LOW PAY, POOR MORALE AND A CONTRACT DISPUTE LEAVE GPD WITH STAFFING SHORTAGES

The Gainesville Police Department is struggling to hold onto its officers. GPD only has 279 officers out of a possible 307 budgeted, Police Chief Tony Jones said at a town hall meeting in March. Jones also said then that the agency is “hurting for police officers.” It is not a new development. In the past […]

POLICE UNION SUES FUNDRAISER

The police union has filed a lawsuit against a Derby company, alleging that the group failed to honor a fundraising agreement and owes it $30,503. The Manchester Police Officers Association filed suit against Funding & Development Inc. on April 4 in Hartford Superior Court. The lawsuit charges that on Sept. 1, 2015, the union and […]

BATTLE UNDERWAY FOR POLICE RADIO CONTRACT

The state wants to make sure first responders can talk to each other during an emergency, even if they’re from different agencies, but selecting a vendor is proving to be a daunting task. “You know a law enforcement officer from one county not being able to speak to another county when they’re rushing to a […]

Court Upholds Arbitrator’s Opinion Imposing ‘Reasonable Doubt’ Burden Of Proof

In February 2015, the East Dundee and Countryside Fire Protection District in Illinois terminated Lieutenant Anthony Pompa, who had 15 years of service with the District. The District alleged that Pompa engaged in misconduct by emailing a continuing education test answer sheet to two firefighters. Pompa declined to testify at a hearing before the District’s […]

Court Upholds Huge Jury Verdict For Two Seattle Police Officers

On June 23, 2014, Kathleen O’Toole became Chief of the Seattle Police Department. She promoted Dave Proudfoot to captain and assigned him to lead the South Precinct. On July 21, Sergeant Ella Elias filed notice of a claim stating that she intended to sue the City. This notice described a hostile work environment, gender discrimination, […]

Employer Required To Bargain Before Recouping Overpaid Wages

On November 1, 2016, the auditor’s office for Benton County, Washington discovered that the County had overpaid employees in the Sheriff’s Department. The County notified the employees of the overpayments and began a process laid out in Washington’s statutes for recovering the overpayments. The County did not notify the Teamsters Union, which represents some Sheriff’s […]

STATE POLICE UNION FILES COMPLAINT ABOUT GPS VEHICLE TRACKING

The union representing Massachusetts State Police is pushing back against a recent major reform, accusing the agency’s leaders of acting in bad faith by forcing a GPS vehicle tracking system on troopers. In a complaint filed late last week with the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations, the State Police Association of Massachusetts said it had […]