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Local 724 Political News
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Political Director Chuck Flynn will posting vital info to the campaign
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JULY UPDATE


Local 724 extends our appreciation for the diligent efforts by Mayor Mike Passero and his staff securing a $2.195 million COPS grant by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to recruit and hire six (6) additional Police Officers under this grant opportunity which includes Step 1 salary and all benefits. Additionally, the City will hire two (2) positions, included in the FY 21 budget.
The goal is to recruit and hire diverse candidates for these positions that reflect the impressive diversity in our community. These eight (8) new positions will bring the department to 77 officers including the Chief’s position.

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's actions as witnessed from initial cell phone videos were shocking, unnecessary, reprehensible, indefensible and ultimately criminal. We all saw the video and know enough to know it was wrong, dead wrong. But to smear all 800,000 police officers nationwide for the actions of a very few is wrong too.
Despite the alarming nature of Chauvin's actions we are a country of laws, he is entitled to his day in court. William Penn once said, "Justice is justly represented blind, because she sees no difference in the parties concerned. She has but one scale and weight, for rich and poor, great and small".
What we saw 1300 miles away in Minneapolis and 1000 miles away in Atlanta is not NLPD. It's not who we are and not what he do. We are all humans, we are not perfect and prone to mistakes like everyone else. Most police mistakes are opportunities to build trust through accountability and training, we hope that occurs in this instance too.

Since 2015 NLPD's use of force is a best practices policy in the state. The United States Department of Justice reviewed our policies at the request of the NAACP and confirmed NLPD has a best practices model.
Our officers receive annual refresher training on contemporary use of force tactics and reporting requirements accredited by Connecticut Police Officers Standards and Training Council. Our officers have also been trained in Implicit Bias by the United States Attorney's Office, Cultural Competency from CIRMA Local U training, De-escalation Techniques taught by the Law Enforcement Council (LEC) and Crisis Intervention for emotionally disturbed from the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement.
Police are being tasked with all of societies' problems requiring training, training and more training. We agree training does make a positive difference improving police officers and services. Training is expensive. The city has continuously cut or underfunded our training budget for years. The FY 21 training budget effective July 1 is $15,000, paltry compared to area police agencies.
Most of our training budget is consumed by membership dues to the Law Enforcement Council of SECT which provides annual state mandated minimum training requirements plus testing for entry level and promotional processes. No money means no new or continuing training.

NLPD utilizes force only for lawful compliance as a last resort and with the minimum force required to complete the lawful objective. Even when lawful and proper use of force is ultimately necessary it can sometimes look bad when it is portrayed on video and in the media. As the expression goes: “Sometimes lawful, looks awful.”
However, when activists claim any use of force by police is excessive prevents officers from doing their jobs and puts them or others at risk of being hurt or killed. Any altercation with a police officer involves at least one gun being present. If an officer is over powered their gun can be used against them. It should also be remembered the use of force is dictated by the non compliant actor not the police.
Sir Robert Peel was the father of modern British policing who established the Peelian Principles. Defined an ethical police force which included the idea, our powers to police their fellow citizens with the implicit consent of those fellow citizens. We "Police by consent" meaning the legitimacy of policing in the eyes of the public is based upon a general consensus of support that follows from transparency about their powers, their integrity in exercising those powers and their accountability for doing so.
Change is an ever constant, as the public changes so must we. No doubt the job as we know it will evolve too. Changes must be accomplished with thoughtful perseverance and deliberative debate by all parties involved to find a reasonable and objective path forward to address public concerns. Mob rule demands as the only exclusive solutions will solve nothing.
People have a right to assemble and peacefully protest. Our members all swore an oath to ensure they have that right and we fight to protect it. We bent over backwards accommodating two recent protests in New London to keep it peaceful and keep every participant safe. In return our cars and substation were painted with BLM and fuck the police.

Our members and this union body have worked tirelessly year in and year out to help give back in partnership with this community.
Year in and year out our members strive to help the residents we serve. In the last 15 years we have collected over 32,000 pounds of non perishable of food and 0ver 1,200 turkeys on behalf of the United Way/ Gemma Moran Food Center fighting food insecurity. We annually donate $6,000 of our membership money and off duty personal time to numerous charity and civic organizations. Most recently gave $500 to Chef Tomm Johnson preparing hundreds of meals for our local community members who were out of work and food insecure due to COVID unemployment.
When a child suddenly orphaned by an untimely family death two days before Christmas our on-duty members reached into their pockets and immediately donated $800 of their own money to buy Christmas presents for him.
We hosted National Night Out at Ocean Beach for the last 10 years providing food and fun for thousands of kids plus donating many bicycles and helmets prizes for no a cost raffle for all attendees. Donated $500 to NLHS Chef Tomm. Not to mention some of our officers while on scene of many difficult calls involving neglected children have countless times donated diapers, baby food, diapers and clothing from their own supplies - on the spot without hesitation
Those actions represent just a small sample of the things we do with our time and money for this community everyday to make a positive difference by building community trust and understanding to the residents we serve. We don't have to do it, we want to do it.

