Tuesday, February 02, 2016

America’s Mission: Eradicating Discrimination, Prejudice, Racism

The immortal words authored by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence honor America and all who cherish freedom, liberty, and human dignity.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

These words must eternally inspire our dedication to social justice, which can only be obtained when the dignity of every human person is respected.

Respect for human rights is the basis of moral legitimacy and the criteria of government’s rightful authority.

This respect is also a reflection of character, not only of individuals, but of a nation. Respect always stands diametrically opposed to discrimination, prejudice, and racism. These vices are dehumanizing as they dishonor the moral heartbeat of humanity demanding respect for our neighbor.

Every person being deserves dignity and respect, as we are all members of the same human family.

This respect must extend to all, including those who are different by sex, race, color, social conditions, language, ethnicity, age, country of origin, or religion.

Racism in America: A Reality Check


In my article titled “Racism in America: Time for Unity,” published in the June 26, 2015 edition of the Epoch Times, I emphasized the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen, World War II combat aviators representing America’s courage, service, and patriotism.

I argued that “during a time when these men could not eat, be educated, ride the bus, or use the same restrooms as white men, they valiantly served America.”

Yet, despite their courage and the patriotism of countless other black Americans, racism continues in America as witnessed on June 17, 2015. On that fateful day, a white supremacist shot nine people dead at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, because they were black.

Black History Month: Celebrating Diversity

Each February, America commemorates Black History Month, a time to honor achievements by black Americans throughout our history.
Since 1950, mayors throughout American cities have issued proclamations honoring this celebration.

The civil rights movement of the 1960’s dramatically influenced diversity in America, with a clarion call for respect, dignity, and human rights.

Black history, and the differences of all people must be celebrated, as is it reflects the diversity which makes America unique.

FBI: Addressing Hard Truths, Enhancing Diversity

In another article titled “Law Enforcement and Race: FBI Directors Hard Truths,” published in the Feb. 20, 2015 edition of the Epoch Times, I memorialized the “hard truths” FBI Director James B. Comey urged America to address.

“We can choose to have an open and honest discussion about what our relationship is today-what it should be, and what it needs to be-if we take time to better understand each other,” Comey said addressing police and community relations.”

Complementing Director Comey’s words, the FBI is committed to enhancing diversity as exemplified in their annual celebration of Black History Month each February, which I have attended many times at their Newark Field Office.

An event held on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, comes to mind with a keynote delivered by Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.

Dr. Glaude’s candid remarks on sobering issues confronting black Americans included the following:

• There are too many communities of concentrated poverty with sobering statistics of unemployment in America.
• Dilapidated schools in poor communities across the nation are failing our children.
• Prison has become an industrialized complex that trades in bodies for profit.
• 35% of black children are growing up in poverty.
• There is tragic abject misery in many communities in the most powerful nation that the world has ever seen.
• America is at a crossroads and we must respond with courage.
• The nation must be honest about its past to inform the future. This includes an honest understanding of the epidemic of lynching as documented by the website “Without Sanctuary.”
• Those who risked their lives to give us and preserve our liberties must be remembered.
• America has a budget deficit but it must not have a visionary deficit…the principles of our democracy must give us hope and be upheld…we must avoid conspicuous consumption and treat financial resources more respectfully…we must rise to the challenge and be renewed as a people.
• America must not have its precious ideals undermined by the lack of virtue in society…we must learn the lessons of the past and restore virtue back into society.

Final Reflections

America is at a crossroads, especially with police-community relations and the need for resolution, reform, and renewal.

Inspired by the words of Jefferson that “all men are created equal,” as well as the prophetic words of Lincoln proclaiming “a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all are created equal,” it is time for reawakening the nation with respect, dignity, and diversity.

More:
Diversity: America’s Heartbeat

Honoring American Immigrants: Family, Neighbors, Heroes

Police–Community Division: America Unite

Ferguson’s Mission: Cultivate Community Policing

Police-People Unity: All Lives Matter

Building Police-Community Trust: Wake Up, America

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Photos

1. Martin Luther King leading march from Selma to Montgomery to protest lack of voting rights for African Americans. Beside King is John Lewis, Reverend Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy. March 1965. (Photo Source www.history.com)

2. Pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group, "Tuskegee Airmen," the elite, all-African American 332nd Fighter Group at Ramitelli, Italy., from left to right, Lt. Dempsey W. Morgran, Lt. Carroll S. Woods, Lt. Robert H. Nelron, Jr., Capt. Andrew D. Turner, and Lt. Clarence P. Lester, circa August, 1944. (U.S. Air Force photo)

3. 300 Tuskegee Airmen during a photo opportunity Thursday, March 29, 2007, in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol. (White House photo by Joyce Boghosian)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

America’s Reawakening Demands Collaboration

During my seven years of coaching my son’s baseball team, along with many years as an educator, I continually witnessed the lack of parental involvement with children.

It is heartbreaking that our society is deeply wounded by broken families, walls of resentment between previously married couples and parents are so disconnected from their children.

There is a lesson for America with such a lack of communication between parents and their children, as communication, interest, and involvement is critical, not only to families, but to society itself.

Parents must get involved with their children, especially in a society dominated by one-parent families.

All of us must also strive to be involved with our communities, schools, government, workplaces, and houses of worship.

Encouraging Collaboration

During my two years of writing this weekly column for the Epoch Times, collaboration is continually emphasized as a critical principle for society.

Achievements are always possible throughout American society, as well as internationally, and stone walls can be torn down, when good will is manifested and collaboration cultivated.

We need to communicate with one another in a manner reflecting integrity, respect, and charity; so that the gifts of each person can be discovered. All of us must be dedicated to promoting unity, despite our differences.

The path to peace within families, communities, and nations is respectful dialogue, and an unwavering dedication to always finding a way to do what reflects character, ethics, and leadership.

Professional Collaboration Models

Cohesiveness that begins in the family, as the foundation and original cell of society, must be complemented throughout the community and in professional life.

