August 9, 2004
WHEREAS, The law enforcement officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department and the New York City Police Department who selflessly laid down their lives that others might live on the morning of September 11, 2001 were our brothers and sisters in this Association;
WHEREAS, Other brother and sister officers have since laid down their lives in the ongoing war on terror, in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere;
WHEREAS, American law enforcement officers, many of whom are also military reservists, continue to be called to active duty and placed in harm’s way in an effort to safeguard our nation;
WHEREAS, The families left behind must often struggle to make ends meet because a soldier’s wages are generally far less than a police officer’s;
WHEREAS, Even worse, many officers lose their employment benefits when they are called to active duty, placing an additional hardship on themselves and their families;
WHEREAS, Worst of all, this Association has been informed that the families of law enforcement officers from Massachusetts and Wisconsin (and perhaps other states) who have been killed in action in the war on terror have been denied survivor and death benefits from the states or agencies who employed these officers;
THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED, that NAPO calls upon all law enforcement agencies and states to immediately take all necessary steps to ensure that the families of officers killed in action in the ongoing war on terror receive all the benefits and compensations to which they would be entitled if their loved one were killed in the line of duty in their home jurisdiction.