.  Why that seems to offend you and her other brainwashed supporters is a mystery.

You claim she is innocent.  In the same breath, you and the other followers also claim that Clark Edward Squire ("Sundiata Acoli" in your circles) is also innocent.

If this is the case, then please enlighten us as to how was New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster was shot twice in the head with his own weapon?

Find a new cause, sir.  This one is getting old.


Are we safe in our Parks and Forests?
, 2006

Within Congressional District 5 alone, are 11 State Parks and Forests. Some contain National or State Historic sites such as Ringwood Manor and the State Botanical Gardens at Skylands.

Our State Parks and Forests are under assault by the so called Crotch Rockets (high speed motorcycles), all terrain vehicles are tearing up Park and Forest property and leaving their garbage behind. The problem of drugs and alcohol is a major concern as any Park Police Officer will tell you. With Police Officer staffing about 40% below normal and the unfortunate affair at Ringwood, they have legitimate concerns for their own safety and the safety of the public. Funding should be provided to ensure a Park Police Force that is at full strength with the ability to Patrol and Control the lawlessness in our Parks and Forests. Instead of Pork Barrel projects and increasing the size of a Park System that cannot be managed as it now stands, provide a fully staffed and properly equipped Park Police Force that has the ability to protect its self and the public using the Parks and Forests.

Our Park Police need the full support of the public and the government of the state of New Jersey

-Russell Hannah
-Citizen, WW2 Naval Combat Veteran
-Police in family and as friends.


'College Does not a Cop Make' Rebuttal
, 2006

In response to "college does not make a cop". How about all the benefits that a person with a military background gets. I'm pretty much sick and tired of losing out to a veteran who scored a 70 on his/her civil service test. Those so called "street smarts" don't cut it for you all the time. I back our country and our military 100%, but I believe it is unfair for them to have an advantage. I know many friends who went into the service to straighten themselves up, and have come out with almost the same attitude they had going in. These individuals are the same one's that have gotten hired and I will be the first to tell you are not qualified. The hiring process in general is a joke, and I speak for many of us when I say that it seems like a bad dream. You travel down one path and reach a dead-end. I wouldn't be so upset if it was my first year or two trying. I have been going through this process for 5 years now. I too scored a 97% on my civil service test, and have not received one phone call in over a year. I have spent countless hours of my time, and hundreds of dollars pursuing my dream, which I am beginning to think is just that!



Fed up with the Law Enforcement Hiring Process in NJ Comment
March, 2006

This how bad it really is. A Chief’s test was given by a New Jersey Police Department in Passaic County. Everyone that wanted to take the test had to pay the normal examination fee of $50.00. When the results came out the town decided to have three different list, in-town, out of- town, and state wide. Only seven of the one hundred and fifteen people that took the test were on the in-town list. Just over two years passed and the last person on the in-town list was hired. This same person was then removed from the academy. That means there is one opening for the next academy class.

Before the next academy class was coming up, two more police offices finished their leave and were finally off the books. That brings the number up to three people they could send to the next class.

This police department decided not to send anyone and have another Chief’s Test right away. Basically, if you are not from the town, you are NOT hired but they open the test up to everyone. What a great way to make about six thousand dollars. I also hear from a very reliable source that one of the “BIG-WIGS” from the town had a relative that was on the list and did not live in the town. He has since moved in to the town, I wonder who will get hired right away. Another town had a Chief’s Test and they knew the two people they were hiring before the test was given. Just under three hundred people took the test for two jobs that were already filled.

Seems fair, right. So the best way to get hired in New Jersey is to know someone.

-Anonymous (because of backlash)


Arming Probation Officers

As a NJ Probation Officer, it frustrates me that NJ Probation Officers are not allowed to be armed because of the NJ Judiciary. Yet, police, corrections, and parole are armed. We deal with the same scumbags on a daily basis.

Please support the NJ state bill to move Probation under the NJ DOC. This state will wait until a PO is killed in the line of duty before they give us firearm.

-NJ Probation Officer


Response to NY Senator Pushing Bill Requiring Officers to Only Shoot to Wound (Arms or Legs) and Charging Officers with Manslaughter for Violations
March, 2006

Once again we have found another politician that speaks through his main body part and that is the part that he sits on. Generally, that is made of "Paper" and that part is a swish to begin with.

It seems that this person isn't skilled in nor has any knowledge of Police work, the safety factors and the danger to the public that his idiotic purposed bill eludes too.

We learn in Police Academy that we have certain responsibilities one of which is the right of discretion. The right of writing a summons or not to give or just issuing a warning etc.

There is a more pressing responsibility and that is when we are up against an armed adversary and we have exhausted all avenues of reason and are faced with a life or death situation we have been given the right to take a life. As difficult as it sounds and how hard it is to try and explain to someone who's mind is as clear as "Saran wrap" and cannot understand what that means (such as our idiotic Politician) it isn't easy!

No one ever said it was being a Police Officer. We see the dregs of humanity the curbside happenings the crap at the bottom of a bottomless pit. We have to live with this, see this everyday and then try and not take it home with us. But
not to take anything away from it, we asked for it.

We raised our hand and swore an oath to do our part in enforcing and carrying out the law. We live and some of us die by that oath. Look at some of the skells who have fought us and are now are enjoying the fruits of the system. They live in sort of luxury getting education's, body building and enjoying all the comforts of three squares a day and warm clothes. They even get to complain if their favorite program isn't on TV or cable.

This Politician can't be serious or he is just dumb or ignorant of what it takes to even draw down on a person and then try and hit the Tee Zone before he shoots back or before the Skell hurts someone else.

And what if the officer shoots trying to hit an arm or a leg, what happens if he misses and the bullet bounces away and hits someone else. Think shooting at someone and trying to hit their arm or leg is easy. It's hard enough to try and hit them where your supposed to.

Doesn't he know that we have certain rules that must be followed, some rules that are drilled in our heads at the academy on what to and what not to do? Doesn't' he know that if we screw up and shoot too soon we are called murders and the neighbor hood goes out and glorifies the Skell and makes him or her the hero and us the goat. If we react too soon the public and the All Mighty Media has a field day and all Police Officers are put on trial. In the morning news paper and on TV and radio. Reactionaries are the first top speak out.

Al "The Rev" Sharpton with his slicked down hair and thousand dollar suits (that are funded by poor people looking for a hero) and the Rev (I loosely call him a man of God) Jesse Jackson are the first to come to the side of the Skell who could be the worst person on the block, but after they get through with painting the picture of a down trodden ghetto raised youth who was led astray by the perils of the human race has now become a saint and deserving of a bronze statue in their honor erected in Central Park for all to see.

Mr. Politician stick to another line of work. Try reading tea leaves, sell books, work in a restaurant or load trucks do something else because as a legislator you stink. As a role model you are the worst, as an informed politician it is 'expected' like I said you talk like a man with a paper A--- H---- and before you open your mouth again and vomit out stupid statements you should read up on Police Work, go to the Police Academy sit in a class with recruits listen to their Q & A's and dam it man try and walk a mile in our shoes for once and not those silk slippers you are wearing now.

There should be an outcry from every PBA every district and every precinct in the city. This guy should never be elected again. I don't think he can say his comments were taken out of context, because they are specific.  I'm sorry this stuck in my craw and I had to reply.

Heed these words, "We all go home at the end of our tour [shift] and we will all stay safe" so help us God!

Dominick DOnofrio
Retired Chief
Lodi Police Department NJ


Fed up with the Law Enforcement Hiring Process in NJ

I think NJ is an absolute disgrace with the way they hire Law Enforcement. Its not how qualified you are, it comes down to how connected you are. I personally am a US Army veteran, college graduate, and a former police officer in another state, and have had no chance of getting hired with any of the PD's I have applied to in NJ. It amazes me when I see such unqualified, out of shape, pencil necks walking around with a badge and gun. I can't believe that these departments aren't embarrassed of there officers. The Officers that are "Squared Away" are usually the ones that have busted there butts for years with outstanding backgrounds, and have paid there way through the academy with the last hope that they might finally get hired. It shouldn't be like this. Being hired as a Police Officer should be based on qualifications, job experiences, etc. All qualified individuals should have a fair chance!! I hope one day being a cop in NJ means you earned it, not asked someone to get you the job. As for me, I am trying to figure out another career.



Less than Lethal Force Coming!.....Well, maybe

Less lethal options may soon be available to law enforcement.

It appears that the AG may approve certain less lethal weapons for police officers... I don't have much faith in the system, but I would like to see this before I retire.

Maybe the AG could make a decision on this before 2010.



Take Nepotism Out of the Law Enforcement Hiring Process

Lets stop all the nepotism in the hiring process for law enforcement. I have been trying for three years now to get a position in law enforcement. I received a 97 on my civil service test, and have not received even one call from any agency in over a year. I personally know three people who scored much lower than me and are currently in the academy. I find this funny because all three have fathers who are somehow affiliated with a freeholder or councilman. I am tired of seeing the same last names on department employee lists. It wouldn't bother me as much if I knew these people were qualified. I find it hard to believe that a stringent background check is done on all these individuals. If a stringent check was done I doubt very highly they would qualify. The process is just get very frustrating and it seems even slightly open door gets shut very quickly.



College Alone Does Not a Cop Make

Ok, once again we have people thinking that a college degree is required to do the job of a police officer. Let me add this. YOU NEED COMMON SENSE and STREET SMARTS. The issue about needing a college degree is so the towns can justify a cops pay.

Even know our pay SUCKS!!! I've been on the job for 13 years now, and I CAN TEACH SOMEONE WITH A DEGREE MORE ABOUT POLICE WORK AND LAW THEN THEY WILL EVER LEARN IN COLLEGE. Now, I'm not saying college is a bad thing, but the chiefs of police use it because they are afraid to confront the towns and say NO A DEGREE ISN'T REQUIRED!!! HOW ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT COULDN'T AFFORD TO GO TO COLLEGE?

Maybe they should think about that. EQUAL RIGHTS!! YEAH RIGHT!! If the chiefs of police would step up and start voicing their concerns about this, it wouldn't be an issue. Is a college degree nice to have SURE IS. Do you need it to do the job of a police officer. NOT AT ALL. If you are going to go to college and get a 4 year degree, WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU WANT TO BE A POLICE OFFICER. YOU COULD MAKE TEN TIMES MORE MONEY SITTING BEHIND A DESK WORKING M+F with weekends off. This whole thing about college has just got out of hand. I really feel for the men and women out there that would make great police officers, but they don't meet the requirements that the towns are asking for. It's a real shame. Good luck to you all.



RE: Being A Vet Doesn't Compensate for No College in Hiring:

Maybe if there was some common sense all things would be equal. There are so many restrictions, rules, and politics involved in New Jersey Police hiring practices that its just bull. They find ways to keep people down, even though they are worthy of jobs. You could be a college grad also, and just get dumped on by the process. I think that NJ should re-do every bit of the hiring process and make it a point based merit system. Like if you have military, a degree, and former law enforcement experience you should get a 10. if you have nothing you should get a zero. Speaking also of which, civil service, and the chiefs test, are useless except for those that are wanted by an agency. It may weed down candidates, but honestly, most agencies know who they want, even before you take the tests.

Oh well, changing the system would make sense, but as we all know, when has NJ Government had any type of sense.



Being a Vet Doesn't Compensate for No College in Hiring?

Lets be fair with requirements for hiring.

I am a member of The United States Army who is serving honorably. It really is going to be tough trying to apply with several departments once I leave service. seeing that I don't have a college degree. Is there any departments that will hire personnel that are disciplined, in great physical shape, and ready to give his 100% to the job?



Protect Police Dogs with Tougher Laws

Well, am not in law enforcement, but god bless all that are. They are truly heroes. I didn't know where else to go to voice my opinion on this but here. So this is what it is: Last night I was watching World's Most Amazing videos and they were showing a section on police dogs, and how they can help tremendously. I am a HUGE animal lover and one footage they showed was a man inside a convenience store with two shot guns, after hours of negotiating they released the police dog, and it was instantly fired upon, wounding the animal...(which almost broke my heart all together.) I guess first I want to ask what kind of charges that man would be facing after such an act?

In my opinion he should be charged with the same crime if that where a human being. The police dogs are just as much part of the force as the officers and they should be treated as such.

Now, really I am a realistic when it comes to animals, I eat meat, I understand the food chain, but it pains my heart so much to see cruelty to animals, especially to the ones that are trained to save lives

So if you could enlighten me on this, or at least let me know who else I could ask, I would certainly appreciate it!

I hope God Blesses you with the warmest on holidays for you and your family, and thank you again for making the world a safer place.



