• 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.


    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. Read More…

  • ‘A Walk To Remember’ in Jersey City celebrates lives of all fallen officers – Mike D’Onfrio | The Jersey Journal

    -3c70372619390d92Blisteringly cold weather did not prevent hundreds from turning out in Liberty State Park to march for Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago and all officers killed in the line of duty throughout the United States in 2014.

    The Jersey City Police Detective’s Benevolent Association hosted “A Walk To Remember” Saturday afternoon. The 5K walk was a march of solidarity for police officers everywhere and to help stem the tide of recent animosity toward police officers, said Mark Razzoli, a member on the executive board of the JCPD-DBA and a JCPD detective.

    “With all this demonization currently of law enforcement, we just wanted to let the families who lost loved ones that you’re not going to be forgotten,” Razzoli said, a veteran of the force for more than two decades.

    “All lives matter — it doesn’t matter who you are,” he added.

    The walk drew upwards of 300 people which included about 100 Jersey City Police officers and family members, residents, and officers from various other states — including New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Maryland, among others.

    In addition, legislative leaders showed up at the event, including Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, among others.

    Fred DiMase, a Jersey City Police detective who’s been on the force for 26 years, did not seem surprised that the day’s event attracted officers from far outside of Jersey City.

    “It’s the thin blue line,” DiMase said. “If you put it out there that we’re going to represent every guy in the country, there’s a good chance that you’re going to get people from every place … to come out.

    “It’s a community,” DiMase added. “We’re brothers and sisters.”

    While the sun shined unimpeded thorough the clear January sky on Saturday, those who participated in the 5K walked through Liberty State Park braved temperatures which hovered in the mid-20s.

    The walk honored the 118 police officers killed while wearing their uniforms in 2014, a list that includes Santiago, the 23-year-old freshman Jersey City Police officer who was shot and killed on July 13.

    The day’s event was also a fundraiser to benefit the Melvin Santiago Fund, a memorial fund for Santiago’s family; and Brothers Before Others, a law-enforcement organization which sends flowers to the surviving families of officers killed in the line of duty.

    Among those at the walk on Saturday was Ronnie Gonzalez-Ramos, the cousin of Rafael Ramos who was the New York City Police officer shot and killed alongside his partner Wenjian Liu in Bedford-Stuyvesant in December.

    Ronnie Gonzalez-Ramos, who was joined by his wife and two daughters, held a large framed picture at the walk which he had made that featured a photo of Rafael Ramos.

    “I brought it here to put a face to the number,” Ronnie Gonzalez-Ramos said. “I don’t want to just carry his badge. I want people to see who he was.”

    At the end of the event around 1:30 p.m., Ronnie Gonzalez-Ramos said the day’s event was “overwhelming.”

    “I feel that we should honor the fallen in every way,” Ronnie Gonzalez-Ramos said, “but we should also honor the living. There are lots of cops that are still alive here that carry the torch that the fallen officers left behind. We need to back them up in every way and support them in every way so that this sort of tragedy doesn’t happen again.”

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  •’s Julie Kayzerman Covers Jersey City’s Walk to Remember

    Julie Kayzerman covers the Walk to Remember organized by the Jersey City Police Department DBA. To learn more about the event or read the article, go to

    -cbe37b9e18be538dThe Jersey City Police Department Detective Benevolent Association will honor the country’s 118 fallen officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2014 during its “Walk to Remember” at Liberty State Park on Saturday.

    “I think we have in recent weeks been unjustly demonized by protesters,” said Det. Ed Dolan, president of the DBA and organizer of the event. “I think what we need to do is get the awareness out of the number of officers that were killed in the line of duty. We owe it to their family, to the department to know that these officers are never forgotten for the sacrifices they made.”

    The 5K walk will set out from the foot of Audrey Zapp Road at North Cove Field at noon. It will go West around the Christopher Columbus statue and head to the public walkway towards the southern end of the park. It will then do a turnaround to end where it began, according to Dolan.

    Registration is free and begins at 10:30 a.m., however pre-registration can be done online at

    All proceeds of the event will benefit the family of Jersey City Police Det. Melvin Santiago, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 13.

    The first 1,000 people to register for the walk will receive a wool cap with the Badge No. 2650 — the badge number of Santiago.

    “In the United States of America, the police are the ground forces for peace and justice and any ambush or execution of a law officer, whether it be in Jersey City like Officer Santiago, in Pennsylvania with the tragic loss of State Trooper (Bryon) Dickson, or in New York City with officers (Wenjian) Liu and (Rafael) Ramos, the targeting of police officers while in uniform is unacceptable,” Dolan said.

    Donations will be accepted for the DBA Fallen Officer’s Fund, which raises money for the loved ones of officers killed in the line of duty.

    Funds raised from the event will be set aside to benefit Santiago’s younger brother, Alex, according to Dolan.

    “Of the 118 heroes, some we knew, others we never met, but on Jan. 17 we will honor all,” Dolan said.



  • Watch the PIX11 Coverage of the JCPD Walk to Remember

    jcpdwalkHundreds, including Senator Robert Menendez and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, gathered at Liberty State Park in Jersey City on Saturday, where an 118-second moment of silence was observed for the 118 members of law enforcement across the country who died in the line of duty in 2014. Watch the PIX 11 coverage here

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (PIX11) – Hundreds, including Senator Robert Menendez and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, gathered at Liberty State Park in Jersey City on Saturday, where an 118-second moment of silence was observed for the 118 members of law enforcement across the country who died in the line of duty in 2014.

    One of last year’s four fallen New Jersey officers honored was Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago.  The 23-year-old, on the job only 7 months, was shot to death in July while responding with his partner to a call of an armed robbery at a Walgreens. Read More…

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