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Community and Police Get on Same Page

Community and Police Get on Same Page

Daryl Turner, the president of the Portland police union, wrote us to share the following news story along with this note: “This news report, rather than the usual negative bashing we get from the media, shows that our citizens and the police are on the same page—we have too few officers in Portland to keep people […]

Shocker: $12M in Extra Fees

Shocker: $12M in Extra Fees

Leaders of Orange County’s (California) largest public retirement system publicly criticized their contract statisticians for taking months to reveal information that is slated to trigger at least $12 million per year in extra payments from cities and other public agencies. The changes, by the actuary firm Segal Consulting, affect government payments into public safety pension […]

Eloquent Letter Bridges the Divide

Eloquent Letter Bridges the Divide

San Jose POA President, in open letter to the community, heals some wounds by Paul Kelly, President, San Jose Police Officers Association About a month ago, I was working in full uniform in a marked police vehicle when I was pulled over to the side of the road in our downtown area.  I watched two […]

Reaping the Bitter Rewards of Proposition 47

Reaping the Bitter Rewards of Proposition 47

Ed. Note: This post was written by the board of directors of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA), a collective bargaining agent representing nearly 1,000 Deputy District Attorneys who work for the County of Los Angeles. A recent New York Times story suggested it’s time to reform the criminal justice system because according to […]

Pay Wars

He’s Back!

He’s Back!

You can’t keep these creeps down. No matter how many times the voters defeat their plans (in this case an aggressive attempt to slash pensions for all public employees in California), they just keep coming back. This time it’s former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio and former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed who have come […]

Pensions for Retired Troopers Under $16K

Pensions for Retired Troopers Under $16K

No, you are not seeing things. Close to 100 Michigan State Troopers who retired 20 to 30 years ago may soon get their annual pensions raised to $16,000 a year. The Michigan Senate unanimously approved two bills June 17 to adjust the pensions, sending them to the House for consideration. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Al […]

VIDEO: Police and Fire Speak Against Pension Changes

VIDEO: Police and Fire Speak Against Pension Changes

On the eve of a final vote on Jacksonville, Florida’s pension reform, police officers and firefighters spoke out against the plan saying it will do nothing but hurt them, because current officers and firefighters and new hires will have to pay more into the pension program. The city called it shared sacrifice. Officer Michael Taylor, […]

Victory! Court Restores Pension Cuts

Victory! Court Restores Pension Cuts

This week the California State Supreme Court issued a ruling that will permit thousands of San Francisco city employees and retirees to regain increases in future pensions that voters had sought to eliminate. A lower-court ruling had restored the increases for employees who retired after November 1996 and for future retirees, and the court on […]

The Enemy

CNN Anchor Calls Dallas Gunman “Brave”

CNN Anchor Calls Dallas Gunman “Brave”

By now most of you have heard the bizarre comments from CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield, who called the actions of the gunman who opened fire on Dallas Police Headquarters with heavy weapons “courageous” and “brave.” Below is a letter Mike Glasser, the president of the New Orleans Police Officers Association, has written to CNN. To […]

They’re Hell-Bent on Gutting Your Pension

They’re Hell-Bent on Gutting Your Pension

A proposed ballot measure in California would reduce pension payments for state and local government employees in the nation’s biggest state. And guess who is behind the scheme—former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio and former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed! We knew they would be back, and they are. They will try to tap the […]

ALEC Accused of Tax Evasion

ALEC Accused of Tax Evasion

The American Legislative Executive Council, otherwise known as ALEC, is being accused of tax evasion – passing itself off as a tax-exempt charity when it’s really using taxpayer dollars to subsidize its lobbying efforts. One of the top items on its agenda is to eliminate unions and collective bargaining—both public and private sector—throughout the U.S. […]

Does Anyone Care?

Does Anyone Care?

