Florida County Looks To Solve Firefighter Exodus

MARION COUNTY, FL &#8211 Seasoned firefighters are leaving Marion County at an alarming rate, the county fire chief reports, and in the process are presenting the department’s brass and the County Commission with a dilemma about how to retain veterans and not drive up costs for taxpayers. Assistant County Administrator Stuart McElhaney, who doubles as […]

Union president: Feds allege Austin Firefighters Association Discriminated Against Hispanics

AUSTIN, TX &#8211 A federal agency has determined that the Austin Firefighters Association is also culpable in a hiring process officials allege discriminated against Hispanic and African-American applicants to the Austin Fire Department, according to the union. In a statement issued late Thursday, Bob Nicks, president of the association, said the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity […]

Police Commissioner Resigns With A Splash

SEYMOUR, CT &#8211 Citing mismanagement in the police department and a restructuring plan by Police Chief Michael Metzler which he calls “appalling,” Police Commissioner John Popik has decided to step down. “This restructuring was the deciding factor for my resignation,” said Popik, who was elected to the Board of Police Commissioners in November 2011. “Over […]

Minnesota Police Group Sue NFL Over Gun Ban

Minnesota’s largest police group and police union are suing the NFL and the Vikings, claiming the league’s new ban on off-duty cops carrying their guns to games is illegal. The Minnesota law that allows businesses to bar weapons specifically exempts “active licensed” peace officers, and state law trumps NFL rules, the lawsuit says. But the […]