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    CSP K-9 Foundation Golf Tournament Monday, July 30, 2018 Hawk's Landing Country Club 201 Pattonwood Drive Southington, CT. 06489 $130.00 per golfer Registration: 08:00 Shotgun Start: 09:00 Breakfast Buffet Lunch Buffet Dinner Buffet Beer Please see the attached flyer for more information.
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    Hartfor Courant Op-Ed by FOP Lodge #33 Secretary

    I am a police officer, and I have been angry. For months, I have heard the attacks on my fellow officers. I have seen the media and the Al Sharptons take common criminals and turn them into martyrs. I have seen people who have never worn a badge or put their lives on the line comment on police procedures.

    Your Mental Health & Wellness

    For 29 years I lived a fairy tale life. I was married to my best friend and husband, Paul. We began dating when we were 17 years old and were married at age 22. We had two wonderful sons, Jared and Benjamin and a precious dog named Frosty. We had no money problems, no family issues; we didn’t smoke, drink or gamble; we laughed and loved each other; we took family vacations and enjoyed each other’s company. Life was great. Then, on March 12, 2013, my fairy tale life ended. My husband of 34 years died by suicide. Suicide; it’s a terrible ugly and taboo word, especially when it happens to an LEO. How could this happen to someone like Paul? You may also be asking why I’m sharing this personal story with the world. My sons and I are not ashamed or embarrassed by Paul’s story. It’s a story that is real and can happen to the best LEO’s. Does the life I describe sound like someone who would take their own life? It’s time to break the silence. Paul was an East Hartford Connecticut Police Officer for almost 24 years. He was a well-respected and dedicated officer. He was a friend to all. During his years of service he received a meritorious service citation, lifesaving citation, and many commendations. He was also awarded “East Hartford Police Officer of the Year” in 2008. He spent most of his career was in patrol, working midnights. He was the kind of police officer that you would want to be stopped by. He made friends with the bad guys; they often asked for him. As with all LEO’s, he saw the worst things in the world such as car accidents, drunk drivers, dead people, dead babies, murder/suicides, and even watched a teenager who was stabbed die in his arms. He also lost a fellow officer, Brain Aselton, who died in the line of duty. When Paul started his career he had perfect health. Paul suffered from some depression and anxiety but nothing that could not be helped through his family practitioner with medication. He also suffered many health ailments incurred after many years on the job – hypertension, lower back problems, sleep apnea, etc. During the fall of 2012, the job that Paul had inside the department as desk/fleet/scheduling/court officer was becoming too stressful. Paul reached out to administration by writing a letter about the position and how difficult the job was becoming as responsibilities were continually added. He asked for a change in his work schedule and said “…I am willing to work with anyone to make this position more reasonable.” He asked “If this position can’t be modified per my request I would like to be permitted to return to patrol for next year’s bid which starts on February 2, 2013.” No one responded. Without his knowledge, while away on vacation in September, his position was posted and shortly after Paul returned to midnight shift on patrol. Still, no one from administration spoke to him about the position and the stress he was feeling. During the fall of 2012, I watched as my husband struggled with depression and anxiety. Paul needed help. Without knowing where to turn or what to do, he called Employee Assistance Program and made an appointment with a psychiatrist. He was given a meditation handbook and referred to a nurse practitioner who would handle his medication. This psychiatrist knew nothing about LEO’s. Paul never went back. Paul continued to struggle. He was sleeping more, losing weight, and beginning to feel like a failure. He felt ashamed; he was supposed to be this strong police officer and yet here he was struggling. He told me “I have everything a man dreams of, why do I feel this way?” In December 2012/January 2013 he began to see a new psychiatrist and was actively taking medication. He was diagnosed with Panic Disorder/PTSD related to the job. January 2013 – While working midnight shift, Paul responded to a chaotic scene, an apartment fire where babies were being thrown from the windows and people were jumping. He was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. He told me “It was like 9/11; people and kids were everywhere screaming. I can’t do this job anymore.” February 2013 – Paul took one month off from work. There were some good days where he “looked” OK. On other days, he talked about work and how stressed he was and that he couldn’t do the job anymore and it was killing him inside. We talked about the possibility of retirement, disability, and quitting. Retirement was so close (July 2014) but yet so