April 11, 2018
This is the speech that was presented to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on April 11, 2018 during the FY2019 budget process. Over the last year the different employee groups have been meeting to coordinate a consistent message. Each employee group was asked to present on a specific topic and the Association was asked to talk about the rank of Master Police Officer. The speech is listed below:
Good afternoon Mr. Hill, Chairman Boluva and distinguished board
My name is Nick Boffi and I am the President of the Fairfax County Police Association. The Fairfax County Police Association is the oldest employee organization in Fairfax County with over 1,400 active and life members. I am in my 26th year as an officer on the Fairfax County Police Department and I have been a member of the Fairfax County Police Association my entire career.
I stand here today with the representatives from the other employee groups to speak with one voice during this budget process. We are all here today to represent the 1,800 sworn and civilian members of the Fairfax County Police some of which are here today in the audience. The officers you see before you are proud to call themselves Fairfax County Police Officers.
You will hearing from my colleagues today regarding the four budget items we all feel are priorities for the Fairfax County Police. This includes:
· The proposed market rate adjustment of 2.25% for all County employees.
· The continuation of the pay O-scale decompression of Second Lieutenant (O-22) and Sergeant (O-21) positions.
· The indexing the Animal Protection Police off of O-scale by 5%
· And formalize the Master Police Officer as a job classification and explore an automatic promotion to MPO after a set identified years of service.
I will be addressing the Board regarding the rank of Master Police officer.
In 2016 the County contracted with Public Financial Management, Inc. (PFM) to perform an organizational and compensation review of the Fairfax County Police Department. As outlined in the September 2016 Executive summary of recommendation, PFM specifically recommended (PFM 1.4 on Page 7) the County formalize the Master Police Officer role as a new job classification rather, than the proficiency pay adjustment that is currently being used.
As of March 2018 there are a total of 1,180 officers that make up the rank of patrol officer through Master Police Officer. The rank of Master Police Officer is comprised of 280 of those 1,180 officers which is about 19% of our sworn police force.
As you may be aware an officer in automatically promoted to the rank of Police Officer First Class approximately 2 years after graduating the police academy. The rank of Master Police Officer is not an automatic promotion. Promotion to that rank comes after a calculation of years of service and score on a proficiency exam. This creates a ranking of all eligible officers and promotion to the rank only occurs when a position become vacant which mostly occurs through retirement or promotion to a supervisor rank.
We believe that an automatic promotion to Master Police Officer should occur around the 12th year of service as long as the officer has met designated accomplishments and/or classes completed. PFM notated that this recommendation would reinforce the career path for officers and it is important for retaining and developing quality officers.
Mr. Hill I recalling sitting in a meeting with you regarding the budget process and you candidly said “don’t just come to me with a problem but rather come to me with a problems and its solutions”. I fully agree with your statement so I offer you this as a way of offsetting the costs of our budget priorities. The Fairfax County Police is currently running a pilot project for the use of body warn cameras. The body warn camera programs comes with a startup cost of $8 million and a minimum $4 million in recurring cost for personnel to be assigned for data maintenance , the storage of the data and FOIA requests. The implementation of this technology is a want more than a need. Compensating County employees should come before embracing a technology that is not currently needed.
I would encourage the Board to read and review the recommendations of the PFM report dated September 20, 2016. The recommendations spelled on pages 54 through 58 are right in line with our efforts of re-structuring and decompression of the O-scale. Tayloring a budget that takes into consideration the recommendations of the PFM Group would be beneficial to the men and women of the Fairfax County Police.
I want to thank the Board of Supervisors for their time and attention as you work through the FY2019 proposed budget. I would also like to recognize and thank all the men and women in public safety who put their lives in harms way ever day to protect the citizens that live and work in Fairfax County.
In 2017 the Fairfax County Police Association celebrated its 75th anniversary as an organization. As a way of marking this milestone we wanted to provide active and retired members a way to “engrave your name is history”. The Association Hall has plans to replace the existing patio and walkway with engraved pavers.
The pavers will be able to display 4 lines of text and each line can be up to 14 characters (including spaces and punctuation). Here are some examples of paver layouts:
MPO A.B. SMITH
JULY 1, 2017
The cost of each paver is $125 and payments can be made by check or credit card. The project will commence once we have satisfied our minimum order but we anticipate the pavers selling out quickly based on feedback we have already gotten on the project. We only have a finite amount of pavers we can install so seize the opportunity and engrave your name in history so that future officers can reflect on the officers that made this department what it is today.
Below is a link to an order form. Please print as many copies as you need (if you are ordering more than one paver) and then you may be mailed or dropped off at the Association Hall. Payments may also be given to an Association Board member (see website for a list of Board members). We ask that you avoid using the County mail as there is always a chance of losing the payment. As always if you have any question please contact the Association office during normal business hours or contact me directly.
