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This past month the department said goodbye to three officers and a dispatcher.
Master Police Officer Scott Jones retired after 25 years with NLPD. Scott
started his police career at 19 years old as a UCONN cop at Avery Point,
then left for Groton City Police before landing a job at New London. Scott
worked as an Investigator in the vice unit and a main stay for most of
his career on the midnight shift in the Patrol Division. He is set to
begin his forth chapter in police work with the Mashantucket Tribal Police.
Sergeant Kristy Christina with 19 years of service retired May 1st due
to injuries sustained on the job in 2017. Kristy served within each of
the three divisions of the department. As a sergeant she supervised both
in the Patrol Division and Investigative Services Bureau.
Officer Patty Kehler with 13 years with the department also retires due
to injury. She served the department as a Patrol Officer, School
Resource Officer and Vice Investigator. Patty earned the unique distinction
as the first female motor officer to successfully graduate from the State
Police Motorcycle Training Class.
Tiffany Shultz following in her mother's Robin Schwarze footsteps as longtime
NLPD dispatcher who retired two years ago. Tiffany started a cupcake business
on the side that began to require more of her time. Her rotating schedule
at NLPD made it difficult to juggle both careers. She accepted a dispatcher
job at Groton Town PD with a fixed schedule allowing her to grow her business.
All of these fine people served with dedication, distinction and honor
protecting and serving the people of New London. We owe them our gratitude
for their combined 60 plus years of police service. On behalf of all our
members we wish Kristy, Scott, Patty and Tiffany health, happiness and
prosperity in their future endeavors. You're watch is over, we'll take
it from here.
thanks to Risk Manager Paul Gills for his tireless efforts hashing out
an effective agreement between the City and police union of a bridge loan.
The loan covers a funding gap from the state that would have created an
undue hardship for these injured officers while waiting up to 12 months
for their disability pensions to retroactively kick in when the City would
the same time we are moving forward after welcoming three new officers;
Gus Salas a retired Detective from Connecticut State Police, Chris Rood
a retired Detective from Willimantic Police and rookie Jose Pansini who
is attending the police academy in Meriden. Additionally Officers Michael
Jarvis and Joseph Hajj are expected to begin field training in early July
following their graduation from the Milford Police Academy.
also in order for Lieutenant Rob Pickett, S/Sergeant Kevin McBride and
Sergeant Chuck Flynn who recently completed their 25th year of service
at NLPD. They officially are members of the dinosaur squad joining fellow
geriatrics: S/Sgt Greg Moreau with 36 years, Lt. Jeff Kaolo, S/Sgt Russ
Cavanaugh and Detective Bill Pero with 34 years, MPO Roger Baker with
30 years and Jimmy Suarez 28 years.
In just six months New London voters will decide whether to re-elect Mayor
Mike Passero to a second term or give a yet to be determined challenger
a chance. We encourage any and all candidates to run for mayor. Challengers
can objectify incumbent performance plus create a dialogue for new ideas
to old problems and future goals.
One probable challenger is Republican Marty Olsen. Marty
an affable lifelong city resident and long time city councilor. A true
Whaler who wears his New London pride on his sleeve. Throughout his many
years of public service he has been a vocal and consistent critic on the
amount of reduced city services and a proponent of charter revision for
more checks and balances between Council and Mayor.
Olsen believes the biggest issue facing New London is the school system
ranking at the bottom of all measured areas with most people having an
acceptance of this mediocrity and failure. His second issue would be lower
property values and stagnant Grand List.
In 2011 when Marty ran for mayor and the police department was in upheaval
with almost daily battles between the Union and police administration.
Many of our best police officers were fleeing the agency for better employment
options yet he supported former Chief Ackley over our rank and file concerns
and believed the police department was adequately staffed - even though
staffing was down a whopping 35%!
Recall if you will all of those lost police positions were fully funded,
nobody was laid off. As officers left the City to escape the chaos, the
former mayor and councilors used our police officer funding as a windfall
for pork barrel spending on their pet projects - at police department
expense. While they all parroted police staffing was adequate, the spending
In 2013 as council candidate he stated his education and prior experience
made him uniquely qualified to build consensus around a new vision for
New London. While Olsen has been outspoken on many issues for over a decade
we are not aware of any vision or solutions he has put forward resulting
in improvements to the city's condition. New London's success need not
only be a pathway to the future but someone capable of accomplishing it.
Contrary to Marty's prior campaign propaganda he does not appear to be
the candidate to do that.