far away from Paul. He wouldn’t let me take him to the hospital because he was embarrassed that people may know him there and he feared he would lose his job. March 2013 – A permanent position was made inside the department for Paul and he returned to work. On March 12, 2013 Paul died by suicide at the East Hartford Police Department. Paul left two notes, one at the police department and one found at home. He said “….make my death an issue so you can get help for other people like me.” “I wish I could tell people that every time I think of work I get stressed out and anxious but if I told them I was suicidal I would be out of a job.” This is why my sons and I are on a mission. We need to help others and make changes in the way law enforcement looks at depression/anxiety/panic disorder/PTSD. The stress of the job is real and it exists. Suicide is not an act of cowardice but one of extreme stress and a measure of last resort to end the pain and suffering. One cannot “snap out of it” and the best way to stop suicide is to destroy the current culture where police officers cannot admit they are human. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. There needs to be more training and peer support. Administration needs to understand the stressors that each officer faces. EAP didn’t work for Paul. I hope that you will help me fufill my husband’s last wish which was to make his death an issue and help others. Please take the time to view the personal video of Paul’s story. My husband, who was this kind, caring, and loving person truly bore the pain of those he protected and served. The video can be viewed on Youtube “Breaking the Silence of Police Suicide”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyVQMH-Pfws Please, also, take a few minutes to view the movie trailer on Code 9 Officer Needs Assistance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO01Qeg15KU It is a film that is being produced to help law enforcement officers survive the rigors of their stressful careers. It explores the darker side of law enforcement. It is powerful and real. Let’s work together to break the silence. Trish Buchanan is the widow of East Hartford, Connecticut Police Officer Paul S. Buchanan Badge Number 208 who died by suicide on March 12, 2013. She seeks to bring light to the subject of police suicide by talking about it. Trisha is an executive assistant in a Hartford Connecticut suburb and the proud mother of two sons. Her current passion is working to establish a 5-K First Responder run in Officer Buchanan’s memory. Trish’s strong faith has sustained her through this terrible time in her life. You may reach her at trishbuchanan208@yahoo.com If you, a loved one, a subordinate, or a colleague is experiencing problems like Officer Buchanan, help is available 24 hours per day at Safe Call Now 206 459 3020. Safe Call Now is not EAP. By Washington State law, information shared with Safe Call Now cannot be obtained by law enforcement agencies no matter where you call from. - See more at: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/03/27/preventing-police-suicide-a-police-wife-breaks-the-silence/#sthash.jPsaMitU.ElhQsZp8.dpuf


    Congratulations to K-9 Officer Aimee Krzykowski of the Berlin Police Department who was recently recognized as the Highest Individual Fundraiser by the American Cancer Society for their "Bark For Life" event!! Aimee, a Breast Cancer Survivor and a Member of the North Central Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #33, raised a total of $7,900.

    Wall Street Journal OpEd: The justice nominee and the cop killer

    Wall Street Journal OpEd: The justice nominee and the cop killer 02/26/2014 In the coming weeks, the Senate will consider the nomination of Debo Adegbile to be assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's civil-rights division. There are those who object to the nominee on various grounds, and others who defend him.

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    FOP Calls for AG investigation & Demands Denver Mayor Hancock Resign
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    FOP Calls for AG investigation & Demands Denver Mayor Hancock Resign
    03/10/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    DENVER - A spokeswoman for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Tuesday rejected a demand by the state’s largest police union, the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, that the Mayor resigns after a series of sexually suggestive text messages he sent to a member of his security detail came to light last week.
    McCartney Family Benefit Concert - March 29, 6-11pm @ The Swiss
    03/10/18 - Pierce County Deputy Sheriff's Independent Guild
    Colorado Eagles' "Pot of Gold" Benefit Night
    03/10/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    Endorsed and Promoted by the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police: The “Pot of Gold” game is a fundraiser game for a family dealing with the financial hardships of caring for a sick child. This year’s recipient is Malaki Turner who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth. Every ticket purchased will send $5 directly to Malaki and his family.
