FLEOA Praises Former BJA Director Jon Adler

FLEOA Praises the Leadership of Former BJA Director Jon Adler

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           September 23, 2019


WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) today issued the following statement to announce the retirement of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Director Jon Adler from federal law enforcement.

FLEOA National President Larry Cosme said, "Director Adler has served for over 29 years in federal law enforcement protecting America and augmenting officer safety initiatives. FLEOA is proud to honor Adler’s public service, commitment to our nation’s security, and impact on the law enforcement community.”

Appointed by President Trump in December 2017 to oversee one of the largest grant funding bureaus in the Department of Justice, Director Adler has dedicated his time to ensure that law enforcement received full grant funding and training resources in support of its noble mission. Every year, the BJA administers and implements billions of dollars in grant funding through its’ over 56 federal programs targeted, in part, to support the law enforcement community. Those programs include the VALOR Survive and Thrive initiative, the National Officer Safety Initiative, the Public Safety Partnership, the Bullet Proof Vest Partnerships, the Public Safety Officers Benefits (PSOB) and other critically important programs.

Director Adler was also honored to oversee the Congressional Badge of Bravery national awards program which was born out of a legislative draft he authored in 2006. During his law enforcement career, Director Adler was a lead advocate for ensuring our 9/11 First Responders received the medical attention and honors they earned. FLEOA praises Director Adler for his steadfast commitment to combat the rise in law enforcement suicides. His mantra, "Smash Stigmas, Save Lives" will live on.

Prior to his Presidential appointment, Director Adler served as the National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association our nation’s leading association dedicated to protecting federal law enforcement. In that role, Director Adler oversaw the passage of over 20 pieces of legislation including the original James Zadroga 9/11 World Trade Center Health Screening bill, a bill to ensure federal officer can access their Thrift Savings Plan at age 50 without penalty, and the aforementioned Congressional Badge of Bravery, a signature piece of legislation authored by Director Adler.

Director Adler also serves as the President of the Federal Law Enforcement Association Foundation which focuses on providing immediate and direct aid to federal law enforcement officers injured or lost in the line of duty or dealing with medical hardships. Under Director Adler’s tenure, the Foundation has given over $1 Million in direct aid to federal law enforcement officers and their families in need, including support for the surviving family of those who take their own lives.

Director Adler started his federal law enforcement career with the Treasury Department and spent the majority of his career as the Chief Firearms and Tactical Training Officer with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. FLEOA is honored that Director Adler concluded his service after hosting the FLEOA National Heroism and Valor Awards Ceremony this month. Although retired from government service, we anticipate that Director Adler will remain engaged in the non-profit sector by directing his passion towards supporting America's Finest.

FLEOA National President Cosme concluded, "Few individuals have had the impact on federal law enforcement as Jon Adler has. His leadership and commitment to the profession of law enforcement has not only made law enforcement better but has made its officers and America safer.”

Words of praise for Director Adler on his retirement:

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, "Serving 7 years as the leader of the prestigious FLEOA and then as the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Jon has become one of our nation’s best known and most respected law officers. As Director of BJA, Jon worked diligently to provide millions in grants to law enforcement in every corner of America.”

FLEOA Immediate Past President Nathan Catura said, "Jon has been both a great mentor and friend. There are few that can match the caliber of work and dedication he has given to the professional of law enforcement.”

Ed Mullins of the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association said, "I have had the privilege to know Jon for many years, and value our friendship and his consummate professionalism. As BJA Director, Jon implemented important changes to the PSOB Program, helped to eliminate the stigma associated with post-traumatic stress in law enforcement, and developed innovative programs to improve officer mental health and wellness. His leadership will definitely be missed, and his retirement is a loss to law enforcement across this Nation.”

The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) said, "Jon Adler has been a friend and close ally to the National Association of Police Organizations. Throughout his career as a federal agent, as the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, as the president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, and as a leader of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund he has stood up for and defended the rights of rank-and-file officers across the nation. We thank Jon for his service to the nation and wholeheartedly congratulate him on his well-earned retirement.”

The Major County Chiefs Association (MCCA) President Chief Art Acevedo said, "Jon’s love and support of law enforcement was readily apparent during his tenure at BJA. His career long commitment to advancing the profession and his work on officer safety and wellness pushed the boundaries in a way that compelled us all to work harder and be better. He was, and will continue to be, a great friend of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.”

Jonathan F. Thompson, Executive Director and CEO of the National Sheriff’s Association, said, "Over the past three decades Jon Adler has served in law enforcement admirably. In his time at the Justice Department he has been a great supporter of the criminal justice community. He has had law enforcement’s back and worked tirelessly on their behalf as an unwavering advocate for victims, officers and deputies. He will be sorely missed.”

FLEOA is the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 27,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies.