(MADISON, Wis.) –The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) today applauded the decision by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) to honor slain Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena. The state’s largest law enforcement group, the WPPA has been spearheading the effort to have the police 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.
“Law enforcement officers and others from across the country have made their support of Jennifer Sebena known loud and clear,” said the WPPA’s executive director, Jim Palmer. “They all recognize that Jen’s service and sacrifice deserves the honor of being included on the national police memorial, and we very pleased and grateful that their voices have been heard.”
After hearing two weeks ago from outraged officers from across the state who had learned that the memorial was not going to honor Sebena, the WPPA initiated a public campaign to get her name added to the memorial. On March 21, the police memorial’s board of directors announced its decision to delay further consideration of the matter until 2014. Only days later, after police groups from other states, domestic violence organizations, and elected officials like U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Governor Scott Walker all spoke out in support of Sebena, the memorial announced that it would meet again today for the sole purpose of deciding whether to honor her death. Last Friday, one of the groups represented on the memorial board, the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), designated the WPPA’s Palmer to act on its behalf in today’s meeting.
“The national police memorial board has a difficult task in considering tragic cases like Jen’s every year, and they should be applauded for making the right decision today,” continued Palmer. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to advocate on Jen’s behalf, and to encourage the memorial to explore ways to avoid this kind of issue in the future.”