CO's Should Be Carrying, Period

I am responding to the editorial about New Jersey CO's and the right to carry. I am active military, grew up in NJ, have a brother in LE and friends that are CO's. I have experience in LE but its a little different from local. I intend to leave the service and join the ranks of the municipalities. Its hard for me to imagine CO's off duty without a firearm. Sounds downright insane.

As a military man my weapon is my best friend ... to leave it home would be like going to a ballgame naked, but 100 times worse. Couldn't imagine it. I feel for those fellas, for those fellas and there families.

All I can say to those out there in this circumstance is this ... put the pressure on, put it on any way you can, you need your sidearm as do I. With enough persistence you will overcome resistance. Let em know boys.



Change the NYPD Residency Requirement

I think there should be more than just a very high score to get certified and interviewed by an appointing authority, because a cop is born not made by college or high scores. Also NYPD should hire and allow officer to live out of state and without college because a lot of states and towns that are dangerous are low in man power due to all these qualifications.  I'm sure a lot of us are more than willing to get into any department and do the job we all dream of.

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Police Ten Codes Being Phased Out Nationwide

I agree with the article concerning the ten codes. It has always amazed me how neighboring towns can have completely different ten codes. Before retiring, I worked in a town bordering three other towns which all had different code meanings. Many years ago I mentioned to my chief to bring this problem up at the County and State Chief's Association meetings. Of course, nothing was done. Times have changed due to Homeland Security, and multiple jurisdictions now work together with Rapid Deployment Teams. For this reason I believe everyone should be on the same page.

Stay Safe,


Make the College Requirement for Applicants Consistent

Either "all" NJ residents aspiring to become P.O.'s have college degree's or no one should. The chief of Police and most of the cops in my town over 40 do not have any college???

Fair...??I think not!~



Willing to Help Families of Fallen Officers

I write articles for the families of police officers killed in the line of duty to let them know common people remember them and for the good things the police departments do.  If anybody would like copies please email me



Remembering Our Fallen Brothers

December 2, 2005

It has been a sad year for those who have fallen in the battle to defeat the evils and injustices that we the police protect the innocent from.

This year alone, I have attended five officers funerals as a member of a small honor guard, and all are the same, a grieving widow, crying sons and daughters, sullen faces of his/her fellow officers, and sadness from both family and brethren. Nothing though, taught in the police academy, nothing learned in life, can prepare you when you see the pain and the anguish in their eyes. It gets to me every time, and surely always will.

When I heard of the final moments of Police Officer Dillon Stewart I was taken into a state of awe. Not only that he was murdered while protecting others, but more so that even though he was dying, he still kept fighting and aided in the capture of his murderer. He is a inspiration to all officers, for his courage and bravery, and fulfilling his duty despite being mortally wounded.  I am deeply saddened that such a hero has been lost. He will not be forgotten, and may his murderer get exactly what he deserves.

I just wanted to say this Holliday season, remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, to keep you and yours safe. Including those men and women protecting our nation in military service, God Bless.

          -ADHGM #815


A Time and a Place for Enforcing the 'Wear Your Hat' Rule

November 28, 2005

Most of us are trained in the police academy that wearing our cover is more professional and orderly then not, that a simple hat adds to authority, and to intimidation. There are a lot of great reasons to wear your cover..... unfortunately it sometimes interferes with common sense.

For example: You respond to a serious MVA, with an ejection. Your partner is a paramedic, and your both the first units on scene. Mid call, while performing first aid on the ejected victim, your director/chief pulls by. Rather than get out of the car and help? Rather than rendering any form of assistance, he yells at you for not wearing your cover... (IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ACCIDENT SCENE WITH INJURIES!!!)

I would just like to say.. if your an administrator... use common sense. This doesn't only apply to the wearing of a cover on calls... This also applies to how you treat those beneath you. Remember what goes around... Comes around... It could be your family member that gets in a severe accident... would you care whether the cop that's helping them is wearing their cover? or would you complain...

           -A cop in search of Administrators with Common Sense....
           -(haven't found one yet...haha)In response to "Misplaced Loyalties" written by


Misplaced Loyalties (Rebuttal)

November 28, 2005

So it's still okay that the two officers belong to/associate with a "sport bike club" that takes delight in beating an individual on a 5 to 1 match, cop or not? Does it really matter whether the club members/officers were armed and had ID or not? Also, who are these Hired Guns? Are they like the "Filthy Few"?



Misplaced Loyalties (Rebuttal)

October 22, 2005

In response to "Misplaced Loyalties" written by "Anonymous".

Anonymous, let me start by directing this to you particularly. I'll fill you in with a few facts!

On October 8, 2005, The Legion of Doom New Jersey Chapter hosted an end of the season (riding season) party at the Raw Bar for their members.

During the great time being had by the club (not gang), a couple of outsiders, namely 3 underage females were taking advantage of the great times. One female, Dana (daughter of a Bayonne Police ABC investigator) along with her girlfriend Brittnay (employed by the bar), third female unknown to any of the NJ club members, but was in the company of the other 2 females, were all drinking in the bar.

Brittnay was the reason for the sergeant's presence at the Raw Bar. He was not there on a "routine" investigation. He was dispatched and possibly because of the negligence of the dispatcher, he was carelessly sent into the Raw Bar alone and without the proper information. Apparently, dispatch failed to let the sergeant know that the caller would be outside at the door waiting his arrival. The sergeant, proceeded into the back of the bar to question the bartender serving these underage drinkers/co-worker the alcohol if she had placed the call. Is that not obvious that the sergeant either did not have the proper information, or is he simply trying to cover up for someone and possibly giving (at least Dana) a heads up that he was there and she needed to make her way out the door ASAP? Where did Dana run off to so fast off that bar after seeing the sergeant? Dana, weren't you having a good time dancing on the bar with your girl Brittnay?

Lets get back to the sergeant. The sergeant while in plain clothes; jeans and a button down denim shirt, and not displaying any form of identification (badge, radio, cuffs, gun or "POLICE" on his attire) attempted to break up a fight which was going on only several feet from him. The sergeant did NOT identify himself as a Police Officer prior to making himself a victim in that existing fight.

As UNFORTUNATE as it turned out, the FACT of the matter is that the sergeant NEVER identified himself as a police officer. So, anonymous, I ask you... how could you say that the 2 law enforcement officers/members of the club did nothing to help a brother officer? Assuming, you are acquainted with the sergeant and possibly a brother officer of his as well, you should school your sergeant friend or so called brother as you like to use, he should NEVER play superman. When in the capacity of his duties and investigating a complaint, he should FIRST and FOREMOST identify himself. Take that badge out of your wallet sergeant and wear it around your neck on a chain.

One officer did NOT RUN, he safely made his way out the door and out of the line of fire from the sergeant NEVER IDENTIFIED AS A COP, but a man with a gun waving at a crowd, along with his girlfriend (prior to other police presence). You should also be informed Anonymous, that the officer/member was out at a bar drinking, therefore he did not have any identification or weapon on his person. He could have been a victim of a bigger mishap if he put himself in the line of the gun being waved to the crowd.

The other officer was the one who placed the call to ABC and made it known to the dispatcher that she would be at the door waiting for the responding officers. At no time did that officer/member interfere with Bayonne's responding officers, but she did make numerous attempts to identify herself to them as a police officer. The response from Bayonne PD was a cold one and shoved aside with threats.

"Cops who belong to clubs like this" do you make reference to The Hired Guns?

Keep in mind that LOYALTY should be respected, represented and honored to those who share the same LOYALTY you do.

Negligence lost the sergeant his loyalty. The off duty officers did not know he was on the job. The Bayonne Police Dept. lost their loyalty when they ignored the efforts made by the female officer to identify herself.

Maybe it is you Anonymous or the sergeant that needs to re think things through. The Sergeant needs a reminder, NO JOB IS ROUTINE! The Journal only states numerous times that the sergeant identified himself, only because someone is looking to C.Y.A. It is obvious that he did not.

As for "legion of doom" mc club wearing identical colors to the "hells angels", maybe you need to check your eyesight son! The L.O.D. colors are RED/SILVER/BLACK. As for the bottom rocker, let me also clear this up for you... L.O.D. is a SPORT BIKE CLUB not an OUTLAW cruiser's bike club.

If you need further clarification on your misconception feel free to respond.

           -Anonymous 2


Misplaced Loyalties

On October 8th, 2005 a Bayonne police sergeant was the victim on an unprovoked attack by several members of the "legion of doom" motorcycle club while on duty.  The sergeant was doing an ABC check at a local bar. He was attacked by approximately 5 members of this club, while his back was turned to them. He was punched and kicked until he fell to the floor, and while on the floor the attack continued. It was only after he was able to draw his weapon that the attack stopped.

The most disturbing fact about this incident is that 2 members of the club are law enforcement officers in Hudson county. These two so-called cops did nothing to help a brother officer. One of them actually ran when backup units arrived, and one stayed and interfered with responding officers.

At this point in time, neither officer has been cooperative in the investigation. While being interviewed one of the officers admitted to seeing a gun in somebody's hand but he did not know who, but as he was running out the door past responding officers, he failed to inform them that he had seen a gun in the bar. It's time for these officers to make a new career choice, and its also time for cops who belong to clubs like this to stop and think were their loyalty lies. The "legion of doom" mc club. wears identical colors to the "hells angels" and they display the bottom rocker on their colors, both of which permission is needed from the "hells angels".



Give Corrections Officers a Break

October 14, 2005

Recently, a friend sent me an e-mail about a story that you printed on the tough job and lack of recognition we get. I live with that every day, and if recognition you want then corrections is the wrong job.

I would like to thank you for writing that story, it almost made me cry, I actually started to fill up. I have been a corrections officer going on 16 years. I have dealt with every piece of @##$ you can imagine. The prison that I work in is the most secure in the Canadian system. not because of our management or prison structure, but because of us. we have incredible control. We have to!  The inmates call it Supermax. 

It is actually minimum, medium, and max, all thrown together. I am also in the army reserve in Canada and have been active for 25 years. The prison doesn't have a tactical team, we had weapons but the director of adult corrections decided to take them. now if anything goes down the police tac team will come in. You can only imagine what kind of mess that could cause.

Anyway, I don't want to ramble on, but even in our law enforcement circles some of the police royal Newfoundland constablestreat us like dirt. I had one incident where a group of corrections officers were down to a local bar celebrating when two inmates and their dirt bag wives decided to try to pick a fight. I was the only sober person, and trying to calm six drunk corrections officers was not easy. All of a sudden the local police came and one of the officers got out and started screaming that, if we didn't leave we were all going to the locked up( we run the lock up ). I went over to this guy and explained to him what was happening and he said" I don't care who you are, you will all be going to the lock up." My back was up then and I said like @#$%$!!!!   want your shift supervisor on the scene right now!!!!!  This guys partner told him to get in the @#$# car and they drove away. This is only one incident of disrespect by some members of the brotherhood. There are a lot of good guys there to, if I saw this guy in trouble I would help.

          -Corrections Officer
          -John Carew




DOD Police At Fort Monmouth to Lose Jobs in 4-5 Years...

September 11, 2005

Now that the BRAC Commission has slated Fort Monmouth for closure it still must go through the President and Congress. In past years both have always agreed to the commissions findings. Even if everything sent fourth is yayed the base will still be open for approximately another four to five years. In which base essential personnel such as the DOD police will still be employed fortunately.

What I think was not fair is the BRAC commission for finding that Fort Monmouth is not a intricate part of New Jersey. The base employs approximately 5,000-6,000 civilian research personnel. In addition to this there are approximately 600 military that reside on the base daily, and about 10,000 Contractors and other personnel that depend on Fort Monmouth for their livelihood.

I don't think that the BRAC commission adequately figured for the effect that approximately 17,000 people have on a generalized area. This included but is not limited to surrounding businesses, shops, and other agencies. It is a shame that our government could do this to it's people and communities.

          - An agitated DOD Police Officer soon to be Jobless



September 11, 2005

I have been reading the discussions on this website for some time on the arguments of the authority of DOD Police Officers. As some might not have heard, the federal government has decided to close Fort Monmouth over the next 5 or 6 years. With that, some 80 police officers will be losing their jobs if they can not find work somewhere else. For some people this will mean disrupting their families and moving them to other locations through out the United States.

As police officers, no matter what branch of government we work for, we should be there for each other. In the next several years please be there for your fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement. No more fighting, just helping.



