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Political Director Chuck Flynn will posting vital info to the campaign
and Team 724's next move..
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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Political Director C Flynn
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