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.
Janus v. AFSCME
In a 5-4 decision, authored by Associate Justice Samuel Alito, the Court overruled its 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit, holding today that: “The State’s extraction of agency fees from nonconsenting public-sector employees violates the First Amendment. Abood erred in concluding otherwise, and stare decisis cannot support it. Abood is therefore overruled.”
Because this is a First Amendment case, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, this decision is binding in every State.
The Court also rejected arguments raised by NAPO and others in its amicus curie brief, finding that: ”Neither of Abood’s two justifications for agency fees passes muster under this standard. First, agency fees cannot be upheld on the ground that they promote an interest in “labor peace.” and, “Second, avoiding “the risk of ‘free riders,’ is not a compelling state interest. Free-rider “arguments . . . are generally insufficient to overcome First Amendment objections,”
The Court’s opinion did recognize, though, that Unions are free to refuse to represent non-members in disciplinary matters, and to charge non-members for the cost of representing them if the Union chooses to do so. (footnote 6, page 17).
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, AS THE COURT ITSELF RECOGNIZED, UNIONS CAN BE AND ARE SUCCESSFUL IN STATES WHERE AGENCY FEES ARE ALREADY PROHIBITED, AND THAT CERTAINLY INCLUDES MANY OF OUR NAPO MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS’ STATES.
NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO TURN TO OUR OWN INTERNAL STRENGTHS WITHIN NAPO, AND OUR MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS IN RIGHT TO WORK STATES HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO ASSIST AND EDUCATE THEIR SISTER ORGANIZATIONS IN STATES THAT WILL NOW PROHIBIT AGENCY FEES.
NAPO's Executive Director speaks at
Phoenix press conference, regarding use of force
(Mr. Johnson is introduced at the 24 minute mark)
Letter to Governor Baker:
“The Shield Program is a great opportunity for Ammo Inc. to contribute to the Law Enforcement Associations and their members. There is no other program in the country that is providing the price-point that the program is committed to offering” – TOBY SANCHEZ – SHIELD PROGRAM
NAPO's Letter to the Editor regarding
Tuesday's "New York Times" article
at NAPO's 38th
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
2018 TOP COPS
Miami-Dade Police Department
Detective Terence A. White Sr.
Detective Charles L. Woods
Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement
Sergeant Tim Berger
Lieutenant John O'Brien
Officer Rich O'Brien
Montana Highway Patrol
Trooper Thomas Gill
Trooper Timothy R. Wyckoff
Powell County Sheriff Department
Deputy Austin Micu
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo
Sergeant Josh Bitsko
Sergeant Greg Everett
SWAT Officer Levi Hancock
Officer Richard Golgart
Officer Casey Clarkson
Officer Brady Cook
Atlantic City Police Department
Detective Thomas McCabe
Officer Josh L. Vadell
New York City Police Department
Detective Joseph Ayala
Sergeant Keith Bryan
Port Authority Police Bus Terminal Command
Police Officer Jack Collins
Police Officer Anthony Estevez
Police Officer Sean Gallagher
Police Officer Anthony Manfredini
Police Officer Drew M. Preston
Sergeant Hector Martinez
Sergeant Victor R.Talamini
Lieutenant Miriam Rubio
Englewood Police Department
Patrol Officer Tim Corcoran
San Antonio Police Department
Patrolmen Julio Cavazos
Alexandria Police Department
Officer Nicole A. Battaglia
Officer Alexander Jensen
Officer Kevin Jobe
United States Capitol Police
Special Agent David J. Bailey
Special Agent Crystal J. Griner
Everest Metro Police Department
Detective Sergeant Dan Goff
Detective Leah K. Long