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NYPD RETIREE MOBILIZATION PLAN (RMP)
Shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the southern coast of the US, I proposed to Chuck Canterbury, national President of the Fraternal Order of Police, to see if it would be practical for the FOP to support the concept of a national retired LEO Corp under the auspices of the Dept. of Homeland Security. I never heard back from him.
I realize that there are many questions of liability to be overcome, but I think the concept has merit. What do you think?
Lt. Al Kerling (Ret.)
East Hartford (CT) Police Dept.
Retired to: Ormond Beach, FL
IPA #7530, Central Florida Region 39
Secretary: FOP Lodge 40, New Smyrna Beach, Fla
Great to hear from you. As you may know, the NYPD has activated the NYPD Retiree Mobilization Plan (RMP)
and has many hundreds of volunteer retirees in a database for mobilization in the event of a major incident here in NYC. Those volunteers will be receiving additional briefings and training drills in coming months to identify retirees with special skills and backgrounds as well as first responders with much needed experience. The value of this program is great when you consider that the retirees are already members of the NYPD with retiree credentials (ID cards) with digital photos and pedigree info that can be instantly verified by NYPD supervisors during mobilizations. They are also licensed to carry firearms and have many years of police training in their profiles. Most of the retirees are members of
NYPD fraternal organizations such as the the 10-13s and FOP lodges here in NYC. These factors enable the NYPD to
quickly utilize these retirees in major incidents. The fact that the retirees know the turf is also a critical actor. It is logical that the NYPD retirees are motivated by the fact that they reside here in NYC.
Their homes, families, and friends would be effected by any major incident. The idea of "Community Policing" and local law enforcement as the basis for any
emergency management concept is reinforced by the NYPD Retiree Mobilization Plan. It is also important to note that the Plan is an typical example of the idea behind
the Citizen Corps.
Your idea of a National Retired COP Corps
is an interesting concept. However, we should note that there are already mutual assistance agreements in place that enables the active police from all 50 States to respond to any major incident at the request any State. The idea is called the
Emergency Management Assistance Compact. This Compact enables cops from any State to respond into another jurisdiction for mutual aid. Whether we will some day see
the necessity for establishing a national database of retired cops for a National Retiree Mobilization Plan remains an open question.
Meanwhile, with your background and experience in law enforcement, why not start a smaller version of the retiree mobilization plan for your area in Florida? The FOP
is a great organization to use as startup for the database of volunteers. What you need are Computer Data Recorders
to input the profiles of the retirees into the database. You could use readily available computer software such as Excel 2000 to create such a database for starters.
Then apply for a grant to finance the plan from the Federal Government.
The FOP Lodges
could be the venue to practice with briefings and drills for the volunteers. With drills and practice in the ICS
and other Emergency Management concepts, your retirees would be a valuable asset to the local police and emergency management.
Once you have the database of volunteers, is a easy to use it to notify those
volunteers to mobilize in any major emergency such a Hurricane, etc.
If I can be of any assistance, let me know.
Captain, NYPD (Ret)
Publisher NY Cop Online Magazine www.nycop.com
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