Arizona Police Association – www.AZPOLICE.org
The Arizona Police Association (APA) is “an association of associations.” The APA is not “an employment organization, nor is it a “Fraternal Organization.” These points are important as they help to define what the purpose of the APA is and what it is not. To be more precise, the APA is what is commonly referred to as a “Trade” or “Professional” organization. As such, the APA represents a group of like-minded individual and autonomous law enforcement employee groups. These individual employee groups, who may or may not be officially sanctioned to do so, have the primary responsibility of representing their individual members on issues relating to wages, discipline, working conditions, benefits, employee rights and other similar issues that are commonly involved in the employee / employer relationship.
Through the combined effort and strengths of our member organizations, the APA is able to provide, at a very low cost, one large, amplified, law enforcement “voice” within our community. The main function of this “voice” is to effectively communicate with and lobby the state legislature, our federal representatives, and when needed, local city and town councils, board of supervisors and individual employers. This communication and lobbying is focused upon the issues affecting the working law enforcement officer, whether these issues concern retirement benefits, adequate pay, adequate equipment, due process rights, effective law enforcement legislation, or the ability of law enforcement officers to be treated fairly. Additionally, when circumstances warrant it, the APA will utilize its “voice” to publicly address issues that are of concern to our individual member groups or the organization as a whole. Publicly addressing these issues can come in the form of joint press conferences, press releases, public appearances and public education through our Website at www.azpolice.org.
Finally, the APA recognizes that the employer of the individual officer member is responsible for providing each officer with adequate scope-of-employment legal protection and representation. In those instances when the employer refuses to provide adequate legal scope-of-employment representation, the APA is committed to maintaining an optional low-cost legal safety net. This scope-of-employment safety net, combined with the equally low-cost, broad-spectrum legal services that will insure that none of our members will ever find themselves defenseless when they need assistance the most. We are an organization of local law enforcement officers helping local law enforcement officers.
National Troopers Coalition – www.ntctroopers.com
by Marilyn Olsen
Like many fraternal organizations, the National Troopers Coalition began with a social event. In the early 1970s, Thomas J. Iskrazycki, President of the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey, thought that troopers from surrounding states might enjoy the chance to get together on an information basis-to compare cars, weapons, working conditions, salaries and pensions, as well as simply to get to know one another better.
So he invited them all to a picnic.
Similar events were held for six or seven years. In 1977, Richard Whelan, President of the State Police Association of Massachusetts suggested that a more formal organization be formed among troopers of the New England states. The first meeting was held in Framingham. Massachusetts in September. Representatives from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and Connecticut attended. They drew up by-laws, wrote a constitution and names the organization Northeast Regional Troopers Coalition, NERTC.
After several meetings, they began to publish the Trooper News Letter and expanded its circulation beyond the east coast to all the states that had associations.
Soon, many states became interested in forming organizations similar to NERTC and quarterly regional meetings were held across the country. The name was changed to the National Troopers Coalition, NTC, incorporated, for legal purposes in New York.
According to Article III of the bylaws, the purposes and powers of the NTC are:
-a continuing effort to better police services to the public
-to stimulate mutual cooperation between state police associations throughout the nation
-to elevate the standards of policing throughout the United States and promote the professionalism of the state police officers
-to assist member state police associations in achieving the best possible equipment, salaries, pensions, fringe benefits and working conditions
-to provide a vehicle through which state police associations may disseminate factual data for the purpose of collective bargaining and legislative lobbying.
Within ten years, the NTC grew from a four-state organization to a membership of 43 states representing nearly 44,000 state police and highway patrol officers nationwide. Today, NTC membership includes representatives from 48 associations (three states have two associations) and represents more than 45,000 troopers.