When we are collaborative, as much as humanly possible within family, we can then be authentically balanced, involved, and positive in society.

No matter what our responsibilities are in life, we must find ways to collaborate and to serve others.

Since my professional responsibilities include leadership development, violence prevention, education, public safety, policing, and security management, I am involved with numerous associations that complement my efforts.

Some of these include the following that will hopefully serve as models of collaboration and inspire others to get involved in ways that complement their talents and professions:

Society Of The Honor Guard – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: The goal of this society “is to make certain that the individuals that made the ultimate sacrifice of their life for our freedom, are not forgotten, and that the general public understands the price of freedom.

It is a profound honor to be a member for many years, as this society cultivates respect for military sacrifices and is deserving of America’s profound gratitude, admiration, and honor.

Bergen County Police Chiefs Association (BCPCA): The mission of this New Jersey association emphasizes collaboration, through securing a closer official and personal relationship among police officials, unity of action in police matters, elevating standards of police institutions, and striving to prevent and detect crime as well as promoting police efficiency.

During the last 13 years, I have been privileged to serve the BCPCA as their chairperson of community policing and school security. In this role, I share remarks at monthly meetings attended by over 100 police chiefs, community leaders, and other law enforcement officials including the FBI and NYPD.

NYPD SHIELD: As detailed in my article titled “NYPD SHIELD: America’s Public-Private Collaboration Model,” for the Epoch Times, Jul. 25, 2014 edition, this “public-private sector security partnership is dedicated to protecting New York City by Countering Terrorism Through Information Sharing.”

Events are held at NYPD Police headquarters and attended by over 600 law enforcement and private security professionals.

ASIS International: This is a leading international association for security, law enforcement, and public safety professionals with a mission promoting excellence and leadership. It has 236 chapters worldwide, and over 37,000 members in over 125 countries.

Board certifications are also attainable through credentials, testing, and on-going professional development including the prestigious Certified Protection Professional (CPP). This certification, which I have been privileged to have since 1999, demonstrates objective proof of credentials, experience, and achievements.

National Law Enforcement Associates (NLEA): This organization conducts training and facilitates collaboration between law enforcement and private security professionals. The NLEA holds events at locations throughout New York City.

The First Precinct Financial Area Security Council: The mission of this group highlights establishing contacts through networking with law enforcement and security professionals in order to share information related to the safety and security of people and property primarily, but not limited to, Lower Manhattan.

Final Reflections

Collaboration is critical to America, beginning in the family, and must then be championed throughout all of society.

When America enhances its dedication to collaboration, by living an unwavering oath to a unity of effort, we will be on the path to reawakening the nation.

More:

Father’s Day Reflection: America’s Broken Families

America’s 21st Century Parent: Interested, Informed, Involved

Collaboration Key to Defeating Terrorism

Policing Dangers Demand Community Collaboration

Collaborative Policing: Countering America’s Culture of Violence

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Photos

1. Over 600 law enforcement and private security professionals attend the NYPD SHIELD conference on December 10, 2013, at One Police Plaza in New York City. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. Over 600 law enforcement, private security professionals, and community leaders at a National Law Enforcement Associates (NLEA) event at Chelsea Piers, New York City, Dec. 12, 2014. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

America’s 21st Century Parent: Interested, Informed, Involved

These are challenging times for parents as we live in a society where face-to-face communication is often compromised by the Internet, smartphones, and other technologies.

The unparalleled reality is that these new forms of communication can exploit the dynamics of personal contact, and this can be detrimental to the families, diminishing loving-presence between parents and children.

When used properly, technology empowers individuals by facilitating instant communication. But, technology can never be society’s substitute for physical presence, especially in families between parents and children.

Demanding Times Challenge Parents

In addition to the challenges of technology having potentially negative impacts on parents if not kept in check, there are other difficulties for parenting.

There is the prevalence of divorce, making America essentially a nation of one-parent families, usually the mother. Tragically, many children do not have any relationship with the father. This crisis of families without fathers can contribute to a lack of stability in American society, as there is a direct correlation between broken families and shattered communities.

In too many cases, children are discouraged from developing a strong relationship with the non-custodial parent, usually the father, by acts of vindictiveness, deception, and manipulation.

If one parent suffers from a lack of character, the child can be used as a weapon in a disturbing tornado of emotions, which inflicts scars on all, especially the child.

Nevertheless, despite challenges, each parent must do everything humanly possible to inspire character, and remain interested, informed, and involved with their children.

The best interest of the child must always be the highest priority, with encounters of face-to-face loving kindness, counsel, and guidance.

Where Have All the Parents Gone?

In my article titled “America’s Broken Families: Issues and Response,” published in the Jan. 23, 2015 edition of the Epoch Times, I memorialized the story of a police officer sharing his unforgettable anguish with me.

His concern was based on 24 years of virtually being a parent to abandoned youth because their parents were basically absent. The officer shared the following example of an incident he responded to:

Three 9-year-olds swimming out to a buoy in a deep-water channel with no visibility, no life jackets, and strong currents. Someone’s dog was swimming in the same water, wearing a life preserver while the children at peril in the deeper section were without life jackets. In the same river just two weeks earlier, a 7-year-old drowned while swimming alone.

Based on such scenarios, America will experience societal dysfunction caused by parents who lack connection with the lives of their very own children.

Collaborative Education: Empowering Parents

On Jan. 14, I returned to the Union City Public Schools in New Jersey, to continue my ongoing initiatives that began in the district on Nov. 27, 2006.

These initiatives have included training programs for students, administrators, security professionals, teachers, police, and parents; reflective of the principles of a national model of collaboration, critical to American schools.

The Union City Public Schools is worthy of great respect, admiration, and imitation as it is a poster child for outstanding education.

Although graduation for urban education in America needs desperate improvement, Union City Public Schools had an 81 percent success rate in 2014, exceeding the national average.

My training initiative on Jan. 14, was titled "21st Century Parenting: Inspiring Character, Achievement, Success," and was attended by over 100 parents from the Washington School.

