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Cops Forgo Raise to Keep 4-3 Schedule

Cops Forgo Raise to Keep 4-3 Schedule

by Brianna Dunn The Baltimore F.O.P. continues to argue that a four days on, three days off shift schedule is a necessity for officers and even more important than a raise. The F.O.P. says the 3-4 schedule gives officers a chance to relax and recover after working some serious overtime. According to the Baltimore Sun, […]

LISTEN: No Sleep? You’d Better Fix That!

LISTEN: No Sleep? You’d Better Fix That!

Many people say police are in a constant state of sleep deprivation. Is that your story? If so, please listen to this podcast, in which host Will Aitchison interviews Kelley School of Business Professor Cristiano Guarana about his research on the effects of sleep deprivation in the work environment and its implications on public safety employees. […]

If Things Go Bad, You Need a Plan

If Things Go Bad, You Need a Plan

Thinking about an unexpected, life-changing event can be unsettling. But death or illness can happen at any time, especially when you’re in law enforcement. Unfortunately, most of us do not make the plans we should and younger people sometimes go years before they plan. So what does it take to get people to sit down and […]

Officer Suicides: Agencies Must Do More

Officer Suicides: Agencies Must Do More

Every law enforcement agency has a responsibility to care for the physical, mental and financial health of their officers, but few take this responsibility seriously. In this article, Brian Mc Vey, a former Chicago cop, takes on the issue of police suicides and his former department’s failure to take proper care of their officers who […]

More Officers Taking Own Lives

More Officers Taking Own Lives

Editor’s Note: Police work takes a great emotional on our officers, and the suicide rate among law enforcement officers is at an all-time high. In this article, Jennifer Scott takes a look at the root causes, including untreated depression, and offers some resources and ideas for how to cope. If you’re having thoughts about hurting […]

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 […]

Citizen Wants Officer Fired for FB Post

Citizen Wants Officer Fired for FB Post

Via chron.com: The Conroe Independent School District in Texas is reviewing a post on a school officer’s Facebook page that referred to “anti-Trump sentiment” as “retardation.” A Philadelphia resident said he came across the social media post shared by the officer when a mutual friend started a topic about the recent tragedy at Ohio State […]

The Trouble With Trauma

The Trouble With Trauma

By Barbara A. Schwartz Traumatic stress is misunderstood and that is one reason why police officers and military veterans suffer alone and in silence. Experiencing a single traumatic incident, or years of exposure to “little traumas” over the course of a law enforcement career, produces an injury not a mental illness. The stigma of Post […]

By November 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Zika Virus Hits Cops

Zika Virus Hits Cops

Via the Miami Herald: After a second Miami Beach police officer contracted the Zika virus and the city denied workers’ compensation, the police union is calling for state legislation that covers first responders in such situations. Sgt. Michelle Sayegh was the first officer to announce she had been infected with the virus in early October. […]

Suing Over Social Media

Suing Over Social Media

Trumbull County Deputy Michael Geer has filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming his free speech rights were violated after being suspended without pay over a Facebook post he made last year. Geer is seeking back pay for the three days he was suspended and is also asking for unspecified financial damages to cover mental anguish, […]

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Alcohol & Cops: The Risks are Real

Alcohol & Cops: The Risks are Real

By John Becker Mention the words “police officer” and many images come to mind. One of the most common is someone strong standing in between innocence and danger. Law enforcement officers face so many risks today. Drug use, robberies, and violent crimes are on the rise. Repeat offenders seem to perpetually revolve through the justice […]

Huge NYC Pension Fund is Dropping Hedge Funds

Huge NYC Pension Fund is Dropping Hedge Funds

New York City’s $60 billion civil employees pension fund has reportedly decided to drop all of its investments in hedge funds. According to Bloomberg: New York City’s pension for civil employees voted to exit its $1.5 billion portfolio of hedge funds and shift the money to other assets, deciding that the loosely regulated investment pools didn’t perform […]

Break Time

Break Time

Police work is super stressful, but these Canadian officers believe they’ve found a cure—meditating before roll call!

Health Care Benefits at Risk!

Health Care Benefits at Risk!

A conservative think tank has advised New Jersey to focus more on the rising cost of health care for government retirees than pension system reforms. According to Phil Gregory, writing for the blog News Works, New Jersey has one of the highest per-capita obligations to retiree health care. Unlike the separate investment accounts for pensions, […]

401(k)s Are Flawed Investment Strategy

401(k)s Are Flawed Investment Strategy

This op-ed from the New York Times, written by two experts on retirement funds and money managing, claims IRAs and 401(k)s are flawed programs for a retirement fund. The authors make a strong case that defined benefit pensions are superior—and even come up with their own plan that’s similar to the DB pension program. A […]

Big Support for the Police

Big Support for the Police

Notice of this tribute to law enforcement and our military was sent in by our friends at the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs in California. Great idea and effort from Knott’s Berry Farm! We hope the community gets out and supports our soldiers, deputies, officers, firefighters, and other first responders who risk their well […]

By November 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Injured On the Job? You’re On Your Own!

Injured On the Job? You’re On Your Own!

Looks like cops from all over the world are suffering various kinds of injustice. This ad is to protest cuts in disability pay. If the measure passes, officers like this one serving and protecting the citizens of Australia will have to pay for ongoing treatment out of their own pockets. For more information, contact Mark Carroll […]

Police Union Radio Show is Big Hit

Police Union Radio Show is Big Hit

Due to high ratings, the Dade County PBA’s Rapid Response Radio Show is moving to a weekday, drive-time slot. Starting November 3, the show will air on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6 pm on WZAB-AM (880). “The support the show has received has been overwhelming. We look forward to reaching even more listeners in […]

Jon Stewart’s Next Act: Helping 9/11 Heroes

Jon Stewart’s Next Act: Helping 9/11 Heroes

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart is attempting to use his star power to shame Congress into permanently renewing a bill that provides health benefits to tens of thousands of first responders and rescuers who worked at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. In the shadow of the […]

By September 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
“We are Mentally Beaten Down”

“We are Mentally Beaten Down”

The head of the Dallas Police Association told CBS 11 News that longer 911 response times can be blamed in part by officers being mentally beaten down. “The bottom line is response times are up, violent crime is up, and officers are fed up,” said Ron Pinkston, president of the Dallas Police Association. Many of […]

When Did We Become the Enemy?

When Did We Become the Enemy?

by Franklin R. Marino One only has to look at the news headlines to see that, all of a sudden, the police have become the enemy of the public. In the age of instant information via the Internet and social media, police officers are instantly tried and convicted in the court of public opinion long […]