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and Team 724's next move..
start this update extending our gratitude and congratulations to Captain
Lewis Best of Amtrak PD's Boston Division on his retirement after 38 years
in law enforcement. He joined APD in 2013 after retiring as Deputy Chief
with Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police. Lew was APD's
executive officer at our annual Sailfest. He always went the extra mile
to assist us in any way his agency could with never a complaint only a
smile. Lew was a true example of leadership always leading his troops
from the front line. He will be missed. Enjoy a long and healthy retirement
brother, we'll take it from here.
leadership continues with ongoing talks trying to find mutually agreeable
changes in a working conditions agreement regarding body cameras and agency
re-organization. The process has certainly been strained at times but
both sides are committed to finding solutions. As a result talks are progressing
with determination and we are close to a final resolution. We aren’t
yet there but are much closer now than a few weeks ago.
Last month's update we told you our agency use force is a last resort.
On July 6th police administration provided statistics to back up that
claim. In 2019 NLPD responded to 18,834 calls for service resulting in
1,344 arrests. Of those arrested only 31 cases resulted in use of force
which equates to 0.0231% of all arrests required any police use of force,
none of which were deadly use of force encounters.
Those are impressive agency numbers that speaks volumes on the amount
of restraint and professionalism our officers have de-escalating situations
to safe conclusions. Instead of being hailed as an example of good policing
it has been drowned out by the anti police hysteria and ignored by the
The anti-police climate across the country is affecting police departments
including right here in New London with morale at an all-time low fearing
legal and political backlash. NLPD cops go to work doing their job and
doing it right as our statistic show. Yet the voices of support are drowned
out by the vocal anti police agenda.
Take for example Council President Efrain Dominguez at the July 20 City
Council meeting where he found it necessary to insult every New London
police officer with his unsupported claim that "not all cops
in New London are perfect. There has not been accountability across the
board". We are not perfect but we good people who are all held accountable
to Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council accredited
agency standards. So we must ask Mr. Dominguez as a member of council
for many years what is he talking about? Who are these bad cops? Who was
not held accountable? When was this? Did he report and bring forward any
names or actions of these bad cop allegations that only he seems to know
about? Does he have knowledge of any cops not being held accountable?
If so as an elected official what did he do about it? We don't recall
him ever bringing a complaint forward.
However we do recall the immediate and significant increased police activity
on his street after he as a city councilor complained of drug activity
resulting in two arrests. Were those the bad unaccountable cops he complains
certainly wasn't offended when his neighborhood concern was rushed to
a the top of the list as a priority. Tell that to the other neighborhoods-
your constituents - who are still waiting for our understaffed police
to get to their concerns.
Rather than say thank you he pans it by insisting the police were only
doing their jobs. Then finds opportunities to criticize the police department
with opinions, allegations and one sided anecdotes not supported by corroborated
investigative findings designed only to appease his base of supporters.
Consider what officers will be willing to pro-actively protect their communities
when public officials like him and communities do not support them.
Unjustifiably condemning police officers by filing people's minds with
police distrust and hate is counterproductive and dangerous. A city official
like President Dominguez who is falsely demonizing police does not build
community trust it only weakens it. We suggest Mr. Dominguez spend his
time developing better relationships with the police and public so we
can work together to make our communities safer.
On the other hand, we salute City Transportation Director Carey Redd who
is from Hartford who recently sent a very kind letter to Mayor Passero
where he stated, "Chief [Reichard] and his team of officers are doing
a stellar job. They should be commended for the service they provide to
thank Mayor Passero for standing up and publically defending our officers
and agency during the City Council meeting. We appreciate the councilors
6-1 vote in favor of passing funding for new police cars and seed money
a $2.1 million federal grant to hire 8 new police officers. Thank you
also goes out to Councilor John Satti who took a moment at the 7/20 Council
meeting to say a prayer for the police.
It doesn't help when the media’s all too favorable coverage of any
and all anti-law-enforcement messaging from groups when police personnel
are themselves not perceived by the press or the public as being held
accountable for their actions. Trust, or perhaps more appropriately, distrust,
is an occupational tool of the law enforcement profession. The lack of
trust has everyone on their heels.
there is no shortage of politicians and community activists charging that
police officers are not to be trusted including. That includes a State
Representative inside our own building who dresses up as a police officer
and actually claimed he "wears and fights hard for the color blue".
Really? We missed that part.
Nolan also posted on his state representative facebook page to, "Stop
the Lies"…from "blue bullying" attributed to anyone
who challenged him on what the resulting changes in the police accountability
really mean. Another words shut up and obey, he knows more than you.
