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Ridgewood Police Warn Residents on Phony “Phone solicitation for public safety “

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Ridgewood Police Department ,residents have reported receiving phone calls requesting donations to support the Ridgewood Police Department. The Ridgewood police Department and the New Jersey state Policeman’s Benevolent Association do not solicit funds using telemarketing. Phone calls from organizations claiming they support the local police are often scams.

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NJ State Police Superintendent Blasts the Use of Joanne Chesimard as an “Inspirational Figure”

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Statement by Colonel Patrick J. Callahan
Recent media reports have stated that Joanne Chesimard is being praised as a source of inspiration in an attempt to drive a wedge between law enforcement and the communities we serve. Joanne Chesimard was convicted of the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and has spent the majority of her life as a fugitive after escaping from prison in 1979.

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Jersey City PBA Warns of Fake GoFundMe Scams

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Jersey City NJ, WARNING – From Jersy City Police Officers Benevolent Association (@JerseyCityPOBA)

We have been alerted that there are numerous GoFundMe pages set up for Det. Joseph Seals most, if not all, are fake.

Do not donate to any GoFundMe or for Det. Seals at this time.

The @NJSPBA will coordinate with @JerseyCityPOBA on an official effort. More information to follow.



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Police Benevolent Association Endorses Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) for Reelection

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Clinton Township NJ, Lance for Congress today received the endorsement of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association.

“I stand with our police,” said Lance, a member of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus. “I vote with the men and women of law enforcement and I am proud to receive their endorsement in this race. Results matter and this Congress pro-police lawmakers have stood up and delivered at a time when too many are turning away from public safety priorities. Residents want capable and equipped police departments in their neighborhoods. I am proud to work with the Policemen’s Benevolent Association to help make that happened.”

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New Jersey Public employees learn about their newfound rights

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Washington DC, Yesterday was a major victory for free speech, according to AFP ,”Today is a game-changer for New Jersey and the trajectory of the country,” Americans for Prosperity [Foundation]’s Garden State director, Erica Jedynak said yesterday in a statement. “A victory for worker freedom, public employees will no longer be forced to pay union dues as a condition of employment or fund political speech against their will.”

Jim Arakelian , “So the Supreme Court ruled today that labor unions can no longer “require” members to pay dues. I wonder how far this will go. Will other professional associations also have to follow suit? Stand by on this. One thing is for sure. The State’s PBA and NJEA will lose a significant amount of political clout with this as PAC’s will now be completely voluntary and teachers, cops, and fireman, will be free to truly exercise their right to support the candidates of their choice as opposed to their unions favorite “prom date”.

Public employees can learn about their newfound rights by visiting: or calling (833) 33-MYPAY, which is a LIVE Call Center.

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Former Police Officer Who Stole $105,000 from PBA Will Not See Jail Time


November 21,2017
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TRENTON NJ, Attorney Christopher S. Porrino announced that a retired police officer who formerly served as president and state delegate of New Jersey Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 59 in Cape May was sentenced today for embezzling large sums from the union over a period of five years. The state’s investigation revealed that he stole approximately $105,000.

John Campbell, 49, of Cape May, a retired Cape May police officer, was sentenced to six months of home detention under the county’s alternatives to incarceration program, including electronic monitoring with an ankle bracelet, and five years of probation by Superior Court Judge John Porto in Cape May County. He also was ordered to serve 300 hours of community service, pay a fine of $5,000 and provide full restitution to the union of $105,000, which was paid in full today. Campbell pleaded guilty on Aug. 10 to a charge of third-degree theft by unlawful taking. In pleading guilty, Campbell admitted that he stole tens of thousands of dollars from PBA Local 59 from 2012 through 2016, while serving as the state delegate for the union, by using the union’s checking account and a business American Express card to make unauthorized personal purchases, expenditures and withdrawals that were unrelated to union business.

Campbell was initially arrested on July 13 as a result of an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption Bureau and the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau. Deputy Attorney General Brian Uzdavinis prosecuted the case and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau, under the supervision of Bureau Chief Anthony Picione.

“Campbell was entrusted with access to the credit and checking accounts of his PBA local, but rather than living up to his duties as a police officer and leader of this union, he corruptly chose to embezzle over $100,000,” said Attorney General Porrino. “This was a crass betrayal by a man who took an oath to uphold the law.”

“We have zero tolerance for people who use their positions of trust to steal from the organizations and people they were appointed to serve,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We will continue to work closely with the New Jersey State Police to investigate and prosecute corruption aggressively.”

“Campbell made the decision to betray the trust of not only his fellow law enforcement officers but also the community which should have benefited from the funds he absconded with,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Acting Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “The consequences of his actions should serve as reminder that no one should consider themselves above the law.”

While serving as the local PBA’s state delegate from 2012 through 2016, Campbell used credit and debit cards issued to him by the union, and paid for with union funds, for a variety of unauthorized personal expenses unrelated to union business, ranging from modest purchases at convenience stores and gas stations to more exorbitant purchases involving time shares and home improvements.

Campbell’s thefts came to light after a change in leadership of PBA Local 59 in July 2016, when an audit was conducted and suspicious credit and debit card charges were discovered. The information was referred to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, which in turn referred the case to the Division of Criminal Justice and New Jersey State Police.

The investigation revealed that Campbell made more than $70,000 in unauthorized personal expenditures through the American Express account alone, including, for example:

over $30,000 for time shares in Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico;
over $16,000 for utilities and services, including gas, electric, telephone and TV services;
over $5,000 for clothing and jewelry purchases;
over $7,500 for purchases of electronics, furniture and cabinets;
approximately $5,000 on various convenience store and gas station purchases; and
a $500 designer Christmas tree.

He used the PBA debit card to make additional personal purchases and obtained approximately $9,700 for his personal use through debit and ATM withdrawals, as well as unauthorized checks.

Attorney General Porrino commended all of the members of the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption Bureau and Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau who worked on the investigation.

As a result of the investigation, additional alleged thefts were discovered that led to a charge against a second official of PBA Local 59, former treasurer Kyle Grossman, 39, of Lower Township, N.J. Grossman, who also was a Cape May police officer, was charged by accusation on Oct. 12 with third-degree theft by unlawful taking for allegedly stealing approximately $5,000 in union funds for his personal use. He waived indictment on that date, agreed to pay $5,000 in restitution, and forfeited his job as a police officer. He was admitted by Judge Porto into the Pre-Trial Intervention program. The charge against him will be dismissed if he successfully completes the program. Grossman agreed to enter a consent order under which he will be permanently barred from public employment.

Attorney General Porrino and Director Honig noted that the Division of Criminal Justice has established a toll-free Corruption Tipline 1-866-TIPS-4CJ for the public to confidentially report corruption, financial crime and other illegal activities. The public also can log on to the Division’s web page at to report suspected wrongdoing confidentially.

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Ridgewood Police Department : Resident Vehicle Identification stickers


Ridgewood Police Department : Resident Vehicle Identification stickers 

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Police Department would like to thank Ridgewood PBA Local 20 for their continued support of our crime prevention efforts. Once again PBA Local 20 has supplied and will be distributing Resident Vehicle Identification stickers in their annual mailing. These stickers assist in identification of resident and non-resident vehicles during proactive/directed patrols and in response to emergent incidents.

Additional stickers will be available at the police desk with proof of residence.