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Reaching out

It’s Time to Restore Our Police Department

It’s Time to Restore Our Police Department

Ed Note: The authors of this opinion piece are Paul Kelly, president of the San Jose Police Officers Association, and James Gonzales, vice president of the San Jose Police Officers Association. It originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. It has been a gut-wrenching two weeks for the men and women of the San Jose Police Department. On […]

Remembering the Fallen

Remembering the Fallen

Tony Aguerre is a deputy with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and the law enforcement liaison for the NorCal chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), an organization that provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The San Francisco […]

VIDEO: Officer Helps Homeless Family

VIDEO: Officer Helps Homeless Family

Robert Wood had just returned to Oregon from Alaska with his two young sons, wife and baby-to-be. According to a report from KMTR News, they hadn’t found housing yet, so Wood said he was planning to sleep in the car with the family at Alton Baker Park to save money. That’s where a Eugene Police […]

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 […]

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Pay Wars

Conflict Over Collective Bargaining

Conflict Over Collective Bargaining

The executive board of Nevada’s most powerful police union began efforts to fire its longtime leader this week, exposing a messy internal battle over collective bargaining legislation and labor politics. In a union memo obtained by the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Police Protective Association treasurer Scott Nicholas listed at least eight transgressions allegedly committed […]

Suit Likely if Raises to Retirees Aren’t Paid

Suit Likely if Raises to Retirees Aren’t Paid

Scranton’s police pension board plans to sue the city if members don’t get their raises. Only the pension board has the authority to administer the pension funds, board solicitor Larry Durkin said Wednesday. That means the Pennsylvania city had no right to halt raises based on its claim that the severely distressed funds cannot not […]

Texas Supreme Court: No Early Withdrawls

Texas Supreme Court: No Early Withdrawls

In a landmark decision, the Texas Supreme Court has upheld a controversial ruling that prevents public employees in the city of Houston from cashing in early on their pensions. Below is the press release in full, announcing the decision. — HOUSTON, March 24, 2015 – Baker Botts LLP, a leading international business law firm, announced that on […]

California Workers May Lose Pensions

California Workers May Lose Pensions

This is tough reading from the Los Angeles Times, which has run a story with the headline, “California public workers may be at risk of losing promised pensions.” The story reads: “As millions of private employees lost their pension benefits in recent years, government workers rested easy, believing that their promised retirements couldn’t be touched. Now the safety […]

The Enemy

AZ Gov Vetoes Pro-Cop Bill

AZ Gov Vetoes Pro-Cop Bill

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey vetoed legislation this requiring law enforcement agencies to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months, nixing a bill that was inspired by last year’s events Ferguson, Missouri, and similar incidents around the country. According to USA Today, legislatures around the nation are taking up various pieces […]

Pressure to End Dues Deduction Rises

Pressure to End Dues Deduction Rises

Tom Mechler, the newly elected chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, is all for passage of  SB 1968, a bill that would end the practice of automatic payroll deductions for labor union dues for the majority of public-sector unions in Texas, claiming it will “restore fairness to the negotiating process.” “We don’t think the unions should be […]

Texas GOP Chair Needs to Hear from You

Texas GOP Chair Needs to Hear from You

The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Chairman Tom Mechler said he supports SB 1968, a bill which, if passed, would end the practice of labor union dues from being automatically withheld from the paychecks of government employees. While the bill does include an exception for police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel—whose unions will […]

Florida’s Governor Did What?

Florida’s Governor Did What?

From the moment Florida Governor Rick Scott was elected, our friends in Florida have been fighting his efforts to privatize police jobs, cut pay and pensions, lay off cops, and privatize all the state’s prisons. Maybe all that stress has impacted his brain. Otherwise, there is no explaining his recent move to order one of […]

Tactics: You decide

Get Them On Your Side

Get Them On Your Side

Great idea from the Dallas PD: Schedule coffee hours with cops and the community, then spread the word via social media. Wonderful opportunity for officers to get to know the people they serve. Even more importantly, it’s an opportunity for them to get to know you better. It’s a win-win. Good idea for your union […]

Unions Under Attack Nationwide

Unions Under Attack Nationwide

The bad news keeps coming for employee unions and associations whose mission is to fight for better pay, benefits, and work rules for their members. According to the Associated Press, Republican lawmakers in statehouses nationwide are working to weaken organized labor, sometimes with efforts that directly shrink union membership. For example, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker […]

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 […]

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VIDEO: Police Association President Runs for Mayor

VIDEO: Police Association President Runs for Mayor

The outspoken president of the Memphis Police Association, Mike Williams, is running for Mayor, and surprisingly, the veteran police officer doesn’t list public safety as his campaign’s top issue. Instead, getting a fairer deal for the working taxpayer is his top priority. Williams has been a thorn in the side of Mayor A C Wharton, […]

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Intelligence report

Former Police Leaders Plead Guilty

Former Police Leaders Plead Guilty

Two leading members of the Jacksonville law enforcement community have pled guilty for their participation in a slot machine scam that has become the talk of Florida. Nelson Cuba, the former president of the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police, and Robbie Freitas, the Order’s former vice-president were convicted following a state probe into a gambling and money-laundering […]

Are We Just Suckers?

Are We Just Suckers?

Your fund may be paying Wall St. snakes to “manage” the funds investments. After all, the guys that crashed the economy in 2008 are nothing if not trustworthy and good at their jobs. So, how did it work for New York City when they made a deal with the devil? Not so good. Consider the […]

John Arnold: Enron’s Anti-Pension Crusader

John Arnold: Enron’s Anti-Pension Crusader

Former Enron trader and hedge fund billionaire John Arnold may be about to launch a national publicity campaign to convince U.S. voters of the need to reform public pensions, according to a document seen by Reuters. Arnold, who has given tens of millions of dollars to politicians and groups backing reforms of public pension plans in over a […]

Bill Could Be Costly for Texas PSUs

Bill Could Be Costly for Texas PSUs

A bill filed by Texas State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) could prove to be the financial death penalty for many public-sector labor unions across the state. According to breitbart.com, the bill—SB 1968—was filed at the very end of the bill filing period for this Legislative Session last Friday, and would end the practice of automatic […]

Healthy, wealthy & wise

Tackling the “Stress” Problem

Tackling the “Stress” Problem

Ed. Note: This article was written by John Fleming, President, New York City Detectives Investigators Association. It is well documented that law enforcement officers have a greater morbidity and mortality rate than the general population, due in part to an increased risk in cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, obesity, and suicide. Law enforcement officers also suffer more […]

Pensions are More Than People

Pensions are More Than People

Good pension plans support more than the people receiving the money. They also support their neighbor and their communities in a big way. This op-ed by Toronto Star Finance Editor Adam Mayers is a must-read. READ MORE

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 […]