Complementing my presentation were numerous performances of children throughout the morning, touching the hearts of all, and clearly expressing the outstanding educational achievements taking place in the district.

This collaborative initiative is a model for schools throughout the nation. Our schools must do everything humanly possible to foster development for everyone in the school community, including the parents.

American schools, stand up and take notice of the exemplary collaborative education taking place in the Union City Public Schools.

Final Reflections

Parents have the grave responsibility of educating their children and must be examples of kindness, respect, character, generosity, and sacrifice. The home must be a haven where virtues are cultivated and this requires discipline, sound judgment, and self-mastery so children can receive guidance, wisdom, and encouragement.

The family is the environment for developing responsibility, and parents must do everything to inspire children to avoid the dehumanizing and degrading influences that threatens human harmony.

Although there are many forms of families, the family understood as a loving community of a father, mother, and children can never be trivialized.

For some individuals, a transition to another family, especially when one escapes an environment of aggression, despair, or abuse, can be an opportunity for a better life. Yet, for too many of America’s youth, the broken family can lead to discouragement, disillusionment, and even rage.

When parents make their children their priority, and act in a way that clearly reflects they are loved unconditionally, we will be on the path to reawakening the nation.

Testimonial

Dear Mr. Vincent J. Bove:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of the George Washington Elementary School parent community, staff, and administration. We truly appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to attend our parent involvement meeting on January 14, 2016, and educating our parents on the topics affecting today's society. As a parent liaison, I believe keeping our parent community well informed on important topics such as social media and bullying is essential in order to improve our quality of life. Your presentation “21st Century Parenting: Inspiring Character, Achievement, Success,”contributed to the success of our parent involvement meeting.

More than 40 years of research proves that parental involvement in schools improves student achievement. In order to reach their potential, students need parents to take an active role in their education. Parental involvement is an important objective for me. That is why I take pride and dedication, planning and conducting successful parent involvement meetings. Your presentation at our parent involvement meeting captivated the entire audience. Everyone could relate to what you were talking about.

Our school community is extremely fortunate to have such a committed Board Certified Protection Professional guest speaker at last week's parent event. You are not only the best guest speaker in New Jersey; you are also an outstanding, caring and loving person with phenomenal leadership qualities...

Sincerely,

Maria Kanik, Parent Liaison at
George Washington Elementary School


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Children performing for a group of parents prior to Vincent J. Bove presentation for the Union City Public Schools, Jan. 14, 2016. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Union City Public Schools: A National Model of Collaborative Education

On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, I returned to the Union City Public Schools in New Jersey, to continue my ongoing initiatives that began in the district on Nov. 27, 2006.

These initiatives have included training programs for students, administrators, security professionals, teachers, and parents; reflective of the principles of a national model of collaboration, critical to American schools.

The Union City Public Schools is worthy of great respect, admiration, and imitation as it is a poster child for outstanding education.

Although graduation for urban education in America needs desperate improvement, Union City Public Schools had a 81 percent success rate in 2014, exceeding the national average.

My training initiative on Jan. 14, was titled "21st Century Parenting: Inspiring Character, Achievement, Success," and was attended by over 100 parents from the Washington School.

Complementing my presentation, was the numerous performances of children throughout the morning, touching the hearts of all, and clearly expressing the outstanding educational achievements taking place in the district.

A special note of appreciation must be extended to Maria Kanik, a true model of educational leadership, in her role as parent liaison, as the event would not have been possible without her.

Gratitude must also be expressed to Felipe Jauregui, a security professional for the district, and highly respected court interpreter. His skills allowed my presentation to be delivered in both English and Spanish.

American schools, stand up and take notice of the exemplary collaborative education taking place in the Union City Public Schools.

Testimonial

Dear Mr. Vincent J. Bove:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of the George Washington Elementary School parent community, staff, and administration. We truly appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to attend our parent involvement meeting on January 14, 2016, and educating our parents on the topics affecting today's society. As a parent liaison, I believe keeping our parent community well informed on important topics such as social media and bullying is essential in order to improve our quality of life. Your presentation “21st Century Parenting: Inspiring Character, Achievement, Success,”contributed to the success of our parent involvement meeting.

More than 40 years of research proves that parental involvement in schools improves student achievement. In order to reach their potential, students need parents to take an active role in their education. Parental involvement is an important objective for me. That is why I take pride and dedication, planning and conducting successful parent involvement meetings. Your presentation at our parent involvement meeting captivated the entire audience. Everyone could relate to what you were talking about.

Our school community is extremely fortunate to have such a committed Board Certified Protection Professional guest speaker at last week's parent event. You are not only the best guest speaker in New Jersey; you are also an outstanding, caring and loving person with phenomenal leadership qualities...

Sincerely,

Maria Kanik, Parent Liaison at
George Washington Elementary School


Washington School Empowering Students and Parents / March 2, 2009 Blog

On Friday, February 27, 2009, I had the pleasure of returning to the Union City Public Schools in Hudson County, New Jersey to provide presentations to over 300 students, parents and educators at the Washington School. This was a continuation of numerous educational initiatives for administrators, security personnel, school crossing guards, parents and students throughout the district.

The students met in the gym for a presentation on Social Networking Technology Concerns. Following the presentation, I visited several classrooms to continue discussion on why character is important and to encourage the students to use technology in a positive way.

Social networking technology includes:

  • Instant Messaging, email, voice connection and web cams
  • Online Community websites, such as MySpace and Facebook
  • Media sharing websites, such as YouTube, Picasa and Flickr
  • Cell Phones for voice, text, picture and video sharing

Event highlights:

  • Focusing on what it means to be a student which includes personal responsibility, reaching one’s full potential and achieving greatness by making sacrifices. Students discussed the importance of encouraging one another and avoiding negativity and criticism.
  • Honestly confronting problems at home and school.
  • The importance of working together and being involved with the community including family and friends, church, community organizations and school.
  • Developing personal leadership especially through the quality of character.
  • The use of a Secret Power: "You have the power to change the world by helping each other do what is right."

