A Message From President Paul DiGiacomoJanuary 24, 2020
For the past fifteen years, Michael J. Palladino led the Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc. with steadfast loyalty. During his tenure as President, the accomplishments of our organization have been second-to-none. A 40-year veteran of the Department, Mike was also one of the countless cops who helped turn New York City around. I could not be more honored to take over as your President and to not only continue, but to build upon this clear record of accomplishments. I can assure you that the DEA Executive Board, the Board of Trustees, and every Delegate — your fellow Detectives — will strive to elevate the DEA to new heights in serving you, our members.
The people of New York City owe each of you a debt of gratitude for your dedication and hard work in keeping us safe. You truly are the “Greatest Detectives in the World.” This is so much more than a slogan; it is the reputation that has been earned by you, and those who came before you — some of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice. Each of you carries on this legacy through the important work you do each and every day.
In my more than 36 years in law enforcement, I cannot remember a time when being part of a union has been more important. As we enter a new year, and a new decade, we will face many challenges. Criminal justice “reform” — and the anti-police rhetoric that helped fuel these changes — threatens the safety and security of our City and expands the rights of criminals at the expense of everyday New Yorkers. These changes will undoubtedly make our jobs as Detectives even more challenging. Your union will be with you every step of the way to help you meet and overcome these challenges.
These are some of the many reasons we continue to battle on your behalf to achieve an equitable contract for our members that ensures we are compensated fairly for the ever-important role we have in keeping New Yorkers safe. It is why we will continue to battle before the City Council and in Albany to counter the false, anti-police narrative that is so prevalent today. It is why we will continue to fight for our members’ rights: both in court, and in the court of public opinion. Every one of you deserves nothing less. Be assured that all of your Board members and Delegates are working tirelessly to ensure you have what you need to stay safe, healthy, and informed. We encourage you to get involved and stay engaged in all of our efforts. Together, we are stronger, smarter, and there is no limit to what we can accomplish. Remember, in unity there is strength.
Like every one of you, I am immensely proud to carry the gold shield of a New York City Police Detective. Our gold shield is the most iconic and recognized symbol in all of law enforcement. Together, with our new executive team — Vice President, Paul Morrison; Secretary, Kenny Sparks; Treasurer, Jeff Ward; Borough Directors, Brian Hunt and Frank Ciccone; Sergeant at Arms, Scott Munro; and the entire Board of Officers — we look forward to representing you, “The Greatest Detectives in the World.”