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Reaching out

Time To Stop the Finger Pointing

Time To Stop the Finger Pointing

by Daryl Turner In the wake of protests and demonstrations of unity at NFL games and the President’s fueling the controversy, a new police organization, created to break down barriers between law enforcement and the communities they serve, is calling for a real discussion to solve the issues being raised. The United Coalition of Public […]

Dear Anthem Protesters: Police are Not the Enemy

Dear Anthem Protesters: Police are Not the Enemy

By Tom Wetzel Many years ago, when I was in the police academy, we spent a couple days on civil disturbance training. An older chief who was right out of central casting as a drill sergeant was the instructor, and he trained us as well as he could in the short time he had. I […]

R.I.P. Deputy Haak
Rochester Police Locust Club (NY) Joins PubSecAlliance

Rochester Police Locust Club (NY) Joins PubSecAlliance

The Rochester Police Locust Club is the newest member of our online community of law enforcement union leaders and their members. The Rochester Police Locust Club was founded on April 17, 1904 – over 100 years ago. Today the association represents sworn personnel of the Rochester Police Department. The name “Locust Club” refers to the […]

Pay Wars

Hope for Pay Raises in St. Louis

Hope for Pay Raises in St. Louis

Via St. Louis Public Radio: Voters in St. Louis will be heading out to the polls to decide on a half-cent tax increase. If it passes that would mean a raise for the city’s police and firefighters.   According to a story from St. Louis Public Radio, getting voters to support “Proposition P” is no […]

Who Will Pay for New Contract?

Who Will Pay for New Contract?

Cops in Philadelphia just landed a new $245-million-dollar, three-year contract, but where the money will come from to fund it is a bit of a mystery. The plan is to dip into reserves, but according to the city’s mayor, that could change. With two other union contact agreements in the works, the city will have […]

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VIDEO: Detectives Fight Plan to Cut Pensions

VIDEO: Detectives Fight Plan to Cut Pensions

by Michael J. Palladino President Detectives Endowment Association/New York City Here in the State of New York, there is a push by some political factions to hold a new Constitutional Convention. The position of the Detectives’ Endowment Association has been “vote NO” on this referendum. Not only would a Constitutional Convention needlessly cost the New […]

By September 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
No Raises for Cops; $140M for Stadium

No Raises for Cops; $140M for Stadium

by Brianna Dunn The Shreveport Police Officer’s Association in Lousiana is strongly opposing a “G” league basketball arena that will end up costing the city over $140 million. After years and years of asking for a much-needed and well-deserved pay raise, the millions approved for the arena is infuriating, says Shreveport POA President Michael Carter. […]

The Enemy

One Cop’s Take On Colin Kaepernick

One Cop’s Take On Colin Kaepernick

by Gary Delagnes (Ret.), San Francisco PD Colin Kaepernick was raised in Turlock, California, by two white parents who adopted him at a young age. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to a white, 19-year old single mother. His father, who was African American, apparently left before Colin was born. Colin was put up for adoption […]

Real Police Facing Private Takeover

Real Police Facing Private Takeover

by Brianna Dunn What until you hear this one. The State of Michigan is looking to let private, profit-making companies take over the work of licensed, certified law enforcement officers. This will happen if Arlan Meekhof, the state Senate’s Majority Leader, has his way. If the bill passes, the legislation would allow cities, towns, school […]

Cops Speak Out Against Use of “Thin Blue Line” by Hate Groups

Cops Speak Out Against Use of “Thin Blue Line” by Hate Groups

by Brianna Dunn Police union leaders are condemning the use of the “thin blue line” by hate groups and extremists. The symbol and phrase were originally created for communities to show their support of law enforcement officials. In a statement released Monday, The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) in a statement on Monday […]

What Is the Arnold Foundation Hiding?

What Is the Arnold Foundation Hiding?

