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Reaching out

Baton Rouge Police Union: We Are Grieving

Baton Rouge Police Union: We Are Grieving

Sunday, July 17, 2016…A day we will never forget. The day three of our own brothers were gunned down in a senseless act of cowardice. They may be gone, but will never be forgotten. Mathew Gerald, Montrell Jackson and Brad Garafola are true heroes. Please join us in praying for their families and the speedy […]

Toxic Rhetoric Must Stop

Toxic Rhetoric Must Stop

By Daryl Turner, President, Portland Police Association Last Thursday night an entire nation watched Dallas Police officers rush toward gunfire to protect and aid protesters caught in the crossfire. Twelve officers were shot. Five officers made the ultimate sacrifice without regard to the race, creed, color, gender, religion, or sexual orientation of the people they were […]

VIDEO: Dade County PBA Speaks Out

VIDEO: Dade County PBA Speaks Out

John Rivera, president of the Dade County PBA in Florida, recently appeared on Telemundo to present the law enforcement perspective on the situation in Dallas and other recent events. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CLIP For those who don’t speak Spanish, the translation of the interview is below. LUIS CARLOS VELEZ (CO-HOST): Perhaps the first […]

Reflections From a Dallas Police Officer

Reflections From a Dallas Police Officer

By Major Max Geron, Dallas Police Department “Hey, man, this is Reuben. I don’t know if you heard, but there’s a citywide assist and reports of officers down at the demonstration. I’ve got some guys and we’re headed that way, and I just wanted you to know, in case you hadn’t heard.” That was my first […]

Pay Wars

Now, HERE’S Double-Dipping!

Now, HERE’S Double-Dipping!

Via The Oregonian/OregonLive: The city of Tualatin threw a luau last month for Police Chief Kent Barker to mark the end of his tenure with the city. Barker, who’d spent the last 13 years as chief, was retiring, the city said. What officials had not publicly said was that Barker, 57, had already retired. According to […]

Raw Deal

Raw Deal

Via TRIBLive: Thirteen members of the Pittsburgh Police Bureau’s command staff, in a unusual move, warned Mayor Bill Peduto of “dire” consequences if an arbitration panel’s draft contract for union police officers is permitted to stand. The officials, none of whom belong to the police union, predicted in a strongly worded letter delivered Thursday that […]

Indicted Sheriff To Get Pay Raise

Indicted Sheriff To Get Pay Raise

Via Chattanooga, Tennessee’s WRCB-TV: He has been urged to resign by everyone from state lawmakers to county commissioners. Last month, Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold was indicted on federal charges, along with his chief administrative deputy, Joe Russell, and his uncle, John Vanderveer. But Arnold has indicated he’s not going anywhere. That means taxpayers will continue […]

Cops May Be Forced to Carry Insurance

Cops May Be Forced to Carry Insurance

A measure that would require police officers to carry professional liability insurance could be on Minneapolis ballots in November’s general election. Via the Star Tribune: Members of the Committee for Professional Policing, a local police accountability group, plan to deliver about 12,000 petition signatures to the city clerk on Thursday. If enough of those signatures […]

The Enemy

Make Threatening an Officer a Federal Crime

Make Threatening an Officer a Federal Crime

John Rivera, president of the Dade County PBA, asked us to circulate this message. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez is proposing that anyone threatening the life of a police officer be charged with a Class E Felony under the Federal Code, which is what one is charged with if they threaten the life of […]

Defense Attorney Calls Police “Dishonest”

Defense Attorney Calls Police “Dishonest”

Via MyNewsLA.com: The union representing the California Orange County sheriff’s deputies Friday blasted a decision by the Attorney General’s Office to not pursue criminal charges in a fight between a criminal defense attorney and an Orange County District Attorney investigator. “It is truly unfortunate that criminal defense attorney James Crawford is being allowed to get […]

The Charade Is Over!

The Charade Is Over!

