The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States and was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America’s law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action and education.
Founded in 1978, NAPO is the strongest unified voice supporting law enforcement officers in the United States. NAPO represents more than 1,000 police units and associations, and more than 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers who share a common dedication to vigorous and effective representation on behalf of our nation’s law enforcement officers.
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NAPO Statement on Obama
Appointment of Debo Adegbile
to Civil Rights Commission
The Obama Administration, in a final, childish gesture of anger and frustration at the close of a failed presidency, announced that it has appointed Debo Adegbile to a six-year term to the U.S Commission on Civil Rights. Unlike his previous nomination in 2014 to lead the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division – which NAPO worked successfully to stop – this nomination does not need Senate approval. NAPO is disappointed but not surprised that President Obama decided to ignore the will of Congress and the voices of the law enforcement community and make this appointment at the end of his Presidency.
Under Mr. Adegbile’s leadership, the Legal Defense Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) volunteered their services to defend Mumia Abu-Jamal, a convicted cop-killer. Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1982. Mr. Adegbile worked tirelessly to free this unrepentant cop-killer and his efforts led to the overturning of the just sentence Abu-Jamal received for murdering an irreplaceable member of our law enforcement community.
In 2014, Mr. Adegbile was the first Obama nominee to be rejected by the Senate under new rules that allowed nominees to be confirmed with only a simple majority. Several Democrats joined their Republican colleagues in voting no on Mr. Adegbile, recognizing that his work on Abu-Jamal’s case disqualified him to direct the DOJ Civil Rights Division. Additionally, through his work defending Abu-Jamal, he revealed an intense animosity toward our nation’s law enforcement officers, not to mention a callous and crude despising of the widows and orphans left behind.
The one bright spot in this fiasco is that Mr. Adegbile’s appointment to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission will not allow him to interfere with American law enforcement in any meaningful way. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission has marginalized itself over the past several years under the leadership of Chairman Martin Castro, especially after its report on the state of religious liberty in the U.S. The Commission continues to dwindle in influence and if Mr. Adegbile is going to be appointed to a position, we would rather have him sitting on a Commission where his hatred for law enforcement officers will have little impact.
There is no legitimate reason why President Obama would make such an appointment at a time when our nation’s officers need the complete support of our government. It speaks volumes as to Barack Obama’s intrinsic dislike and mistrust of police. We urge Congress to condemn this nomination is the strongest possible terms and we will continue our work in the 115th Congress to ensure that our nation’s law enforcement community is adequately supported.
NAPO is looking forward to a much different future under President Trump and a new Department of Justice under the leadership of Attorney General Designate Jeff Sessions. We already have a strong, pro-law enforcement relationship with the new Attorney General and we can ensure that the Civil Rights Division views law enforcement as its partner and not an enemy it must combat.
The National Association of Police Organizations, on behalf of its member organization, the St. Louis Police Leadership Organization, is utilizing its Relief Fund to help support our brother officer, the St. Louis Police Sergeant who was ambushed and shot twice in the face on Sunday evening, November 20. The officer was critically injured but is expected to survive, and needs our supporDonations may be mailed to:
NAPO Relief Fund
“St. Louis Officer”
317 South Patrick Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
NAPO’s Relief Fund is a fully incorporated, fully audited, IRS approved 501(c)(3) charity and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The Relief Fund’s federal TIN number is 16-1619872.
Any amount is welcome, 100% of the donations will be forwarded to the officer.
Please write “St. Louis Officer” on your check or money order.
BEFORE the Ambush Killing of Two Iowa Officers, NAPO Called on the Attorney General to Act to Protect Officers
In August – over a year after the passage of the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 – NAPO sent a letter rebuking the Attorney General for not taking action to implement the National Blue Alert Network. After a year of delays and inaction, the Network is still not functional and the Department of Justice (DOJ) is only now gathering data on state-run blue alert systems. The DOJ must wake up and follow this vital law passed by Congress at NAPO’s urging before any more officers succumb to attacks that could have been avoided.
Further, NAPO has been urging the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) within the DOJ to prioritize for funding recipients who will institute a policy of two person units for all patrol shifts and patrol assignments rather than focusing its grants "procedural justice", "police legitimacy" and "collaborative reform" programs.
While putting two officers in each patrol car, on each beat, etc., will not prevent all attacks, as the assassination of Officers Ramos and Liu in New York City makes clear, it will deter many and thwart others that might still be attempted. NAPO has made clear to the Attorney General and DOJ officials that the federal funds earmarked for state and local police use cannot be put to any better use than this immediate and practical way of ensuring greater officer safety and survivability in the face of an escalating war on police.
The DOJ must put as much effort and initiative into saving officers' lives as it does in investigating and prosecuting them. Actions speak louder than words and while the Attorney General condemns these senseless killings of officers, she has not actively supported taking practical steps to ensure officer safety.