    PO Gary Glasby Fundraiser
    03/08/18 - Saint Louis Police Officers Association
    February 2018 Gendarme
    03/08/18 - Saint Louis Police Officers Association
    2nd Annual EPMPOA Fallen Officers' Memorial Car Show
    03/07/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    Join us for the 2nd Annual EPMPOA Fallen Officers’ Memorial Car Show on April 7, 2018 at the Southwest University Diesel Shop located at 6500 Montana.   Proceeds will go to the remodeling of the Police Memorial located at Chuck Heinrich Park.  Any questions please email epmpoacarshow@yahoo.
    Fast and subtle, police using partially marked cars to target aggressive drivers
    03/06/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    Roadside signs might declare friendly driving is the Texas way, but not everyone seems to get the message. That’s why the El Paso Police Department has been using partially marked vehicles to track down aggressive drivers, said Robert Gomez, public information officer for EPPD. Aggressive driving includes speeding, changing lanes without signaling and tailgating another vehicle.
    Man charged with killing Texas LEO 'wanted to go to war' with police
    03/05/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    Richardson police responding to a disturbance on Feb. 7 found themselves caught in an ambush with a man armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, according to newly released documents in the fatal shooting of a veteran Richardson officer and another man at an apartment complex. "It looked like he was hunting us," police Sgt. Brian Lee Alcorn stated in the affidavits.
    Police: Illinois Officer, Wife Killed By Son At Michigan College Campus
    03/05/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    After a nearly daylong manhunt, authorities took into custody a college student from the Chicago suburbs who police said fatally shot his parents on the campus of Central Michigan University. The university and local police said 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr., of Plainfield, was taken into custody after being seen passing through the campus after midnight Saturday.
    Denver Ethics Board Decision on FOP Lodge 27 Complaint
    03/05/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    On February 21, 2018 the “Denver Board of Ethics” reviewed the complaints filed on November 9, 2017 by Denver Sheriffs FOP Lodge 27, through its attorney Reid Elkus, alleging specific ethics violations committed by DSD Chief Connie Coyle and DSD Major Bryan Moore in their developing and handling of a promotional process.
    School Safety - FOP of Ohio
    02/26/18 - Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, Inc.
    The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio has always felt strongly about the need to secure our schools in an effort to protect our children.   The FOP of Ohio believes that the path to addressing school shooting requires two actions. The first is to have well-trained, commissioned law enforcement officers in schools doing the job police are trained to do.
    Upcoming Fundraising Event
    02/24/18 - Connecticut State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police
    CSP K-9 Foundation Golf Tournament Monday, July 30, 2018 Hawk's Landing Country Club 201 Pattonwood Drive Southington, CT. 06489 $130.00 per golfer Registration: 08:00 Shotgun Start: 09:00 Breakfast Buffet Lunch Buffet Dinner Buffet Beer Please see the attached flyer for more information.
    No Justice For Officer Reed's Family
    02/23/18 - Pennsylvania State Lodge FOP
    "An innocent man doesn't flee the scene of a murder, lead police on a six-hour manhunt, and get rid of their clothing and weapon. This is an absolute tragedy for Officer Reed's family, his department and police officers everywhere. It's unconscionable that a jury did not do the right thing in this senseless act of killing a police officer.
    Beaver Valley Lodge #4 FOP
    02/22/18 - Pennsylvania State Lodge FOP
    Thank you for Voting in the March Primary Elections
    02/20/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association encourages its members and their family members who are registered to vote, to please vote in the March Primary Election.  We also ask that you please support our endorsed candidates by casting your vote for them.  A list of our endorsements is under ELECTIONS on the right hand column on this website.
    Special Offer from Hoy VW for EPMPOA Members and Other First Responders
    02/16/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    Hoy Volkswagen located at 1122 Airway Blvd., has a special offer for First Responders.  As a small token of their appreciation for helping to make El Paso one of the safest cities in America, through the end of February 2018 they are offering rebates on top of any other incentives, on the purchase of a new Volkswagen vehicle.
    Former student opens fire at Florida high school, killing 17
    02/15/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets in the nation’s deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
    Guns Stolen From UPS and Other Shipping Companies Are Turning Up at Crime Scenes
    02/12/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    BY BRIAN FRESKOS · @BRIANFRESKOS Sometimes before authorities know they’re missing. It was one of the biggest gun heists in recent memory: A band of thieves broke into several trailers parked at a UPS freight lot in Springfield, Missouri, and hauled away more than 650 firearms.