DOD Police Subject to Posse Comitatus  REBUTTAL

July 2, 2005

Who ever the ANONYMOUS person was that wrote that wonderful letter about THE DOD POLICE, Hey do you think maybe next time you can get your facts straight????? GENIUS.... That is as old as my grandfather and yours. Anybody can look up old army regulations, like 1955 one's. That is for 085 ,,, oh you don't know what an 085 is well that is a security guard, not a CIVILIAN POLICE OFFICER. We are 083's POLICE OFFICERS. We are not subject to Posse Comitatus. We are recognized by congress as POLICE OFFICERS. UNDERSTAND the difference first before you start making judgments against us. We do everything an outside agency does and more. What many people forget, like yourself is that municipal and state agency's don't have jurisdiction on federal property. That is why we are Federal Police Officers. This is so we can have jurisdiction on a federal installation. Our boundaries don't end at the gate they just begin there.  We enforce title 18, UCMJ, title 2c and title 39. We go all over the US to arrest and detain people... DO YOU??? Probably not! We are all NJ PTC CERTIFIED and Yes Federally Certified. Oh yeah, and thanks for that little extra at the end about arresting and apprehending. Once again you must have been top of your class. The minute you detain a person and they are unable to leave they are technically arrested, according the supreme court.. OH arresting and apprehending are the same thing.. ONCE AGAIN GENIUS DO YOUR HOME WORK FIRST!!!!!!

AND PROUD OF IT Article on Handling IA Investigations Right on Point

June 1, 2005

Your article was correct and concise. Having been on both ends of disciplinary investigations all I can say is if your innocent fight like hell and if you not, act like an adult, fess up and take your lumps. I took them and didn't create any discord.

Others haven't and tore at the fabric of my department.

Character still matters and as your article began "this is for those being persecuted". And for God' Sake listen to your delegate and attorney. Too many of the younger guys listen to their peers who know about as much about Internals as they do about internal medicine.

          -A Short Timer

Click here to read the actual article


We Need to Get on the Same Page

May 26, 2005

I have been a Police Officer for 14 years, prior to that a Corrections Officer for 2 1/2 years. The other day while on Patrol I conducted a vehicle stop for speeding and subsequently arrested the operator for an active warrant in the amount of 93 dollars. While he was at the local station paying bail to get released, the county dispatch advised that he had 5 other traffic warrants totaling over 1300 dollars. The subject was unable to post the 1300+ in warrants and I was advised to remand him to the county jail (Standard Procedure). Once at the county jail I was advised by the duty Sergeant and Lieutenant that they would not accept him. Since we were in NJ at the time (South Jersey) and the warrants were NJ warrants, via ATS, I asked what the problem was? I was told the reason for not accepting this subject was that the warrants were from out of county municipalities (Specifically Northern and Central NJ). Basically what was said was that they (county corrections in SNJ) were tired of taking other peoples garbage, that would sit in the jail for days and days until the other county or municipality would pick them up or sometimes not pick them up. I was angry, I mean what's the deal with this? I am out here on the road doing my job everyday. I take the risk in bringing these subjects in when there is criminal activity or in this case warrants issued. The warrants are in the ATS system and they're issued by a Judge. The warrant states: To any Law Enforcement Officer in the State of New Jersey, you are Commanded to bring forth (subjects name) before this court, (or something close to that). Anyway, my problem is that if I am doing my job, why won't the county corrections do theirs? Since it is apparent that a corrections officer in a jail can refuse to honor a warrant issued in the same State, can I as a Police Officer do the same? I also tried to get this subject remanded in another adjacent county jail in south jersey and they refused to admit him based on similar reasons.

          -Disgruntled Cop


Thanks to the Hackensack Police Department

May 26, 2005

I am currently a volunteer Class I Special Officer with the Hackensack Police Department...and I couldn't be more grateful.

The Hackensack Police Department offers a great program (especially for college students seeking professional appointment). I was trained and still serve as a Class I Special Officer for the Hackensack Police Department since September 2004 while I pursue higher education. I have learned an enormous amount about my future career path, both academically and through practical experience.

I am now one of the final candidates for a sworn police officer position with an interview with the Chief of Police coming up in the near future. I have no doubt that my experience and recommendations from the Hackensack Police Department have been instrumental in making me a more viable candidate.

I can only offer my thanks and praise publicly to the all of the officers and staff within the Hackensack Police Department that have given me the tools to pursue my career. I also recommend any person in or around Northeast New Jersey, young and old, seeking a career in law enforcement to inquire with Hackensack to take an opportunity like this as a stepping stone. I am sure that you, too, will be able to thank them as I am.

The Hackensack Police Department should be praised for their efforts in striving to improve the safety of their community through creative and proactive measures while providing excellent experience for future law enforcement candidates. With or without me in the future, I wish them continued success in their bold endeavors.

My best hope and greatest thanks to all of the following dedicated law enforcement officers:
Current Under Sheriff of Bergen County Allen Ust
Capt. Dennis Cinque (Hackensack PD)
Lt. Robert Wright (Hackensack PD)
Chief Charles "Ken" Zisa (Hackensack PD)

          - SPO Vincent Ceci
          - Hackensack Police


DOD Cops at Fort Monmouth will lose their jobs from base closure

May 26, 2005

The government works in mysterious ways, like crushing the economy of small towns. Fort Monmouth employs roughly some 20,000 Civilian Employees. This includes their Police Department and security personnel. Think of the revenue that the towns of Eatontown, Little Silver, Tinton Falls, and Oceanport are going to lose. Think of the families that will have to move. Think of the Police Officers that can no longer live in New Jersey from the high cost of living. I can not believe the the Federal Government would threaten to do this to so many lives, all across the county bases are in fear of closure from this recent round of BRACK- Base Realignment and Closure. Each base likely has a Police Department, and Fire Department, so when you watch the lies of the Staff of these bases trying to cover up and say that the base is not in danger is a lie. As a Federal Police Officer, I can say, "I recommend that anyone out there either a cop now or hoping to be someday, don't go Federal. They screw you harder!" The best part of this story is that the base closure list was revealed on Friday the 13th. What a laugh. It's ok though, because when the Fort Closes, and the FMPD is about to be knocked down, I'll be sitting there, having a tailgate party, and saying here's to nothing! Thanks Federal Government, and Thanks BRACK Commission.



Was Chesimard Treated Fairly?

May 26, 2005

Is it possible for the owners of this site to follow up their article on Assata Shakur with some information about the trial that finally convicted her. I have researched both sides of the argument, and Assata's supporters continually refer to the trial. While I am not making any judgments, I am in fact a law student and know of the injustices towards all races that occurred in the 1970's as far as trials go. Again, I am not taking sides, but i would like to know more about this trial that has been aluded to but never shown.

Also, given that she has been a hot button issue for so long, and has met Castro personally (was granted asylum personally by Fidel) do you think that he would let some bounty hunter take her like that? I believe that some people are underestimating the politics in play here. If she is innocent, Cuba is preventing "US injustice" as they say. If she is guilty, then this has been one long slap in the face to the US justice system. either way she is a possession of Cuba not a citizen, and possessions are valued highly.

I am begging you to post my response about your Assata Shakur article. It tickles me that you fools allow yourselves to look at the cover and assume you know the book. Lets take a journey back to the scene of the crime. Its on record that Mrs. Shakur and two companions were pulled over. At trial, it was never proven that Mrs. Shakur killed that officer. Although I feel terrible (my condolences to his family) about what took place, they never proved she pulled the trigger, even in court it remains unproven. Their debate was "all involved in killing a police officer are equally responsible". First question, when an officer kills or shoots a citizen, are all officers on the scene convicted of murder? I think not. 99.9999% of the time, the officer is cleared anyway regardless of what he did. No one is punished. The family is left to suffer, as is the forester family. Secondly, anyone in their right mind that says she was given a fair trial must have bumped their head on a stupid stick. She was part of the Black Panthers, which the FBI targeted and succeeded to break apart. Now, you have a member of the Black Panther Party, in 70's, on trial, for murdering a WHITE police officer, by and all white jury, white judge? C'mon people, of course she was convicted. If you want to see real justice, bring her back and give her a new trial, mixed jury with ALL the evidence. That's justice. It amazes me that everyone calls her a killer and poses a threat. She hasn't bothered anyone since. She's not a killer. She fought for her rights, wasn't granted them, so she took it upon her self to serve her own justice and fled. If your not given a fair trial, how could anyone blame her for fleeing. In those racial times, no way on earth she was getting a fair trial. Lastly, why do the government care if she's captured dead or alive? They want her off the streets. Isn't dead being off the streets? They want her alive simply so they can have the last laugh and thumb their noses at Mrs. Assata and the memory of the Black Panther Party.

          -Anonymous Response
Joanne Chesimard was indicted by a Grand Jury.  She was found guilty by a different jury.  Her case was reviewed by independent judges who found that the juries both acted properly.  Chesimard is guilty and needs to face justice.


Bring Back Chesimard!

May 4, 2005

The article on Joanne Chesimard was long overdue. She killed a cop and seriously wounded another. Why am I not surprised that the member of congress who voted not to get her back was a democrat from California? We catered to Castro when he wanted that kid back. How come Castro didn't send Chesimard back and why wasn't he even asked?

It's time for our government to crack down on whatever is blocking the return of this cop killer. Why am I not surprised that Tupac Shakur ended up the way he did? The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. It's time to get the petitions going and bring this lazy cowardly woman back to the United States to face justice. Just hearing her name gives me the creeps.



Where is the Media on Law Enforcement Issues?

May 4, 2005

First off I would like to say I have the greatest respect for all law enforcement officials out there.  I am 21 year old college student who has just recently discovered  I am a New Jersey resident and try to keep up on all news especially concerning law enforcement in N.J.  One thing however bothers the hell out of me.  After just recently reading about the issues concerning CO's and the right to carry weapons and the Bayside Riot as well as many other issues in law enforcement it just bothers me that I have never heard any of this in the news.  Maybe I have missed it, even though I talk to many police officers from the state and talk to family about the news.  But still topics like this should be known to the greater public and be talked about.  Yes I go to college about 400 miles away in another state but I never hear about such news as a riot in a state prison and how the commissioner is such a piece of garbage from what I have heard.  It is a shame.  And being someone who has been strongly interested in a Law enforcement career it is pretty disturbing to hear some of the issues that many never even hear about let alone discuss it.  I can only hope some of these things change in the near future for the sake of those involved.  And by the way can anyone please tell me what counties CO's are not allowed to carry weapons off-duty and for that matter why can they not carry a firearm when transporting or doing some form of job such as road detail so certain things like what happened with a CO a few months ago on the parkway do not happen.  Last I would like to add that I think NJLAWMAN.COM is a great site and very informative and from what I have been reading does a great deal to support law enforcement.

          -Concerned student and hopefully future NJ law enforcement official


Why is Nothing Being Done About Joanne Chesimard?

March 27, 2005

Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, convicted and escaped killer of N.J Trooper Werner Forester is making profit from books sold here in the United States.

It seems to me that citizens need to contact book stores who distribute and sell her books and voice their opinions about distribution and sales in our market. Why should she make profit from her horrible crime and why should our book stores assist her in the effort?

          -William Lundquist, Minneapolis, MN PD retired


The Rutgers Situation - Outraged

March 27, 2005

This message is to express my utter outrage for Dr. Humphries. Some of my closest friends had to endure this professor while she holds the fate of their academic career in her hands. I have formed an opinion of Dr. Humphries that was confirmed by the conclusion of this article. The horror stories of her demeanor toward her students and teaching style are indescribable in a single email. And are evident in her intentions described in this article. I trust that the future of the Masters Program at Rutgers does not continue under the direction of Dr. Hump.

The fact that this woman would fathom conducting such an event is preposterous. I am sure there are plenty of other candidates besides Mr. Trantino. How many lives has he saved seen his release? What as he contributed to society since his release? Are his contributions even close to the results of his actions? I don't think so. I mean what is next...Will Dr. Hump petition to have Jeffery Dahmer publish his own cookbook? The thought is not so far fetched. It is apparent she is using this forum for her own benefit.

Rutgers must stop her before she taints the reputation of a great university. The consequence will be a program with little or no value at all. She should seriously use her intelligence for a self assessment. I will be more that willing to fill out a few surveys about her.

I hope my voice can be heard within this forum.

          -Ed H.


The Rutgers Situation

March 8, 2005

In regards to the Trantino incident at Rutgers on January 22nd, that has now made me want to deny that I am a Rutgers graduate, to say I am outraged is a gross understatement. You see, first of all, Peter (and Andy) were my grandfathers first cousins- whom he considered like brothers. Those officers had way worse horrors happen to them than you could possibly imagine. And there families are still dealing with the grief and the repercussions left behind by this monster. I'd call him an animal, but I wouldn't insult animals since I cannot recall any that behave in such a manner. There is another tasty little tid-bit of info. you may be interested in, regarding Rutgers and this beast. He was, at least during the very end of my education, working in one of the cafeterias on the Camden campus (with a paroled, brutal rapist- perfect hunting grounds for a rapist). It frightens me to even imagine how many of these bleeding heart schools employ the scum of the earth where our children are supposed to be getting an education. My family and I (and there are several Rutgers grads) have vowed to never give another donation to this institution. They are disgusting. Why in today's day and age do we make victims out of these foul creatures and make criminals out of those who are the victims? You want to read something interesting, there's a book out about the Trantino case- the name of which escapes me- and it was supposed to be about how awful and evil this man is. Instead, we have a book attempting to paint a picture of a poor soul who lost his way, and we need to feel sorry for him because him and his father did not get along. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? Everyone should find this book, read it, then tell the wonderful author (a former journalist- enough said) and let him know how they feel about this man.



