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Pay Wars

HUGE Refund for AZ Public-Safety Pensioners

HUGE Refund for AZ Public-Safety Pensioners

Via AZCentral.com: A state Supreme Court ruling will require refunds to elected officials and public-safety officers who since 2011 were required to pay more for their pensions, with local governments likely to cover the projected $220 million cost to an already fragile public-pension trust fund. The divided court upheld a Maricopa County Superior Court ruling […]

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For Real Community Policing, Let Officers Do Their Jobs

For Real Community Policing, Let Officers Do Their Jobs

By Patrick Lynch, President, New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) All policing should be community policing. Police officers and residents work together every day, because it’s the only way to keep the streets safe. Over the past 30 years, though, whenever there has been a need to heal a rift between the police and the […]

Better Pay Sought

Better Pay Sought

Via the St. Louis Post Dispatch: The city is handcuffing efforts to negotiate pay raises for police because of an outdated city charter provision that requires wage parity with firefighters, according to a lawsuit filed by the officers’ union Wednesday in St. Louis Circuit Court. The St. Louis Police Officers Association, which represents the majority […]

Pension Panic in Dallas

Pension Panic in Dallas

Via ABC/WFAA: Ken Sprecher was a Dallas police officer for 31 years. He retired in 2005 believing he was promised to receive a great pension. “That was the selling point when you recruit and try to retain folks. That you may not make it up-front with salary but that you would have a secure pension […]

By September 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
O.C. Deputies Land 8.5% Raise

O.C. Deputies Land 8.5% Raise

The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously and without discussion approved a three-year salary and benefits contract with its sheriff’s deputies and district attorney investigators that will cost taxpayers an additional $62.2 million over the life of the contract. The agreement raises salaries by a total of 8.5 percent in five steps between now and […]

By September 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Sr. Deputies Quit After No Raise

Sr. Deputies Quit After No Raise

Via WHEC—Rochester, NY: The Monroe County Sheriff (New York) is finally answering questions after a mass exodus of senior deputies. A contract dispute between the Road Patrol Union and Monroe County recently triggered the retirement of 41 senior deputies, many of whom were criminal investigators, unit supervisors and members of specialized patrols for DWI enforcement […]

VIDEO: Not Without Sacrifice

VIDEO: Not Without Sacrifice

This video showcasing the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department, in Oregon, is truly moving. “So far in 2016, a total of 74 LEOs have lost their lives in the line of duty,” said Sheriff’s Deputy Jay Minton. “Firearm-related deaths of law enforcement officers are up 68% from last year. “While human, a majority of those who serve […]

Now, HERE’S Double-Dipping!

Now, HERE’S Double-Dipping!

Via The Oregonian/OregonLive: The city of Tualatin threw a luau last month for Police Chief Kent Barker to mark the end of his tenure with the city. Barker, who’d spent the last 13 years as chief, was retiring, the city said. What officials had not publicly said was that Barker, 57, had already retired. According to […]

Raw Deal

Raw Deal

Via TRIBLive: Thirteen members of the Pittsburgh Police Bureau’s command staff, in a unusual move, warned Mayor Bill Peduto of “dire” consequences if an arbitration panel’s draft contract for union police officers is permitted to stand. The officials, none of whom belong to the police union, predicted in a strongly worded letter delivered Thursday that […]

Indicted Sheriff To Get Pay Raise

Indicted Sheriff To Get Pay Raise

Via Chattanooga, Tennessee’s WRCB-TV: He has been urged to resign by everyone from state lawmakers to county commissioners. Last month, Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold was indicted on federal charges, along with his chief administrative deputy, Joe Russell, and his uncle, John Vanderveer. But Arnold has indicated he’s not going anywhere. That means taxpayers will continue […]

Cops May Be Forced to Carry Insurance

Cops May Be Forced to Carry Insurance

A measure that would require police officers to carry professional liability insurance could be on Minneapolis ballots in November’s general election. Via the Star Tribune: Members of the Committee for Professional Policing, a local police accountability group, plan to deliver about 12,000 petition signatures to the city clerk on Thursday. If enough of those signatures […]

Mass Exodus in Dallas

Mass Exodus in Dallas

Dallas police officers are leaving in droves. Via WFAA News 8: The department is not just losing young officers, but veterans and detectives who could be future leaders, officers told News 8. Many say low morale is plaguing the department under the leadership of Chief David Brown. “The big joke is we talk about — […]

VIDEO: 34% Less

VIDEO: 34% Less

The PBA of New York City, the nation’s largest police union with over 25,000 members, has launched a major television advertising campaign criticizing New York City Mayor de Blasio and his administration for refusing to support fair pay for New York City police officers. On average, New York City cops make 34% less than other […]

Why Defined Benefit Pensions are Doomed

Why Defined Benefit Pensions are Doomed

By Ron DeLord If you thought benefits envy would die out, you are wrong. It is just starting. 401k plans were a failure from the start. The employer is not mandated to contribute, the employee can cash out after each job, the employee can borrow from the 401k plan, and the law does not allow […]

Police Association, City Reach Tentative Deal

Police Association, City Reach Tentative Deal

The Memphis Police Association has reached a tentative deal with the city, following a lengthy and contentious contract negotiation. Via LocalMemphis.com: There weren’t fireworks. No big celebrations, but Memphis Police Association negotiators worked out a tentative deal with representatives of the City of Memphis. Last year under Mayor A C Wharton, there was never a […]

No Raise, But More Money for Members

No Raise, But More Money for Members

The latest tentative labor agreement with California’s correctional officers proves that there’s more than one way to boost employee compensation without calling it a “raise.” Via The Sacramento Bee: While the new contract proposal for the 29,000 members of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association contains modest salary bumps, other provisions put more money in […]

Police Union Wins BIG!

Police Union Wins BIG!

Via PrivateOfficer.org: The transportation authority for the city of San Francisco, known as BART, is paying nearly $1.1 million to civilian members of the BART Police Association for work they had already paid rented guards to do, according to an arbitration ruling. The payout comes as the cash-strapped transportation agency plans to ask voters to […]

Order Today to Get the May Issue!

Order Today to Get the May Issue!

The May issue of American Police Beat is packed with the kinds of content that will keep your attention. We have a great story from the folks at U.S. Fish and Game, who are fighting smugglers and trying to catch the people poisoning bald eagles all over the country. We’ve also got several hero-cop stories […]

Pittsburgh PD Officers Leaving in Droves

Pittsburgh PD Officers Leaving in Droves

In the past year, over 110 officers have quit the Pittsburgh Police Dept., leaving for jobs in the suburbs where they can earn up to 25% more money and enjoy a better pension when they retire. It’s happening all over the country and the impact is disastrous on the cities left behind.   In the […]

Cops Leaving in Droves: Pension Cuts Cited

Cops Leaving in Droves: Pension Cuts Cited

Morale in Scotland among that country’s law enforcement profession has hit rock bottom, with over 800 officers resigning since the government combined all the country’s agencies into a single force. Police union leaders expressed shock at the exodus, which included a staggering 748 constables, 42 sergeants, 10 inspectors and seven chief inspectors. A survey of Police […]

SCOTUS: “Fair Share” Fees Stay

SCOTUS: “Fair Share” Fees Stay

With a tie vote of 4-4, the justices of the Supreme Court have handed a win to labor unions in a high-profile dispute over their ability to collect fees. According to the Associated Press: The justices divided 4-4 in a case that considered whether public employees represented by a union can be required to pay […]