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Reaching out

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

When one of your members does a rescue and there’s a photo like this one, give it the widest possible distribution on your website and all social media. This one image can counteract a thousand bad ones. The story was distributed by the Indiana State Police Public Information Office. THE STORY: At around 9 am […]

It’s Time to Restore Our Police Department

It’s Time to Restore Our Police Department

Ed Note: The authors of this opinion piece are Paul Kelly, president of the San Jose Police Officers Association, and James Gonzales, vice president of the San Jose Police Officers Association. It originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. It has been a gut-wrenching two weeks for the men and women of the San Jose Police Department. On […]

Remembering the Fallen

Remembering the Fallen

Tony Aguerre is a deputy with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and the law enforcement liaison for the NorCal chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), an organization that provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The San Francisco […]

VIDEO: Officer Helps Homeless Family

VIDEO: Officer Helps Homeless Family

Robert Wood had just returned to Oregon from Alaska with his two young sons, wife and baby-to-be. According to a report from KMTR News, they hadn’t found housing yet, so Wood said he was planning to sleep in the car with the family at Alton Baker Park to save money. That’s where a Eugene Police […]

Pay Wars

Christie Steering the Titanic Right Into an Iceberg

Christie Steering the Titanic Right Into an Iceberg

If you are a State Trooper in New Jersey, you probably will want to read this article. Actually, everyone who is worried about whether their employer is making their pension fund payments as required by contract and law, should read this. No matter whether Governor Chris Christie wins or loses a New Jersey Supreme Court […]

Landmark Pension Law Unconstitutional

Landmark Pension Law Unconstitutional

In a huge victory for public safety unions and associations and all public employees and retirees across the State of Illinois, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled unconstitutional a landmark state pension law that aimed to scale back government worker benefits to erase a massive $105 billion retirement system debt, sending lawmakers and the state’s […]

Rookies Want “Greener” Pastures

Rookies Want “Greener” Pastures

Finding good talent is tough. Keeping it is even tougher. According to The Dallas Morning News, a recent study conducted by the Dallas Police Association of 1,279 of its  members—about a third of the 3,500-member department—found that 80% rated morale “low” or “the lowest it’s ever been.” And 354 said they were looking for jobs […]

No More Big Pay Raises for Cops

No More Big Pay Raises for Cops

The days of Las Vegas police getting raises of six to eight percent “are over,” said Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak. Sisolak, vice chairman of Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee, said police can expect moderate salary increases—one to three percent—from now on, effectively putting an end to larger pay raises going forward. Sisolak was responding to […]

The Enemy

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. […]

AZ Gov Vetoes Pro-Cop Bill

AZ Gov Vetoes Pro-Cop Bill

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey vetoed legislation this requiring law enforcement agencies to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months, nixing a bill that was inspired by last year’s events Ferguson, Missouri, and similar incidents around the country. According to USA Today, legislatures around the nation are taking up various pieces […]

Pressure to End Dues Deduction Rises

Pressure to End Dues Deduction Rises

Tom Mechler, the newly elected chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, is all for passage of  SB 1968, a bill that would end the practice of automatic payroll deductions for labor union dues for the majority of public-sector unions in Texas, claiming it will “restore fairness to the negotiating process.” “We don’t think the unions should be […]

Texas GOP Chair Needs to Hear from You

Texas GOP Chair Needs to Hear from You

The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Chairman Tom Mechler said he supports SB 1968, a bill which, if passed, would end the practice of labor union dues from being automatically withheld from the paychecks of government employees. While the bill does include an exception for police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel—whose unions will […]

Tactics: You decide

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.

Rethinking Your Response

Rethinking Your Response

Following public outrage over the death of an unarmed, fleeing suspect by police in North Charleston, the Tri-County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3 has released a statement acknowledging the shooting was “beyond comprehension,” while also defending law enforcement and lashing out at the “untruths” surrounding the case from critics. “Do not allow the professional race […]

Get Them On Your Side

Get Them On Your Side

Great idea from the Dallas PD: Schedule coffee hours with cops and the community, then spread the word via social media. Wonderful opportunity for officers to get to know the people they serve. Even more importantly, it’s an opportunity for them to get to know you better. It’s a win-win. Good idea for your union […]

Unions Under Attack Nationwide

Unions Under Attack Nationwide

The bad news keeps coming for employee unions and associations whose mission is to fight for better pay, benefits, and work rules for their members. According to the Associated Press, Republican lawmakers in statehouses nationwide are working to weaken organized labor, sometimes with efforts that directly shrink union membership. For example, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker […]

Intelligence report

Sen. Criticizes Obama’s Stance on LEO Safety

Sen. Criticizes Obama’s Stance on LEO Safety

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) has taken his defense of the nation’s law enforcement profession to the White House. After delivering an unannounced, pro-police speech on the Senate floor two weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Republican sent a letter to President Obama calling for an end to the newly announced ban on transferring military-grade weapons to local […]

VIDEO: Policing 2.0

VIDEO: Policing 2.0

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard has unveiled a 12-point plan for police reforms. Bouchard says he doesn’t believe policing is broken but does need an upgrade—what he calls “Policing 2.0.—and his recommendations focus on enhanced training, boosting accountability, and weeding out  problem candidates before they are hired. It’s an ice-breaker for law enforcement and legislative […]

Police Research Group Shocked at Findings

Police Research Group Shocked at Findings

According to The Huffington Post, Chuck Wexler, the executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, said his organization has “never before encountered” the types of profit-driven policing practices it found in parts of St. Louis County, “Our organization found a situation that, in many ways, is dysfunctional and unsustainable,” Wexler said in a statement yesterday […]

VIDEO: The Body Cam Debate Continues

VIDEO: The Body Cam Debate Continues

Body cam believers say the technology can help provide accountability and transparency in potentially controversial circumstances. At least, that’s the idea. But the recent controversies and scandals also have introduced questions about how often officers’ stories line up with what’s on video. Last summer, a rookie police officer in Oakland, Calif., pulled his gun on […]

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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 […]

Tackling the “Stress” Problem

Tackling the “Stress” Problem

Ed. Note: This article was written by John Fleming, President, New York City Detectives Investigators Association. It is well documented that law enforcement officers have a greater morbidity and mortality rate than the general population, due in part to an increased risk in cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, obesity, and suicide. Law enforcement officers also suffer more […]

Pensions are More Than People

Pensions are More Than People

Good pension plans support more than the people receiving the money. They also support their neighbor and their communities in a big way. This op-ed by Toronto Star Finance Editor Adam Mayers is a must-read. READ MORE

Body Armor for Divorce Wars

Body Armor for Divorce Wars

It’s no secret the percentage of cops who get divorced is high. If you are someone thinking about getting divorce or getting remarried, here’s some tips to protect yourself and your children going forward. On your pension, insurance, and other financial and investment documents you probably named your-soon-to-be ex as the beneficiary in the event […]