The Rutgers Situation

February 19, 2005

To say I was outraged would be a gross understatement.  I did email to the link that was provided, but I have also taken the information to write a hard copy letter to any and everyone including Senators.  What this so called "Dr." did was flaunt a killer in the faces of every man and woman that serves in law enforcement.  Much worse though, she elevated a killer to "key note speaker" status not once being concerned about the families emotions of this killer's victims.  Is she really part of the human race? 

I guess I was suppose to be restless tonight or I wouldn't have happened upon this article.  Providence indeed.



New Gun is a Danger    REBUTTAL

February 5, 2005

A few facts about the F.N. 5.7

Same Size as a Service Weapon
Shoots a 5.7x28 MM Cartridge SS190
Will perforate 48 Layers of Kevlar from 50 Meters out.
Bullet travels at 2,133 FPS, about the speed of a carbine round.
Has only 60% Of the Recoil Pulse of a 9mm

Translates into: Will cut through armor, trauma plate included.

Just a few facts from a concerned cop. Be Safe.

          -Concerned Cop


The Rutgers Situation

February 4, 2005

Dr. D. Humphries is obviously in need of help. Perhaps she can find what he so sorely needs in the unemployment line. But wait, we all know that the institutions of higher learning don't really care about anything except pumping out more of that liberal poison. They know what we all need and if you don't believe it just stand by and watch. The parents in this Country have the ability to drastically change the appearance of our Institutions of Higher Learning. If you don't like the politics of the school or a professor- don't send your kids to school there. None of these places can survive without our money. If every law enforcement officer in the country, would do nothing more that to write a letter to Rutgers we could cost them a bundle in just handling the paper.



Everyone Needs to Voice Outrage at Rutgers Situation

February 4, 2005

We need to get the word out to other Law Enforcement Agencies. Either by fax, Phone call, or other. We need to keep putting pressure on them until they snap. This travesty of an educational pursuit must end here. Keep the fight going...

Thank you NJLAWMAN, for standing up for the fallen.

          -A DOD Cop.


Everyone Needs to Voice Outrage at Rutgers Situation

January 31, 2005

Nice job on the Rutgers editorial, NJLawman. 

As a graduate of and current graduate student of RU, I am embarrassed, though not shocked that the University would let someone as despicable as Trantino address anybody at a Rutgers sanctioned event.  As a police officer I am dismayed and disgusted at the cavalier attitude taken by a Rutgers criminal justice professor towards the murderer of law enforcement officers who were doing their jobs and paid with their lives.  These ultra-left-wing lunatics who are given lifetime tenure to teach kids ridiculous ideas about life, including the characterization of criminals as victims and propaganda about political issues that include viewpoints that a horrendous loss of life by the US military in Iraq would be a good thing for the country, exemplify what is wrong with the state of our educational system.  Like the media, educators have a responsibility to report facts as facts and opinion as opinion, yet all too often both report their left wing slants as fact and omit alternative viewpoints from discussion. 

As NJLawman suggests, I urge all my fellow officers to email the President of Rutgers and express your outrage.  Oh yeah, you might want to tell him that your kids (or you) will be registering elsewhere for their secondary education needs unless something is done (i.e., sanctions on the professor, public apology maybe).

Remember - to ignore this offensive act is to support it!

          -Cop in Mercer


January 31, 2005

Dear NJLawman,
I wish to express my thanks to you for a well worded and much deserved article on Rutgers University and Dr. Drew Humphries. While she enjoys the comfort of a nice office job, she will never know what it is like to deal with the thought that our lives could end in a matter of seconds. She will never know what it is like to see a brother or sister in blue be killed or attend such an emotional funeral service for one of our own.

So to you Dr., you are welcome for the nice safe neighborhood you live in.  You are welcome for the freedom we passionately defend.  Even though you bring us down, we will never let it stop us from doing our job of protecting the citizens of our various communities.  We are committed to them and committed to taking people like him off the streets.

          -Offended Cop-


New Gun is a Danger    REBUTTAL

January 31, 2005

The True danger to the F.N. 5.7 is how concealable it is. It's got the penetrating power of a rifle. I've seen in testing it can cut through 2 vests stacked.

Does this remind anyone of Lethal Weapon 3?



New Gun is a Danger

January 25, 2005

As a fellow officer, the threat of new weapons that will compromise our right to go home to our families at the end of every tour obviously concerns me.  It is with a huge knot in my stomach that I bring to you, the FN "Five-Seven."  A great new semi-automatic pistol that boasts to compromise most soft paneled body armor. 

I'm all about the right to bare arms and I certainly would not want to infringe on anyone's constitutional rights, but I have to draw the line on a weapon that states it can defeat most armor and is still available for legal purchase in the US.  I feel NJLawman or another organization needs to take a stand on this issue as they do the issue of cop killers getting out on parole.  This website has a large following and with its help, we can petition the US officials to ban this weapon.

          -Concerned Officer


Thanks to All Officers

January 31, 2005

This may sound like the ravings of a mad man but, it is not I assure you.

It is just that I am angry at individuals who forever hold on to that dumb thought that once a person dons the uniform of a police department they act as though they demand respect. How wrong this is. When in fact once a person male or female graduates from the academy respect is already earned. For many strife for that goal but, few obtain it. Personally I have known many individuals who have worn or are now wearing such uniforms and each have perform their duties with honor integrity and diligence. I write as a small tribute to them and those who follow. And say thank you not for being the cop but, for being the person you were meant to be. Upstanding, wholesome and true. This is a testament to the few who met the challenge in this society and persevered . I am but a civilian who tips my hat to all of you who serve and protect from the mundane to the bizarre aspects of life and living. Do keep up the good work and never look back in doubt.

          -Anonymous Citizen Who Supports Law Enforcement


No Support from the Bosses After Prison Riot

January 15, 2005

Being a state corrections officer is hard enough, one huge advantage of being a Police Officer, Trooper, Sheriffs Officer etc is the support you have from your upper management and ranks.  Here at the NJDOC we are headed by a commissioner whom consistently projects a anti-officer pro-inmate view.  In the recent Bayside riot several custody officers where injured by a well planned attack and the primary concern for Commissioner Brown was the safety of the inmates.  Did the commissioner call any one of the officers to check on there well!!!!  Imagine being attacked on your beat where it is you and 2 other officers against 30 armed criminals and the Mayor of your town or whom ever is the head of your department primary concern was that non of the "thugs" where hurt!!!!!!  Commissioner Brown and others like him need to go and put officers and officer safety first for a change.



Some Nice Words About Dover Township PD

January 10, 2005

The Dover Township Police Officers are some of the kindest, caring, professional, dedicated, and just very fine persons. Not just the Patrol Officers, and they are a credit to New Jersey

          -Dr. Anthony W. Laine


Corrections Officers Should Be Permitted to Carry Right After the Academy

January 10, 2005

Hi, I would like say that Corrections Officers in NJ should be allowed to carry once they have graduated the academy. Every other law enforcment agency in the state allows their officers to carry after completing the academy. Although, it's not a state law that CO's have to wait one year after probation to do so. It is up to the department to change the policy and we need to stand up and fight for this change.   We should be treated equally!

          -Concerned Officer!


Officers Activated for Service Deserve to Keep Seniority

December 22, 2004

I would like to sound off on how the state is not giving officers who are on deployment with the

 guard or reserve the seniority or the pay raise they are required. The reason for this is because the officer's are on a probationary period and did not complete the probation before they were deployed. They say you have to come back and then finish the remaining months that you had to complete your probation and they will then give you every entitlement. However, by then you probably missed out on any job and schedule bids. Plus the opportunity of getting you raise when you were suppose to get it, not when you get back. I don't understand how that is legal. Federal law state that your get everything when you are supposed to get it. Please help in bring this issue out. here is the website of the federal law for reemployment ...

Courtesy Cards on Ebay

December 22, 2004

Over the last several years I have noticed PBA and FOP courtesy cards being sold on Ebay. Not only courtesy cards, but family member cards also. I have complained to several state delegates, and have received several different answers. But still these cards are being sold to the highest bidder. I know for a fact that a simple complaint to Ebay about police items is all it takes to have things removed. These cards state that they are the property of the PBA or the FOP. That alone should be enough reason for the proper authority to put a stop to this. It is bad enough that the courtesy cards are out of hand. Someone has to stop these cards from being sold on Ebay.



Maximum Hiring Age is Ridiculous   

December 12, 2004

Well, I would like to thank you for your story on Corrections Officers and Professional Courtesy.

I use to work in the city jail where I live but have now been transferred out to a remand center. It is so true what you said about a officer pulling up in a paddy wagon and there is almost the entire shift including supervisor outside waiting. It's a thing of beauty. And the cons know the staff so well that 9 times out of 10 one of the staff there can talk the con out safely. But on the occasion when that con doesn't want to play nice it's all business. The con is dealt with in a professional and safe manner so that all come out unscathed if possible.

Now I sit on a living unit with a count of 47 cons. All wanting one thing or another. Or just trying to see if your going to run if they say BOO. And to my knowledge the management would like nothing more than put that number up to 60 cons on a living unit with just me and my second set of eyes in control watching 3 other living units. Yes the job is stressful and I guarantee that there is no crowd cheering at the end of shift. The only joy is seeing my fellow peers go home safe after every shift.

Take care and hug your kids after every shift




Thank You from the Officers of the Jackson Police Department

December 5, 2004

On behalf of the members of Jackson Township P.B.A. Local 168, I would like to thank everyone (and for the numerous letters that were written in response to the derogatory comments made about our members by a very "out of touch" committeeman we have in Jackson.  The latest number I have received is over 300 letters were forwarded to the township administrator through the link set up here at NJLawman.  The letters came from all over the country. 

Thanks again.

          -Chris Parise
          -President of PBA Local 168


November 21, 2004

Civil Service Towns and Hiring Practices    REBUTTAL

In a previous opinion: "I am 24 years old and have only been interested in working for one particular agency for quite a long time. I can't tell you how many officers and troopers I have talked to that are amazed at the lack of quality recruits getting hired by state and local agencies do to the easing of requirements. I will be the first to admit that there is an axe to grind in my argument and standpoint, but I suppose it stems from frustration. "

You have a very narrow viewpoint. Don't blame others because you have not been hired, or scored high enough on hiring tests.  Don't blame the system, blame yourself. I've heard of people being dismissed from a hiring list for the slightest of reasons. Sometimes it is not in our hands. Even when they have a history like yours with no crimes, traffic, academic, or civil problems in their history. Does this mean they should not attempt to get hired as a cop, or will be a good cop. I've seen people with good history's become bad cops, too.

Also, Don't try to bulls**t me, cops are cops for two reasons, the first, is to help others, and the second is for job security and pay check. Thats life...



Maximum Hiring Age is Ridiculous    REBUTTAL

November 14, 2004

I attended the police academy with several age-exempted recruits hired by the County Sheriffs Office. I had the misfortune of sitting right next to a 50+ year old who fell asleep during almost every academic block of instruction and who nearly passed out during PT. I can just imagine his reliability during a high stress situation on the road or in the court house.

Also in my academy class was a 47 year old Sheriff's recruit. He was in great physical condition and was a quality representative of his agency. Unfortunately, by the time he is eligible for retirement he will be at least 67 (if he was to go at 20). Is it fair to other officers that they should be reliant upon a 67 year old for backup in a scuffle? The PFRS was wise in setting their hiring standards, not for quality of new hires, but for the quality of those same hires 20 years down the line.

          -Mercer County Cop


Maximum Hiring Age is Ridiculous

November 3, 2004

The maximum AGE Limit For The Hiring Of Police Officers at 35 IS RIDICULOUS.

I'm 39 years of age and an EMT with The FDNY. I wanted to take the test for The NYPD, and they considered me to old. I was shocked! in Connecticut, they hired a guy in his fifties on The Connecticut State Police. Also Rhode Island and Florida have no maximum age limits in the hiring of police officers and fire fighters. And a few years ago The LAPD did away with the maximum age limit of 35. It is proven that hiring people in their forties make better judgment calls for the most part in the field of law enforcement. Don't get me wrong New Jersey and New York should continue to hire people in their twenties, but also hire someone with life experience to go through the academy with them IF THEY CAN MEET THE PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS.



Civil Service Towns and Hiring Practices    REBUTTAL

November 3, 2004

In all honesty, how many of us LEO's have been hired with a minor black mark on our past. Does that mean that we are all bad cops? Or for that matter that mean that we shouldn't be cops. We all have our past's and sorry they can't all be perfect like the last person who replied, but that is life. To the person that posted last, if your history is that good, then there is no excuse why you haven't been hired yet. Maybe you should look harder and for other LEO jobs then at that one.




October 29, 2004

Yeah, the Dodge Magnum is "bold, powerful, and capable," even dramatic. What the Dodges are not: reliable and low maintenance, and comfortable. Ask the police agencies that bought the last round of Dodge police packages before you buy (I'm not one of them). And I'm a Mopar fan, even raced them as stock cars.

          -Dan Connelly, Chief of Police,
          -Youngtown, Arizona

Opinion on A Flat Rule Requiring College is Not Right    REBUTTAL

October 26, 2004

I do NOT think it is pertinent (or the law in NJ) to have a college degree or 60 college credits to become a Police Officer in NJ. In fact the requirements for that are H.S. Diploma, no criminal record, valid driver license. To many Departments who require college are leaving out a ton of excellent recruits by doing so. Many Many cops would NOT be COPS if this was required only 5-10 years ago????? I am quite upset about this.



Opinion on A Flat Rule Requiring College is Not Right    REBUTTAL

October 26, 2004

I agree with the Officer who says " College doesn't make you a better Cop, Street smarts does" and how it is all a bunch of crap! To Shay to that Officer who "gets it"

Thanks for agreeing with me that College credits does not a good cop make* Experience!



Civil Service Towns and Hiring Practices    REBUTTAL

I am responding to a posting on Oct 6th entitled, "Civil Service Towns and Hiring practices."

You say this in your statement, "I recently was a part of a group of potential hiring candidates for a local city and was given an option that was given to many others attempted to gain employment. My choice, simply was to sign off the hiring list on a waiver, or the dept. would hold my past against me and use it to hurt my current occupation."

Obviously I haven't the slightest idea what your past background was like and this isn't directed particularly to you so much as it is to applicants in general, however, if there was something there that could dismiss you from the hiring process I would only have to ask you why would you waste the time and resources of the department to engage in your background? It takes away from quality candidates that might otherwise be considered for employment. I write this from the perspective of someone that is currently going through a background investigation for possible employment. I am somewhat bothered by your logic because I am a person with a completely clean background, including juvi record and even driving record.

However, I have been involved in this process for more then a year now, which has felt like 5 years, partly because people in general who shouldn't be police officers decide to take a test because they are good paying and secure jobs. So instead of competing against maybe 2,000, I am in total from the beginning competing with about 6,000. It's a numbers game today and it seems like getting hired is like hitting the lottery. I am 24 years old and have only been interested in working for one particular agency for quite a long time. I can't tell you how many officers and troopers I have talked to that are amazed at the lack of quality recruits getting hired by state and local agencies do to the easing of requirements. I will be the first to admit that there is an axe to grind in my argument and standpoint, but I suppose it stems from frustration.



All Officers Should Be Permitted to Carry Off Duty

October 11, 2004

I read the opinion on Middlesex County DOC officers having the right to carry off duty, and I have to agree with him/her....100%. I have been a State Correction officer/instructor for five years now. My off duty weapon may save my life, or the life of someone else one day. It really amazes me how anyone can have the nerve to tell a law enforcement officer that they cannot arm themselves off the job. I am married with two children and have more than once, came into contact with former inmates that were in my custody. Thank god, there was never any threats that were carried out on me or my family. Threats that I hear, as well as hundreds of officers, every day. One day, one of these threats could tried to be carried out, depending on the individual. We don't deal with the best of society. My off duty gives me a feeling of protection for me and my family. For those of you that don't have any reason to stay alert on and OFF DUTY, god bless. But, WE DO!  Thanks!




A Different Perspective on a Roll Call Piece

October 6, 2004

After reading the "Roll Call" on average age of officers killed in the line of duty, I would disagree with they way the numbers were presented. As you know, numbers can be misleading. I performed a breakdown using the same ages and the actual majority of officers getting killed are either under 30 with less than 5 years closely followed by over 45 with 18 plus years. The officers in the mid to late 30's with 10-15 years are the ones NOT getting killed by any majority. The average is figured using this example: 24 and a 50 year old cop get KIA, 24+50=74 divided by 2 = a 37 year old average. The younger newer officers and the older almost retiring officers are actually the majority getting killed. Its the young "Bucks" who think they can handle anything and won't listen to anyone until they learn on their own or the old guys that get hurt or killed because they don't want anyone's help on anything because they've seen and done it all, who are you to tell them anything. Isn't this for the most part true? Who are the FTO's in today's departments? Is it the younger guys with 5 or so years or the 40+ year olds who have been around the block? The 40+ year olds don't want anything to do with a new guy, for the most part. I based my average theory on current and 2003 actual line of deaths recorded on Officer Down Memorial Page, "".

          -Ofc. Chris Murray, Rangemaster
          -E. Coventry Twp. PD, Pa



Civil Service Towns and Hiring practices

October 6, 2004

I believe that the hiring practices used by certain town's is unfair to the common civilian attempting to gain employment in law enforcement. I recently was a part of a group of potential hiring candidates for a local city and was given an option that was given to many others attempted to gain employment. My choice, simply was to sign off the hiring list on a waiver, or the dept. would hold my past against me and use it to hurt my current occupation. I felt quite threatened and signed off on the waiver like the many this trick had been used on before me. The trick that they used was in an effort to hire a relative of one of their officers, affectionately called, "Weeding through the potential candidates." Well they weeded through many of us, appx. 14 to get to this candidate, I felt that I was not even given a chance, and am scared to battle this injustice.



Corrections Officers Without Guns




Professional Courtesy Includes the Word "Courtesy"

August 15, 2004

After reading the letter from NJ State Corrections Officer Carmen J. Fasola Jr. regarding professional courtesy (August 13, 2004)and the perception that some Police Officers have towards C.O.s, I felt compelled to respond in agreement. Let me premise by saying that I am also A NJ State Corrections Officer. Previously however, I was a Philadelphia Police officer for close to 10 years, before moving to the south jersey shore, to make a better life for my family. During my tenure I worked uniform and plain clothes, and was involved in many hairy situations, including the 1978 MOVE shootout. where Police Officer (Jim Ramp) was killed and several police officers and Fireman were wounded. The murder of Officer Dan Faulkner (a friend) by the radical scumbag Mumia Abu-Jamal affected me greatly. I was also working the same squad in 1980 when a young Officer, Gary Farrell was shot and killed by a scumbag purse snatcher in Germantown. My grandfather was a 30 year Philly Police officer, as were a couple of my cousins. One of my uncles is retired FBI. I have played in a Police and Fire Pipe and Drum band for the last ten years which sadly, has included many funerals of brother and sister law- enforcement officers. I have lost count. I am currently the Pipe major of the recently formed DOC Pipe band and in that respect have played at Memorials and funerals for Many Police officers. I have associated with, and spent most of my life in the company of police officers. 

I only preface my letter with this information to make a point.  Not to blow my own horn. There are many former police officers working for the Department of Corrections as C.O.s. For some it is a second career. Many were Class II or Special Officers that could not get hired full time. Yet there seems to be a certain animus directed towards C.O.s by some Police Officers. I don't mean to imply that it is across the board, as there are many Officers who do show professional courtesy, and it is greatly appreciated. I also suspect that some C.O.s may come off as cocky, or show a lack of respect when stopped.  It is however a two way street.  

What disturbs me as a Former police officer, and as a current Corrections officer, is the fact that a purported animosities could exist between fellow law enforcement officers.  Yes, Corrections officers are law enforcement, as prescribed by NJ State law, and the police training Commission.  The training is very similar to police except in a few areas.  I would like to address what appears to be a related problem as it regards Police and Corrections in the Port Norris and Millville areas.  I have heard many anecdotal testimonies from fellow C'O.s concerning their treatment during traffic stops.  Granted, the stops may well have been based on probable cause.  But the treatment that follows is not in line with professional courtesy protocols.  I will leave it at that as not to embarrass any Officers involved.  However, I must be honest.  

As a former police officer I always tried to be objective in my analysis of each story.  If I knew the individual to be young and cocky, or prone to exaggerate, I would give the benefit of the doubt to the Police officer.  I must say that upon hearing some horror stories from C.O.s and even some ranking officers, who I knew to be Professionals in every regard, I began to think that there must be some substance to this animus.  Then it happened to me.  

I was running a little late for work(10pm to 6am shift) traveling on route 47 north, a rural stretch, in Dennis Twp.  Admittedly I was doing about 10 miles over the limit, not at all uncommon in this area (Not an excuse) when I saw  the [police car] behind me with dome lights, I immediately pulled over.  I was in uniform and I had State PBA tags on the vehicle.  The young [officer] came up and I politely  apologized for the speed and explained that I was running late.  He methodically asked for my documents without even as much as an acknowledgement.  After about 10 minutes he came back up to my vehicle and handed me a summons for an expired registration.  I politely asked him if he believed in professional courtesy , he took offense and threatened that he could have my vehicle towed, and That I would have to call someone to pick me up.  At this point I commented that he should do whatever he thought necessary. He even asked me if I had a cell phone to call someone.  I told him I did not.  Eventually he lat me go on my way.  I was 20 minutes late for work.  

Now I must admit that unbeknownst to me, the registration had expired a month and a half prior.  The car is actually my wife's (though in my name) and she had forgotten to send the registration in with the bills. So I was in the wrong.  However, this young Officer showed me absolutely no respect (even after I mentioned that I was a former police Officer).  I was never anything but respectful to him, as I am with every officer I come into contact with.  I could sense his disregard (for lack of a better word) towards me as a fellow law enforcement officer.  That night in the jail was a long one as I pondered the experience with this young officer.  This was the first traffic summons that I had been issued in 35 years.  It also confirmed to me that there definitely exists an animus towards C.O.s from SOME Police Officers.  I only write this in hopes that we can change that perception.  We are all brothers and sisters in law enforcement.  There is not a time that I have not slowed down to make sure a lone Police Officer with a vehicle stop is OK.  I know my fellow C.O.s feel the same.  We have enough enemies out there without creating tensions amongst ourselves.  God Bless and Stay safe. 

          -SCO. Dan McNeill
          -NJ Dept. Of Corrections

Professional Courtesy Includes the Word "Courtesy"

August 13, 2004

 In November of 2002 an absolutely magnificent article was written by on professional courtesy entitled "Department of Corrections." Briefly, the article was a comparison of Corrections Officers to Police Officers and how both of our jobs compare in the arena of law-enforcement. This well written article really hit home for a lot of us Corrections Officers who know how stressful, and dangerous our jobs are.

The most gratifying part for me was that the staff at took the time to point out a lot of vital issues that many Police Officers are not familiar with in the area of Corrections, and what C/O's encounter on a daily basis in the State Prisons, and County Jails.

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of Police Officers, Troopers, and Sheriffs Officers who always have, and always will look at Corrections Officers as "Guards" and as the "wanna-bees" of law-enforcement. Consequently, I must blame the N.J. Police Training Commission for a lot of this, due to the fact that curriculum in NJ Police Academies, has little or no training in Corrections, or any kind of Institutional familiarization.

This article came to mind because I recently had an incident in which I feel the very same issues I've just described (looking at Corrections Officers as guards, or wanna-bees) just happened to me on August 7, 2004.

While I, my wife, my friend, and my 11 yr.old son, were traveling east on the AC expressway, a car having (2) occupants traveling in the same direction as me, at a high rate of speed, aggressively cut me off with only inches between our bumpers. I had to almost lock the brakes to avoid a collision. Everyone in my vehicle saw what happened and we all agreed that this driver was worth keeping an eye on.

No sooner did this driver cut me off, that it was done to several more drivers within a few blocks of it happening to me. This driver was also tailgating several cars so closely, and aggressively, that it looked to me like they had hit the car in front of them. All of the other vehicles had to lock their brakes, just as I did, in order to prevent a collision.

Being a NJ State Corrections Officer, I felt that this driver was a danger to motorists on this roadway, so I called the Police. I gave my location, a description of the suspect vehicle, license plate number, and direction of the suspect vehicle to the dispatcher. After following the vehicle past my exit, I stayed on the phone with the dispatcher until I was met by [an officer and Sergeant], who subsequently pulled the vehicle over. I remained in the background during the stop as I was unarmed, and had my wife and 11yr old son in the car with me. The Police knew who I was because I had identified myself on the phone to them, and told them the description and license plate number of the vehicle I was driving.