Link to order form: http://www.thefcpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Paver-fliier.pdf
Children’s Halloween Party (October 28th from 12pm to 3pm)
The 2017 Children’s Halloween Party will be held at the Association Hall on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 12pm to 3pm. This event is for members and their immediate family that have already RSVP to the event. Based on responses to last year’s Halloween survey we will not be having a costume contest this year however, costumes are optional. We love seeing all of your ghosts, goblins, princes and princesses.
Badge and Patch Show (November 4th)
The Fall 2017 Badge and Patch Show will be held at the Association hall on Saturday, November 4th from 10am to 3pm. The event is open to everyone and admission is $5 per person (Spouses and children are free).
November Board meeting / member’s meeting (November 6th)
This meeting is open to all Fairfax County Police Association members and will be held on Monday, November 6th at 530pm which is a change from usually scheduled meeting (2nd Monday of each month). At this meeting we will be accepting nomination to fill anticipated Board of Director(s) seat. The election will take place in November/December timeframe and new Directors will start their term in January 2018. Anyone interested in running for a Board position should plan on attending the member’s meeting.
The Board of Directors shall have full control and management of the affairs, business and property of the Corporation. The Directors may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of their meetings and for the management of the Corporation which they may deem proper, not inconsistent with law or these Bylaws. As a Board member you will also be asked to attend monthly meetings and assist in events throughout the year.
Children’s Christmas party with Santa (December 3rd)
The 2017 Children’s Christmas Party with Santa will be held at the Association Hall on Saturday, December 2rd. A link to register for the event will be sent out the first week in November and closing date will be Monday November 20th at 5pm. This is one of our largest events and we will be having the event at two different times to accommodate. Once all the RSVPs are collected you will receive an email with your time to attend. Both sessions will offer the same food selection, activities and presents.
Here is a list of upcoming events and information we wanted to pass along to you.
Winding Roads Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (August 12, 2017)
Scott (retired FCPD) and Linda Culver would like to invite all retirees, active FCPD personnel, and any other law enforcement to a “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at their winery on August 12, 2017. They will be offering free wine tasting as well as 10% off all wines to Law Enforcement. There will be music and if enough interest, a food truck. www.windingroadcellars.com
Mission BBQ NEVER FORGET Remembrance Day (September 11, 2017)
Mission BBQ wanted to invite all first responders into their stores on this special day and as a gesture of appreciation, they would like to treat you to your favorite sandwich. At noon, they will have a live rendition of the National Anthem (Chantilly location). http://www.thefcpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/9_11-Free-Sandwich-Flyer-1.jpg
Shrimp and Crab Feast (September 15, 2017 starting at 5PM)
The Fairfax County Police Association will be hosting its annual Shrimp and Crab Feast on Friday, September 15, 2017 starting at 5:00pm. We will have crabs, shrimp, chicken, sausage and peppers, corn on the cob, hush puppies, dessert and refreshments. Tickets go on sale at the door at 4:00pm. Ticket prices are $10 for active members/life members, $20 for spouses of active member / life members and $30 for all other attendees. There will also be Live music Joe Moore. This event is not limited to Association members so bring some co-workers and have fun. http://www.thefcpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-Shrimp-Crab-Feast-Flyer-fb.pdf
Children’s Halloween Party (October 28, 2017)
Information about this event along with a link to register will be sent out in late September / early October but we wanted to make you aware of the date.
Fall Badge and Patch Show (November 4, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm)
The Fall 2017 Badge and Patch Show will be held at the Association hall on Saturday November 4th from 10am to 2pm. The event is open to everyone and admission is $5 per person (Spouses and children are free).
Children’s Christmas Party (December 2, 2017)
Information about this event along with a link to register will be sent out in November but we wanted to make you aware of the date.
The Fairfax County Police Association will be hosting our Annual Fallen Heroes Golf Tournament on June 26, 2017. The tournament will be held at the Chantilly National Golf Club, 14901 Braddock Road in Centreville, Virginia. All proceeds will go to the Fairfax County Police Association Scholarship Fund. This is a great event for golfers of all skill levels. If you are interested in playing you may register by downloading the golf registration form and sending via US Mail to the Association Hall or dropping it all at the Association Hall during normal business hours.
The Fairfax County Police Association is celebrating its 75th Anniversary as an organization this year. We have planned some events this year to help celebrate starting with our 2017 Dinner Dance. More event will occur throughout the year so keep an eye our for emails and check the website calendar for events.
The Association Hall has been slowly transforming as we update the venue. Improvement like new carpeting and flooring on the first floor of the hall and a game room are just some of the improvements. Many more are planned in the future.
Stop by and check out the new hall and give us your feedback.