While he may be very much respected in the community we are hard pressed
to ever recall such a moment of him praising, defending or representing
any of our member's concerns. Matter of fact "Peace Officer"
Nolan as he calls himself has rarely if ever participated in any of the
many Union sponsored charity events throughout the year except for showing
up at National Night Out for a photo op with the kids for the next newspaper
edition. If he attened two union member meetings in 20 years that was
a lot. Oh wait, he did attend one union meeting seeking our endorsement
for State Rep with a promise to participate in more member meetings. He
was endorsed and never attended another meeting to this day. But that’s
a whole other story form another time.
The results are cops who were once go-getters, who would go out and get
the guns, drugs and bad guys off the street are hands-off now because
they believe no longer have the politicians or public’s backing.
Ironically the same people who verbally or even physically attack police
officers are the same ones who call them for help.
Defund and abolish the police is the new mantra not to mention eliminate
qualified immunity but the fact remains police have to go where the crime
is and unfortunately crime falls disproportionately on the poor and minorities.
Any cuts in police services will be felt immediately in those communities
that in many ways need police the most, will pay the highest price.
Never deterred from bashing the police is Police Community Relations Committee
(PCRC) member Kris Wraight, the always woke, provoked and troubled by
all known and unknown micro-aggression triggers related to police. Really
just an all around scornful anti police activist who believe it or not,
is actually charged with fostering better police community relations on
this public board was again attacking our cops.
This time at the July 7th PCRC meeting when she took the opportunity to
chastise the city for obtaining a federal grant to hire 8 new police officers
trying to attain the city ordinance of 80 sworn personnel. Wraight could
not understand why New London needs 80 police officers when she suggested
Westport police with the same population gets the job done with 60.
we start back in 2006 the City hired OSS Law Enforcement Advisors, seasoned
law enforcement experts who reviewed our call volume, severity and demands
for police services determined NLPD needed back then 118 officers - we
have 69 . Our Marxist comrade believes more police in New London will
only result in the over policing of the poor and people of color.
Next we take a look at the 2019 State of Connecticut Department of Emergency
Services and Public Protection Annual 911 Report showing total 911calls
for New London at 16,735 and Westport 8,957. Twice the calls! That fact
certainly doesn't seem the same.
Now let's take a peek at 2018 FBI crime statistics released in September
2019 comparing New London to Westport and see how the two compare. Our
guess is we just may be a tad bit busier than Westport.
NEW LONDON: Population 26, 858, Land Mass, 5.54 square
miles, Population Density 4,919 per square mile. Total Crime: 1% below
national average, Violent Crimes: 19% above and Property Crime:4% below,
Median Income:$35,357, Poverty Rate: 28.2%, Livability Rank:133 of 169.
WESTPORT: Population of 28,115, Land Mass 33.30 square
miles, Population Density 1,322 per square mile. Total Crime: 67% below
national average, Violent Crime: 97% below, Property Crime: 61% below,
Median Income: $166,307, Poverty Rate: 4.4%, Livability Rank: 9 of 169.
About the only thing New London has in common with Westport is being located
in the same state. Don’t let those silly facts get in the way of
Kris Wraight's non-stop propaganda. Unfortunately this attack on our police
just the latest and certainly not the last.
yes, August 2020 has arrived with the dog days of summer upon us. There
is something about summer that excites everyone from young to old because
summer is all about sunshine, suntan lotion, an ocean breeze, tan lines,
sunglasses, tall drinks and a summer vacation or two. Whether exploring
new places or hitting some beach somewhere, there’s a big umbrella
casting shade over an empty chair.
What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give
it sweetness. Everything good, everything magical happens between the
months of June and August because a little bit of summer is what the whole
year is about. A beach and a bottomless drink may not cure the world's
problems but it can really get your head in the right place.
Our members certainly earned their vacations this year and have their
bags packed for a wonderful guilt trip, COVID restrictions be damned!
No matter where you are or where you go summer vacation is a quest for
fun - when you drink triple, see double and act single with sunshine on
everyone's mind. Relax, eat , play, catch a wave, build sand castles,
collect sea shells while soaking up the glorious sunshine.
While we go find our beach enjoying well deserved time off somewhere in
the sun including this writer who will be on Island time when laziness
finds respectability, we ask our readers to do the same.
Meantime we'll just save the rest of today's current events best described
as nebulous nabobs of negativity from anti police socialists, activists,
totalitarians and anarchists for next month. Now bartender, give me a
hurricane before I go insane…...
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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
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big or small. Our election success was due to the collective efforts of
our TEAM-Together Everyone Accomplishes More.
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