CA Governor’s Initiative Will Allow Early Release of Violent Inmates By Eric Siddall Governor Brown’s charade is over! His own spokesperson admitted that his initiative will allow early release of violent prison inmates. Well respected Sacramento columnist Dan Walters, following up on the excellent analysis by California District Attorney Association, got the governor’s spokesperson to […]

Profits and Police “Reform”

Profits and Police “Reform”

Sometimes, it gets depressing following the money, but it has to be done. This story, which recently aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, is quite an eye-opener. There’s not a police association out there that doesn’t have a nightmare story about dealing with insurance companies denying benefits to people who should be receiving them. Via NPR: […]

Tactics: You decide

It’s Time to Have a Difficult Talk

It’s Time to Have a Difficult Talk

Ed. Note: This outstanding editorial was sent to us by Aaron Hanson (below), the former president of the Omaha Police Officers Association. It originally appeared in the Omaha World Herald. It’s Time to Have the Difficult Talk On Policing and Race World-Herald editorial We need to talk. Americans need a calm, measured conversation about policing and race, […]

Furor Over Police Pension Funding

Furor Over Police Pension Funding

Via the Chicago Tribune: In Illinois state lawmakers dealt a surprise loss to Gov. Bruce Rauner when a handful of Republicans joined with Democrats to override his veto of a bill to provide Chicago with financial relief in paying for police and fire pensions. But the fight and threat to pensions is far from over. […]

Former Chicago FOP Prez Speaks Out

Former Chicago FOP Prez Speaks Out

According to the Chicago Tribune, from the moment Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police started negotiating its first contract with City Hall 35 years ago, the union identified an issue that would prove key to its members: ensuring officers had robust protections when they were investigated for misconduct. City Hall had its own focus: money. “The […]

Cops Accused of “Slowdown”

Cops Accused of “Slowdown”

Minneapolis police officers filing into the daily roll call at Fourth Precinct headquarters recently got more than the standard debriefing before taking to the streets on the North Side. Via the Star Tribune: With shootings rising and arrests plummeting, the precinct’s commander, Inspector Mike Friestleben, erupted—calling officers cowards and accusing them of slacking on the […]

Intelligence report

VIDEO: PBA Prez Gets Ahead of Curve on Shooting

VIDEO: PBA Prez Gets Ahead of Curve on Shooting

Rather than wait, John Rivera, president of the Dade County PBA, called a press conference to explain a tragic shooting and what really happened. Via WSVN.com: The Miami-Dade Police Union president said Thursday afternoon that Kinsey did everything right and that the North Miami Police officer was aiming for the patient out of fear that […]

Union Prez Told to Not Wear Uniform

Union Prez Told to Not Wear Uniform

Via the Star Tribune: The president of the Minneapolis Police Federation said Monday that he has been ordered not to wear his uniform during media interviews while representing the union, one week after he angered the mayor and others for calling the Minnesota Lynx attendance “pathetic.” Lt. Bob Kroll, who heads the union representing rank-and-file […]

Dallas Tragedy: How You Can Help

Dallas Tragedy: How You Can Help

If you are wondering how you can help the families of the slain Dallas Police Officers, the Dallas Police Association has set up a fund, an effort that is supported by Dallas Chief David Brown. As we continue to grieve the loss of the five officers murdered in Dallas last Thursday, so many of you are […]

VIDEO: Indy F.O.P. Prez Talks Dallas

VIDEO: Indy F.O.P. Prez Talks Dallas

Rick Snyder, president of the Indianapolis F.O.P., wanted to share this video which shows the messaging effort the morning after the incident. Snyder said he hoped the effort would set the tone for the days ahead. CLICK HERE to watch.

Healthy, wealthy & wise

Alcohol & Cops: The Risks are Real

Alcohol & Cops: The Risks are Real

By John Becker Mention the words “police officer” and many images come to mind. One of the most common is someone strong standing in between innocence and danger. Law enforcement officers face so many risks today. Drug use, robberies, and violent crimes are on the rise. Repeat offenders seem to perpetually revolve through the justice […]

Huge NYC Pension Fund is Dropping Hedge Funds

Huge NYC Pension Fund is Dropping Hedge Funds

New York City’s $60 billion civil employees pension fund has reportedly decided to drop all of its investments in hedge funds. According to Bloomberg: New York City’s pension for civil employees voted to exit its $1.5 billion portfolio of hedge funds and shift the money to other assets, deciding that the loosely regulated investment pools didn’t perform […]

Break Time

Break Time

Police work is super stressful, but these Canadian officers believe they’ve found a cure—meditating before roll call!

Health Care Benefits at Risk!

Health Care Benefits at Risk!

A conservative think tank has advised New Jersey to focus more on the rising cost of health care for government retirees than pension system reforms. According to Phil Gregory, writing for the blog News Works, New Jersey has one of the highest per-capita obligations to retiree health care. Unlike the separate investment accounts for pensions, […]