Be on Guard at All Times Against Targeted Attacks

July 5, 2017

As you are no doubt aware, early this morning we lost our sister P.O. Miosotis Familia, 46 Pct., to yet another targeted attack by a perp whose only objective was to murder a New York City police officer. This was the third cold-blooded assassination of an NYPD member in the past two-and-a-half years, and the sixth fatal line-of-duty shooting during the same period.

We have said it too many times already, but the gravity of this situation cannot be overstated: the dangers we face every day on the street have reached a level not seen in several decades. No matter where we are in this city, no matter what we are doing, we are targets. It does not matter whether we are working in uniform or plain clothes, whether we are assigned to patrol or to non-enforcement duties: as long as we have a New York City police officer’s shield on our chest or in our hip pocket, there are individuals out there looking to do us harm. We absolutely must be cognizant of that reality, every moment of every day, and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and our colleagues.

The PBA will continue to do everything in its power to ensure that our members have the tools they need to protect themselves, to hold accountable all who stir up anti-police hatred and to bring the perpetrators of violence against police officers to justice. But we once again implore all PBA members to be vigilant at all times, both on and off duty, especially when in a Department vehicle, a Department facility or any other location or situation that makes your police officer status evident.

Even as we mourn our fallen sister, we cannot afford a moment of inattention or distraction. In our current dangerous environment, we must be able to rely on our fellow police officers to watch our backs and back us up in every situation. As we have said again and again, the greatest security measure we have is each other. There must be one primary objective on every tour that we work: everybody goes home.


Patrick J. Lynch