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Jury Is Out On This Police Review Board

Jury Is Out On This Police Review Board

Ed. note: If your agency has had experience with civilian review boards—pro or con—please let us know. You can comment on the PubSecAlliance Facebook page. When the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted a year ago to create the first-ever civilian panel to monitor the L.A. Sheriff’s Department, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl thought a new […]

A Police Union With Power!

A Police Union With Power!

The search is on for a new LAPD Chief, as Chief Charlie Beck is set to retire in June. Check out this interview on Fox News with Charlie Beck, the outgoing chief, and Robert Harris, director at the Los Angeles Police Protective league (LAPPL). The L.A. police union has been more than successful getting their […]

Stressed-Out Officers: Gone After Eight Years

Stressed-Out Officers: Gone After Eight Years

High levels of stress and on the job injuries are among the top reasons police in South Australia are only staying on the job for an average of 8.7 years. Officers report they are seeking treatment for mental health issues which are forcing them to quit before retirement age. According to a story by Miles […]

More Union Members in 2017

More Union Members in 2017

No one predicted this great news but overall union membership rose by 262,000 workers in 2017, while union density stayed at 10.7 percent. The Economic Policy Institute’s Lawrence Mishel warns against reading too much into the numbers, but pulls out the following interesting data points: Union membership became more common among men: some 32 percent […]

Police, Fire Lose Court Fight Over Pensions

Police, Fire Lose Court Fight Over Pensions

A recent federal appeals court ruling rejected an appeal by the Cranston fire and police unions in Rhode Island in effect upholding the state’s 2011 and 2015 pension plan changes that resulted in a loss of retirement benefits. According to an in-depth report by the Providence Journal, the court ruled that police and firefighters in the […]

Baltimore Discovers It Wants and Needs Its Police

Baltimore Discovers It Wants and Needs Its Police

Some Baltimore residents attribute the high murder rate in the city to less aggressive police patrols following controversial police actions like the Freddie Gray incident. But one local pastor, Rev. Kinji Scott, says they need more police in violence-plagued neighborhoods. “We wanted the police there,” Scott says. “We wanted them engaged in the community. We […]

VIDEO: Austin Cops Leaving in Droves

VIDEO: Austin Cops Leaving in Droves

Four more Austin, Texas, cops resigned last week, bringing the total of those putting in their papers in the past year at 36. The turmoil comes amidst a bitter labor dispute between the city and the Austin Police Association In the CBS News report, Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday explains that Austin officers are […]

Off-Duty Jobs Scam Uncovered

Off-Duty Jobs Scam Uncovered

It turns out that Jersey City (NJ) has had a problem with officers allegedly getting paid fort security details at a city housing project that they did not work. According to a letter obtained by The Jersey Journal, evidence exists that the Jersey City public safety director was warned four years ago about potential abuses by […]

Deputies Demand $500,000 In Back Pay

Deputies Demand $500,000 In Back Pay

Four sheriff’s deputies have filed a $500,000 claim with the county, asking for money they say was promised to them when they were hired under what is now a defunct pay-increase program. According to a story from Caitlin Schmidt in the Arizona Daily Star, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department employees Therese Deschenes, Ricardo Garcia, John […]

Stressed Out Officers, Gone After 8 Years

Stressed Out Officers, Gone After 8 Years

Police in South Australia are only staying on the job for an average of 8.7 years. The reason for the high turnover? High levels of stress and on the job injuries are forcing more officers to see treatment for mental health issues. According to a story by Miles Kemp in The Advertiser, a South Australia […]

City Scrambles to Save Pensions

City Scrambles to Save Pensions

The latest pension debacle comes to us from Ft. Worth via a story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram by reporter Sandra Baker. Like so many other municipalities across the U.S., the situation has become so dire that Moody’s just lowered Fort Worth’s rating on some general obligation bonds for a second straight year. It appears […]

Police Boss Gets Jail Time, Rank and File Up In Arms

Police Boss Gets Jail Time, Rank and File Up In Arms

The South China Morning Post reports that a 20,000-member Hong Kong police union has demanded a law be passed to exempt officers from criminal liability for actions taken during enforcement duties, saying members of the city’s judiciary do not have enough professional knowledge to judge use of force. The issue has blown wide open after […]

CONTRACT REJECTED! Younger Officers Upset With High Healthcare Costs

CONTRACT REJECTED! Younger Officers Upset With High Healthcare Costs

The Connecticut Post reports Bridgeport, CT, police officers rejected a new four-year pact, 152 votes to 133 votes, despite efforts by leadership this week to sell the deal as better than one imposed through state arbitration. “I knew it was going to be close,” Sgt. Chuck Paris, the union president, said. Paris attributed the contract’s […]

Police Pensions Protected (For Now)

Police Pensions Protected (For Now)

by Timothy Talbot California’s First Appellate District has issued a published opinion in the legal battle between the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association. Bottom line? The decision recognizes and protects promised pension benefits for long term public employees in Alameda, Contra Costa and Merced counties. The Alameda decision […]

Let’s Support Firefighters; Cops Will Be Next

Let’s Support Firefighters; Cops Will Be Next

by Eric Siddall As California firefighters battle the Santa Barbara blaze, their pension rights are under fire in the courtroom. Opponents of organized labor hope to score a major victory against firefighters in Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). In Cal Fire, firefighters challenged a provision of the Public Employees’ […]

Man With a Plan

Man With a Plan

Joseph Gamaldi has a lot of work ahead of him. Elected by a 9-1 margin in late October, Gamaldi is now the leader of the Houston Police Officers’ Union on Thursday at a crucial time for the Houston Police Department. The New York native, just 34 years-old, is a passionate defender of the rights of […]

FBI Will Not Investigate Detective’s Homicide

FBI Will Not Investigate Detective’s Homicide

The FBI won’t be taking over an investigation into the homicide of a Baltimore city detective who was slain amid a corruption investigation. Detective Sean Suiter was shot in the head with his own weapon on Nov. 15, a day before he was to testify before a federal grand jury investigating wrongdoing by fellow officers […]

What About “Warning Shots?” The Debate Continues

What About “Warning Shots?” The Debate Continues

by Ken Crane Over the years I have had the opportunity to participate in firearms instruction that includes giving concealed weapons permit instruction to civilians. One question I frequently throw out to classes is the concept of warning shots to get their take on what they think. Without hesitation, the clear majority of students immediately […]

Dallas 9-1-1 Back On Track

Dallas 9-1-1 Back On Track

By Brianna Dunn, special correspondent for American Police Beat  Police officials in Dallas are proud to say that they’ve solved a problem plaguing the department. The city’s 911 call response time is now back to where it should be thanks to a combination of a hiring spree, a little remodeling, and a lot of appreciation from […]

Hope for Pay Raises in St. Louis

Hope for Pay Raises in St. Louis

Via St. Louis Public Radio: Voters in St. Louis will be heading out to the polls to decide on a half-cent tax increase. If it passes that would mean a raise for the city’s police and firefighters.   According to a story from St. Louis Public Radio, getting voters to support “Proposition P” is no […]

VIDEO: NYC Hero Cop Speaks

VIDEO: NYC Hero Cop Speaks

Via ABC News: The New York City officer being hailed as a hero for stopping Tuesday’s deadly terror attack said he was grateful for the outpouring of support, but his team was just doing its job. Eight were killed and a dozen more injured when a truck plowed into pedestrians and cyclists on a path […]