Jerry Flynn is the Executive Director of the New England Police Benevolent Association, Inc. Officer Flynn brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position, prior to joining New England PBA, Inc.; Officer Flynn was elected National Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) and served as Executive Director and Director of Organizing. He also served as a vice president of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) and served on the Board of Directors for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Inc (NLEOMF) and the Law Enforcement Steering Committee (LESC) in Washington, D.C.
In his capacity as a law enforcement labor leader, Officer Flynn was also the Governor’s appointee to the Massachusetts Joint-Labor Management Committee (JLMC) and served as Police Chairman for over five years. The committee resolves contractual disputes between municipal police & fire unions and the towns they serve. Officer Flynn has testified before the United States Congress on a number of high profile issues including the Columbine School Shooting, Collective Bargaining Bill, Patient’s Bill of Rights, The William Deagan Law, C.O.P.S. Program and he was the keynote speaker at the White House on The Brady Law at the request of President William Jefferson Clinton. His riveting speech was published in the Congressional Record of the United States Congress on August 6, 1998 at the request of Congressman Martin T. Meehan (D-Lowell).
Deborah began her police career in 1983 with the Town of West Bridgewater and joined the Middleborough Police Department in 1985. Prior to this she worked for Norfolk-Bristol Ambulance and later Ambulance Systems of America. She worked in patrol for 13 years and then as the court liaison for four years. During this time she served as secretary of her local from 1988 to 2000. She was promoted to the rank of sergeant in May 2001 and has worked on the midnight shift for a majority of the last eight years. In 2003 the sergeants and lieutenants split from the patrolman’s local and Deborah was elected President of NEPBA Local 96, a position which she holds today. Deborah is an instructor with the Municipal Police Training Committee instructing in the areas of Standard Field Sobriety Training (SFST) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). Deborah was a member of the 1994 graduating class from Western New England College in Springfield, MA with a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement degree and a 1998 graduate of Southern New England School of Law in Dartmouth, MA. She was admitted to the MA bar in 1999.
Fr. Paul T. Clifford
The Executive Committee of the New England Police Benevolent Association, Inc. has selected the Reverend Paul T. Clifford to serve as the New England PBA’s first Chaplain. Fr. Clifford is well-known and well-respected in police circles and is also the Chaplain for the Hopkinton (MA) Police and the Massachusetts Police Association (MPA).
Fr. Clifford is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Boston. He was born and raised in Norwood, MA and attended Xaverian Brothers High School, graduating in 1982. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1992 and his first assignment was to St. Joseph’s Parish in Wakefield, MA. In 1997, he was transferred to Ste. Marguerite d’Youville Parish in Dracut, MA. “Father Paul” as he is often known formally began his work as a chaplain in the year 2000 with the Greater Lowell Critical Incident Stress Team and, later that year, was invited to serve as Chaplain for the Massachusetts Police Association. From 2002-2006 he served as chaplain of the Dracut Police Department (New England PBA Local 4). In July of 2006 he was transferred to St. John’s in Hopkinton, MA.