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Dade County PBA President John Rivera speaks out on PubSecAlliance

Dade County PBA President John Rivera speaks out on PubSecAlliance

Can’t we all just get along?

Can’t we all just get along?

As labor unions continue to rally in a call for justice over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the AFL-CIO’s police union has sent a letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressing their concerns over recent rhetoric, hoping to bring the organization to heel. The AFL-CIO confirmed it received a letter this week […]

By December 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Not so fast

Not so fast

The failure to charge police officers in two separate killings of unarmed black men has sparked protests across the country, and along with them, calls to outfit cops with body cameras. It’s with this backdrop that the San Jose Police Department received praise last week for 12 officers volunteering to wear body cameras as part […]

By December 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
When Cops Get ‘Lit Up’- Reacting to a Law Enforcement Crisis

When Cops Get ‘Lit Up’- Reacting to a Law Enforcement Crisis

By Eric W. Rose Every police chief, sheriff and law enforcement union leader knows that a day will come when their organization will be “lit up”—hit by a crisis that could be a disaster for the organization. The reputation of every police or sheriff’s department depends on the confidence of its key stakeholders: the public, […]

By December 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Facebook a minefield for cops

Facebook a minefield for cops

If you work at a police association you’re already well aware of the minefield that is police officer social media content. But despite the suspensions, terminations, lawsuits and public relations damage racially inflammatory postings to Facebook by cops, many police officers are still deeply confused about the nature of the nexus between free speech rights, […]

By December 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Money cops asleep on the job

Money cops asleep on the job

What’s so shocking to most folks that know a thing or two about pensions, defined benefit retirement insurance and “financial services,” is not that the ultra rich are having so much success robbing the working man blind without using a gun. And it’s not the fact that many pensioners, like police officers for instance, are […]

By December 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
They make the rules

They make the rules

The leaders of the planet’s 20 richest countries (G-20) recently got together to make some new rules regarding the high-stakes world of international finance. One of the first orders of business for German Chancelor Angela Merkel and President Barrack Obama was to help banks and screw workers and unions. Remember “to big too fail?” Well […]

San Bernadino DA Sets John Stuart Straight

San Bernadino DA Sets John Stuart Straight

Brian Anderson, a blogger for DOWNTREND.com, writes, “John Stewart loves to play loose with the facts to generate laughs on The Daily Show. It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, as long as the brain-dead liberals in the audience think it’s funny. Well, a California district attorney just did what most in the media […]

FOP President: “It’s not race, it’s poverty”

FOP President: “It’s not race, it’s poverty”

by Chuck Canterbury Recently I sat down with Lydia DePillis, a reporter with The Washington Post and answered some of her questions about the protests after the two grand jury rulings on the Michael Brown and Eric Garner deaths. I told her I did not think complaints have increased in law enforcement. You have two […]

Neighbor burns detective’s house

Neighbor burns detective’s house

The home of Limerick, Pennsylvania Police Detective Ernie Morris went up in flames, and investigators say his neighbor, Donna Krupp, intentionally set the house on fire. Pennsylvania State Police made the arrest relatively quickly  – the crime was all caught on surveillance camera. State Police Lt. Paul Gustaitis  told reporters from APB News in Philadelphia, […]

Police union uses radio ads to educate public

Police union uses radio ads to educate public

The Dade County PBA in Florida is running a radio spot (you can listen here) on several radio stations over the holidays. A small child talks about her Dad and how proud she is that he is a police officer.  Just her voice alone will have everyone listening to this moving and unusual radio message.

Deputy saves boys life, offers support for years afterwards

Deputy saves boys life, offers support for years afterwards

Ken Mort, a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept.  who saved a little boy’s life six years ago gave the child’s family another surprise – a special gift just in time for the holidays. Six years ago, Mort responded to a call – two-year-old Jacob had fallen into the family’s pool. “When I […]

Things getting heated

Things getting heated

Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood’s impassioned plea to the Chester County Council on Monday night for more deputies to keep officers and the public safe from gangs turned into an argument between Underwood and several council members over money needed to handle gangs the sheriff blames for three recent murders. The exchanges grew so heated […]

Diverse panel takes on Ferguson

Diverse panel takes on Ferguson

Watch as John Rivera, the president of the Dade County PBA, takes a seat with a diverse group on the popular TV talk show – This Week in South Florida –  to analyze the Ferguson situation. Bear with the ad at first. The program is interesting. They actually have enough time to get their thoughts […]

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 […]

Rams display disgraceful

Rams display disgraceful

The grand jury in Ferguson heard all the evidence and made the correct call. But don’t expect the cop-bashing to end anytime soon. The latest insult to the nation’s police officers came during a recent NFL game where some players for the Rams appeared to be more interested in scoring political points than winning the […]

This is totally political

This is totally political

In California, the Costa Mesa’s police association is facing a lawsuit from the mayor. In court, association lawyers fired the first shot in what looks likely to be raging war of words. Association attorneys said the mayor’s lawsuit is a “a strategic political attack” that influenced a recent election. The Costa Mesa Police Association is […]

By November 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The hands will kill you

The hands will kill you

According to Fox News, Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association President Jeff Follmer has indicated that the officer-involved shooting  of a 12-year-old was caught on surveillance video. Tamir E. Rice, 12, died Sunday after being shot in the abdomen in the playground of Cleveland’s Cudell Recreation Center Saturday evening. Police were called to reports of a male […]

By November 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
There will be blood

There will be blood

Executive Director Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association says he’s upset that the media has downplayed death threats and violence against police officers in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting last August. “Those protestors responded with violence for two weeks…The response of the crowd was to their own emotions and to […]

By November 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Payroll software nightmare

Payroll software nightmare

Back in the “You’ve got mail!” days, pretty much everyone believed that computers and automation were going to make it possible for us to make more money, work less and all the rest of it. But like everything else that sounds too good to be true, the promise of brighter, computerized tomorrow was little more […]

By November 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
You tell ’em judge!

You tell ’em judge!

Most Americans don’t have access to traditional, defined-benefit retirement plans. But many law enforcement officers still do. And that has set up a dynamic that can best be described as “pension envy.” Sophisticated politicians now use police officers as the scapegoat for all problems financial. And because of pension envy, the strategy has proven a […]

By November 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →