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Two NJFOP members honored with International Chiefs of Police award…Chief Kevin Carey and Lt. William Walsh!

Two NJFOP members honored with International Chiefs of Police award…Chief Kevin Carey and Lt. William Walsh!

NJFOP congratulates two of our very own members who have received the under 40 International Chiefs of Police awards. We are extremely proud of both, Billy Walsh and Kevin Carey.

Chief Kevin Carey, 37, has been at the forefront of reorganizing and reenergizing the Collingswood Police Department.  Since being promoted to chief, he has made great efforts to develop a relationship with staff in the police department, the Collingswood school district, and the community.  He is well-known and well-like by the agency’s employees and considered accessible and committed by the residents of Collingswood.

Chief Kevin Carey
Collingswood Police Department

From a young age, Chief Carey was drawn toward helping others and found pride in his ability to empathize with others to make them comfortable. These attributes have served him in his position as police chief and have grown into a passion to make societal change by inspiring others.  Some of his accomplishments include modernizing and reorganizing the community outreach programs.  These programs include, for example, a chaplain program for residents and officers who experience trauma, an addiction counseling intervention program, Coffee with a Cop, and the agency’s first L.E.A.D. program for fifth-grade students.  He also reestablished CIT training for Collingswood officers. Chief Carey views engaging with the community an essential part of furthering the agency’s mission.

Lieutenant William Walsh, 35,  entered the law enforcement profession at age 16 when he became a police dispatcher. He is passionate about both serving his community and aiding his fellow officers and is recognized as a trusted colleague and committed leader.

Lt. William Walsh
Voorhees Police Department

Lieutenant Walsh has learned firsthand the dangers of mental illness and emotional distress within the law enforcement community through the suicide deaths of two fellow officers, as well as witnessing a member of the public take his own life. These tragedies inspired the focus of his graduate and postgraduate studies, and he developed curricula to help bring attention to improving the health and wellness of the law enforcement community. His commitment can be seen in his officer health and wellness courses, which are currently taught in New Jersey police academies and presented to law enforcement and corrections agencies and organizations. He also spoke on support systems for officers at the 2017 IACP Annual Conference. Lieutenant Walsh feels a strong calling to mentor the next generation of officers as an adjunct criminal justice professor and police academy instructor. He continues to inspire other officers to further their studies.

Lieutenant Walsh also gives back to the community, most notably by developing his community’s first citizen’s police academy, designed to educate residents and dispel myths by shedding light on topics such as deadly force, police distress, the investigative process, and internal affairs.

NJFOP President joins President Trump in the Rose Garden for 9/11 bill signing

NJFOP President joins President Trump in the Rose Garden for 9/11 bill signing

The weather was picture perfect as over 200 invited guests joined President Donald Trump in the long-overdue signing of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund legislation in the Rose Garden at the White House.

NJFOP President Robert W. Fox was among the honored guests, 9/11 survivors and family members along with other dignitaries. Fox said, “It’s about time that the Federal government and State of New Jersey have both enacted laws giving our brothers and sisters the medical help they need from that terrible 911 tragedy. It’s been 18 years since these survivors…many who have passed on…gave so much that day for the protection of our citizens in this great country.”

Gov signs Canzanella bill!

Gov signs Canzanella bill!

NJFOP President Robert W. Fox said, “It was a great day for the NJFOP and the PFANJ to see our Governor, State Legislators, and First Responders Unions, including the State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, celebrating a well-deserved benefit being given to the men and women who make the ultimate sacrifice in dire emergencies protecting the citizens of this State and Nation.

Thanks to Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and Senator Linda Greenstein for sponsoring the Thomas P. Canzanella 21st Century First Responders Protection Act.  Also, thanks to PFANJ Dom Marino and NJFOP lobbyist Pete Guzzo for their hard work! No thanks to former Governor Chris Christie who vetoed and killed this bill not once…but twice.

Today, Governor Phil Murphy closed the deal and signed this bill into law. This legislation was championed by the late PFANJ President Thomas Canzanella with the help of former NJFOP President Ed Brannigan.  Brannigan delivered a very moving speech at the ceremony and NJFOP Executive VP Bob Gries led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

In addition to Brannigan and  Gries, other NJFOP representatives were State Lodge President Robert W. Fox, Vice President Jim Stewart, and Sgt at Arms Ken Hawkins.

National FOP President nominated at ATF Director

National FOP President nominated at ATF Director

A Message from Our President…Robert W. Fox

I am very proud to announce, that on Friday May 24th, President Donald Trump has nominated our National FOP President Chuck Canterbury to be Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

President Canterbury has been a great leader of our organization since 2003 and has done an exceptional job representing our FOP membership. President Trump had a large pool of Law Enforcement Professionals from which to choose, but he picked the Leader of the largest, most respected law enforcement organization in this country, the Fraternal Order of Police. I salute President Trump for his pick and feel President Canterbury will do an excellent job for the President and this Country.

NJFOP President challenges Nat’l Law Enforcement Museum exhibit on Camden police

NJFOP President challenges Nat’l Law Enforcement Museum exhibit on Camden police

by Robert W. Fox, President of NJ Fraternal Order of Police

As many of us were in Washington DC this week, it was brought to my attention by numerous FOP members that there was an exhibit at the New National Law Enforcement Museum which was defamatory to the former members of the Camden Police Department.  The exhibit was a gift to the museum by Chief Scott Thompson.  I have sent the following letter to our Brothers and Sisters of Camden Superior Lodge 144.

“I contacted National President Chuck Canterbury and he provided the necessary contact information. I then spoke with Lori Day, the CEO of the museum and expressed our total displeasure regarding the comments on the display concerning the Camden Police Department.  She is willing to come to New Jersey to discuss the issue with me, your Lodge President Lou Hannan and three members of his choice.  The meeting will be scheduled for the first week in June 2019.  The CEO of the museum is very concerned and wants our input directly.  According to Ms. Day there has been a large turnover at the museum and she has been the CEO for less than a year.  She is now aware of our concerns so additional calls to the museum staff, who are police supporters are not necessary.

I feel that no further action is needed until the meeting has concluded.  I will keep you posted once the date is set and your lodge leadership will advise you of the outcome.

To say the least, I am shocked that such a display was allowed to be included in the National Law Enforcement Museum.”

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