Region Officers Gather To Address ‘Alarming’ Rise In Police Suicides

In a time when police deaths from suicide are nearly equal to those who have died in the line of service, Region officers saw a need to take action. “Statistics show that the amount of deaths from police suicide is almost equal to the amount of officers who died in the line of duty now,” […]

Bill Would Give Wisconsin First Responders Easier Access To PTSD Treatment

MADISON (WKOW) — Across the country, police officers, firefighters, and paramedics are facing a mental health crisis, with more losing their lives to suicide than line of duty deaths. Nationwide, a Ruderman Family study showed, 103 firefighters died by suicide in 2017 while 93 died in the line of duty in that same year. The study shows […]

For Whistleblowing Claim To Exist, Decisionmakers Must Be Aware Of Whistleblowing

Bridgette Bott was a deputy sheriff for Palm Beach County, Florida. On July 11, 2012, the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Bott to investigate an attempted suicide. Dispatch told Bott that a woman “advised her boyfriend took a lot of antidepressants last night and is now swinging the swifter at her because she won’t tell him where […]

Spouse Loses Workers’ Compensation Claim For Officer’s Suicide

Sandy Delacruz was a police officer for the Village of Freeport, New York. On December 22, 2016, Delacruz, who was on duty at the time, was found dead in her parked police car from a perforating gunshot wound to the head and brain. Delacruz’s death certificate indicated that the cause of her death was suicide […]

LEOSA Does Not Require An Agency To Issue Retirees Identification

The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) allows “a qualified retired law enforcement officer who is carrying the identification required by the Act” to carry a concealed firearm, notwithstanding most state or local restrictions. Camille Burban was an officer with the Neptune Beach, Florida Police Department for more than ten years before she retired from […]

Merits Of Grievance For Arbitrator, Not Court, To Resolve

The City of Yonkers in New York and the Yonkers Fire Fighters, Local 628 of the IAFF, are parties to a collective bargaining agreement. Article 33 of the CBA, which contains various provisions concerning the City’s EMS Program, includes a provision stating that the “EMS Program shall mean the level of services provided as of […]

Favored Treatment To Fellow Officer Violates Ethics Statute

Edward McGovern is an Agawam, Massachusetts police lieutenant. On the evening of June 29, 2012, at about 9:15 p.m., the neighboring West Springfield Police Department received an anonymous 911 call reporting a wrong-way driver on Route 5 North. Three responding officers found Agawam Police Officer Danielle Petrangelo sitting on the guardrail next to the passenger […]

Arbitrator Can Consider Conduct Of Parties In Construing Contract Language

Pursuant to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement between Local 3111 of the IAFF and Anderson Township, Ohio, Lieutenant William Tillett received notice that disciplinary proceedings were being initiated against him because he had surrendered his fire-inspection certification. When the Department eventually demoted Tillett, Local 3111 challenged the demotion in arbitration. At the arbitration […]

Text Messages Do Not Violate Duty Of Fair Representation

Sanja Drinks-Bruder has been employed as a Niagara Falls, New York police officer for approximately 25 years and is represented for bargaining purposes by the Niagara Falls Police Club. On October 20, 2016, at approximately 6:10 a.m., she was sent to the scene of a fatal traffic accident. Despite her repeated requests to be relieved […]

Arbitrator’s Fire Watch Decision Does Not Violate Federal Law

The collective bargaining agreement between Local 146 of the IAFF and the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts provides that the City must require a fire watch detail at the site of any demolition work in its boundary. The agreement contains provisions requiring the City to “act as custodian of the funds collected as a result of […]

Corrections Officer’s Repeated Dishonesty Costs Her Job

Tia Smith was a corrections officer with the Camden County Department of Corrections in New Jersey. In the years following her hire in 2011, Smith displayed a variety of performance problems. Most significantly, Smith was found to have engaged in conduct unbecoming and neglect of duty in 2015. She lied during that investigation, and the […]

Corrections Officers Win $113 Million In Wage-And-Hour Lawsuit

The collective bargaining agreement between the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Missouri Corrections Officers Association provides that the DOC “will comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).” The DOC’s policy manual similarly states it is intended “to ensure departmental compliance with FLSA rules.” In 2012, a group of corrections officers brought a […]