We then explored the dangers of inappropriate content, including:

  • Misinformation
  • Pictures / Videos
  • Language
  • Gangs / Criminal Activity
  • Bullies / Cyberbullying
  • Predators

All students were encouraged to get involved, making "Character: The Heart of the Matter," as inspired by Rachel Scott's Challenge:

  • ELIMINATE PREJUDICE
    by looking for the Best in Others
  • DARE TO DREAM
    Set Goals—Keep a Journal
  • CHOOSE YOUR INFLUENCES
    Input Determines Output
  • KIND WORDS
    Small Acts of Kindness = Huge Impact
  • START A CHAIN REACTION
    With Family & Friends





Vincent Bove on Character (0:11)
Rachel's Challenge (4:01)
<a HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVw7upcufEI">Play the clip on YouTube</A>

Earlier in the day, a presentation took place for parents and educators of the school titled Technology Concerns for Parents and Educators: Social Networking, Cell Phones, Instant Messaging. To accommodate the diverse members of the Washington School community, the presentation was delivered in both English and Spanish.

Parent and Educator Agenda

  • Why Are We Here?
    • Primary Role of the Parent
    • Foundations of Self-Esteem
    • Family Stress Factors
    • Community Support
  • Technology Benefits
  • Technology Concerns
    • Why Parents Must Care
      • Exposure to / Posting of Inappropriate Content
      • Online Predators
      • Cyber-bullying / Cyber-threats
      • Criminal Conduct / Sexting
    • What Parents Can Do
      • Signs That Your Child May Be At Risk Online
      • Tips For Fostering Positive Use Of Technology
      • Family Contract For Online Safety
  • Technology Basics
    • Overview
    • ‘Net Lingo
    • Social Networking Sites
    • Cell Phones
    • Instant Messaging
  • Call To Action
  • In Remembrance: Honoring American Military
  • Conclusion

Washington School is to be highly commended for this initiative that encourages students—supported and guided by parents and educators—to reach their full potential, wisely using the tools of the computer age, helping one another, developing personal character and enhancing a sense of patriotism.

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Rachel's Challenge Click here to visit site
Character Education Partnership Click here to visit site
Sacred Honor: Police Officer, Soldier, Patriot Click here to visit site

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The 21st Century Cop: Vigilance, Community, Protecting America

It has been a great honor for me to work with law enforcement officials throughout the United States on leadership, violence prevention, and crisis planning initiatives for the past 20 years.

These initiatives have included presentations and published works that stress collaboration between law enforcement, educators, community leaders, students, and parents.

Yet, my efforts for law enforcement have been much more than an honor, as they have provided experiences of profound inspiration.

The continual expression of patriotism exemplified by law enforcement officials reflected by the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner," the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance, reverent pausing to remember fallen officers, and prayers for military sacrifices at events as well as their countless charitable programs touches the heart of all who appreciate America. These expressions of patriotism and charity also keeps the dignity of America pulsating in the hearts of communities across the nation.

Terrorism Dangers Demand Heightened Vigilance

The attempted assassination of Philadelphia Police Officer Jessie Hartnett on Jan. 7, 2015 reminds the nation of the mortal dangers our ethical sentinels encounter simply by wearing a police uniform.

This reprehensible ambush also brought to mind the senseless killings of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. These officers were assassinated on Dec. 20, 2014, while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn.

Officer Hartnett survived, although being hit in the left arm three times at point blank range while sitting unexpectedly in his patrol car.

Despite his injuries, he courageously pursued the subject with his gun drawn in his right hand and fired, hitting the fleeing assailant, which allowed responding officers to make the apprehension.

This attempted murder of a police officer by a militant extremist is unfortunately not an anomaly.

On Oct. 23, 2014 a hatchet-swinging militant extremist hit a rookie NYPD cop in the back of the head, and wounded another cop in the arm, before the assailant was shot dead by two other officers.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton unequivocally stated, “this was a terrorist attack.”

Bratton also emphasized that this was a “new emerging threat” to law enforcement and provides a “contemporary view of what it is we are going to face in the weeks and months ahead.”

Just this week, the NYPD and FBI issued alerts based on increasing concerns of a resurfaced ISIS video advocating attacks that include targeting law enforcement.

These previous acts of terrorism against police officers, with contemptuous propaganda calling for additional acts, demands unwavering police-citizen collaboration.

Additional Dangers of Protecting and Serving

Yet, the emerging threats of terrorist attacks against our police officers are only one source of danger.

Aside from terrorist attacks, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), there were 124 law enforcement officers who died protecting America’s communities in 2015, up from 119 the previous year.

Forty-two officers were shot to death, and fifty-two deaths were traffic related. Thirty others died of other causes, mostly heart attacks.

Emerging Trends Demand Unity of Effort

As memorialized in my article titled “Policing Dangers Demand Community Collaboration” for the Sept. 4, 2015 edition of the Epoch Times, I emphasized that “The ongoing senseless killings of America’s ethical sentinels must engage our ethical compass and inspire unity among us to stop the madness.”

Each and every police officer killed in the line of duty wounds the heart of America, as they are the heartbeat of security and safety for communities across the nation.

Vigilance must be the order throughout each day, not only for our police but for every community member privileged to call America their home.

We must honor the noble law enforcement profession, for without it, we would quickly decay into anarchy, chaos, and moral degradation.

Final Reflections

In another article titled “Principles of American Policing,” authored previously for the Epoch Times, I argued that police-community unity is indispensable to American society.

The principles in this article are timeless, pivotal, and critical to reawakening the nation. The first principle stresses that “being pro-police and pro-community are inseparable, indefatigable, and pre-eminent.”

These are challenging times testing the moral fiber of America, and we must rise to the occasion with leadership, vigilance, and collaboration.

When each of us hear have our heartbeats driven by an ethical compass focused on decency, patriotism, and respect, America will have the collaborative vigilance required to safeguard our homeland.

