The NJ Police Chief Magazine - Vol. 28, Number 4 - Page 5

FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT
The NJSACOP sends its sincerest condolences to the families of
Chief Donald Dowches Retired Life Member
Chief Joseph Perrino
Retired Life Member

FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT

CHIEF JOHN ZEBROWSKI SAYREVILLE PD
The New Jersey Police Chief Magazine | December 2021
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank our NJSACOP staff for all their hard work making our recently concluded Mid-Year Conference a success . There is a great deal of planning , preparation and coordination needed between sponsors , vendors , presenters , our members and their officers to ensure our hosted event meets expectations . And , it did .
Both presenters — Chief Kristen Ziman , ( Ret .) and Commander Rich Norcross ( Ret .), provided extremely personal reflections in their presentations . Most presentations related to a critical incident tend to be clinical briefings with little time given to discussing the human impact on those directly involved , to colleagues , as well as , to their communities . Our presenters centered their discussions on the human element to these events while underscoring the importance of providing time and opportunity for healing .
Two principles - preparedness and professionalism , were also central tenets in each discussion . Shortly after her appointment , Chief Ziman relied upon her staff to identify certain needs related to training and resources . She credits those early efforts as critical to the agency ’ s response to the mass shooting on February 15 , 2019 at the Henry Pratt Company site . The Chief was also very clear that such a process must be ongoing and include periodic and unbiased meaningful review .
Commander Norcross made very clear that surviving a police involved shooting required proper mental focus . Using Captain John Paul Jones ’ immortal retort : “ I have not yet begun to fight !” when confronted with a request to surrender , Norcross employed this and similar quotes during his presentation to amplify the importance of being mentally prepared to handle the stress of these and similar critical incident events . The former Commander , who continues to mentor police recruits , provided great insight into the officer involved shooting on April 20 , 1995 in Haddon Heights .
We are greatly appreciative that both Chief Ziman and Commander Norcross were able to share their experiences .
In closing , I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the leadership you provide to your officers and communities , as well as , for all you do for our Association . Happy Holidays and on behalf of the Board of Officers and the NJSACOP staff , we wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year .
Chief John Zebrowski NJSACOP President

The NJSACOP sends its sincerest condolences to the families of

Chief Donald Dowches Retired Life Member

Chief Joseph Perrino

Retired Life Member

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