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Police Association President Arrests Suspect—On His Street!

Police Association President Arrests Suspect—On His Street!

A suspect stealing things from parked cars at six in the morning, was probably shocked when he was apprehended in the act by Mike McCormack, the president of the Toronto Police Association, despite the fact that Mike had not strapped on his gun and badge for ten years. According to a report in the Toronto […]

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An Assault on Common Sense

An Assault on Common Sense

by Daryl Turner As we are continuously crippled by catastrophic staffing shortages at both the patrol and investigative levels, Portland Police officers, sergeants, and investigators are responding to increasing crime rates, record calls for service, and rapidly evolving livability issues at an unprecedented rate. While City Hall balks at the idea of increasing the overall […]

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NYPD Sergeant Acquitted On All Charges

NYPD Sergeant Acquitted On All Charges

by Ed Mullins It is with much joy and relief that I report Sgt. High Barry was acquitted of all charges related to the death of an emotionally disturbed woman named Deborah Danner on October 18, 2016. The three-week bench trial was heard before Judge Robert A. Neary in the Bronx Criminal Court. Ms. Danner […]

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Fingerprint Scanner to Track On-the-job Time

Fingerprint Scanner to Track On-the-job Time

Following reports of overtime fraud, the Baltimore Police Dept. will make officers scan their fingerprints at the start and end of shifts to prove they’ve worked the hours claimed. According to a report by Kevin Rector in The Baltimore Sun, the new policy will be implemented in hopes the department can reduce ongoing overtime spending […]

New Jersey Cops Fighting for Their Pensions

New Jersey Cops Fighting for Their Pensions

by Brianna Dunn With former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie out of the way, police and firefighter unions in New Jersey are fighting to get back control of their pensions. The bill that would hand control back over to them, called S5, was vetoed by the former governor last year. According to NJ.com, The Senate […]

Police and Attorney Say “No Way” to Restrictive Use of Force Policy

Police and Attorney Say “No Way” to Restrictive Use of Force Policy

While saying it found “much to agree with” in a consultant’s report, the Madison Police Department and its union has rejected a recommendation to move toward a more stringent standard for the use of deadly force. They also raised issues concerning potential problems with appointing a civilian-controlled outside auditor to oversee the department. According to […]

Jury Is Out On This Police Review Board

Jury Is Out On This Police Review Board

Ed. note: If your agency has had experience with civilian review boards—pro or con—please let us know. You can comment on the PubSecAlliance Facebook page. When the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted a year ago to create the first-ever civilian panel to monitor the L.A. Sheriff’s Department, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl thought a new […]

A Police Union With Power!

A Police Union With Power!

The search is on for a new LAPD Chief, as Chief Charlie Beck is set to retire in June. Check out this interview on Fox News with Charlie Beck, the outgoing chief, and Robert Harris, director at the Los Angeles Police Protective league (LAPPL). The L.A. police union has been more than successful getting their […]

Stressed-Out Officers: Gone After Eight Years

Stressed-Out Officers: Gone After Eight Years

High levels of stress and on the job injuries are among the top reasons police in South Australia are only staying on the job for an average of 8.7 years. Officers report they are seeking treatment for mental health issues which are forcing them to quit before retirement age. According to a story by Miles […]

More Union Members in 2017

More Union Members in 2017

No one predicted this great news but overall union membership rose by 262,000 workers in 2017, while union density stayed at 10.7 percent. The Economic Policy Institute’s Lawrence Mishel warns against reading too much into the numbers, but pulls out the following interesting data points: Union membership became more common among men: some 32 percent […]

Police, Fire Lose Court Fight Over Pensions

Police, Fire Lose Court Fight Over Pensions

A recent federal appeals court ruling rejected an appeal by the Cranston fire and police unions in Rhode Island in effect upholding the state’s 2011 and 2015 pension plan changes that resulted in a loss of retirement benefits. According to an in-depth report by the Providence Journal, the court ruled that police and firefighters in the […]

Baltimore Discovers It Wants and Needs Its Police

Baltimore Discovers It Wants and Needs Its Police

Some Baltimore residents attribute the high murder rate in the city to less aggressive police patrols following controversial police actions like the Freddie Gray incident. But one local pastor, Rev. Kinji Scott, says they need more police in violence-plagued neighborhoods. “We wanted the police there,” Scott says. “We wanted them engaged in the community. We […]

VIDEO: Austin Cops Leaving in Droves

VIDEO: Austin Cops Leaving in Droves

Four more Austin, Texas, cops resigned last week, bringing the total of those putting in their papers in the past year at 36. The turmoil comes amidst a bitter labor dispute between the city and the Austin Police Association In the CBS News report, Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday explains that Austin officers are […]

Off-Duty Jobs Scam Uncovered

Off-Duty Jobs Scam Uncovered

It turns out that Jersey City (NJ) has had a problem with officers allegedly getting paid fort security details at a city housing project that they did not work. According to a letter obtained by The Jersey Journal, evidence exists that the Jersey City public safety director was warned four years ago about potential abuses by […]

Deputies Demand $500,000 In Back Pay

Deputies Demand $500,000 In Back Pay

Four sheriff’s deputies have filed a $500,000 claim with the county, asking for money they say was promised to them when they were hired under what is now a defunct pay-increase program. According to a story from Caitlin Schmidt in the Arizona Daily Star, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department employees Therese Deschenes, Ricardo Garcia, John […]

Stressed Out Officers, Gone After 8 Years

Stressed Out Officers, Gone After 8 Years

Police in South Australia are only staying on the job for an average of 8.7 years. The reason for the high turnover? High levels of stress and on the job injuries are forcing more officers to see treatment for mental health issues. According to a story by Miles Kemp in The Advertiser, a South Australia […]

City Scrambles to Save Pensions

City Scrambles to Save Pensions

The latest pension debacle comes to us from Ft. Worth via a story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram by reporter Sandra Baker. Like so many other municipalities across the U.S., the situation has become so dire that Moody’s just lowered Fort Worth’s rating on some general obligation bonds for a second straight year. It appears […]

Police Boss Gets Jail Time, Rank and File Up In Arms

Police Boss Gets Jail Time, Rank and File Up In Arms

The South China Morning Post reports that a 20,000-member Hong Kong police union has demanded a law be passed to exempt officers from criminal liability for actions taken during enforcement duties, saying members of the city’s judiciary do not have enough professional knowledge to judge use of force. The issue has blown wide open after […]

CONTRACT REJECTED! Younger Officers Upset With High Healthcare Costs

CONTRACT REJECTED! Younger Officers Upset With High Healthcare Costs

The Connecticut Post reports Bridgeport, CT, police officers rejected a new four-year pact, 152 votes to 133 votes, despite efforts by leadership this week to sell the deal as better than one imposed through state arbitration. “I knew it was going to be close,” Sgt. Chuck Paris, the union president, said. Paris attributed the contract’s […]

Police Pensions Protected (For Now)

Police Pensions Protected (For Now)

by Timothy Talbot California’s First Appellate District has issued a published opinion in the legal battle between the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association. Bottom line? The decision recognizes and protects promised pension benefits for long term public employees in Alameda, Contra Costa and Merced counties. The Alameda decision […]

Let’s Support Firefighters; Cops Will Be Next

Let’s Support Firefighters; Cops Will Be Next

by Eric Siddall As California firefighters battle the Santa Barbara blaze, their pension rights are under fire in the courtroom. Opponents of organized labor hope to score a major victory against firefighters in Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). In Cal Fire, firefighters challenged a provision of the Public Employees’ […]