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Reaching out

Mob Rule Means No Justice

Mob Rule Means No Justice

Ed. Note: Harry S. Stern is a trial attorney and managing partner at Rains Lucia Stern, a California law firm that specializes in representing peace officers. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a police officer with the city of Berkeley and a member of the Berkeley Police Association board of directors. Nearly two decades ago, the great constitutional […]

Police Lives Matter

Police Lives Matter

Ed. Note: We’re big fans of the new website Humanizing the Badge. The following is a post from the site featuring an open letter to a police officer entitled “Dear Officer, I See You.” Check it out. Very touching. Law enforcement does have a lot of support out there. Dear Officer, I want you to know that […]

Police Union Leaders Appeal to the Citizens

Police Union Leaders Appeal to the Citizens

An Open Letter to the Residents of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland As the presidents of the three largest police unions in the Bay Area of California, our overriding responsibility is to ensure that each and every police officer we represent makes it home to his or her family after every shift. Police officers […]

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A Message to Our Law Enforcement Family

A Message to Our Law Enforcement Family

Ed. Note: The aftershocks of the senseless and tragic killings of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos are being felt far beyond New York City. We wanted to share this essay we received from Tom Dominguez, president of the Orange County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. They were husbands. One was a father of two boys; […]

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Pay Wars

Suckered Again

Suckered Again

It’s amazing how often you here a police association official expressing shock, dismay, and disgust after finding out that a politician said one thing and then did another. It’s almost as if some people aren’t clear on what it is politicians do for a living. In this latest dust-up, officials with the Springfield Police Officers […]

More Pension Panic in California

More Pension Panic in California

According to a recent opinion piece published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, last month, then-state Controller John Chiang launched a new website with details of the future costs of the pensions from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the pension provider for most of California’s state and municipal employees. “The numbers from the Controller’s Office were not […]

What Pension Fund?

What Pension Fund?

On its face, Chicago’s municipal pension system is an integral part of that city’s government. It’s included in the city’s budget, is directly funded by the city, and its various boards of trustees include city officials and mayoral appointees. Yet, when it comes to enforcing the city’s anti-corruption laws in advance of the Chicago’s closely watched 2015 […]

DROP(ped) in Dallas

DROP(ped) in Dallas

Going to work for the Dallas Police Department just got a lot less lucrative. According to The Dallas Morning News, “Beginning April 1, police officers and firefighters no longer can enter the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, known as DROP.” The plan is meant to keep officers and firefighters with more than 20 years of experience […]

The Enemy

$889 Million to Kill Unions, Elect President

$889 Million to Kill Unions, Elect President

Charles and David Koch have ramped it up in their efforts to elect a president and members of the Congress and Senate, as well as kill collective bargaining, among other goals. USA Today reports the billionaire brothers plan to spend an astronomical $889 million to fund everything from advertising and data-gathering technology to grass-roots activism, in […]

Cold-Blooded Cuts in Kansas

Cold-Blooded Cuts in Kansas

Pop quiz: what do Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have in common? Answer: they’re all accomplished and innovative union busters. But even among such competition, Chris Christie stands. Not only did he decide to just skip the payments New Jersey is supposed to pay into the […]

Shafted In Florida

Shafted In Florida

In Florida, a simmering behind-the-scenes battle involving allegations of political meddling by Gov. Rick Scott’s office erupted publicly Tuesday as the ousted director of Florida’s top law enforcement agency called Scott a liar for claiming he resigned voluntarily. Former Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey said he was forced to quit without explanation Dec. […]

No Fees to Telecom, Say Canadian Police

No Fees to Telecom, Say Canadian Police

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and many other police forces are refusing to pay new fees imposed by Rogers Communications for helping track suspects through their mobile phones. Police say the telecommunications firm is legally obligated to provide such court-ordered services and to cover the cost as part of its duty to society. Rogers […]

Tactics: You decide

Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal

Ed Mullins, the president of the NYPD Sergeants union has come up with a plan to try to bridge the rift between the NYPD and communities of color in New York City—and between police departments and the neighborhoods they patrol nationwide. According to the New York Observer, his proposal is ambitious and includes proposals like […]

It’s All About the Spin

It’s All About the Spin

It’s hard to think of two people more polarizing than Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush. Yet the odds are good that one of them will be your next president. So, how does that work? Enter the public relations industry. These are the guys and gals that Hollywood actors and actresses pay to lay the media groundwork for an […]

Citizens Need to Know

Citizens Need to Know

Steve Bonano, a highly decorated deputy chief with the NYPD, died this past weekend from a rare but lethal cancer his doctors say was directly related to his work at Ground Zero after the attacks of September 11. At that time, Steve was the commander of the Department’s Emergency Service Unit, and he was at Ground Zero […]

Police Union Hires Top PR Firm

Police Union Hires Top PR Firm

The union representing rank-and-file Los Angeles police officers—the Los Angeles Police Protective League—has hired a high-profile communications and public relations firm to spearhead a campaign aimed at persuading residents and elected officials that officers deserve pay raises. Polling the residents was the first order of business. The move comes after months of stalled contract negotiations […]

Intelligence report

Keeping Calm

Keeping Calm

In Canada, where two mounties were recently shot during an active shooter attack in Alberta, public safety experts are warning against overreacting, in terms of steps to be taken to protect Canadian police officers. “There will always be unexpected cases,” Margaret Beare, a law professor at York University, told the Mission Record. “I do not want […]

Get Smart About Social Media

Get Smart About Social Media

Criminals who freely boast about their crimes on Facebook. Cops who get in trouble for tweeting on the job. We’ve all read stories of people from both sides of the law who’ve gotten busted for their bad behavior on social media. Good or bad, there’s no question it’s here to stay, and learning how to use it […]

Making Their Case

Making Their Case

Speaking in front of a presidential task force charged with improving law enforcement and community relationships, representatives from the nation’s largest police union and chiefs group cited a number of factors—including extreme poverty, untreated mental illness, and a lack of resources—as reasons for the public’s flagging  trust of law enforcement. Richard Beary, president of the International Association of Chiefs […]

Retirement: Can We Cut Costs and Improve Security?

Retirement: Can We Cut Costs and Improve Security?

This panel discussion, held by the Urban Institute, talks about pension reform at the state and local level. What do they mean for retirement security? And is there a way to cut costs for government without jeopardizing retirement security? Panelists include researchers from the Brookings Institution, the Center for Retirement Research and the Urban Institute.

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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 […]

Keeping cops alive

Keeping cops alive

Sometimes an idea comes along that makes so much sense that everyone feels good about getting behind it. In this case it’s the Major Cities Chiefs Association and other groups making a common-sense plea to make the provision of body armor to police officers mandatory. And considering the fact that far more cops are killed […]

Still time to get the Nov-Dec issue of American Police Beat

Still time to get the Nov-Dec issue of American Police Beat

Subscribe to America’s favorite law enforcement magazine – American Police Beat in the next three days and receive the November-December 2014 issue. Just $12 for one year (12 issues), $20 for two years (24 issues), $26 for 3 years (36 issues). Three years is the best buy so go for it. Call 1-800-234-0056  ext 101 […]

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Trouble sleeping?

Trouble sleeping?

Shift work causes disruptions in sleep and so does stress, too much alcohol and caffeine at the end of the day, and lots of other things all of which cops experience more than most. Here’s all the most up to date info on how you can sleep better by a leading sleep expert, Dr. Buxton […]