The Sergeant was very polite, cooperative, and even thanked me for taking such action. I talked to him while an [officer] had the suspect vehicle stopped. He asked to see my I.D., which I showed him, and he said O.K., no problem I'll have my [officer] write the necessary tickets, and we'll have you come to court as the complaining Officer.

Well, the [officer] came to the Sergeant and myself after talking to the occupants in the vehicle, and had a nice professional demeanor about him until he asked me where was I a cop. When I told him "NJ DOC" his whole attitude changed. He didn't shake my extended hand, he pulled the Sergeant aside to talk to him while I was standing right there, and was shaking his head as if in disbelief the entire time of this M.V. stop. He then retreated to his vehicle to write the necessary violations without saying one single word to me. I was totally disrespected by this [officer] in front of my friend, and my family.

While this [officer] (whose name I did get but I will not reveal) was in his cruiser I was talking to the Sergeant, and describing what I, and my other occupants had witnessed. The Sergeant very courteously, thanked me for my actions, and told me to just stand by while the [officer] prepared the summons for the suspect vehicle.

A few minutes later the [officer] emerged from his cruiser, and he handed me back my I.D. He told me I'd get a subpoena in the mail for a court date. I asked what violations he wrote, he ignored me...I said thank you to him...he looked at me and again shook his head in what I perceived to be disbelief...disbelief that a Corrections Officer was trying to play cop. He then retreated back to his cruiser without saying another word to me.

Let me assure you I don't play cop. I sincerely felt that this motorist I called about was an imminent danger to any and all fellow motorists on this highway, and I took the action that I believe any responsible law enforcement Officer would have taken if the same situation presented itself.

I have 16 yrs in the field of Corrections, and I have war stories that would make some of the most seasoned Police Officers cringe. I say this because I would like the minority of law enforcement professionals, who think of Corrections Officers as "guards, or wanna-bees" to know that I chose my career, and I am proud of what I do. If I wanted to be a Police Officer, I'd be one. When I chose this field, I was more attracted to the money than anything else. I've known Corrections Officers who have made well over $100,000 in a year. Maybe this career decision was a mistake, maybe it wasn't, but it is the road I've chosen to take and I am the best I can be at what I do. Being a Corrections Officer is the toughest job in law enforcement...period!

I'm sure that Police Officers have had their dealings with some C/O's who were less that desirable, but believe me its the same on both sides. We have our dealings with Police who have never worked in a Prison, never dealt with hundreds of criminals at a time, never been surrounded by murderers without a weapon on them, and have never went to work in the macabre, disgusting, gut-wrenching environment that Corrections Officer go to everyday of our careers. Not to mention that Corrections Officers deal with criminals 100% of our day, how many street Cops can say that? Maybe in a perfect world Corrections Officers would get the respect we deserve. But until then, I personally would settle for other branches of law enforcement just to understand that we are as vital a part of the law enforcement community, as are Police, Troopers, and Sheriff's Officers.

I'd like for any law enforcement Officers who haven't seen the article I mentioned to click on the link at the top of the page for "Editorials"...scroll down to the bottom until you come to a link for "Editorial archives" on this link and follow back to November 2002 and the "Department of Corrections" article I just mentioned.

It just might give someone a little insight on what Corrections Officers do, how it compares to Cops on the street, and just why Corrections Officers walk "The Toughest Beat in Law Enforcement."

          -Carmen J Fasola Jr
          -Senior Corrections Officer, NJ Dept of Corrections
          -Email: <>


Suggestion for Article

July 29, 2004

I am writing about the "Last call they Handled" in your 57 I think you should have include Danny Smith from the Essex County Police Department who gave his life on Rt 280 to a real shitbag.  This story will not only reinforce the dangers of MV stops but the two Off duty Offices who help to lockup the shitbag and the screwed up court system that shows no thanks.

          -Larry Malang 
          -Retired PO West Orange Police Department

Our Response  
Larry,  No problem.  We just added Danny Smith to that article.   Thanks.


Opinion on A Flat Rule Requiring College is Not Right    REBUTTAL

July 25, 2004

I am one of those old guys.  I got my degree before I became a cop... at age 22.  Street smarts may not keep you from getting sued or indicted.  What really matters is your commitment to your profession.  I feel that I use my degree as often as I use the smarts that the 'then' old timers passed onto me.  I passed on what I've picked up to younger officers over the past 18 years.

          -Anonymous is Bias

July 24, 2004

As usual and I have stated this in the past, I am a dual member of the PBA & the FOP and I believe in giving credit where credit is due. You have again denied the FOP the recognition they deserve for fighting for this bill to get passed on a National level. You purposely reedited the story to your liking and purposely omitted the FOP. You should be ashamed of yourself as an "allegedly" unbiased police website. You are a disgrace and biased. This is certainly a PBA clone and once again you have demonstrated that you are strictly PBA. 

          Police Officer
          Newark Police Dept.

Our Response  
The article to which you are referring was designed to be a breakdown of the law itself.  In June we had a headline and article about H.R. 218 where we credited the FOP for their work along with the LEAA.  Both groups did a fantastic job in getting this legislation through the many obstacles.

As far as our being bias to the PBA, this is simply not true, and to say that we are a "disgrace" is unwarranted.  This site requires an incredible amount of time and effort.   As we have offered before, if you see an online article pertaining to the FOP and it is positive or important, and we've missed it, please email. We will put it up.  The FOP and PBA are both great organizations that have each done great things for NJ officers. We don't put either above the other.

Thanks and be safe.


35-Year-Old Cut Off Age Not Fair

July 20, 2004

This is about the 35 cut off age for Police Officers. If the cut off age is there because the PFRS doesn't want any new members over 35, then how can they justify officers who are members of PFRS like myself that they can't be Police Officers. I for one have been a member of PFRS for 8 years with corrections. So I wonder can they deny me and anyone else who are members?



The Truth About Cop Killer Sundiata Acoli    RESPONSE

July 9, 2004

I cannot comprehend how anyone in their right frame of mind can justify the reprehensible act of taking the life of a New Jersey State Trooper.  If the parole board releases Sundiata, I can truly say that I have seen everything. We should work on getting Joanne Chesimard back from Cuba also and sticking her behind bars, instead of her basking on the sunny beaches of Cuba.

          -NJ LEO


The Truth About Cop Killer Sundiata Acoli

July 5, 2004

Perhaps the only thing more dangerous for any radical political or social movement other then a martyr is a martyr that’s still alive.  This adds overwhelming strength to a cause as it provides the movement with tangible evidence that their cause is just and right.   That’s exactly what Sundiata Acoli will become if granted life again in the outside world by being paroled.  

Thirty years in prison have not made this man a kinder gentler rehabilitated human, but rather an influential leader in misguided political and social upheaval.  This is a man who executed a New Jersey State Trooper.  Trooper Werner Foerster, was killed by this mans hands.  On that day a family not only lost a loved one, but us as citizens of New Jersey and the United States all lost someone great.  We all lost someone that selflessly risks their life to protect us all from people like Sundiata Acoli.  Officers stand for and represent authority, which people like Acoli have no respect for.  The NJSP stands for Honor, Duty, and Fidelity, and that’s exactly what Acoli tried to destroy.  Although he and others have and always will fail, it would be a greater tragedy to grant him again what he took away thirty years ago…Life

Just a quick insight into the mindset of Sundiata Acoli, these are his words and his perception of reality…   

The government has buried us PP/POWs in its dungeons for 25 years or more and said we didn’t exist. Well you and I are here today to say loud and clear: "We exist! We’re alive and kicking!…and we’re going to keep on kicking until together we kick these walls down - in the prisons and the streets.

The one message that I want to convey to these youths, and to all here today, is that the u.s. government is the world’s #1 hypocrite - and that the real fight against hypocrisy begins with fighting against government oppression, not in fighting your own brothers, sisters, and neighbors.
So I ask you to make a commitment today to fight against real hypocrisy and to join with others fighting to build a mass people’s movement with the political force necessary to not only free PP/POW’s but also youths, oppressed nations and oppressed peoples.

Free Mumia and all PP/POWs!

Sundiata Acoli - New Afrikan POW

These are not words from a calm and rational human being.  These are war cries of an angry revolutionary.  Acoli has had thirty years of hate and rage building up for the government, law, justice, authority, and a safe and secure society.  Releasing this man will cause only harm and grief to our society as a whole.  He KILLED A POLICE OFFICER IN COLD BLOOD.



Opinion on A Flat Rule Requiring College is Not Right    REBUTTAL

July 2, 2004

To become a Police Officer in New Jersey the requirements are 18-35 years old, valid driver license, high school diploma, no criminal record....PERIOD! No College degree or certification before hand. What is going on in NJ these days????? All the older cops have no College and are doing just fine, experience is the best teller of becoming a good cop!



Opinion on A Flat Rule Requiring College is Not Right    REBUTTAL

June 10, 2004

That's crap about college. You Don't know what your talking about. College doesn't make a better cop. STREET SMARTS makes a good cop. I know a lot of guys with college degrees that can't even write a proper letter. Salary is no reason to ask for a college degree. When you go to work with a bullet proof vest and a gun  on your side that should be enough to justify a cops salary. I didn't learn one thing in college that would make me a better cop. Those salaries that you see the cops making now are salaries for this day in age. GET A GRIP ALREADY. I'll take a street smart cop any day over a college smart cop. What's the difference you ask. Street smart people don't stop and think about what they need to do they react. College teaches you to analyze and come up with a solution. And we all know if that happens someone will get hurt. Again I have a master degree and I'll tell you this It doesn't mean anything other then I went to school and when I retire I'll work in my degree field. 



Opinion on A Flat Rule Requiring College is Not Right    REBUTTAL

June 1, 2004

I feel that there is nothing wrong with Municipalities requiring college. I happen to be someone who only graduated high school and became a police officer. However, I went on in the early 70's and my salary was only $8,000.00. There are municipalities in New Jersey where Patrolman are making $100,000.00. Any Municipality, County or State paying those types of salaries deserve the professionalism that someone with a college background can offer. There are many good law enforcement officers out there with only a high school level education. However, with today's salaries and benefits, the public deserves well rounded educated professionals.

          -Retired 196


35-Year-Old Cut Off Age Not Fair

May 23, 2004

I believe that the law should be changed to allow men to apply for municipal police in NJ who are over the age of 35.  I have been told that the law is based upon the Police and Fire Retirement System, which will not accept a new member over the age of 35.  Additionally, by law, all municipal police departments must be a part of the Police and Fire Retirement and are not permitted to hire Police Officers under the Public Retirement System, which permits over 35 membership.  I was told by a Chief of Police that he believed that the law was discriminatory and should be challenged. He further stated that he likes the older men...over 35, because often they are mature and settled beyond the younger ones and wishes he can hire older men, as well as the younger ones I agree.

I personally have law enforcement experience in another state, have been out of law enforcement for 7 years and cannot apply to any municipal department in NJ because I am 43 and do not have any military experience to deduct from my age, nor enough years in law enforcement to deduct from my age, to get down to 35.  I hope the law is challenged and changed!!



Opinion on A Flat Rule Requiring College is Not Right    REBUTTAL

May 23, 2004

For the most part, the only reason that departments require sixty credits or more for an applicant is to show the department that the applicant was/is committed to accomplish a goal they set for themselves. Additionally, college exposes people to many different cultures and values which come in hand later on the job.



A Flat Rule Requiring College is Not Right

May 2, 2004

I am sick of seeing either "2 years college credits" or "60 credits" for applicants going into law enforcement for Police Officer in NJ. The reason being is in NJ the requirements are 18-35 years old, high school diploma, valid driver license, and no criminal record. The laws in NJ are ONLY that for becoming a cop. I work as a dispatcher in our local department and have some college but I feel my experience working for the Police Department is a plus and the law states what I wrote above, nothing about college at all. I know each dept. has discretion as how to hire but the law for hiring is the law and to insist someone who would be as good as most of the cops today that are over 30 years old and were hired without college credits or a degree is not fair to us up and coming future officers




Another Vote Against the New Cell Phone Law     (From the Master Himself)

May 2, 2004

In regards to the “new cell phone” legislation passed by our New Jersey Lawmakers.... What where these so-called legislators thinking about when they arrived at this unenforceable gobbledygook law? When motorists drive and focus some or all of their attention to the person on the other end of the phone is a formula for disaster. The real reason for this “band aid” approach is to appease the general public “your state legislators passed a vehicle cell phone law.” Common intelligence would dictate if law enforcement cannot compel and stop motorists from using a hand held phone, what was the purpose of its passage? As more and more people acquire cell phones and use them in vehicles without some kind of hands-free operation the accident/fatality rate will increase. Remember the changes in the law that transpired with the moped and wave runner subsequent to numerous accidents and fatalities. You would think are elected officials would recall these “blunders” and write legislation that would immediately save lives not after they are maimed or buried.