Incumbent Mayor Mike Passero to his credit has quieted the once daily
drama emanating from City Hall during the last administration. He has
hired some competent personnel in key positions trying to stem the decades
of failure in city government. He has exponentially improved labor relations
with city unions, especially our police union with monthly meetings of
open dialogue and action on issues we face. He has begun to hire more
police and fire fighters, established a capital reserve account, consolidating
city offices into one modern building and has increased the city fund
balance while mindful of tax increases.
Make no mistake warts and blisters certainly remain throughout the city
including crumbling infrastructure, citywide blight issues, low voter
turnout and participation, then the bare naked truth of a deserted downtown.
The number of streets desperately in need of repaving is a daily call
to action, anyone else notice the trolley tracks sticking out of Broad
Street? New London trolleys ceased operation in 1934!
Being fair there has been some measurable progress in a few areas: the
closing of Crystal Ave high rises, a new construction project at Bank
and Howard, continued progress on sidewalk improvements, potential of
a huge development project on O'Neil Drive , rehabilitation of State Pier
for off shore wind farm and an increase in the Grand List that should
give Passero the upper hand to be re-elected and finish the work he has
put into place.
If we had a wish list for the Mayor (other than increased police staffing)
it would be converting the former Edgerton school or perhaps the vacant
property opposite 194 Howard Street into a new, state of the art public
safety complex. But If there's a single lesson that life teaches us, it's
that wishing doesn't make it so - only in fairy tales.
the solution to New London likely lies in creating more economic opportunity
-- not just improvements to the physical environment -- in poor neighborhoods,
but job creation that can really influence the shape of the city. For
that reason alone the city should market itself to encourage new major
businesses with good paying jobs to relocate to New London. Unless people
who live in their neighborhoods have a way up, all those community development
efforts may not do much good.
To do that New London needs to figure out what big businesses needs and
wants. Then seriously market the city to attract those employers. If done
right it will produce good paying local jobs, create ancillary businesses
that improves the grand list and increases desperate tax revenue to reinvest
in city services and infrastructure. Overly simplistic? Maybe but the
master plan for the past 30 years of doing the same thing over and over
hoping for a different outcome is the definition of insanity.
Why Political Action
THE DECISIONS that a legislative body makes, whether it is a school board,
city council, county board, state legislature, or the U.S. Congress, affect
AFSCME members and their families in dramatic ways.
Elected officials vote on budgets that affect employee wages, benefits,
working conditions and pensions. They vote on issues of particular concern
to AFSCME members, like privatization, and they vote on broader issues
of concern to all working families, such as health care reform and workers'
compensation. That's why working people need to have allies among elected
officials. And that's why working people need to work to elect these allies.
The Local 724 executive board has the collective responsibility to provide
vision and direction for the local. It is up to the leadership team to
look ahead, set goals and develop a plan to make strategic planning a
critical element to having a strong union which can only come about when
membership is informed, educated and active.
Unions can never hope to match the hundreds of millions of dollars big
business pours into every election. But working people have superior numbers,
so they can get out in the streets and work for candidates. And if members
pool their cash, unions can help make sure that their endorsed candidates
have enough funds to compete against business-backed opponents in the
ever-more important media ad wars.
Through the political process we can be involved in setting important
public policy. Through the political process public employees can elect
representatives who are sensitive to maintaining vital public services
and committed to dealing with workers fairly.
Local 724 accomplishes this through political action in conjunction with
the exercise of collective bargaining process, growth and community involvement
to produce a just and rewarding workplace.
724 gets recognized on the national level!
On January 28, 2011 at
the Council 4 Campaign for the Middle Class Seminar in Meriden The American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO
thanked the New London Police Union- Local 724 for their efforts in the
Labor 2010 campaign.
Lee Saunders, International Secretary-Treasurer and AFSCME Council 4's
Sal Luciano who is also an International Vice President honored Local
724 with a certificate "In recognition of their tireless work and
commitment during the 2010 State of Connecticut general elections".
To this day labor leaders throughout the state continue to praise our
Malloy/Wyman Pre-Debate Rally as a new benchmark of what local labor can
achieve when committed to a goal.
Chuck Flynn was honored to accept the award on behalf of our entire membership
which will hang proudly in the 724 "Hall of Justice". I want
to personally thank everyone that participated in some way no matter how
big or small. Our election success was due to the collective efforts of
our TEAM-Together Everyone Accomplishes More.
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