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Reaching out

Sensible Policies for Body-Worn Cameras

Sensible Policies for Body-Worn Cameras

By Sean Van Leeuwen Assembly Bill 1940, (Cooper-D) is currently in the California Senate and is legislation which ALADS supports. The bill requires law enforcement agencies to develop policies and procedures for regulating body-worn cameras for peace officers and contains sensible requirements for those policies, which include privacy protections for the public. As I wrote in […]

RNC Convention: Cleveland Cops Set Up for Failure

RNC Convention: Cleveland Cops Set Up for Failure

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Brigid Mary McDonnell at Fox News by Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, in preparation for an interview he was giving to the news channel. In this letter Loomis lets McDonnell know about the abysmal situation in Cleveland regarding equipment, training, communications, and other […]

Louisville Cop Gave Ali His Start

Louisville Cop Gave Ali His Start

Most people know the story of the police officer who helped a distraught 12-year-old boy after his bicycle was stolen. It was Louisville Police Officer Joe Martin who encouraged Cassius Clay to come to his boxing club and give the sport a try. The rest is history. Scroll down to read Officer Joe Martin’s obituary […]

Our Integrity Has Been Compromised

Our Integrity Has Been Compromised

Ed. Note: There is a growing trend among police associations to speak out when the chief or other high-level managers at the agency engages in behavior that compromises the reputation of the department. This statement from Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, is the latest police union to take a stand. Preserving the […]

Pay Wars

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 […]

Mass Exodus in Dallas

Mass Exodus in Dallas

Dallas police officers are leaving in droves. Via WFAA News 8: The department is not just losing young officers, but veterans and detectives who could be future leaders, officers told News 8. Many say low morale is plaguing the department under the leadership of Chief David Brown. “The big joke is we talk about — […]

The Enemy

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: […]

Why the Plan to Destroy Unions Failed

Why the Plan to Destroy Unions Failed

Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor in the Bill Clinton administration and currently a professor at Berkeley, recently took to his Facebook page to share his thoughts on why what he calls the “Republicans’ plan to destroy unions” failed in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. Here’s the post in full: Today’s tie vote in […]

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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 […]

Obama-Backed Bill Led to Pension Cuts

Obama-Backed Bill Led to Pension Cuts

Via TheIntercept.com: One of the many obscure provisions jammed into a last-minute budget bill in 2014 endorsed and signed by President Obama is leading to what would be the first cuts in earned pension benefits to current retirees in over 40 years. The Washington Post reports that the Treasury Department is on the verge of […]

Intelligence report

Not Guilty

Not Guilty

A Baltimore judge acquitted the police officer facing the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray on Thursday, delivering a broad rebuke of a case that he said lacked evidence. Via the Baltimore Sun: Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 46, drove the transport van in which Gray sustained fatal injuries. He is the second officer cleared […]

The New Face of Law Enforcement?

The New Face of Law Enforcement?

Here’s the best ammunition you will ever find to use against the people who want to privatize the profession of law enforcement. It turns out Omar Mateen was a licensed and armed security guard employed by G4S, one of the largest security companies in the world. The company had Homeland Security contracts to transport illegals […]

Trump Divides Union Members, Leaders

Trump Divides Union Members, Leaders

Labor leaders have moved aggressively to tamp down rank-and-file members’ support for Donald Trump, but the likely Republican presidential nominee continues to split the labor movement. Via The Washington Times: The unions have highlighted business practices at Mr. Trump’s hotels and resorts that they deem anti-union, including efforts against unionizing Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas […]

Hacker Targets Celebs, Police

Hacker Targets Celebs, Police

A hacker calling himself “KEEMSTAR”—in reference to a YouTube star—has made the latest attack on a law enforcement agency. This time, it’s the Peel Regional Police force in Canada that’s the victim. The Peel Regional Police’s official Twitter account was suspended Monday night after someone claiming to be “KEEMSTAR” apparently hacked the account and began […]

Healthy, wealthy & wise

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, […]

401(k)s Are Flawed Investment Strategy

401(k)s Are Flawed Investment Strategy

This op-ed from the New York Times, written by two experts on retirement funds and money managing, claims IRAs and 401(k)s are flawed programs for a retirement fund. The authors make a strong case that defined benefit pensions are superior—and even come up with their own plan that’s similar to the DB pension program. A […]