JCPDBA Pres. Ed Dolan seeks “balanced discussion” in light of controversial Maryland school display

Jersey City Police Detective’s Benevolent Association President Ed Dolan is seeking a “balanced discussion” regarding police-community tension in light of a controversial art display which garnered national outrage.

Jersey City Police Detective’s Benevolent Association Pres. Ed Dolan

National outrage regarding a controversial art display in a Maryland high school has persuaded Det. Ed Dolan, President of the Jersey City Police Detective’s Benevolent Association (JCPDBA), to speak out regarding the current state of affairs between law enforcement and the communities they serve in.

The art display, which has since been removed, features a white police officer with the obituary section of a newspaper, highlighting victims of police shootings, next to a bullet-riddled black man with his hands up and his wounds forming the stripes of the American flag.

Dolan, in a Facebook post on the JCPDBA’s page, said “I am all for the first amendment and freedom of expression,” but the display was “insulting to every Law Enforcement officer who wears the uniform and risk their lives everyday to protect the citizens and communities they serve.”

Speaking to Real Jersey City, Dolan said that “I see no benefit of this display advancing race relations between police officers and the community. It is shameful for the school to perpetuate this to our young and impressionable men and women.”

“I don’t think the display is appropriate for school or helps in fostering better relationships between the police and community.”

Referencing recent controversy in Baltimore, he added that there was a need for a “balanced conversation,” and that “we don’t know all the facts, everybody focuses on one incident, meanwhile they have one of the highest murder rates – mostly African-American on African-American crime.”

“All lives matter, Mr. Gray’s life mattered, but there’s a greater problem that’s all too often thrown at the feet of law enforcement.”

Dolan added that in 2014, “we had 118 police officers killed in the line of duty, many of them were targeted, ambushed, and executed for the uniform they wore. One of the 118 was Jersey City Detective, 23-year-old Melvin Santiago.”

Asked if he felt that Jersey City had tension between Law Enforcement and community, similar to that of Baltimore, Dolan said “absolutely not,” and credited Mayor Steven Fulop, Police Chief Philip Zacche, and Public Safety Director James Shea for focusing on addressing sensitive community needs.

“We all strive to be better and make our communities safer and this display does not advance that narrative,” said Dolan.

“I fully support all the men and women of law enforcement.”

3 comments

  • I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Mark Borchert and I am running for Sheriff of Hudson County.
    I have been part of the Hudson County community for over 40 years. I was born and raised in Jersey City and still reside there today. I attended St. Anne’s elementary school and St. Joseph’s high school. I then went on to attend the police academy in Jersey City and I have committed myself to public service in Hudson County ever since.
    I have been an Officer with the Sheriff’s department for over 23 years. During my tenure at the Sheriff’s office, I was only one of two officers to ever be awarded the Hudson County Sheriff’s Medal of Honor, an award given for individual acts of extraordinary bravery performed in the line of duty at extreme risk and danger to life. I also received the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholder and County Executive Resolution Award, the New Jersey State PBA Valor Award and the Hudson County 200 Club Valor Award. I also received the Hispanic American Law Enforcement Valor Award and numerous FBI awards.
    To me, these awards are more than just accolades for a job well done. They are a culmination of my dedication to our community. I believe that the growth and vitality of the county stems from the entire community working together and the police department plays an essential role in the process. We need well-trained police officers and open communication between the police department, officials, business owners and residents. Without this type of dialogue, progress is impossible. I want to make your neighborhoods, parks and schools even safer. In addition to preventing crime, I also want to make sure that victims receive the information they need. I want to improve on our programs for keeping victims abreast of police investigations. I have seen the transitions Hudson County has gone through over the years and I know what it takes to implement change.
    This is why I would appreciate a few minutes of your time to discuss my thoughts about how the Sheriff’s department can assist you and your community. Please feel free to contact me at Markborchertpo@gmail.com
    Thank you very much for your time.
    Sincerely,

    Officer Mark Borchert

    • REALLY BRO? You come here and push yourself and not even comment on the story? Who the hell would vote for you? Are you serious????
      With that said Eddie Dolan got it all effed up. Until you punk cop speak up about the BAD COPS it will be business as usual. Hey Eddie. How come you didn’t say anything about the drunk bastard Vinny Corso? Huh? Why? How many timers were you standing there with 5 other cops while another cop was breaking 3 to 5 laws with a suspects face and didn’t say a God damn word?

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