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"Message from the Editor"
by Albert J. Camisa


     This year’s Annual Conference had a registration of 275 individuals. The number of registrants that actually attended was 223, with an average of 200 in each session.

    Why is that statistic important? Due to those 275 individuals that registered for the conference, we were forced to limit the attendance to our awards luncheon. The breakout rooms at our disposal would not accommodate 275 students, so we were faced with the decision to use a portion of the Palladium Ballroom for class on the day of the Luncheon. Had we known that 50 individuals wouldn’t have attended the conference, the breakout rooms would have sufficed.

     This is an example of how the actions of some can have a domino effect on others.

    I have previously mentioned that should NJNEOA members continue to register for free training, and then fail to notify us or cancel their attendance, there would be a need for some type of repercussion. During the year, there are many individuals that do take the time to be considerate and inform us of their change of plans. Unfortunately, by this year’s conference, it seems that there are still many who could care less of how their actions can affect others.

     Going forward, we will be enforcing an “attendance penalty” on those members who consistently ignore our request to be notified if they will not be attendance.

    It is unfortunate that it has to come to this. But the NJNEOA is a professional organization providing training to law enforcement and we expect our members to also conduct themselves professionally.

    Lastly, I wish to thank all those agencies and individuals who take advantage of our trainings and for your continued support.


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