When COVID pandemic started a few weeks ago we were unsung heroes reporting for duty every shift every day to help everyone. Now just a few short weeks later and through no fault of our own we witnessed firsthand local protestors screaming fuck the police with angry contempt vandalizing our cruisers and substation. It makes us pause and seriously question if all of our good faith efforts to improve people's lives and work with the community we serve really meant anything to the people who need the help most.

The vocal minority demanding defund the police, abolish the police and fuck the police includes many non New Londoners. NLPD is as lean as it can be having struggled these last 10 years with 30% of our police force gone. It's a good day when we can put six cops on the street to cover the entire city for a shift. While manpower is down calls for services continue unabated.
Professional anti police activist Kris Wraight when not demanding "Governor Lamont release all inmates now", presented her list of demands under the cover of Hearing Youth Voices which included defunding the police.
She and her fellow Marxist revolutionaries believe prisons are concentration camps for the poor and oppressed creating people who are so disenfranchised and beaten down by this system into committing crimes and police are the oppressors.
When PCRC member Wraight isn't rejecting every civilian complaint investigation by ignoring corroborated facts only to insert her overt anti police racial bias into conclusions, she's been gleefully busy organizing protest schedules and producing daily talking points for her followers. Her notable demands include removed police from schools, defund the police and create a civilian oversight panel to give her more power.
Wraight wants the city to replace $700,00 cut from the BOE budget by taking from the police who were given a $700,000 increase. Fact - it's not new money, rather fiduciary obligations that were not provided for by the former finance director in previous police budgets as required and now have come due.
Second fact, New London's total FY20-21 budget is $94.48 million, the police budget is $12.16 million, the school budget is over $71 million with state contributions.
Third, despite the significant BOE increases over the last decade New London has one of the highest per pupil costs and remains one of the lowest performing districts in the state. So throwing more money at the BOE has nothing to do with improving school performance.
Fourth the school system and 80% of New Londoners want police in the schools, its Wraight and her vocal followers that are against it.
Comrade Wraight wants to weaken police services and wield more power over police officers with strong oversight panel not to improve police but to force her myopic views of the world as class struggles between the oppressors (police) and the oppressed (people of color) into mandates. How do we know? She has been demanding oversight since the first day Daryl Finizio placed her on Police Community Relations Committee.
So ask yourself this question, how can she possibly be objective with more oversight when she has nothing but bias and contempt for all police and strongly believes police exist for only one reason - to oppress people of color? The answer is quite simply, she can't. Her demands are just a power grab for her to create a Marxist utopia right here in New London with daily struggles between the capitalists and class inequality.

Many police officers locally and nationwide are questioning the future of police work and their continued work as police officers. Many don't like hearing defund or abolish police and are questioning if the demands of the job with the escalating risks of injury, death, termination or arrest are worth it. Most have calling for this work , they strive to help and make a difference every day. Police have the public's back but fear nobody has theirs.

As politicians nationwide continue to interfere with law enforcement by caving to activists demands rather than following the law more police will follow Atlanta PD's lead by refusing to answer the radio and walking off of the job. Several APD members were quoted, "If you want a society without police we’ll give you one. Let it burn!".
NYPD plans a blue flu for July 4th claiming, "Let the city have their independence without cops". That is not a sentiment in just a few agencies, many cops in CT are whispering the same thing too. We have the public's back but who has ours? Ask yourself who in your family would you encourage to be a cop? Nobody wants to do this job anymore and can you blame them?
So what's left if the thin blue line between law and chaos disappears? We have seen the future with dramatic spikes in all crime especially violent crimes in Seattle, Chicago, New York and many cities across the country while progressive politicians do nothing except blame Trump.

Here in New London Mike Passero, Steve Fields and Pete Reichard have heard the cries for change and have been proactive these last few weeks with frequent meetings between City Hall, police administration and union leadership. The talks have been constructive exploring structural changes to make us better, by improving services and being more responsive to public concerns.
City management is considering elimination of a union Police Captain position and replacing with a Deputy Chief of Police. The non-union Deputy Chief would be a senior command level officer conducting all internal investigations eliminating any suggestion, appearances and concerns of union favoritism or interference providing for more transparent process.
Also by installing a police Lieutenant to run Investigative Services Bureau like many contemporary agencies do which would save money by utilizing a rank below Captain. More importantly having nine sergeants assigned to the primary patrol shifts purposely ensuring there are always supervisors on the street every shift responding to calls.
Police have been tasked with too many societal failures that were never meant for them to solve including mental health, homelessness, drug addiction, and schooling putting a burden all on law enforcement to resolve. Politicians from all jurisdictions have severely reduced or eliminated many social services to save money or make reduced budgets work resulting in dumping their problems on the police to solve. We need help.

If the public believes squads of 24/7/365 available social workers, mental health counselors, domestic violence workers, homeless shelter advocates and restorative justice practitioners will be cued up just waiting to respond to active calls in progress as the solution instead of police - let them.
While we question if such squads of rapid responders will ever really exist and how effective they will be in real time events but hey, why not? Let's give it a try and let them walk in our shoes. Here's a portable radio, now get out there and start taking some calls.

 

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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.

   

Local 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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