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Police Unions Call for “Rational Voice”

Police Unions Call for “Rational Voice”

Via MLive.com: GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A pair of Grand Rapids police unions are asking city leaders and the public to have a “rational voice” and “complete” viewpoint while evaluating local policing efforts. The Grand Rapids Police Officers Association and Grand Rapids Police Command Officers Association released a joint statement Monday, May 22, in response […]

Texas Moves to Save Pensions

Texas Moves to Save Pensions

Via WFAA.com: A bill to save the Dallas police and fire pension fund passed by a unanimous vote in the Texas Senate Tuesday afternoon. The bill is expected to move the pension fund into solvency for 46 years, according to a release from Sen. Royce West’s office. According to a report posted on WFAA.com, the […]

City Refuses to Pay Officer’s Legal Bills

City Refuses to Pay Officer’s Legal Bills

This week, members of the Minneapolis City Council denied a request from police officer Michael Griffin that he be reimbursed for $75,000 in legal fees arising from a federal indictment last year. According to a report by David Joles in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Griffin was indicted on nine criminal counts that accused him of […]

Rank and File Question Dubious Hiring

Rank and File Question Dubious Hiring

Ed. note: We thought you would find this as interesting as we did. Since 9/11 our airport police have been on the front lines in the effort to keep people safe who are traveling by airplane. And these officers with the Los Angeles Airport Police Division (LAXPD) have a lot of justified complaints about the […]

The Mounties Have Never Had to Contend With a Union

The Mounties Have Never Had to Contend With a Union

For decades, commanders in Ottawa have quashed and co-opted bids by the rank-and-file to organize. With the potential to represent nearly 18,000 cops, such an entity would be strong enough to challenge almost all entrenched police policies in Canada. But in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional for the Mounties to be blocked […]

Police Week: Anguish, Anger, Empathy

Police Week: Anguish, Anger, Empathy

By Laren Leichliter This is the season reserved for memories of our colleagues who have been killed in the line of duty. May is the month for Peace Officer Memorial ceremonies at both the state and national level. It is a solemn time of remembrance and reflection of the lives that have been lost across […]

Rookies Sue for OT Pay During Academy Training

Rookies Sue for OT Pay During Academy Training

Via New Hampshire Public Radio: New police recruits in New Hampshire get paid by their towns to attend a 16-week police academy run by the state. New officers stay at the training facility during the week, and return home during weekends.   Now, two officers are suing their employers, alleging they were underpaid while attending […]

FLSA Pay Ruling: Use Cash, Not Benefits

FLSA Pay Ruling: Use Cash, Not Benefits

From our friends at the law firm Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC, in California: “On June 2, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal provided clarity with respect to the overtime compensation of employees who receive supplemental cash payments in lieu of employer-paid health benefits. As many employers have transitioned to flexible […]

Record Crowd Attends Annual Candlelight Vigil

Record Crowd Attends Annual Candlelight Vigil

The names of 394 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty—including 143 who died in 2016—were formally dedicated on Saturday evening, during the 29th annual Candlelight Vigil, held on the National Mall and produced by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of the […]

Everyone Needs Sleep, Especially Cops

Everyone Needs Sleep, Especially Cops

By Brian T. McVey Are you that officer who shows up to work thinking you are “Officer Friendly when your spouse or co-workers say you are a lot more like “Officer Tired and Cranky?” One reason is that you are probably working long hours, different shifts and side jobs while not getting enough sleep. Sleep […]

Questions Raised About New John Jay President

Questions Raised About New John Jay President

By John Fleming John Jay college is the preeminent academic institution for students looking to enter the field of law enforcement. Created in 1964 it was developed to examine the ever-developing role of policing in American society. The college also mixes a traditional liberal arts program. It is a public college under the City University […]

Hennepin County Sheriff Joins NYPD Shield Program

Hennepin County Sheriff Joins NYPD Shield Program

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office has launched a private-sector partnership to improve information sharing and the reporting of suspicious activity. According to a report today from the Star Tribune out of Minneapolis, the initiative will be modeled after the New York Police Department’s successful “Shield” program, a clearinghouse for crime alerts, threat updates, training and […]

Big Surprise: Paper Misrepresents Contract Talks

Big Surprise: Paper Misrepresents Contract Talks

One of our local publications here in Honolulu, Civil Beat, recently ran a story about SHOPO contract negotiations. A lot of the information the paper printed was twisted to fit its storyline, as opposed to the truth. Many of the references to arbitration decisions are inaccurate. We know that many of our brother and sisters in law enforcement have […]

County Budget Leaves Us Underfunded

County Budget Leaves Us Underfunded

Every law enforcement union and association should be fierce critics of the city, county, or state budget if law enforcement is not getting the resources it needs. This ALADS statement is a great example of an organization that is vigilant and ready to get the word out about what the cuts and funding priorities mean […]

VIDEO: Omaha Unions Say No to Gov

VIDEO: Omaha Unions Say No to Gov

Via the Omaha World-Herald: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker drew a few hundred people to a Monday rally with Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert — and a few hundred union members to protest outside the event. Walker, whose moves to restrict labor unions have made him a polarizing figure nationally, said there’s a clear distinction between Stothert […]

City Says “No Police Floats” In Parade

City Says “No Police Floats” In Parade

Via The Huffington Post Canada: The union representing Toronto’s police officers is urging the city to pull an annual grant to Canada’s largest Pride parade after the event banned police floats. In an open letter released by the union Wednesday, a committee representing LGBTQ officers in the force said it would be unacceptable for the […]

One-Minute Man

One-Minute Man

Via the Chicago Tribune: On his first full day as president of Chicago’s largest police union, Officer Kevin Graham appeared at a news conference to address reporters seeking details of his plan for leading the embattled rank-and-file of the police force. With cameras and reporters ready at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge in the […]

Is This the Solution to Cop Shootings?

Is This the Solution to Cop Shootings?

Via LawNewz.com: The Los Angeles Police Commission, the civilian bosses of the LAPD, are expected to approve a new policy on Tuesday that will implement major changes to the department’s use of force policy, in an effort to curb officer shootings. The commissioners will be allowed to look back and determine whether less than lethal […]

Ingredients for Better LE Outcomes

Ingredients for Better LE Outcomes

By ALADS Board of Directors In another effort to provide new guidelines on law enforcement’s use of force, the National Consensus Policy on Use of Force (NCP) was recently released by 11 major law enforcement leadership organizations. These policies are set out as a template for agencies for comparison with current policies and improve upon […]

Why the Police Need Unions

Why the Police Need Unions

  By Cynthia Brown If you want to understand why labor unions are a good as opposed to a bad thing, just check out what’s going on places like Atlantic City and New Orleans. In Atlantic City, government officials used the same technique that they successfully used to take labor out of the frame in […]

Mounties Demand a Union & Contract

Mounties Demand a Union & Contract

Via CBC News: RCMP in North Vancouver B.C. are removing the yellow stripes from their uniforms in protest of being without a contract, and to encourage members to form a union, says Cpl. Bryan Mulrooney. Mulrooney encourages members to either rip the yellow stripes out at the seam of their pants or wear navy blue […]