James J. Binns Receives the 2008 Director’s Community Leadership Award

March 23, 2009

In a ceremony this past Friday at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2008 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Full story available at fbi.gov.

CBS — Holiday Meals for Heroes in Montgomery County honors fallen, injured first responders for Easter weekend

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. (CBS) — The 17th annual Holiday Meals for Heroes helped the families of fallen and injured first responders start the holiday weekend with a breakfast at Sunnybrook Gold Club.

“They’re all members of the worst club in the world, made up of the finest people in the world,” said James Binns, president and CEO of Holiday Meals for Heroes. He was talking about the families attending the breakfast on Good Friday.

Binns’ mission was to make sure no one forgets the fallen and injured first responders in these pictures. Heroes like Sergeant Christopher Fitzgerald, the first Temple University officer killed in the line of duty last year. He also wanted to honor Philadelphia Police Sergeant Richard Mendez, a 22-year veteran who was shot and killed while trying to intervene during a car break-in at Philadelphia International Airport last October.

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Jimmy Binns Vs. The Daily News

From BigTrial.net:

In one corner, we have Helen Ubinas, a Philadelphia Daily News columnist who can’t believe those “rogue cops” got their jobs back. She wants to know why our top city officials who previously did so much political grandstanding  in this case don’t have much to say about it anymore.

In the other corner we have Jimmy Binns, the veteran defense lawyer who not only represented Rocky on the silver screen but also Michael Spicer, one of the rogue cops who beat the rap and got his job back. The same Jimmy Binns who publicly predicted to Judge Eduardo Robreno at a bail hearing last August that his guy would beat all the charges and walk out of federal court a free man.

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Harley-Davidson The Motor Officer features Jimmy Binns

In Spring 2011, Jimmy Binns was featured on the cover of Harley-Davidson The Motor Officer.

James Binns Graduates From Police Academy

On December 18, 2013, James Binns graduated from the DCCC Police Academy at the age of 74. Mr. Binns received two accolades: An academic-achievement award honoring his 98.4 percent GPA (his class’ highest) and an “overall achievement award” from the Delaware County Police Chiefs Association.


Video From Mr. Binns’ Graduation & Graduation Party


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Articles Covering Mr. Binns’ Graduation

Attorney and honorary Philadelphia Police Commissioner Jimmy Binns, right, seen with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, will graduate from the Delaware County Community College Municipal Police Academy tonight. Photo courtesy of Delco Times.

74-year-old lawyer to graduate from DCCC Municipal Police Academy

By Vince Sullivan, Delaware County Daily Times
POSTED: 12/17/13, 10:47 PM EST | UPDATED: ON 12/18/2013

RIDLEY — Philadelphia attorney James J. Binns has been made an honorary police officer in more than a dozen cities and towns, including Philadelphia and Margate and Brigantine, N.J. Tonight, he will officially join the ranks of the law enforcement community when he graduates from the Delaware County Community College Municipal Police Academy at the age of 74.
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Lawyer Binns Graduates From Cop School

BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer [email protected], 215-854-2513
POSTED: December 20, 2013

PHILLY.com – WHEN DELAWARE County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy was planning this year’s graduation ceremony, it had to find a larger venue.

The reason? The expected turnout for Jimmy Binns, a city lawyer with a reputation for working closely with the boys in blue. This time, Binns wasn’t hosting the festivities: He was participating.
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Philanthropist To Graduate From Police Academy At Age 74

December 18, 2013 5:42 AM
By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – One of Philadelphia’s best-known trial lawyers will be wearing a different hat this evening, when he graduates – along with cadets three and four times younger than him – from the Municipal Police Academy, at Delaware County Community College….
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Photos From Mr. Binns’ Graduation & Graduation Party

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