    DSABC Constitution Amendment Proposal
    02/10/18 - Deputy Sheriff's Association of Bexar County
    At the request of some members, the proposed amendments to the DSABC Constitution will be up for a poll vote. Voting sites will be at the Main Jail, Courthouse and Training Academy on Monday, March 19th and 20th from 0700-1900 hours. Please inform other members since not all members will receive this email.
    Westerville Ohio Police Shootings
    02/10/18 - Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, Inc.
    STATEMENTS REGARDING WESTERVILLE, OHIO POLICE SHOOTINGS STATEMENT FROM JASON PAPPAS... President Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge "Along with my members, I'm heartbroken by this news. Our brothers and sisters in Central Ohio law enforcement mourn the loss of these two brave officers. We're also praying for their families.
    Bucks County Lodge 53
    02/02/18 - Pennsylvania State Lodge FOP
    01/28/18 - Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition
    01/28/18 - Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition
    122nd Police Academy Class Graduation
    01/24/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    The El Paso Police Department has added new officers to their ranks with the graduation of the 122nd Police Academy class.  Police Chief Greg Allen swore in the sixty-three (63) recruits in a ceremony held on Monday, January 22, 2018 at Pebble Hills High School.
    Correctional Police Major
    01/21/18 - New Jersey Law Enforcement Commanding Officers Association
     (8) Correction major shall be retitled as Correctional Police Major    b.1 The title changes 1[authorized] provided under this section   shall apply to all [correction] corrections officers employed by the  New Jersey Department of [Correction] Corrections1 and the   Juvenile Justice Commission. S-1651      4.
    New Events & Announcements Link
    01/14/18 - New Jersey Law Enforcement Commanding Officers Association
    Check out the Events & Announcements Link in the Member Resource Area. This section will give you information on up coming events and announcements of the Association. If you have an event or announcement you would like shared with the other members such as retirement parties, death notices, charity events, thank you letters etc, please email Trevor.Beatty@NJLECOA.
    No Shave November
    12/17/17 - Lake County Deputy Sheriff's Association
    Besides bragging rights and accolades, the winners of this contest also received a donation provided in their name to their favorite cancer charity. Congratulations to the following deputies for winning in the following categories;
    12/15/17 - FOP Tulsa Lodge 93
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    "El Paso Cops Helping Kids" - Christmas Shopping Event
    12/12/17 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    "El Paso Cops Helping Kids" along with the EPMPOA will host a Christmas shopping event on Saturday morning, December 16, 2017, to assist school children from the Ysleta Independent School District.  The event will be held at a local Wal-Mart (exact location is being finalized at this time).
    DPOA Gearing up for Shop with a Cop
    12/08/17 - Denton Police Officers Association
    The Denton Police Officers's Association is gearing up for the 26th annual Shop with a Cop event being held on Monday, December 11, 2017.  Since its beginnings, the Denton Shop with a Cop program has sponsored over 2200 children during the holiday season.
    COMPAS Opposes I-940
    12/07/17 - KCPOG
    KCPOG Opposes I-940
    12/07/17 - KCPOG
    Letter from SMPOA President on OFC. KEN COPELAND
    12/07/17 - San Marcos Police Officers' Association
    It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the loss of one of our officers and SMPOA members. Officer Kenneth Copeland, 58, and other SMPD officers were serving a warrant Monday afternoon when the suspect shot him multiple times. Copeland was wearing his protective vest and was immediately transported to Central Texas Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
    End of Watch, Ofc. Ken Copeland
    12/05/17 - San Marcos Police Officers' Association
    Officer Kenneth Copeland SMPD Officer Shot and Killed in the Line of Duty   A San Marcos Police Officer shot and killed Monday afternoon while serving a warrant in the El Camino Real subdivision has been identified.
    2017 Beard Patrol Raises $1105
    12/04/17 - San Marcos Police Officers' Association
    "Our November 2017 Beard Patrol fundraiser to benefit the Testicular Cancer Foundation had 42 donors and raised a total of $1105 for research in Testicular Cancer.  Way to go folks.
    Baker District Peeper Caught
    12/04/17 - San Marcos Police Officers' Association
    December 03, 2017 Mids B responded to the Treehouse Apartments #117 for a Burglary of a Habitation in progress.  The Victim was in bed asleep, but woke up at approximately 0538 hours to find Chaitanya Cherukuri crouched at the foot of her bed.  The Victim grabbed a personal taser while yelling for her roommate to call SMPD.
    EPMPOA Children's Christmas Party
    12/04/17 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association will hold its annual Children's Christmas Party on Sunday, December 10, 2017, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The event will feature great food (hamburgers, hotdogs with all the fixings, plus drinks!), arts and crafts, games, prizes and a lot of fun.
    Funeral Services for Retired Las Cruces PD Officer J.R. Stewart
    11/30/17 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association extends its deepest condolences to the famiy, colleagues and friends of Retired Motor Officer Juan Ramon (J.R.) Stewart of the Las Cruces, NM, Police Department.  Retired Officer Stewart was riding his motorcycle when he was struck by two carjacking suspects during a high-speed chase on Monday, November 27, 2017 in Las Cruces.
    Holiday Shopping Safety Tips
    11/27/17 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    The El Paso Police Department’s Auto Theft Task Force would like to Pass On some Holiday Tips While you’re out and about during the Holiday Season. With the Holiday Shopping Season upon us, please be safe and smart and do your part so as to not fall victim to a Car Thief, or Burglar by following these simple tips: Six Ways to Keep Your Car Secure While Holiday Shopping 1.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    11/21/17 - Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, Inc.
    Brothers and Sisters, As we approach another Thanksgiving (the time flies by), it sometimes is hard to remember what we are thankful for.  The law enforcement officers of this state place their lives on the line in service to the community every day and sometimes we are required to pay that ultimate sacrifice to protect our communities.
    FOPOhio Foundation Holiday Fundraiser
    11/15/17 - Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, Inc.
    The FOP of Ohio Foundation has partnered with Smartcell Fundraising to use their Stocking Stuffer Program.  This program provides you with amazing holiday gifts that everyone can use and raises much needed funds for the FOPOhio Foundation.  Happy Holidays. https://www.smartcellgear.com/fundraising/place-an-order/?school=FOPOHIO
    End of Watch Report: October 2017
    11/13/17 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    Last month, eleven law enforcement officers gave their lives in the line of duty in the United States.  Of those deaths, five were the result of gunfire, three were the result of assault, one officer drowned, one died in an automobile crash, and one died as the result of a heart attack. Deaths took place in eight different states.
    El Paso Police Accepting Applications for Police Trainee
    11/13/17 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    The El Paso Police Departement continues to accept applications for the position of Police Trainee.  The filing period will close at 5:00 PM on Thursday, November 16, 2017.  This recruitment is for police trainees for the 123rd Police Academy Class, scheduled to begin in February 0f 2018. The El Paso Police Department currently has 1051 sworn police officers.
    26 Killed In Church Attack In Texas’ Deadliest Mass Shooting
    11/06/17 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history. The dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old.
    My Husband is a Police Officer, and I Owe You an Apology
    11/04/17 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    There’s a reason my husband is an officer and I am not. I’m a relatively good person, but he’s better than me. He became an officer for all the right reasons. He was that little boy who never knew his daddy. He watched his mother struggle to make ends meet.
    EPPD Wives fundraise to equip officers with life-saving tool
    10/27/17 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    It’s a basic life-saving tool that El Paso Police officers do not have as standard issue. But, that’s about to change. Following the tragic events in Las Vegas that happened earlier this month, the El Paso Police Wives Association said it’s raising money to equip each officer with two tourniquets.
    10/26/17 - Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition
    The Boston Chapter of BROTHERHOOD FOR THE FALLEN has organized a fundraiser for Saturday November 18, 2017.  The event will take place at the IBEW Local 103 Hall, 256 Freeport Street, Dorchester beginning at 7:00 PM and ending at 11:00 PM.  There is a $30.00 admission fee that includes live music featuring Bearfight, hors d'oeuvres, raffles, and a cash bar.
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