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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 […]

Underfunded Pensions: a Disaster Waiting to Happen

Underfunded Pensions: a Disaster Waiting to Happen

Via National Public Radio-Market Watch: While most corporate employers shifted from pension plans to 401(k)s after the latter’s creation in the early 1980s, governments still offer pensions to many employees. And those pensions have left retirees and taxpayers in a bind that has fueled political battles while continuing to en rich investment consultants and managers: […]

Today, It’s You; Tomorrow, It’s a Security Guard

Today, It’s You; Tomorrow, It’s a Security Guard

In St. Louis, people are concerned about an uptick in local crime rates. So, something called Downtown St. Louis, Inc. has announced it will shift funds from its “Downtown Guide” program to uniformed police officers and security guards. Downtown St. Louis sounds like a 3P or “public private partnership,” but it’s hard to get any […]

Threats to Police Retirement Programs Escalate

Threats to Police Retirement Programs Escalate

Via D Magazine: If you follow Dallas politics at all, the scope and scale of the impending Dallas Police and Fire Pension Crisis has probably sunk in by now. Even if you don’t quite grasp the finer details of the problem and the various plans to fix it, it is easy to see that the […]

Baltimore Chief: “No More Plainclothes”

Baltimore Chief: “No More Plainclothes”

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said he is ending plainclothes policing in Baltimore after the federal indictments of seven officers last week. Known on the streets as “knockers” or “jump-out boys,” the officers were most often seen wearing tactical vests, jeans and backwards hats as they prowled the city for guns and drugs. Davis said […]

Pension Bill Draws Protest

Pension Bill Draws Protest

Via The Associated Press: A bill that would overhaul the pension system for firefighters and police officers in Nebraska’s two largest cities drew criticism Tuesday from their unions, while conservative groups pitched it as a way to keep the plans solvent. The measure pending before a legislative committee would offer a cash-balance retirement plan to […]

Deputies Association Hires High-Powered PR Exec

Deputies Association Hires High-Powered PR Exec

Ed Note: Law enforcement associations are engaged in a life and death battle for positive PR. Most agree the best way to accomplish that is to hire a pro and that is exactly what the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs has done. If your association or union is beefing up its PR effort so […]

Outrage Grows Over Pension Plans in Peril

Outrage Grows Over Pension Plans in Peril

Law enforcement people around the country are starting to panic that pensions they were counting on and are guaranteed by contract law are in serious jeopardy. For decades law enforcement people who took on one of the most difficult, stressful but important jobs in our society could be confident that after they retired they could […]

Super Bowl Security

Super Bowl Security

Via the Houston Chronicle: With tens of thousands of visitors flooding to Houston for Super Bowl LI and protests already surfacing across the city, local and federal law enforcement officers said Tuesday they will remain on high alert to ensure the week-long events go off safely. Game-goers and visitors to the myriad events across the […]

Technology, Police, and Privacy

Technology, Police, and Privacy

Via GovTech.com: At the intersection where technology, law enforcement and the larger criminal justice system meet is a new report that seeks to start the difficult conversations that revolve in this quickly changing environment. The report, published Jan. 10 by the RAND Corporation and titled “Future-Proofing Justice”, looks at the criminal justice system from the […]

War Against Unions Gaining Ground

War Against Unions Gaining Ground

Via TheIntercept.com: Republicans stormed to power in state elections across the country in November on a promise to take on the establishment and return government to the average citizen. But in state capitals where they gained control, they moved quickly to do something else entirely: They’ve consolidated their newfound power — and rewarded their corporate […]

Body Cam Screw-ups Lead to Mistrial

Body Cam Screw-ups Lead to Mistrial

If your agency has body cams but no body cam policy‚ that’s a problem. In Colorado, a deputy’s undisclosed use of a body-worn camera caused a mistrial in Teller County. However, no one has been disciplined for any infractions five months later. In fact, the Teller County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t investigated according to Sheriff Mike […]

Pension Panic Spreads

Pension Panic Spreads

Via the Houston Chronicle: More than a dozen top commanders in the Houston P.D. were among 126 officers who filed retirement papers in just one week this past December adding to the mass exodus that is underway because of threats to the pension system. The number of officers now expected to leave by July 1 […]

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Another Agency May Fold

Another Agency May Fold

In Upper State New York, the residents of the town of Evans are upset about the growing financial crisis especially after the town was forced to borrow nearly $1 million from Erie County last month. And like so many other places, the most popular plan to save money is to eliminate the police department and […]

By December 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Feds Seek Repeat of Disastrous Police Hiring Practices

Feds Seek Repeat of Disastrous Police Hiring Practices

By ALADS Board of Directors ALADS has always been in support of hiring the best candidates possible to be deputy sheriffs and district attorney investigators. We are proud to represent more than 7,900 deputies and district attorney investigators who reflect the racial diversity of Los Angeles County. The Sheriff’s Department’s diversity has contributed to the […]

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Attacks on Law Enforcement

Attacks on Law Enforcement

60 Law Enforcement Officers Fatally Shot This Year, 20 in Ambushes, Report Says A total of 60 law enforcement officers have died in firearms-related incidents in 2016, marking a 67 percent increase since 2015, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported. Citing a preliminary report from January 1 through November 23, the organization said […]

By November 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
State Moves to Nix Benefits From Collective Bargaining

State Moves to Nix Benefits From Collective Bargaining

Ed. note: Police associations and unions that bargain over health insurance will have to organize and fight the effort, like this one in Iowa, to remove the right to negotiate health care benefits from the collective bargaining process. Via the Des Moines Register: State officials want to remove health insurance benefits from new union contracts […]

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Cheerleader In Chief

Cheerleader In Chief

Now that Donald Trump is the President elect, many of his admirers and supporters in the law enforcement community are wondering just how he’ll transform American Policing. Trump was very short on specifics on the campaign trail, with the exception of advocating for the death penalty for cop killers in states where that’s an option […]

By November 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Shocking News About Local Gov Pension Funds

Shocking News About Local Gov Pension Funds

Ed. Note:  In 10 years, pension liabilities for 50 large cities are up 192%, which is a crisis to be sure. Let us know what the track record is in your city, town, state, or county. Whatever the reason is for this catastrophic news, pension fund managers need to get on top of this situation and […]

One of the Good Guys

One of the Good Guys

Killed in a gunfight in the Bronx last Friday , Sergeant Tuozzolo (pictured above with his wife, Lisa) was a 19-year veteran of the New York Police Department and had spent the past decade assigned to the 43rd Precinct in the Bronx. Sergeant Tuozzolo, the first New York police officer to be killed in the […]

Policing the Police

Policing the Police

A growing number of police accountability groups are starting to bypass the departments by aggregating and distributing misconduct history databases on their own. The Cop Accountability Project, a database created by New York’s Legal Aid Society, pools civil rights lawsuits, criminal court decisions, and a variety of other public and private sources like attorney notes […]