By Eric W. Siddall As stories emerge about the Arnold Foundation’s “algorithm” pretrial release tool, we should be disturbed about the results. As covered in a previous blog, use of the tool is linked to two murders and the wholesale release of dangerous felons. However, a Wired story raises even more questions about the Arnold […]

Tactics: You decide

Minneapolis Considering Residency Incentives

Minneapolis Considering Residency Incentives

Minneapolis could possibly reward officers who work in the city and live there as well. Right now, state law does not require that police live in the same city they work in. “We know right now that there are very, very few officers that live and then work in the city,” said Councilman Jacob Frey, […]

By September 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Court Deems Evergreen Clause Constitutional

Court Deems Evergreen Clause Constitutional

As the city continues to assert that a portion of the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association’s collective-bargaining agreement is unconstitutional, they’re not only running out of options in their legal fight but money as well. Recently, the 4th Court of Appeals in Texas ruled against the city which argued that the “Evergreen Clause,” which keeps […]

Automatic Dues Collection Under Attack

Automatic Dues Collection Under Attack

Texas may become the next state that bars paycheck deductions for certain public employees to cover membership dues for labor unions or associations if Republican leaders have anything to say about it. The Texas Tribune has reported that other states have seen mixed results after doing the same thing. For months, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott […]

Outsiders Clamor for Police Contract Changes

Outsiders Clamor for Police Contract Changes

According to a report from CBS News, a coalition of community and legal groups is calling for changes in Chicago Police Union contracts. They say those contracts make it easier for misconduct to exist.Of particular concern is the contract provision that prohibits anonymous complaints of police conduct and requires sworn statements from victims. But Fraternal […]

Intelligence report

Dallas 9-1-1 Back On Track

Dallas 9-1-1 Back On Track

By Brianna Dunn, special correspondent for American Police Beat  Police officials in Dallas are proud to say that they’ve solved a problem plaguing the department. The city’s 911 call response time is now back to where it should be thanks to a combination of a hiring spree, a little remodeling, and a lot of appreciation from […]

ALADS Continues Legal Fight Over “Brady” List

ALADS Continues Legal Fight Over “Brady” List

by ALADS Board of Directors The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) is a founding member of PubSecAlliance. The California Supreme Court has decided to hear the appeal requested by Sheriff Jim McDonnell regarding the well-reasoned Appellate Court decision, which found the department’s proposed release of its self-created Brady list to be illegal. While the […]

VIDEO: Harvey’s Horrific Aftermath

VIDEO: Harvey’s Horrific Aftermath

We received this message from a Houston resident and longtime reader of American Police Beat: I thought APB readers would like an update on conditions in Houston. Things are weird and crazy. People are traumatized. FEMA is a nightmare as you can imagine. Insurance checks are being stolen from people’s mailboxes. We have to drive carefully […]

Bill Bratton On the Future of American Policing

Bill Bratton On the Future of American Policing

Earlier today, former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and other law enforcement professionals talked about community policing at The Heritage Foundation, in Washington, D.C.  They discussed the challenges and successes of police departments in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other major cities. Other topics addressed included data collection by police departments, […]

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Healthy, wealthy & wise

Cops Forgo Raise to Keep 4-3 Schedule

Cops Forgo Raise to Keep 4-3 Schedule

by Brianna Dunn The Baltimore F.O.P. continues to argue that a four days on, three days off shift schedule is a necessity for officers and even more important than a raise. The F.O.P. says the 3-4 schedule gives officers a chance to relax and recover after working some serious overtime. According to the Baltimore Sun, […]

LISTEN: No Sleep? You’d Better Fix That!

LISTEN: No Sleep? You’d Better Fix That!

Many people say police are in a constant state of sleep deprivation. Is that your story? If so, please listen to this podcast, in which host Will Aitchison interviews Kelley School of Business Professor Cristiano Guarana about his research on the effects of sleep deprivation in the work environment and its implications on public safety employees. […]

If Things Go Bad, You Need a Plan

If Things Go Bad, You Need a Plan

Thinking about an unexpected, life-changing event can be unsettling. But death or illness can happen at any time, especially when you’re in law enforcement. Unfortunately, most of us do not make the plans we should and younger people sometimes go years before they plan. So what does it take to get people to sit down and […]

Officer Suicides: Agencies Must Do More

Officer Suicides: Agencies Must Do More

Every law enforcement agency has a responsibility to care for the physical, mental and financial health of their officers, but few take this responsibility seriously. In this article, Brian Mc Vey, a former Chicago cop, takes on the issue of police suicides and his former department’s failure to take proper care of their officers who […]