The NLEOM Committee, on which the FOP has two representatives, met yesterday to discuss the matter. The FOP representatives voted in favor of the measure to include Sebenas name on the wall.
President Canterbury informed us that one of our FOP representatives on the committee was actually the one who made the motion to table the issue. This FOP representative, who has been a member of this committee for some time, interpreted that the vote to include Sebena was poised to fail. Had this occurred, the measure would have been dead and not revisited. Our representative made the motion to table to ensure that the measure would stay alive and would receive additional investigation and further consideration.
Below is a statement released to us by President Canterbury following the meeting.
The National Fraternal Order of Police has reviewed the facts of the case surrounding the death of Officer Jennifer Sebena of the Wauwatosa Wisconsin Police Department and has made the determination that we will honor her at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on May15th.
Jennifer’s tragic death was a result of being murdered while on duty and the FOP will call her name in our Roll Call of hero’s during the annual service that we have hosted for the past thirty-one years.
The FOP respects the decision of the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund to delay their vote on the inclusion of her name to the Memorial Wall and we anticipate participating in the discussion at the Spring Board meeting when Officer Sebena’s case will be discussed.