          ~Lieutenant Gene DiGiacomo~
          ~East Orange Police Department~


Don't Like the New Cell Phone Law

April 18, 2004

The cell phone violation while driving is another infringement by the great State of New Jersey (UGH). 

Pretty soon you'll not be able to pass gas while driving. 

          -Ed retired from Plainfield PD.



DOD Police Subject to Posse Comitatus!!!

April 8, 2004

I will end this controversy very easily.

Please refer to Army Regulation 190-56, Chapter 5-2b which covers the Authority of DOD Police who work for the US Army.

This regulation can be found at

The Army regulation states the following in reference to the authority of DOD Police Officers:

“Civilian police and security guard personnel, while on duty at an installation, are considered part of the Army, and therefore subject to the restrictions on aid to civilian law enforcement imposed by section 1385, title 18, United States Code, commonly known as the Posse Comitatus act. Accordingly, any proposed aid to civilian law enforcement must be reviewed by the servicing SJA (Staff Judge Advocate).”

This means that if a DOD Police Officer “works a job” with a neighboring civilian agency without the express permission of the SJA who must determine that such aid does not constitute the enforcement of law upon a civilian entity, they are absolutely acting outside of the boundaries of their authority and jurisdiction.

In addition, Chapter 5-2a states that DOD Police may apprehend on an installation only to subsequently turn the violator(s) over to an appropriate military or civilian authority or issue citations.

One last note, there is also a difference between the power to apprehend a civilian and the power to arrest. The difference can be found in the Uniform Code of Military Justice Articles 7 and 10, available for review at 




Regarding: DOD - The Past, the Present, the Future
April 5, 2004

Though your words are very impassioned, I think that you missed the point of the post to which you responded.  The question was simply whether or not DOD Police are subject to Posse Comitatus. 

I understand that you desire to carry off duty / make arrests off of a military installation, however, it was always my understanding that your chain of authority ended with the commander of the installation upon which you worked.

FBI / Secret Service / ATF / US Park Rangers, etc, are not employees of the Department of Defense and maintain a nationally-based chain of command and authority.  As a result, their authority and powers are given to them by the federal government.

If DOD Police are “Federal Officers” in the same sense as are Federal Agents, it would then seem unnecessary for them to be forced to petition a state law maker for permission to carry a firearm / make a civilian arrest, as those would be rights which they would already possess.

I am aware that DOD Police are currently in the process of establishing a national directorate which would grant the type of respect / authority which they have been seeking and I think that would be a good thing.  However, until that time, they fall under the same power base as do Military Police.

I do not disrespect the civilian training that DOD Police have been afforded, nor view them as doing a different job than civilian police, however, they do have a vastly different authority / command structure.



DOD Officers Should Be Able to Carry

April 5, 2004


I thought the article written by a DOD police officer, dated 031504, entitled, Not sure about DOD Cops getting guns?, was excellent!!  Do DOD civilian police officers currently have a legal right to carry off duty, in the state of NJ?  I cannot see ANY difference in the reasons why a city cop should be granted the legal right to carry off duty and a DOD civilian police officer.  They both are required to attend Police Academy training and both share in the identical risks, both on duty and off duty. I cannot see the reasoning behind allowing a city police officer the legal right to carry off duty while at the same time deny a DOD police officer the same right when BOTH possess the identical reasons for needing to be armed off duty.  If someone knows the answer to this question, please let me know.  Thanks.





CO's and Academy Training

April 5, 2004


To all the Corrections Officers who are concerned about going through the Police Academy twice,

It is a waste of time and yes we are all the same. But if everyone received the same certification, no one would be a corrections officer. The competition would be much harder.

Ask your bosses about the G.A.P. Program. When I was in the Passaic Academy, they trained CO's for their full PTC. Its only an additional 8 weeks of training.

Good Luck to all and stay safe.


          -Anonymous in Newark


Poor Radio System Dangerous for CO's

April 5, 2004


Being a state corrections officer with "NJDOC" for many years, I just can't understand why the department puts the officer lives in danger each day. Allow me to explain...


About a week ago in the "SPECIAL TREATMENT UNIT", known as "NRU" in Kearny, an officer smelled pot, when he approach the dirt bag to question and take the contra band this dirt bag (large big guy) started fighting him, causing the officer to get a arm broken in two places, but he did managed to call a code. Another officer responded, this officer also got hurt badly (leg). Both officers will be out for sometime. It was found out that the first officer called numerous times for back up, but no one heard it, until the second officer just happen to be in the area. The radio was checked but no problem was found. What was the problem was that the "NRU", and "NORTHERN STATE PRISON" are on the same frequency, cutting each other out. The sate of NJ knew this well before this incident happen, but did nothing, cause it may cost $3 million to erect a new tower. What NJDOC needs to do is change its sops and allow officer to carry pepper spray and cuffs. If that first officer had pepper spray, he may have just got shaken up, and not a broken arm. But once again Corrections Officer are seen as second class, bottom of the barrel in the eyes of  state of NJ. They put $3 million ahead of the lives and well being of there officers.




DOD - The Past, the Present, the Future  (very well written)


March 15, 2004

Not sure about DOD Cops Getting Guns?

In your own words, use of the Army and Air Force as Posse Comitatus. If you had paid attention to what you had read, and/or researched farther into the situation, DOD Police Officers are Civilians, not Soldiers. Posse Comitatus is specifically in place so that Military cannot be deployed as a Primary Law Enforcement Body. DOD Police are Federal Law Enforcement Officers. When the FBI is doing an investigation in a municipality do you consider them to be under Posse Comitatus too?

DOD Police have been subjugated by poor leadership in the past. Leadership such as chiefs that are yes-men and Directors that comes from an armed forces background. It is time that this comes to an end. Our Departments are quickly becoming balanced, and educated. 

Agencies that fear that the DOD police will encroach on their jurisdictions are mistaken. We still have our Jurisdictions, just like municipalities.  The bill going through legislation at the moment will give us equal wording as other federal agencies already listed in title 2A, with powers of Arrest for first, second, and third degree crimes in their presence, and permission to carry off duty. To be exact we are already covered under the statute, this bill is to clarify it further.

I personally have responded to jobs to back other local law enforcement agencies in times of need. At times it is a moral judgment call… When you hear an officer not more then two blocks away crying out on the air for units from surrounding towns and specifically requesting your agency, I have no second thoughts about responding, nor does any other officer on my shift. Even when directly ordered over the air not to... To respond when a brother or sister in Law Enforcement calls for help is what I was trained to do. You see, I graduated from Monmouth County Police Academy, a place where I was taught POLICE UNITY. We are brothers, tried and true, the men and women, of blue.

DOD police go through many hardships, having to deal with the military that attempts to run their police department. Having a Director of Public Safety, an Asst. Director, and Chief all yes-men to ensure they get their next scheduled government pay step. Men that are afraid to make changes and are afraid to stand up to the armed forces they protect and state the truth. “We are not agents of the military, and we do not fall under Posse Comitatus!”

Unfortunately, until we eventually gain a leadership that will stand up to them, we are subjected to threats that at any time we can be fired on the spot, if we respond to back a municipal agency.

I find it disgusting that you would rather subjugate us, and listen to the ignorance of the military, then have us as an ally. Don’t worry though; when you need backup, we’ll still risk our jobs and our lives to come to your aid. 

FYI: We are MANDATED to attend either Local, or Federal Police Academy's, many of us have attended both.
          -A DOD Police Officer



Not Sure About DOD Getting guns

February 27, 2004


     In reference to the DOD cops wanting equal billing under New Jersey Code... I have always thought that it was a violation of the following US CODE 18 Chapter: Sec. 1385. - Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus.  Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.


In addition, what would their training requirement be?






NYPD Hanging On

December 11, 2003

     This is a wonderful informative site that makes me feel a sense of brotherhood with all law enforcement officers.  As a Sergeant in the NYPD and having a wife in a Federal agency I have an affinity for all Law Enforcement Officers.  This site (now bookmarked) lets us all share our views and experiences.  I wish we could find the means to start a NYLawman site or possibly a section of this one.  However, it seems as though the NYPD no longer has any pride.  We are a beaten bunch of people who need a morale boost.  The fact is that most of us love being cops but can't deal with the bureaucracy of the job.  In addition in the last decade we have gone from being the highest paid in the nation to one of the lowest while our great strides in crime reduction has become EXPECTED of us.  There is a lot more I would like to comment on however I am trying to stay positive.  


          -Sgt Z  NYPD



More on Professional Courtesy

December 11, 2003


In 16 years on the job, I have stopped many LEOs for traffic violations.  Thankfully, just about all were very minor violations.


Over the years I have seen an increase in unprofessional attitudes by our off-duty brothers.  Instead of a quick apology and off you go, some will argue with you about this or that. 


Brothers and sisters, remember this:  If you get stopped, lose that chip on your shoulders.  If he said you were going a little too fast, say you're sorry and go home.  It ends there.  When you make a scene, you ruin professional courtesy.


Remember that the truly mature officer OBEYS traffic laws to the letter and is embarassed if he makes a mistake.  When he says, "Sorry bro", he MEANS it.  Most of the time he doesn't make mistakes.


The less mature cop uses his badge like an all day fun pass.  He flaunts traffic laws, thinking he is above it all.  When he gets into a jam, he puts the road cop on the spot.  These idiots need to be shunned.


Then there are our relatives and friends.  Most of them know how lucky they are to get a warning instead of a summons.  They appreciate any break they get.  Then there are the ones who feel entitled to do whatever they want, including threatening to tell their husband, father, or whoever, about how they were treated.


Bottom line is this:  professional courtesy should be for those who try to avoid it being used in the first place.  There are those rare situations when, no matter how it's handled, SOMEONE is going to look bad (or worse).  If I didn't create that problem, it won't be me.





The Future of Our Contracts 

December 1, 2003


We in law enforcement are faced with a real dilemma: we want good increases in our contracts, adequate manpower to ensure our safety on the job, and we work for towns that have dwindling resources and politicians afraid to jack up taxes.  We really need to face reality as a profession - the days of 5 and 6% increases are over. Our benefits packages are second to none in the private sector, and cost our towns a bundle.  When we negotiate our contracts, we need to focus our efforts on what is really important to us - if it is minimum manpower, I have seen that included in contracts. If it is pay, then so be it, push for the big raise. If it is benefit cost-sharing FIGHT IT.  Just remember, our employers do not see municipal budgets as bottomless pits, and if you look at arbitration awards, you will realize that neither does PERC.





Training Should Be Identical

November 1, 2003


Training should be equal for Sleo II's and the basic class. CO's have a completely different scenario. II's on the other hand, at least in some towns should receive the same training, because they are used the same as a full time officer. Some towns have these officers work year round, 40+ hours a week, performing arrest, domestics, warrants, traffic stop, etc. The only difference usually is pay and benefits. Now I understand the training should be different if you believe that all sleo II's stand around and direct traffic and write parking tickets. This simply is not true. Towns, not just shore towns, are using sleo II's to save money instead of hiring more officers.


          -Ocean County Sleo II



Training Should Be Separate

October 26, 2003


       The problem with CO's and class II's receiving the same training is that Corrections dept.'s wouldn't be able to retain anyone, almost every CO I know wants to be a street cop.  If a CO goes through the same academy they will get hired maybe even before they graduate, like most alternate routes.  I was once a Class II and felt much the same way as most of you, I went through hell for 9 1/2 months what's the difference?  After a while I realized what it was, if these towns put us through the full Basic Course for Police Officers, they would have no one working for them.  Class II's at least where I worked were summer help, no one expected us to be around to long, but never the less they knew we would still have to get hired somewhere, which gives them time for us to work for them.  If CO's and Class II's get the same training they will need to close all the jails, and shore communities in this state because no one would work there!


          -Ex- Class II now full-time

          --Middlesex County



Police Academy Training

October 15, 2003


       I am a police officer working for a municipality in Mercer County.  I have read lots of articles and editorials on this and other sites urging uniformity in training for Class II's and corrections officers.  I am in no way bashing any of these professionals when I say NO to a single police academy for CO's and Class II's, and I am in fact, a former Class II officer myself.


       CO's have a very difficult law enforcement job that has unique demands; these officers deserve and should demand an academy that caters to these on-the-job needs and offers specialized training to deal with convicts and accused (not yet convicted) detainees.  Forcing CO's to sit through training for Title 39, domestic violence law, EVOC and even most of 2C wastes their time, as well as the time of academy staff.