Please see our letter to the Attorney General and use it as a basis to write your own. It is imperative that the National Blue Alert Network be up and running as soon as possible and that the DOJ puts its money where its mouth is and supports funding for state and local law enforcement agencies to increase their staff to ensure no officer goes on a call alone.
NAPO will continue to push for federal support to ensure that police departments are sufficiently staffed to keep their officers and their communities safe. Agencies that prioritize officer safety and the practice of two-officer response should be recognized and supported by the federal government.
NAPO's National President Michael McHale and Executive Director William Johnson issued the following statement in response to IACP President Terrence Cunningham's collective apology for American police:
"We are extremely disappointed to see such a poorly thought-out statement. NAPO stands for the notion of individual responsibility, not collective guilt. Such appeasement of the violent anti-police movement is just one more nail in the coffin of American law enforcement. The people who support American police officers aren't looking for an apology. And for the people who hate the police it won't make any difference."
NAPO Participates in
Calling for Action on
the Thin Blue Line Act
NAPO’s President, Mick McHale, Executive Director, Bill Johnson, elected officers and executive board members joined Representatives David Jolly (R-FL), Rich Nugent (R-FL) and several other Members of Congress outside the U.S. Capitol on May 13th, to call for the passage of the Thin Blue Line Act.
“There is a serious and growing trend of armed attacks on law enforcement officers just because of the uniform they wear. Tepid responses to the murders of police officers do nothing to discourage future attacks, which is why the Thin Blue Line Act is so important,” stated Mick McHale. “Establishing stricter penalties for those who harm law enforcement officers will deter violence against officers and help keep communities safe, which is why it is vital that Congress pass this legislation.”
Representative Jolly’s Thin Blue Line Act (H.R. 814) currently has 48 cosponsors in the House and its companion bill in the Senate (S. 2034), sponsored by Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) has 23 cosponsors.
The Thin Blue Line Act would make the murder of a police officer, firefighter, or first responder an aggravating factor in death penalty determinations and would be applicable whether the person is murdered on duty, because of the performance of their duty, or because of their status as a public official. It covers every police officer whether federal, state, or local as well as any firefighter or first responder. The only requirement is that the homicide provides federal jurisdiction. This includes the following:
- The interstate homicide of an officer
- A homicide of an officer who is serving on a joint federal/state/local taskforce (example: Organized Crime Task Forces, Drug Enforcement Task Forces, Human Trafficking Task Forces)
- An officer, deputy, firefighter, first responder killed on federal land
The Thin Blue Line Act is a priority for NAPO and we will continue to work with Representative Jolly and Senator Toomey to pass this important legislation. If you have any questions about this bill, please contact Andy Edmiston at email@example.com.
Source: May 13, 2016, Press Release, Congressman David Jolly
NAPO Honors 2016 Top Cops!
Letter to President
& Attorney General Regarding
Extradition of Cop-Killers
NAPO Protest Letter to NFL over Black Panther Half-Time Show
Police Executives Propose Dangerous New Use Of Force Rules For Line Officers
The Myths of Ferguson
View the PDF Here: The Myths of Ferguson
Message to All NAPO Members and Supporters About the Ferguson, Missouri Incident
View the PDF Here: Message To All NAPO Members
NAPO SALUTES THE 2016 TOP COP AWARDS® RECIPIENTS
NAPO SALUTES THE 2016 TOP COP AWARDS® RECIPIENTS
Phoenix Police Department
Police Officer Phillip Akins
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Patrolman Ronald Clayton, Jr.
Patrolman Richard Weaver
Kentucky State Police
Trooper First Class Jason McCowan
Trooper First Class David T. Long
U.S. Marshal Service
Deputy U.S. Marshal Adrian Romaniuk
Boston Police Department
Detective Brian Ball
Police Officer Gregg Bowden
Police Officer James Conley
Police Officer Brian Johnson
Police Officer Janet P. Lewis
Police Officer Dennis Medina
Police Officer John Moynihan
Massachusetts State Police
Trooper William Cameron
New York City Police Department
Police Officer Geraldo W. Casaigne
Police Officer Lauren O’Rourke
New York State Police
Technical Sergeant Jay D. Cook
Philadelphia Police Department
Police Officer Damien Stevenson
Chattanooga Police Department
Field Training Officer Keven Flanagan
Master Patrol Officer Jeff Lancaster
Master Patrol Officer Sean P. O’Brien
Master Patrol Officer Dennis Pedigo, Jr.
Patrol Officer Lucas Timmons
Master Patrol Officer Grover Lee Wilson III
Austin Police Department
Police Officer Carlos Lopez
Fort Worth Police Department
Police Officer Byron Wylie