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Photos

Cover - Counterterrorism police officers are briefed in Times Square prior to the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration in New York City on Dec. 31, 2015. The NYPD had more than 6,000 officers in the Times Square area at the celebration, including more than 1,100 officers who graduated from the police academy on Dec. 29. It will be the largest such deployment of police in New York City ever. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NYPD providing assistance during Pope Francis visit to NYC, West 31st Street and 8th Avenue at Madison Square Garden, Sept. 25, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)

More:

Policing Dangers Demand Community Collaboration

Collaboration Key to Defeating Terrorism

Police–Community Division: America Unite

Transforming American Policing: A Defining Moment

Principles of American Policing

The Police and The People: Unity of Effort

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

America, Wake Up: Harden Your Soft Targets

The violent rampages taking place throughout America, with probability that this scourge will not end anytime soon, must motivate the nation to enhance vigilance and harden targets.

Law enforcement, military, and private security professionals refer to two types of targets for individuals with violent intentions.

These are commonly understood as hard and soft targets.

Security must be assessed and enhanced at both, as these are violent times throughout the world and here in America.

Hard Targets

Hard targets have numerous layers of protection including physical, personnel, procedural, and cybersecurity.

These are normally more challenging to compromise because they are fortified with countermeasures of layers of protection, or defense in depth.

Hard targets include military bases, embassies, and numerous high-risk government facilities.

Although attacks on hard targets are more difficult, there have been breaches of security that have included the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in which over 200 people were killed in two East African cities. Another was the 2012 Benghazi attack with killings by militant extremists of a U.S. Ambassador, U.S. foreign service officer, and two CIA contractors.

Security with hard targets must always be enhanced and vigilance maintained. The reality is that there are individuals making sophisticated and unprecedented plans to exploit vulnerabilities.

Soft Targets

Soft targets are much easier to compromise and are normally understood as places full of ordinary people, as opposed to a military base.

There are soft targets throughout society that include trains, subways, museums, hospitals, corporations, schools, colleges, restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, houses of worship, transportation terminals, cultural sites, financial institutions, and sporting events.

Law enforcement and private security, along with the general public must be vigilant together to prevent attacks. Any attack on a soft target can have catastrophic impact on civilians, police, and first responders, as well as on the economy and the morale of the nation.

Acts of violence, including the accelerating incidents of terrorism throughout the world, must motivate us to not only enhance security of hard targets, but harden soft targets as well.

Public, Private, Citizen Collaboration

As one walks the streets of our great cities, the vigilant presence of dedicated police officers protecting us must be appreciated.

In New York City, the NYPD’s protection of over 1 million revelers on New Year’s Eve deserves admiration.

The vigilance of the NYPD must be recognized, not only with their presence throughout the city with special events, but with uniformed officers walking the beat, and with highly trained and heavily armed units.

But the NYPD and any police department in America, cannot do it alone. There must always be collaboration between the police, private security, and citizens.

There can be an attempted attack at any time, in any place, and by any means, and all of us must be aware of our surroundings and work together to protect one another.

Hardening Soft Targets

In my article titled “Mass Shootings: America’s Public Health Crisis,” published in the Dec. 10, 2015 edition of the Epoch Times, I argued that “a robust security program must be comprehensive, proactive, and continually updated. Security must never be piecemeal, negligent, or have its importance minimized.”

In the article, I presented basic security countermeasures to prevent violence, applicable to hardening soft targets, including security vulnerability assessments, background checks/investigations, training, warning signs, physical/personnel/procedural security, and cybersecurity.

Complementing these basic security principles is the importance of private security partnerships with law enforcement as exemplified by the NYPD SHIELD program. This is America’s public-private collaboration model dedicated to protecting New York City through information sharing.

Enhancing Private Security Professionals

Private security must honestly evaluate its services in light of unprecedented violence unleashed throughout America, to prevent future tragedies.

This review must include background and criminal records checks for all security personnel-both contractual and in-house-ongoing training initiatives exceeding legal requirements, and certifications that exceed the status quo.

Also, the implementation of critical response private security personnel demands serious consideration to harden high-profile soft targets. This is the new reality of private security-certified, licensed, and experienced armed security personnel-in highly visible tactical gear, serving as a deterrent and with experience enabling response to any crisis. These individuals should have either law enforcement or military experience, with specialty units such as SWAT (special weapons and tactics teams) or emergency services.

There are ready, willing, and able professionals, ready to harden soft targets with critical response programs. America must not have its head in the sand, oblivious to the war drums of violence that demands vigilant countermeasures.

The realities of violence demand that we are proactive, rather than reactive, and do everything necessary to harden our soft targets. Private security must be on the cutting edge, implementing new countermeasures, protocols, and initiatives, and seeing things with a new set of eyes.

Final Reflections

These are challenging times for police, private security, and citizens but we must rise to the occasion to prevent all acts of violence with an unwavering dedication to collaboration.

America, to be forewarned is to be forearmed, and without haste; harden your soft targets.

Photos
1. NYPD presence on the Brooklyn Bridge, Apr. 2, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)
2. Visitors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) Fifth Avenue, NYC, Feb. 14, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)
3. NYPD presence in Times Square, Feb. 11. 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)

Read More
Mass Shootings: America’s Public Health Crisis

NYPD SHIELD: America’s Public-Private Collaboration Model

Paris Terror Demands America’s Vigilance

Warning Signs Are Critical to Violence Prevention

America’s Violent Rampages: Time for Prevention

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

America’s New Year's Resolution: Reawaken the Nation

It is a new year, time for individual resolutions, but also for America to make a resolution to reawaken the nation.

As memorialized in my Epoch Times weekly column over the past two years, there are daunting challenges throughout America demanding a full force commitment to transformation.

America must rise to the occasion and be renewed, rejuvenated, and restored; ignited by the principles of leadership, vigilance, and collaboration.

