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Reaching out

LAPD union wants citizens to call City Hall

LAPD union wants citizens to call City Hall

Police union produces video to educate public what low pay and no raises will do to a once proud police department Alarmed at the continued decline of real wages endured by Los Angeles police officers, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) – the union representing all sworn personnel in the LAPD up through the […]

Really, really, happy cops

Really, really, happy cops

This video from Baltimore PD has been a big success. What’s your take on it?

San Antonio POA Pres makes the case

San Antonio POA Pres makes the case

Watch Mike Helle – it’s a polished television appearance Please be patient. You have to listen to the city manager (very lame)  before Mike takes the “mic.” Watch a masterful interview with Mike Helle, president of the San Antonio POA, on Texas Public Television as he debates the city manager about the proposals to cut […]

Police Association President blasts high crime and lack of funds on Facebook.

Police Association President blasts high crime and lack of funds on Facebook.

If you want to get some attention Facebook is the way to go because people frequently spend about half the time they’re supposed to be on the clock on FB. But you can use that advantage to get your message out. The head of the Memphis Police Association, Michael Williams, recently took to Facebook to […]

Pay Wars

My way or else

My way or else

Officials with the San Antonio Police Officer’s Association Thursday said City Manager Sheryl Sculley threatened to lay-off more than 50 public safety employees in a meeting last week. “Let me be very specific- there was absolute clarity in which she said they were going to have layoffs,” said POA president Michael Helle. “(The question) was […]

Chief surprised by lawsuit

Chief surprised by lawsuit

With contract negotiations between the town and New Canaan, Connecticut Police Union Local 1575 already having dragged out for over a year — and no agreement in sight — the already sluggish progress now faces another fly in the ointment. The union filed a complaint with the Connecticut Labor Department’s Board of Labor Relations accusing […]

Beware those bearing gifts

Beware those bearing gifts

In Lexington, Kentucky, the city’s police association has not yet decided if it will take advantage of a change Mayor Jim Gray made last week that will allow police officers to use police cruisers for personal use at no cost. Gray made the change by executive order recently after a week of back-and-forth between the […]

Three cop monte’

Three cop monte’

It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book. A mayor seeking to significantly cut police pay tells residents that they won’t see any fewer cops on the street as the result of the cuts. Of course there will be far fewer crimes solved because the cuts, promises the mayor, target those useless cops sitting […]

The Enemy

Scott gets his payback

Scott gets his payback

Over the past few years, private prison firm GEO Group has become known for inmate abuse, workplace violence, and fraudulent reporting at its U.S. facilities. That will not stop Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) from headling a $10,000-per-person VIP fundraiser at the home of GEO Group Chief Executive Officer George Zoley. Attendees can also attend […]

Epic corruption at huge fund

Epic corruption at huge fund

Fred Buenrostro, a former CEO of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), plead guilty in federal court last week to conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud. Buenrostro was the CEO of CalPERs from 2002 to 2008 and admitted to engaging in numerous corrupt and illegal activities while managing the second largest pension fund in […]

Cops as political props

Cops as political props

A Florida Police Assciation official filed a complaint today with the Florida Elections Commission, accusing Gov. Rick Scott of illegally coercing on-duty police officers to attend a campaign event in Tampa on Monday. The complaint was filed by Jeff Marano of the Florida Police Benevolent Association, a union supporting Scott’s leading Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist. […]

Lying liar lies about lying and lies about it poorly

Lying liar lies about lying and lies about it poorly

We’ve got a great story about Florida governor Rick Scott using cops as props at a political event. That’s actually illegal in Florida but we doubt Scott’s shaking in his $600 loafers. Anyway, CNN’s Anderson Cooper couldn’t help notice the difficulty the gov. had when reporters asked him about the kerfuffle. Click the link below […]

Tactics: You decide

Sick out’s got people talking

Sick out’s got people talking

Nearly 500 police officers reported out sick on Monday as part of a “Blue Flu” in Memphis. According to Memphis NBC station WMC-TV, the sickout, which has gone on for several days, forced the city to call in Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies to help man the popular Beale Street entertainment district on Saturday. On Sunday, […]

F.O.P. releases interactive crime map

F.O.P. releases interactive crime map

The D.C. FOP has unveiled an online crime map on their website, meant to provide users with a new resource to monitor crime in city neighborhoods. The crime mapping technology is similar to a tool the Metropolitan Police Department already offers on their website, but information from the union’s mapping system can be broken down […]

Fair and balanced

Fair and balanced

In Connecticut, the police association representing New London police expressed frustration this week over what it claims is an internal review by department leadership into a posting on the union’s website. At issue is a posting asserting that a Fox television news reporter was “verbally assaulted” while trying to collect information from the police department. […]

I’m no “boss” and the association is not a union!

I’m no “boss” and the association is not a union!

Here’s how successful the union busters have been in terms of winning hearts and minds – all they have to do is say the word “union” and pretty much everyone ducks for cover. In Costa Mesa, California, the head of the Costa Mesa Police Officers Association recently wrote an opinion piece in the local paper […]

Intelligence report

Don’t be a sucker

Don’t be a sucker

Warren Buffet is rich and you’re not. Therefore it makes sense to listen to him when he’s handing out free investment advice. Buffet’s no dummy. He knows that people that fall for empty promises of huge returns are suckers. That’s why he says individuals, corporations, and yes – pension funds should play it safe if […]

Down with Facebook

Down with Facebook

We are frequently besieged with requests from law enforcement leaders for information that will encourage people to avoid, or at least think clearly about, the use of so-called social media like Facebook. As any employer or association leader is painfully aware, police officers and association members can frequently be their own worst enemy when they […]

Make sure they know

Make sure they know

When a citizen gets a phone call from someone claiming to be raising money for charity for a police association the odds are extremely high that it’s a scam. Little old ladies are pretty quick to pull out their checkbooks and credit cards when someone asks for a donation to help the families of officers […]

The mind of Chris Christie

The mind of Chris Christie

The most troubling aspect of 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie’s refusal this week to make necessary contributions to his state’s pension system was not the budget maneuver itself — it was that almost none of the debate surrounding the move said anything about what it was really all about. Christie depicted the maneuver as a […]

Healthy, wealthy & wise

Best blogging apps

Best blogging apps

Kit Eaton, the personal tech columnist for The New York Times, has some apps that will make it easier for you to blog from your iPhone, iPad or Droid. This is an easy way to post articles on your association’s website or Facebook page. If you work on your association’s communications effort, you will find […]

More bad news for that secure retirement

More bad news for that secure retirement

This time the story is out of Ventura County in California where a controversial proposal to eliminate the current pension plan and switch for a 401k style plan has qualified for the November ballot. The proposal easily exceeded the 26,000 verified signatures it needed to make the ballot. Proponents gathered more than 40,000 signatures, with […]

What “pension reform” means to your wallet

What “pension reform” means to your wallet

For those that haven’t been paying attention, there has been a wildly politically popular move by activists and state legislatures to radically alter traditional defined benefit programs that used to be what public employees would count on to pay their bills after they stop working. Outfits like The American Legislative Exchange Council and their allies […]

Stress and children of the badge

Stress and children of the badge

We know that being a law enforcement officer or married to one has its challenges, but now we know that extended exposure to secondhand stress and trauma affects our kids as well. It’s a problem some police associations are trying to help with.. by Mark Bond Law enforcement children can develop traumatic stress vicariously by […]