Ed. Note: This article was written by Craig Lally, President, Los Angeles Police Protective League. Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of violent events and public demonstrations that have dominated news coverage in outlets across the nation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those communities as they look to rebuild. […]

Tactics: You decide

VIDEO: Bratton’s Bold New Policing Initiative

VIDEO: Bratton’s Bold New Policing Initiative

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is making big moves with his agency, ushering in what he describes as “a new era of policing” called One City: Safe & Fair Everywhere. Here’s what Bratton had to say about his bold new plan: Today, four realities require change in the way the NYPD does its job. We must […]

PBA Prez Buys Pizzas for Protestors

PBA Prez Buys Pizzas for Protestors

Here’s an interesting tactic. When a group of angry citizens got together to protest recent comments made by John Rivera, the president of the Dade County PBA, he went out and bought them all pizza. It was an unusual move by a police union leader, and although we don’t know for sure what the impact […]

My View of the McKinney Incident

My View of the McKinney Incident

As a retired police officer with over 27 years on the job, the news story and video on the officer at a pool disturbance down in McKinney, Texas, looked pretty bad. I also watched a TV interview with the young lady in the video on the ground, her father, and the family lawyer—none of them […]

VIDEO: Gov Wants Lethal Force Reform

VIDEO: Gov Wants Lethal Force Reform

In every state in the nation, bills are being proposed that would alter use-of-force policies and training for police officers. Ohio Governor John Kasich is the latest politician to jump into the act. He’s proposing a statewide standard for officers on lethal force. Thoughts? Leave a comment below.

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SCOTUS Ruling Could Spell Disaster for Public Employee Unions

SCOTUS Ruling Could Spell Disaster for Public Employee Unions

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would hear a major challenge to California’s public unions and decide whether they may charge fees to non-members to support collective bargaining. At issue is a 1970s-era court precedent that allows these unions in California and 20 other states to collect “fair share” fees from all employees. The […]

Police Union Prez Calls Protestors “Liars and Race-Baiters”

Police Union Prez Calls Protestors “Liars and Race-Baiters”

Dozens of protestors forced the temporary closure of the Louisville Metro Police headquarters on Monday afternoon in a protest that sought the firing of the local police union leader for his reaction to an officer-involved fatal shooting. Last Thursday the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter released a letter to the community. Signed by Louisville […]

CNN Needs to Hear From You

CNN Needs to Hear From You

Tom McCabe got this list together of CNN Headline Advertisers and posted it on the American Police Beat Facebook page. He is making it easy for us to all call and protest the comments of Fredricka Whitfield’s comment that the Dallas gunman was brave and courageous. First thing tomorrow – Monday – take a minute […]

F.O.P. Protests Tattoo, Baseball Hat Policy

F.O.P. Protests Tattoo, Baseball Hat Policy

A new policy prohibiting Chicago PD officers from having any tattoos showing or wearing knit hats or baseball bats while on duty has drawn strong criticism from the Chicago F.O.P., the department’s largest union. The F.O.P. has stated the Department should have negotiated the policy before unilaterally making the decision. Several officers expressed extreme displeasure […]

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VIDEO: “Dear Officer, I See You”

VIDEO: “Dear Officer, I See You”

Ask anyone in Law Enforcement why they do what they do, and chance are they’ll tell you it’s not for the glory, the thank yous, or the appreciation of the people they help serve and protect. But that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy hearing it once in a while. Unfortunately, that’s not too often—but an organization […]

VIDEO: Special-Needs Training is a MUST

VIDEO: Special-Needs Training is a MUST

Proper training for dealing with members of the community suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, and other cognitive problems has never been more vital. Fortunately, Project Lifesaver International is here to help. This non-profit organization trains/certifies/educates members of law enforcement and first responders how to locate individuals who may wander due to autism, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s, […]

Do Your Pension People Know the Fees?

Do Your Pension People Know the Fees?

Ed. Note: This article, written by Yves Smith, originally appeared on NakedCapitalism.com. We felt it was more than worth sharing.  As we’ve mentioned, many of the fees and costs that private equity investors bear are hidden from them by virtue of being shifted to the portfolio companies. For instance, private equity firms charge what Oxford […]

The Rift Must Heal

The Rift Must Heal

Ed. Note: The following is an op-ed written by Sgt. Sal Giarratani (Ret.). We have created in this country a rift between law enforcement and the communities that depend on them for public safety. When either or both sides of this equation lose trust in the other, the order in our society is disrupted. Two […]