Challenges throughout society are clearly indicated by our crisis of character, culture of violence, and the devastating consequences of natural disasters.

America will rise and be reawakened as our people have hearts of courage, compassion, and community.

But, inspired by our legacy of freedom, democracy, and liberty, we must honestly assess our failure to transform the nation.

America’s Crisis of Character

A review of the FBI website immediately crystallizes the crisis of character throughout America defined as public corruption.

This venom poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. It impacts everything from how well our borders are secured and our neighborhoods protected, to verdicts handed down in courts, to the quality of our roads, schools, and other government services. 1

Public corruption also costs billions of dollars every year, which can be better spent on programs including education, health care, homelessness, unemployment, and veteran’s services.

Compounding public corruption, the crisis of character also negatively impacts us through a culture of greed in our corporations, and every other facet of society – sports, entertainment, family, and even faith-based communities, where we witness alarming stories of scandal, deception, and betrayal.

As detailed in my article titled “America’s Leadership Crisis: Reigniting Our Character” for the Epoch Times, Sept. 12, 2014 edition, “Character must be the heartbeat of the nation and we must heed the words attributed to Thomas Jefferson, one of our founding fathers: 'Yes, we did produce a near perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.'”

America’s Culture of Violence

In my presentations throughout the United States, particularly since the Columbine tragedy in 1999, I have used a metaphor of a head-on collision of a crisis of character and culture of violence, to audiences of educators, law enforcement, government officials, community leaders, and students.

America’s culture of violence is continually manifested throughout our workplaces, schools, campuses, houses of worship, communities, and families.

Aside from many other forms of violence, recent and notorious mass shooting tragedies, are indicting America for its failure to prevent violence:

Dec. 2, 2015: At least 14 people died and 21 were injured during a holiday celebration for county employees in San Bernardino, Calif. It was the deadliest mass shooting in America in the past three years.

Oct. 1: Nine people are killed, eight students and one teacher, and nine are injured at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.

July 16: Two military centers in Chattanooga, Tenn., are attacked, leaving four Marines and a Navy sailor dead along with three wounded.

June 18: A suspected white supremacist kills nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

Sept. 26, 2013: A former Navy enlisted man shoots and kills 12 people and injures 3 at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Dec. 14, 2012: A shooter kills 20 first graders, six and seven years of age, and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

April 16, 2007: The deadliest shooting in U.S. history by a single gunman takes place at Virginia Tech with 32 students killed and at least 17 wounded.

America’s Devastating Natural Disasters

Just this past week, the natural disasters of dangerous snow, bitter temperature, devastating twisters destroying communities, widespread loss of power, and major flooding assaulted much of America’s central section, leaving dozens dead.

As nature unleashed relentless havoc in Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Alabama, with more dangerous weather coming to America, we are reminded that nature can be cruel.

Natural disasters demand that the crisis management principles of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery are always front and center.

All responsible for safeguarding communities must heed well that competence, professionalism, and vigilance must always be the order of the day. Also, America must always respond with compassion toward all who suffer from calamities.

Final Reflections

Leadership, vigilance, and collaboration as our heartbeat will resuscitate America.

America will rise from the crisis of character, culture of violence, and devastating consequences of natural disasters when we reignite the principles of leadership, vigilance, and collaboration.

Read More:

School Violence Crisis: America, Wake Up

Mass Shootings: America’s Public Health Crisis

America’s 21st Century Student: Character, Courage, Community

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Photos

1. American Flag, Grand Central Terminal, NYC, Sept. 26, 2012. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. FBI / NYPD arrest. (Courtesy FBI)

3. Mourners visit a makeshift memorial near the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 4, 2015. The FBI has officially labeled the attack carried out by Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik as an act of terrorism. The San Bernardino community continues to mourn the attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

4. Pam Russell, left, rescues her cat, Larue, from her damaged home on Delta Drive a day after a tornado hit in Rowlett, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. (Nathan Hunsinger/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Endnote

Endnote

1. FBI Website, Public Corruption.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Collaboration Key to Defeating Terrorism

Terrorism is a threat that seeks to inflict itself upon democracy, freedom, and human dignity and demands a collaborative response.

In my Epoch Times column of Feb. 27, 2015, titled “Terrorism Concerns Accelerate: Protecting America,” I provide a straightforward definition of terrorism.

The article states that “terrorism is a contemptuous evil against life, justice, and charity as well as a cowardly assault against human rights, moral law, and the dignity of humankind.”

In a follow up March 6, 2015 column titled “Understanding Islam Is Essential to Community Policing,” I wrote, “All who adhere to the great religions of the world understand that faith, hope, and charity are sancrosanct.”

This article argued that “anyone who takes innocent human life in the name of religion commits the gravest sacrilege against faith. This desecration deserves the world’s most severe condemnation, resolve, and justice.”

Recent FBI Cases

A look at the FBI website immediately confirms their dedication to protecting America from individuals with nefarious intentions through recent cases including the following:

Dec. 17: New York Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Dec. 17: Pennsylvania Resident Charged with Providing Material Support to ISIL

Dec. 17: California Man Charged with Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Terrorism and Being Straw Purchaser of Assault Rifles Ultimately Used in San Bernardino, California Attack

Dec. 16: Upstate New York Man Sentenced to Over Eight Years in Prison for Providing Material Support to Terrorists

Dec .14: Maryland Man Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Dec. 14: U.S. Army National Guard Soldier Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Dec. 10: Tenth Minnesota Man Charged with Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Dec. 10: Former New Jersey Resident Admits Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIL

NYPD SHIELD Conference: FBI Director Keynote

On Dec. 16, I attended the NYPD SHIELD terrorism conference at their headquarters in New York City, attended by over 600 law enforcement, private security, and community representatives.

The purpose of NYPD SHIELD is countering terrorism through information sharing by building collaboration between the public and private sectors.

FBI Director James B. Comey, a man of great integrity dedicated to protecting America, was the keynote speaker for the conference.

Comey stated that the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) treat was very active through social media, not with individuals going to a website, but through a “chaotic spider web arriving on smart phones all over the world, including America, with messages through online social networking services such as Twitter, that resonate with followers, sympathizers, and potential recruits.”

The FBI Director also stated that ISIS has a multi-pronged approach of “attracting followers to come to them, kill wherever they are, and sending trained, experienced fighters throughout the world to kill in their name. He stressed that the FBI does have an enormous concern with ISIL fighters who may enter America, posing great dangers.

Comey stressed that collaboration, with local police, community members, coworkers, and family are a critical response to this “hydra-headed monster.”

Encryption: Issues and Response

The dark challenge of intercepting terrorist communication through devices that cannot be accessed due to encryption was also addressed by Comey. He emphasized that encryption is positive for protecting personal information including banking and health care records, but public safety is another matter. We must not allow security to be undermined, he said.

“Encryption must not be the permitted tool of terrorist operatives working in the dark to commit evil against us,” Comey emphasized.

Democracy must rise to the occasion and America, working collaboratively together, must find the way to protect Constitutional rights of privacy without violating principles of public safety.

Final Reflections

There is a current climate of misunderstandings, and even crimes against houses of worship, compounded by misguided, inflammatory, and misleading messages by various presidential candidates, and community leaders that demands attention.

Hate crimes have tripled in wake of the Paris and San Bernardino tragedies, including assaults, arson, vandalism, shootings, and death threats against Muslims and Mosques, according to a California State University research group.

The moral code at the heart of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” and this principle must be affirmed, defended, and respected by all true believers and non-believers as well.

Terrorism will be defeated through leadership, vigilance, and a collaboration of law enforcement, citizens, corporations, and faith-based communities fearlessly upholding the principles of human rights, democracy, and moral decency.

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Photos

1. NYPD presence at Macy’s, 34th Street and Herald Square, NYC on Nov. 21, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)
2. Vincent J. Bove at NYPD SHIELD conference, Dec. 16, 2015. (Courtesy Vincent J. Bove Speaker Services)

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

America’s President Must Have Character, Ethics, Leadership

The Republican Presidential Debates continued this past week with the nation analyzing which candidates possessed the leadership principles critical to America.

As detailed in my article titled “America’s Next President Demands an Ethical Protector,” for the Nov. 12 edition of the Epoch Times, our nation’s concerns are inseparable from those of the international community.

Some of the hot-button topics demanding leadership include foreign policy, cybersecurity, economics, climate change, immigration, military action, refugees, policing, health care, terrorism, and violence.

America demands a president with unwavering character, ethical principles, and influential leadership.

These are presidential qualities critical for a 21st century American leader who must ignite patriotism, community, and character in America.

Ethical Leadership: Heart of the President

America’s president must inspire an ethical society that stands as a counterculture to violence, apathy, and corruption we have seen unleashed in our society. Our president must be the preeminent model of ethical leadership and inspire a reawakening of the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Perhaps some reflection on ethical leadership qualities from some past presidents will serve the presidential candidates with virtues worthy of emulation. These are also qualities that the American people should demand in their next president.

Although every president is a human being lacking perfection, these are some qualities detailed in my book “Listen To Their Cries” deserving attention:

Thomas Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson modeled moral courage, daring to speak for all Americans when he wrote that Parliament had no authority whatsoever over Americans. He claimed our independence, writing that Americans were “subject to the laws which they had adopted at their first settlement” and laws accepted by their own legislatures. In his bold conviction, Jefferson no longer petitioned the King of England as his subject or even as an Englishman, and he spoke of England as a foreign country.

Jefferson called for Americans to make resistance to the British “it’s common cause and exert their rightful powers to reestablish their constitutional rights.” He encouraged a boycott of British goods and referred to the colonies as states. Although aware that his writings would be considered treason punishable by hanging, Jefferson excited the hearts of patriots with his passion against the corrupt British king.1

Abraham Lincoln: Although interpersonal skills as well as the ability to persuade through communication are hallmarks of leadership, so are the qualities of great reserve, quiet, and study. Abraham Lincoln, modeled character by temperament and early training, growing up as a man of great reserve, so different from many politicians who attempt to be everyone’s best friend.

At times Lincoln was secretive, reticent, and self-contained, but although a warm friend of very few, he was the true friend of the people. Lincoln was a very private man who handled and acted on his thoughts carefully and with great discretion.2

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: In 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) had been president for seven years, but he had been paralyzed from the waist down for almost 20 years. Although he once flourished on physical activity such as golfing, tennis, swimming, horseback riding, and running in the woods, the mere act of standing up with his heavy metal leg-braces locked into place was a painful ordeal. FDR lived a very private pain with the infectious disease that crippled him—polio. He modeled a passion of dedication to America, concealing his disability so well that millions of Americans never knew he was a paraplegic.

It is awe inspiring to visit the home of FDR in Hyde Park, New York, and to walk along the second floor (where he could not stand on his own) and visualize him getting into his wheelchair each morning in his bedroom, rolling himself to a pulley system at the end of the hallway, and using all the upper body strength he could muster to lower himself to the main floor. Despite his hardship, Franklin D. Roosevelt led his country through World War II and championed the saving of democracy through his courage, determination, and patriotism, immortalized in his words, “The only thing we have to fear is … fear itself.” 3

Dwight Eisenhower: Leadership possesses courage that transcends trials, sufferings, and hardships as exemplified by Dwight Eisenhower. When he prepared for the D-Day Invasion, he was aware of the pending bloodshed of young American and British soldiers on the beaches of Normandy. Yet, he was also aware that these heroic sacrifices would not be in vain but would lead to the saving of civilization from tyranny, dictatorship, and despots.4

Final Reflection

American presidential candidates, the eyes of the nation are upon you and demand that you rise to the occasion and serve the people with character, ethics, and leadership. These qualities are what America is expecting and will lead to the reawakening of the nation.

