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Minneapolis Considering Residency Incentives

Minneapolis Considering Residency Incentives

Minneapolis could possibly reward officers who work in the city and live there as well. Right now, state law does not require that police live in the same city they work in. “We know right now that there are very, very few officers that live and then work in the city,” said Councilman Jacob Frey, […]

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Court Deems Evergreen Clause Constitutional

Court Deems Evergreen Clause Constitutional

As the city continues to assert that a portion of the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association’s collective-bargaining agreement is unconstitutional, they’re not only running out of options in their legal fight but money as well. Recently, the 4th Court of Appeals in Texas ruled against the city which argued that the “Evergreen Clause,” which keeps […]

Automatic Dues Collection Under Attack

Automatic Dues Collection Under Attack

Texas may become the next state that bars paycheck deductions for certain public employees to cover membership dues for labor unions or associations if Republican leaders have anything to say about it. The Texas Tribune has reported that other states have seen mixed results after doing the same thing. For months, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott […]

Outsiders Clamor for Police Contract Changes

Outsiders Clamor for Police Contract Changes

According to a report from CBS News, a coalition of community and legal groups is calling for changes in Chicago Police Union contracts. They say those contracts make it easier for misconduct to exist.Of particular concern is the contract provision that prohibits anonymous complaints of police conduct and requires sworn statements from victims. But Fraternal […]

New Accountability System Gives Civilians More Power

New Accountability System Gives Civilians More Power

Via The Stranger: Last week the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a historic rewrite of the Seattle Police Department’s oversight system, marking the most dramatic change to the department’s accountability process in decades. According to a recent news story written by reporter Lester Black for TheStranger.com, the legislation now awaits approval from the mayor, police […]

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 […]

NJ Unilaterally Changing Police Contract

NJ Unilaterally Changing Police Contract

  Via PressofAtlanticCity.com: The state of New Jersey which was granted authority to take over the running of Atlantic City recently moved to unilaterally change union contracts for the city’s police officers . The state’s plan cuts salaries, eliminates some benefits and changes the officers’ health care plan, according to letters sent to officers and […]

Police Unions Seek to Overhaul Obama’s Reforms

Police Unions Seek to Overhaul Obama’s Reforms

Via Raw Story: Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, had a blunt message for Donald Trump during a meeting in September: court-ordered reforms aimed at curbing police abuses in the midwestern city are not working. Loomis and two other attendees said Trump seemed receptive to Loomis’s concerns that federally monitored police reforms […]

How Much Would You Pay for Policing?

How Much Would You Pay for Policing?

Lancashire county, in northwest England, is looking at cutting the grant given to Lancashire Police from national budgets. So, Clive Grunshaw, the county’s police and crime commissioner, is asking how much its citizens are willing to pay for policing: Year on year, we are seeing the Government go back on their word about not cutting police […]

Restraining Order for Black Lives Matter Leader

Restraining Order for Black Lives Matter Leader

Via L.A. Weekly: The president of the Los Angeles Police Commission has filed a request for a temporary restraining order against a prominent member of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, alleging a pattern of stalking and violent threats. According to the order, the commission president feared for his life and the safety of his family. […]

Police Union Fights Back Against Budget Cuts

Police Union Fights Back Against Budget Cuts

Via TheStar.com: The Toronto Police Association is using tele-townhalls to poll residents and mobilize support to fight the city’s plan to reduce the $1 billion-plus police budget through downsizing and restructuring. The union is inviting tens of thousands of Torontonians to dial into a live panel discussion about “public safety” that focuses on a policing […]

See You In Court!

See You In Court!

Via NorthJersey.com: The union representing borough police officers filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit last week claiming Englewood Cliffs Mayor Mario Kranjac and Council President Carrol McMorrow abused their power and retaliated against officers who didn’t agree with their positions. The 32-page complaint details more than two dozen specific incidents this year in which, the police […]

It’s Time for Our Input on Use-of-Force Policies

It’s Time for Our Input on Use-of-Force Policies

By George Hofstetter News headlines from around the nation make clear the concerted effort by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to convince the public and legislators to enact its principles on the use of force. The national debate on police training regarding “de-escalation” have portrayed the PERF principles as the vetted solution to the […]

Mayor Threatened Seattle Police Union

Mayor Threatened Seattle Police Union

Via TheStranger.com: Back in July, one week after the resignation of Seattle Police Officers Guild president Ron Smith and one day after the guild rejected a new contract offer, Mayor Ed Murray threatened to “immediately move” to binding arbitration with the city’s largest police union if a labor agreement could not be reached. The move would have brought in […]

Police Pensions Endangered

Police Pensions Endangered

Via the Sacramento Bee: California’s perpetual debate over public employee pensions has always revolved about what’s called the “California rule” – a series of court decisions that seemingly prohibit any changes in pension benefits once they are granted. The debate has intensified in recent years as the California Public Employee Retirement System and other state […]

Dallas Police Pensions Facing Disaster

Dallas Police Pensions Facing Disaster

Via WFAA.com: The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System is a billion dollars in the red, and the plan to bail the system out is already being called “unacceptable” by some. The bailout plan, unveiled Thursday, is a proposal that police and fire employees knew was coming. But the fact is, the Dallas Police and Fire […]

It’s Time to Have a Difficult Talk

It’s Time to Have a Difficult Talk

Ed. Note: This outstanding editorial was sent to us by Aaron Hanson (below), the former president of the Omaha Police Officers Association. It originally appeared in the Omaha World Herald. It’s Time to Have the Difficult Talk On Policing and Race World-Herald editorial We need to talk. Americans need a calm, measured conversation about policing and race, […]

Furor Over Police Pension Funding

Furor Over Police Pension Funding

Via the Chicago Tribune: In Illinois state lawmakers dealt a surprise loss to Gov. Bruce Rauner when a handful of Republicans joined with Democrats to override his veto of a bill to provide Chicago with financial relief in paying for police and fire pensions. But the fight and threat to pensions is far from over. […]

Former Chicago FOP Prez Speaks Out

Former Chicago FOP Prez Speaks Out

According to the Chicago Tribune, from the moment Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police started negotiating its first contract with City Hall 35 years ago, the union identified an issue that would prove key to its members: ensuring officers had robust protections when they were investigated for misconduct. City Hall had its own focus: money. “The […]

Cops Accused of “Slowdown”

Cops Accused of “Slowdown”

Minneapolis police officers filing into the daily roll call at Fourth Precinct headquarters recently got more than the standard debriefing before taking to the streets on the North Side. Via the Star Tribune: With shootings rising and arrests plummeting, the precinct’s commander, Inspector Mike Friestleben, erupted—calling officers cowards and accusing them of slacking on the […]

Obama-Backed Bill Led to Pension Cuts

Obama-Backed Bill Led to Pension Cuts

Via TheIntercept.com: One of the many obscure provisions jammed into a last-minute budget bill in 2014 endorsed and signed by President Obama is leading to what would be the first cuts in earned pension benefits to current retirees in over 40 years. The Washington Post reports that the Treasury Department is on the verge of […]