(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 against honoring Sebena, the WPPA’s campaign to get her added to the memorial drew national attention and the support of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, and Governor Scott Walker, along with other elected officials, domestic violence organizations, and police groups from other states.
In a letter yesterday, the president of NAPO, Thomas Nee, wrote the NLEOMF Chairman, Craig Floyd, to indicate that Palmer would participate in the meeting and vote on NAPO’s behalf.
“I am honored to represent the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and will make the strong case for Jennifer Sebena’s inclusion on the memorial wall for her service and sacrifice,” said Palmer.
In addition to serving as the executive director of the WPPA, which is Wisconsin’s largest law enforcement group, Palmer is also a NAPO Regional Vice President.