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Reaching out

NYPD Cops Say Thank You

NYPD Cops Say Thank You

The PBA of New York City, the union representing 24,000 NYPD officers, is running the message below in the March issue of American Police Beat. The message is a moving, heartfelt thank you to all their brothers and sisters in law enforcement—from the U.S., Canada and around the world—who came to New York City to […]

By February 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Mob Rule Means No Justice

Mob Rule Means No Justice

Ed. Note: Harry S. Stern is a trial attorney and managing partner at Rains Lucia Stern, a California law firm that specializes in representing peace officers. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a police officer with the city of Berkeley and a member of the Berkeley Police Association board of directors. Nearly two decades ago, the great constitutional […]

Police Lives Matter

Police Lives Matter

Ed. Note: We’re big fans of the new website Humanizing the Badge. The following is a post from the site featuring an open letter to a police officer entitled “Dear Officer, I See You.” Check it out. Very touching. Law enforcement does have a lot of support out there. Dear Officer, I want you to know that […]

Police Union Leaders Appeal to the Citizens

Police Union Leaders Appeal to the Citizens

An Open Letter to the Residents of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland As the presidents of the three largest police unions in the Bay Area of California, our overriding responsibility is to ensure that each and every police officer we represent makes it home to his or her family after every shift. Police officers […]

By December 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Pay Wars

THEY DID IT! NJ Troopers Force Gov to Fund Pension

THEY DID IT! NJ Troopers Force Gov to Fund Pension

Following a lawsuit with the New Jersey State Troopers Association in the lead, a judge has ruled that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie broke the law when he refused to send the state’s required money to the state’s retirement funds so he could balance his budget. The judge’s ruling contains the following statement: “Even the […]

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RCMP Hoping Money Talks

RCMP Hoping Money Talks

The Mounties need a big raise to catch up with rival police forces and attract quality recruits, an internal report has found. According to the Globe and Mail, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Pay Council has compiled a “business case” that calls for a 10% raise, stating RCMP members have fallen far behind other […]

By February 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Weekly Roundup: Your Pay, Your Job, Your Life

Weekly Roundup: Your Pay, Your Job, Your Life

Ed. Note: Roundup and links courtesy of Ron Delord. Follow him on Twitter — @RonDeLord — for more police, fire and public employee labor news. Toledo Police Union Votes Down 3-Year ContractThe union representing police patrolmen—which was once led by Mayor D. Michael Collins—voted down a proposed three-year contract that was hammered out last week with the mayor days […]

By February 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
We Have a Deal

We Have a Deal

A tentative salary agreement announced Friday was meant to alleviate a chronic problem at the San Diego Police Department: veteran officers leaving for better-paying jobs with other police departments. After years of tight budgets and the failure of a 2010 ballot measure for a sales tax boost, a city study last year found that San […]

By February 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

The Enemy

Illinois Governor On the Attack

Illinois Governor On the Attack

Gov. Bruce Rauner has come out swinging against public employee unions by stating loud and clear that Illinois must curb government union powers and reduce spending on state employees’ salaries and benefits. Labor leaders have called the statements an attempt to “vilify” workers ahead of the Republican’s first major policy speech. In a memo to […]

The Koch Brothers’ Axi$ Of Evil

The Koch Brothers’ Axi$ Of Evil

The Koch brothers are done being shy. That’s the conclusion one would have to draw from their announcement that they hope to spend $889 million on the 2016 election, an unprecedented amount of outside money. It won’t all be theirs, however. According to The Press of Atlantic City, the super-rich siblings are assembling a kind […]

$889 Million to Kill Unions, Elect President

$889 Million to Kill Unions, Elect President

Charles and David Koch have ramped it up in their efforts to elect a president and members of the Congress and Senate, as well as kill collective bargaining, among other goals. USA Today reports the billionaire brothers plan to spend an astronomical $889 million to fund everything from advertising and data-gathering technology to grass-roots activism, in […]

Cold-Blooded Cuts in Kansas

Cold-Blooded Cuts in Kansas

Pop quiz: what do Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have in common? Answer: they’re all accomplished and innovative union busters. But even among such competition, Chris Christie stands. Not only did he decide to just skip the payments New Jersey is supposed to pay into the […]

Tactics: You decide

State Wants to Check Unions’ Books

State Wants to Check Unions’ Books

If a bill currently moving through the Nevada legislature passes, local government unions in the state would have to draft an annual report about their organization’s dues and expenditures. Many states already require police, teacher, and firefighter unions to prepare these reports. Members of the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee reviewed AB109 on Monday. It […]

By February 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
NFL Stars to Gov: You Suck!

