PBA Message

What you need to know about Police Licensing

June 28, 2022

Legislative Report The recent introduction and movement of legislation to establish a licensing procedure for New Jersey law enforcement officers has triggered a number of important questions about what this…

The Difficulty in attracting law enforcement recruits

June 28, 2022

As the summer heats up and we see an increase in outdoor activities, we have also been forced to confront the ever-present incidents of gun violence in our country. Whether…

Forgotten history…let’s not forget

June 28, 2022

President’s Message I was given an old copy of The Police News of N.J. a few months ago. Maybe not so old to all of you, it was an issue…

The emotion of National Police Week

May 17, 2022

Pensions Benefit Report I had the privilege to attend National Police Week in Washington, D.C. during the second week of May. I have been fortunate to attend this celebration of…

Discipline for inability to perform the job

May 17, 2022

NJ STATE PBA LEGAL CORNER By Robert A. Fagella, Esq., Paul L. Kleinbaum, Esq. It is not uncommon for law enforcement officers to find themselves in a position in which…

Cannabis controversy: law enforcement rights up in smoke

May 17, 2022

Recreational marijuana use in New Jersey is now the law of the land. This is a process that has taken years from idea to implementation, including a campaign promise from…

National Police Week is must-see

May 17, 2022

President’s Message For those of you who attended National Police Week, you can stop reading and turn the page. You know what I’m about to write. For those of you…

The crucial role of grievance committees

April 17, 2022

Labor Relations Report Collective negotiations agreements (CNAs) exist to increase the general efficiency of the police department, to maintain the existing harmonious relationship between the police department and its employees…

Internal Affairs reports not disclosable under OPRA but may be disclosed under common law

April 17, 2022

NJ STATE PBA LEGAL CORNER By Robert A. Fagella, Esq., Paul L. Kleinbaum, Esq. The issue of whether internal affairs reports are disclosable under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA)…

Welcoming a new attorney general and evolving law enforcement policy during difficult times

April 17, 2022

In the March issue, this column highlighted multiple headline police reforms Governor Murphy’s administration has pushed. We mentioned law enforcement challenges surrounding changes to policing, including bail reform and vehicle…