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Photos

1. The White House in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 6, 2012. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
2. The Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 31, 2010. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
3. A podium waits for the U.S. president outside of the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 7, 2008. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Endnotes

1. Thomas Jefferson, Willard Sterne Randall, 209-210.
2. We Are Lincoln Men, David Herbert Donald, 28.
3. No Ordinary Time, Doris Kearns Goodwin, 16-17.
4. D-Day, Stephen E. Ambrose, 52.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Port Authority Police Department: America's Ethical Sentinels

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, I returned to the Port Authority Police Department's academy in Jersey City, New Jersey to continue my ongoing training and development initiative titled "Port Authority Police Department: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America.

Today's training for 61 police officers, who will eventually be promoted to sergeants, was a continuation of my previous presentations this year to the Superintendent of Police and executive staff on July 29, and sergeants awaiting promotions to lieutenants on Oct. 20.

The two presentations of today's training program were titled as follows:

* Port Authority Police Department: America's Ethical Sentinels
* America's Ethical Sentinels: Courtesy, Trust, Respect

Aside from PowerPoint presentations, attendees received copies of my newest cover story for The Chief of Police Magazine titled "Principles of American Policing." This article was an extended version of my "Reawakening the Nation" column for the Epoch Times, also published in The New Jersey Police Chief Magazine, June 2015 edition.

It was a great honor to serve these dedicated men and woman who make us proud to be Americans by their commitment to protect and serve.

Port Authority Police Department: Pride, Service, Distinction - Oct. 20, 2015 blog

As requested by the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD), I am conducting an leadership initiative titled “Port Authority Police Department: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America.”

This initiative complements the PAPD motto of "pride, service, and distinction."

Attendees first involved the superintendent of police, commanding officers, inspectors, chiefs, captains, lieutenants, and executive staff. The program is now being conducted for PAPD officers and sergeants being prepared for promotions.

The PAPD, one of the largest police departments in America with 1,700 members, is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with responsibilities including the following: Port Authority Bus Terminal, World Trade Center, PATH System, Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Port Authority Marine Terminal, Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, George Washington Bridge, The Bayonne and Goethals Bridges, and the Outerbridge Crossing.

The major airports alone: Newark Liberty International Airport, JFK International, and LaGuardia, handle more than 110 million air passengers, over 1.3 million aircraft movements, and over 2.6 million tons of air cargo annually.

The PAPD provides a wide array of services in their dedication to protect and serve the millions of people that use Port Authority facilities with capabilities including the following: Emergency Services, K-9 Patrol, Motorcycle Unit, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, Commercial Vehicle Inspection, and Defibrillator Program.

During my presentation, I used a metaphor of a head-on train collision causing catastrophic chaos, painting the picture of America’s crisis of leadership and culture of violence. I emphasized that the PAPD is vital to our nation.

America's Crisis of Leadership

The crisis of leadership was depicted with examples including the following:

• Massive and pervasive arrests, indictments, convictions, and imprisonments of public officials throughout every level of government.
• Continuous corporate fraud cases including Enron, WorldCom, Purdue Pharma L.P., the narcissistic arrogance of Lehman’s Brothers Richard Fuld, and the long tentacles of Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion swindle that wreaked havoc on many lives.
• Scandals within the world of sports including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, FIFA, and Olympic champions.
• The sexual abuse of children in the Roman Catholic Church compounded by disgraceful cover-ups from bishops who failed to protect society from contemptuous crimes that screamed to heaven for justice.
• Scandals against our veterans who have borne the battle yet suffer from deplorable healthcare deficiencies, unemployment, and homelessness.
• Entertainment stars involved with substance abuse, domestic violence, and shootings.

America's Culture of Violence

The crisis of violence was depicted with events including the following:

• Sexual assaults of teenagers by their peers with reprehensible postings of the attacks posted online that led to heart-breaking suicides of numerous victims.
• Horrific incidents of school and campus violence including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown, and Yale University where a murdered student’s missing body was found on what would have been her wedding day.
• Senseless workplace violence massacres including the killing of 14 at a Binghamton, New York Immigration Office, the killing of 12 people during a Batman movie in Colorado, and the Navy Yard mass shooting that left 13 dead.
• On-going violence at houses of worship, once considered sanctuary, including the horrific killing of nine people at an historic Charleston, South Carolina church.
• Senseless acts of terrorism including the Boston Marathon attack, 9/11, the lone-wolf attack of NYPD officers, and the killing of 4 Marines and a Sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
• Continuous police officer fatalities who died while faithfully protecting and serving our communities.

Final Reflections

At 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, a hijacked airliner struck One World Trade Center, igniting a blazing inferno in the side of the 110-story structure. Seventeen minutes later, another hijacked jet slammed into Two World Trade Center causing a second inferno.

PAPD members, who were some of the first law enforcement personnel to respond to the terrorist attacks, quickly rushed into the burning buildings and heroically helped rescue thousands of employees. Some of these heroes climbed high up into the burning towers to assist those who were seriously injured or trapped.

Thirty-seven members of the PAPD were killed on that fateful day and their heroism deserves to be eternally honored.

It was an honor to serve these men and women who protect and serve America as their sacrifices are essential to our liberty, freedom, and democracy.

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Port Authority Police Department Testimonial
"I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for taking time out of our busy schedule to speak with the Port Authority Police Command Staff on July 29th.

"You are a true Patriot, and your presentation was well received and appreciated by all of the Staff in attendance..."
Commanding Officer Port Authority Police Academy


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Photo’s

1. Vincent J. Bove with his class of 61 PAPD Police officers on Dec. 8, 2015. (Courtesy PAPD)
2. Vincent J. Bove conducting training for Port Authority Police Department sergeant’s prior to promotions to lieutenant, Oct. 20, 2015. (Courtesy PAPD)
3. Port Authority Police Department personnel at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC. (Courtesy PAPD)
4. Port Authority Police Department providing security for the PATH. (Courtesy PAPD)
5. Port Authority Police Department salute. (Courtesy PAPD)
6. Port Authority Police Department patch. (Vincent J. Bove)


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