NFL Stars to Gov: You Suck!

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback all take their marching orders from guys like the Koch brothers. That’s why they’re all trying their very hardest to please their ultra-rich masters by eliminating unions. Wisconsin could go “right to work,” as early as this week. Not to worry though—there’s […]

By February 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Both Sides Agree: You’re the Problem!

Both Sides Agree: You’re the Problem!

Many federal employees are banned from joining unions. Union membership in the private sector just fell below six percent of the workforce. Tens of thousands of cops across the country have been laid off or quit because they couldn’t make ends meet on a police officer’s wages. Big business and the wealthy will never be […]

By February 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Pressure Mounts to Replace Cops with Civilians

Pressure Mounts to Replace Cops with Civilians

The governments of Canada and the United States are in tough talks with its respective public employees, including teachers and cops. The pressure is on to cut pay and benefits—a position supported by the editorial board of a lot of local newspapers. Christina Blizzard, writing for the Toronto Sun, came out strong against the police and made […]

By February 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Intelligence report

State Wants to Check Unions’ Books

State Wants to Check Unions’ Books

If a bill currently moving through the Nevada legislature passes, local government unions in the state would have to draft an annual report about their organization’s dues and expenditures. Many states already require police, teacher, and firefighter unions to prepare these reports. Members of the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee reviewed AB109 on Monday. It […]

By February 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
You’re Playing With Fire!

You’re Playing With Fire!

It should be shocking to no one that a proposal to create a civilian oversight body to monitor police in St. Louis has turned into a total debacle. On the one hand, civilians and most city officials have expressed support for a civilian review board after the unrest following the shooting death of Michael Brown […]

By February 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Body Cams for Cops Worth Considering

Body Cams for Cops Worth Considering

Ed. Note: This is a very supportive op-ed piece piece on body-worn cameras for law enforcement, written by Tom Brodbeck, a reporter from The Winnipeg Sun. We think it’s worth a read. Cops, Crooks Should be Caught On Tape The more I read about body-worn cameras for front-line police officers, the more I like the idea. It’s […]

By February 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Court OK’s Cop’s Right to Challenge Review

Court OK’s Cop’s Right to Challenge Review

The Labor Relations Information System (LRIS), based in Portland, Oregon, is a valuable resource for public safety professionals and their employers. Case in point: their latest podcast, which features Minnesota management-side labor attorney Greg Wiley discussing a most unusual case from the Minnesota Supreme Court. The court unanimously decided that a portion of Minnesota’s public records law allows […]

By February 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Healthy, wealthy & wise

Body Armor for Divorce Wars

Body Armor for Divorce Wars

It’s no secret the percentage of cops who get divorced is high. If you are someone thinking about getting divorce or getting remarried, here’s some tips to protect yourself and your children going forward. On your pension, insurance, and other financial and investment documents you probably named your-soon-to-be ex as the beneficiary in the event […]

No Easy Cure for PTSD

No Easy Cure for PTSD

David J. Morris, a former Marine infantry officer, has suffered with PTSD for years. In a fascinating first-hand account of his experience, which appears on The New York Times‘s website, he writes eloquently about his negative experiences with one VA’s most popular treatments for PTSD, prolonged exposure therapy. After one month of treatment, Morris began […]

Keeping cops alive

Keeping cops alive

Sometimes an idea comes along that makes so much sense that everyone feels good about getting behind it. In this case it’s the Major Cities Chiefs Association and other groups making a common-sense plea to make the provision of body armor to police officers mandatory. And considering the fact that far more cops are killed […]

Still time to get the Nov-Dec issue of American Police Beat

Still time to get the Nov-Dec issue of American Police Beat

Subscribe to America’s favorite law enforcement magazine – American Police Beat in the next three days and receive the November-December 2014 issue. Just $12 for one year (12 issues), $20 for two years (24 issues), $26 for 3 years (36 issues). Three years is the best buy so go for it. Call 1-800-234-0056  ext 101 […]

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