WPPA’s Palmer gets seat at table for Critical Sebena National Memorial Vote Wednesday

(MADISON, Wis.) – The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) has designated Jim Palmer to act on its behalf in a special board meeting of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) on April 3 to decide whether to add the name of Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena to its police memorial in Washington, D.C. Palmer is the executive director for the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), which has been leading the charge to have the national memorial honor Sebena, who was killed while on duty in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve in 2012. Her husband has been charged with her murder.

Since word spread early last week that the police memorial’s board had preliminarily decided … Continue reading

Officers search for the ticket to the ‘big picture’ on gun control

If Wisconsin is going to enact gun control laws, it must be a comprehensive approach and not deal with the issue on a piecemeal basis, an official with a state police officers union said Tuesday.

“We’ve always struggled with this as an organization. Our members have been really divided by this,” James Palmer II, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, said during an Eau Claire interview.

State gun control laws cannot just deal with mental health issues or background checks, he said.

“It has to be a broad-based approach,” Palmer said. “It has to be a total package.”

Assault weapons have been a “hot-button” issue since the December elementary school shooting in Connecticut. But law enforcement officers in … Continue reading

Board to meet again to discuss placing Wauwatosa officer’s name on memorial

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will meet April 3 to once again consider adding slain Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena to its memorial wall, according to the Wisconsin Professional Police Association.

The memorial fund first said it would not include Sebena, apparently because she was killed in a domestic violence incident. Last week, it announced it would delay the decision until next year.

Sebena’s husband, Benjamin Sebena, is accused of shooting her to death Christmas Eve while she was on duty outside a fire station. The memorial fund’s main requirement for the memorial wall is that an officer must have been “killed in the line of duty,” meaning “a law enforcement officer has died as a direct and … Continue reading

Board to reconsider decision not to put Jen Sebena’s name on memorial wall

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Professional Police Association tells CBS 58 the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is moving up the date on a new decision. The NLEOM originally postponed their decision to include Wauwatosa Officer Jen Sebena’s name on the wall until 2014.

The NLEOM will make a final decision on honoring fallen Wauwatosa Police Officer Jen Sebena during a board meeting scheduled for April 3rd.

Several politicians have supported the push to get Sebena’s name placed on a national memorial wall. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Attorney General JB Van Hollen, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett have all sent letters supporting the campaign to get Sebena’s name on the law enforcement memorial wall.

The creator of a Facebook memorial page … Continue reading