     As far as Class II's are concerned, I am well aware that most are hoping to use their appointments as a step towards a career position as a full time officer.  I definitely see the merits in their argument that they are, while on duty, performing the exact same function as full timers, and should therefore receive the same training.  However, Class II's are not subject to the same hiring practices that full timers are.  Many (not all) are appointed out of nepotism.  Most are very young, and subject to doing the stupid things we all did when young, and I know some departments use the performance of these young Class II's as a screening tool for their ultimate full time hiring process.  Placing these Class II's in the regular academy would strain the resources of the academies. 


     In conclusion, I urge my fellow officers to regard CO's and Class II's with the respect their professions deserve; however, I also ask that CO's and Class II's look at the big picture - the additional costs and demands on academy staff to provide you with training that is unnecessary for your professions, and the increased ability to transfer to full time police jobs is unfair to the county and municipal governments who pay for the training, as well as to those aspiring officers who are not fortunate enough to live anywhere near a town that hires Class II's (gives an unfair advantage to Class II's in the hiring process).  Be safe!


          -Mercer County Patrolman



Keep Professional Courtesy Alive

September 18, 2003


       As a State Trustee for the FOP. (N.Y.) I would like to urge that all law enforcement professions extend "Professional Courtesy"  to all agencies.  We are the only ones who understand each other and the personal sacrifices we make and the risks we take. To the brother/sister officer being stopped. The uniformed officer is in control respect him. Don't make them chase you. If you see you are being pulled over.  Stop and wait for them and keep your hands on the wheel and explain who you are. Please don't have an attitude. remember when you are stopping someone the anxiety level you feel.  If you were speeding, apologize to the officer for making him/her pull you over. For the pursuing officer, give the motorist a chance to explain and not immediately admonish them.


       I want to close by asking anyone in all N.J. agencies, if you see anyone out there with an FOP license plate that you think shouldn't have one.  Please, I urge you to contact your local/nearest FOP Lodge with the plate number. We here in NY are cracking down on persons with those plates.  Some fell into undeserving hands. Remember, the reason behind those plates are to put a patrol officer a little more at ease when stopping a vehicle, we don't want any criminals with those plates.


       Thank you & Be Safe!





Let Special Class II Academy Count  as Regular Academy

September 18, 2003

       I am currently attending an SLEO (Special Law Enforcement Officer) academy. It is 500 hours long. Regular academy is 600 hours long. Why can't the SLEO academy be the same time as the regular academy. You get the same training minus a few elective hours. Then, if you get hired full time by some departments, they send you back all over again which is a complete waste of time. Some departments do the waiver which is 2 weeks more training but still that's a waste of time. The PTC should make SLEO Class 2 academy standards the same as regular academy, and since some departments use class 2's as regulars, the training should be identical. Not only that there should be one standard for all class 2's regulars and correction officers. All should have the same time academies and training. All are carrying (class 2's only on duty). Officers and should be trained identical. Different academy times is a waste, and training should be equal.


          -Appointed class 2




Keep Civil Service all Civil Service

August 26, 2003

I would like to see the Sheriff's Investigators position or fifteen percenters as they are also known abolished. The non-civil service title of Sheriff's Investigator might sound like a good idea, but in reality, it is only a system of political payoff or favor. A perfect example of this is what took place in Bergen County. If a Sheriff's Department is Civil Service, then be Civil Service. There is no reason why 15% of the Sheriff's Officer positions should be made from political appointments. I am positive the NJ Sheriffs can find the needed talent and skills from the Sheriff's Officers in their departments. There is no need to take on outsiders with political connections. 



          -Bergen County.




August 21, 2003

I would like to take a moment and thank NJ Lawman for providing this web site to all of us in the law enforcement community. 


I know that I have taken for granted the fact that the web site is always up and running and has up to date information for all of us to read and participate in.  The people that operate this site do an excellent job at making information available to us and also giving us an opportunity to communicate with our fellow Officers around the country. 


I'm sure I speak for all of us that have used your site when I say, Thank You for all your had work and dedication.  We don't know to much about you guys but I'm sure that operating this site takes up a lot of your time and money.  And we all greatly appreciate what you do.


Keep up the great work and again, we all appreciate the great work you are doing.


          -BJT40  O.C.P.D


Thank you.  It is letters like yours that 

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An Old But Still Very Relevant Writing

August 11, 2003

"Well, Mr. Citizen, it seems you've figured me out. I fit neatly into the category where you've placed me. I'm stereotyped, standardized, characterized, classified, grouped, and always typical.  Unfortunately, the reverse is true. I can never figure you out. 


       From birth, you teach your children that I'm the bogeyman, then you're shocked when they identify with my traditional enemy...the criminal. You accuse me of coddling criminals....until I catch your kids doing wrong.


       You may take an hour for lunch and several coffee breaks each day, but point me out as a loafer having one cup. You pride yourself on your manners, but think nothing of disrupting my meals with your troubles. You raise Cain with the guy who cut you off in traffic, but let me catch you doing the same thing and I'm picking on you. You know all the traffic laws....but you never got a single ticket you deserve.


       You shout "foul" if you observe me driving fast to a call, but raise the roof if I take more than 10 seconds to respond to your complaint. You call it part of my job if someone strikes me, but call it Police brutality if I strike back. You wouldn't think of telling your dentist how to pull a tooth or your doctor how to tak out an appendix, yet you are always willing to give me pointer on the law. You talk to me in a manner that would get you a bloody nose from anyone else, but expect me to take it without batting an eye.


       You yell that something's got to be done to fight crime, but you can't be bothered to get involved. You have no use for me at all, but of course it's OK if I change a flat for your wife, deliver your child in the back of the patrol car, or perhaps save your son's life life with mouth to mouth breathing, or work many hours overtime looking for your lost daughter.


       So, Mr. Citizen, you can stand there on your soapbox and rant and rave about the way I do my work, calling me every name in the book, but never stop and think that your property, family, or even your life depends on me or one of my buddies.


Yes, Mr. Citizen, it's me......the cop."


          -Joe Boyle

          -Lower Township, NJ


Note from  This piece has often been credited to a Virginia State Trooper who later died in the line of duty.  According to a NJ researcher (K.P.), this is untrue, and we do not know exactly who authored this great writing.



Why do Dishonest Cops Get Pensions

July 17, 2003

       Recently I read about another dishonest cop that received a pension.  Every time I hear about a cop that receives a pension after being caught in some type of illegal activity makes me sick.  I always thought that if you committed a crime, you lose your pension.  It's time for police unions to put a stop to these unfair practices.  Police administrators and politicians have to stop allowing these criminals to make deals and still receive their pension.  These actions are sending out the wrong message to good cops that look forward to and deserve their pension.  Stop giving retirement and disability pensions to cops that break the law.


          -An Honest Cop



Another Vote for CO's to Receive Same Training as PO's

May 16, 2003

       In response to corrections officers having the same training as police officers I totally agree on this issue. Actually we do have the same training we just don't have Title 39. I agree it would save time and money if we all had the same training but it will never happen. The simple reason for that is because corrections officers are considered secondary law enforcement, however, our training is very similar to police officers. We have arrest search and seizure, use of force, and many other courses that police officers are trained in. The only thing we don't have is Title 39. If we did then it would be really stupid to put corrections officers and police officers through different academies. If it were the other way around police officers would say the only thing we don't have is 10-A. For those of you who don't know what 10-A is it's prison law. It's what we follow in order to write charges on the inmates. Sound just like a ticket doesn't it? Even though we are not secondary law enforcement the average citizen thinks we are. The average citizen knows little to nothing about being a corrections officer. I don't see myself doing 25 years as a corrections officer. I would much rather be on the street. I have been trying to become a Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer  in my local town. I have been blown off probably cause I'm a C/O. If I ever do get hired by my local for Class II I will have to go through another academy. Then if I get hired as a Patrolman it's another academy. It does waste time and lots of money.


          -Anonymous CO


CO's Should Go through Same Academy as PO's

April 14, 2003

       I have a suggestion and/or question.


       I've been a Corrections Officer for 7 years, so for myself I will finish my career as a CO. What I hear from the younger COs is that they go to the academy, and if they get lucky enough to get hired as a Police Officer, they are required to do a full academy allover again. I have to say that this a waste of time and tax dollars. I say this for the reasons that all Corrections Officer recruits (state, county level) have the same classes at the academy as Police Officers except for a few classes, which would equal about 8 to 10 weeks. It would cost the town, department and tax payer less money to have these younger officers to do the 8 to 10 weeks instead of the 20 to 24 weeks of training, that they already have, plus they get a an officer who has some knowledge of the the job as a law enforcement officer. I really think that the "NJPTC" should change this, and allow COs who have the academy, to just do the classes that they need. I would like other Law Enforcement Officers to comment on this.





NYPD Checks In

April 3, 2003

       Greetings from across the Hudson River. As a New York City Police Officer (and former NJ resident ) I know we all have a tough job whether its dealing with an accident victim who doesn't want to go to the hospital, or the wife who doesn't want to press charges against her husband who just put her face through a car window on Christmas Eve.


       I have been working in Manhattan as a member of NYPD for 4 years now. I lived in NJ most of my life but got tired of waiting on lists and playing games so I moved to NY and got in within a year. During my time working in the city I have never seen such hatred towards police officers by the public. I know growing up we all we thrown out of the park late at night by cops and were pissed at them and may have said a few things, but years later we find ourselves in that uniform doing the same job.


       But, that was when I was a kid. Now I come in contact with people everyday, with real jobs, stock brokers, lawyers, accountants, CEOs of big firms, and I can honestly say
they treat the men and woman of the NYPD like garbage.


       The NYPD has the hands of the cops tied up and scared to do their job at the same time. During my time in the academy the instructors told us stories of cops getting jammed up with too many civilian complaints, abuse of force complaints, etc. By the time you graduate and go to your precinct they have you terrified of loosing your job.  I know the same stuff goes on in NJ but in smaller volume.


       With the new bill that your Gov passed because of political pressure, you as a cop found guilty of racial profiling can do 5 years in jail. We as cops wouldn't last a week in jail. The NJ DOC would look out for you for about 3 days until the population hears the have a cop in jail then would probably beat you to death.
New York City cops have been going to jail and loosing their jobs for years so its nothing new to us. The NYPD isnt that aggressive anymore with summonses and arrests. They are making the Traffic agents write more summonses due to the lack of numbers the cops are bringing in. And our PBA settled for a horrible contract which I think was a slap in the face to us, especially after we lost 23 cops after Sept 11th.


       Our Cops leave in droves, to FDNY, Port Auth, Suffolk, Nassau and MTA Police. Its not just the money anymore, its treatment by the department and the backing of the public.
What I'm trying to say in the article is if they immaculate the NJ State Police and other NJ departments with Civilian review boards and laws that religious leaders want for votes, then back off and let crime go up. Once you have civilians in charge of a Para Military organization, its over. The public is obsessed with us, our jobs and telling us how to do it. We don't walk into a hospital and tell the Heart Surgeon how to operate.. do we?


          -David S.


          -Somewhere in Manhattan



Professional Courtesy Alive and Well

October 5, 2002

       That was a great article on the Editorial Page about professional courtesy.  I think that it's important that all of us understand that there are limits.  I would always help a brother officer, and I would never even consider writing them for a minor violation.  Several years back one of the guys on my department handled an accident.  The cause of the accident was an off-duty police officer who was drunk at 7:30 in the morning.  There were four cars involved and two of the other occupants were injured.  Plus, he got out of the car and began giving one of the other drivers a rash of shit in his condition.  He was arrested and charged with DWI.  This caused a big problem between ours and the other department.  Come on guys, there has to be a limit.  You can't expect the cop handling your accident to risk everything especially when the other drivers clearly know you're drunk.  It's one thing to take a guy home after stopping him, but it's totally different when an accident occurs.  Anyway, it was eventually straightened out.  


          -Anonymous Patrolman

          -Police Department in Monmouth County

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Princeton Township Cops Offer Thanks

February 2, 2003

       Sgt. Judd Petrone, Ptlm. Harry Martinez, Ptlm. Chris King and myself (Ptlm. Fred Williams) would like to thank you and the staff of NJLAWMAN.COM for your professional and objective coverage of the NJ law enforcement scene. You recently mentioned us in a top cops article on your site and your account of the events we better than what several newspapers did. It was a traumatic event for all involved... But that's the job. I'm sure all of the many officers utilizing your site for news and information appreciate your resourcefulness. Keep up the good work. 




          -Fred Williams Princeton Twp Police



Media Hardy Covers Incidents on NJLawman Top Cops Page

October 6, 2002

        I can't believe that these officers are not mentioned in the news world wide.  They just show all of the negative things police do. God bless those who passed in the line of duty.


          -Anonymous Citizen

          -Middlesex County





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