Biden To Ask Local Officials To Spend COVID Relief Money On Public Safety

WASHINGTON — Mayors, police chiefs and other local officials were invited to the White House on Friday to share with President Joe Biden how they are spending money from the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on policing and public safety programs. In turn, during an afternoon event in the Rose Garden, Mr. Biden will highlight some […]

TX Firefighters Claim City Late Making OT Payments

Officials with the Dallas Fire Fighters Association claim the city is “jerking them around” by failing to make timely overtime payments they say are still due from the December and January COVID-19 crisis. The overtime payments stem from the COVID-19 surge when firefighters worked voluntary and mandated overtime to ensure the rigs were staffed when […]

Pittsburgh Firefighters Union Worried About Lack Of New Recruits

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Being a firefighter once meant a position of high standing in the community.  But these days, fewer and fewer people are hearing the call to become a firefighter.  “You see it even from the volunteer services in the suburbs to the urban forces here in the city,” said Ralph Sicuro of the […]

Atlanta Police Union Asks For Significant Pay Bump For Officers

ATLANTA – The staffing levels at the Atlanta Police Department are dangerously low. That is what a police union representative told Atlanta City Council members during a budget briefing. Lt. Kevin Knapp said it is critical the city upgrade police pay. He said neighboring counties are offering $10,000, even more, for officers to leave the city.  Continue reading at

Q & A

From Michigan:Question: How long can an arbitration decision in one case, be used as a precedent in another similar case within the same agency? For instance, 12 years ago an officer is found to have had sex on duty. Department proposed termination. Arbitrator reduced to a five-day suspension. Same Union, same department. Does that arbitration […]

When Is A Girlfriend ‘Similarly Situated’ To A Spouse?

Section 922(g)(9) of Title 18 of the United States Code makes it a felony for an individual who has been convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” to possess a firearm. At the time the law was enacted, only about a third of the states had a criminal statute that specifically proscribed domestic violence, […]

Cadet Loses Claim Against Austin Police Trainers

Christopher Wise was a cadet in the Austin Police Academy. In a lawsuit he later filed, Wise alleged that on October 1, 2018, he was engaged in “a very strenuous series of physical exercises in an activity entitled Stress Reaction Training.” The training was scheduled from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on a day when […]

Tampa Bay Bucs Not Deputy’s Employer

In September 2015 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played the New Orleans Saints in the New Orleans Superdome. The Buc­caneers contracted with the New Orleans Police Department to provide motorcycle escorts by off-duty law enforcement offi­cers for the team’s buses traveling in the New Orleans area. Deputies from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) eventually served […]

‘Firefighter’s Rule’ Bars Injured Officer’s Lawsuit

While on routine patrol duty on February 11, 2017, Kassondra Topper, a deputy with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the scene of a minor motor vehicle collision in Emmitsburg, Maryland. When Topper arrived at the scene, she learned that a vehicle operated by Lynwood Stride had struck another vehicle in the rear. Stride […]

Freeloaders And Free Riders

Erik Gagne and Barry Wallett are li­quor control agents for the State of Con­necticut. Their union issues a quarterly newsletter to its members, and its 2018 spring and winter newsletters contained the following quote from Cynthia Dill, a State Senator: “Choosing to work where there is a union and getting the related benefits of higher […]

Text Message Not Basis For Retaliation Lawsuit

Brad Lamb was a deputy sheriff with the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in Colorado and was supervised by Deputy Steven Collins. Collins repeatedly made racist remarks in the office, including disparaging comments about Mexicans in front of Deputy Brittany Martinez, who is of Mexican descent. Around November 2014, Lamb told his sergeant that he […]

Arrest Does Not Necessarily Trigger Weingarten Rights

The Policemen’s Benevolent Asso­ciation Local No. 105 represents cor­rections officers working for the New Jersey Department of Corrections. The Department ordered corrections Jared Smith and Ivan Rivera to meet with Major Scott Abbott. Stuart Alterman, the PBA’s counsel, learned of the meeting before it oc­curred. Alterman wrote to Major Brian Labonne, “I understand that you […]

ADA Violated By Routine Physical, Psychological Examinations

Officer James LaCroix and Detec­tive Renee Payne-Callender are mem­bers of the Boston Police Department. On March 6, 2015, LaCroix sustained back and hip injuries while he was on duty. LaCroix was placed on leave due to his injuries and remained out of work until he was cleared to return by his doctors in December 2018, […]

No Employment Right To Use Medical Marijuana At Home

Sergeant Samuel Velez Ortiz worked for the Florida Department of Corrections. Velez Ortiz became a patient of Dr. Justin Davis, who is licensed by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) to recommend medical marijuana use. After consulting with Dr. Davis, Velez Ortiz sought and obtained a valid medical marijuana-use registration card from the DOH based […]

No Requirement To Fill Vacant Captain’s Position

Richard Levis is a lieutenant with the City of Hackensack Police Depart­ment (HPD) in New Jersey. Within a four-month timeframe in 2015, Levis was served with two Preliminary No­tices of Disciplinary Action (PNDA), alleging various charges. In lieu of a departmental hearing, the Department and Levis reached an agreement in which Levis acknowledged he violated […]

City Stuck With Police Director’s Grant Of Grievances

The Newark Police Superior Officers Association (SOA) filed grievances alleg­ing that the City of Newark violated the terms of its contract with the SOA by: (1) refusing to pay active SOA members longevity on payments for compensatory time; and (2) failing to pay two SOA members for unused vacation days upon their retirement. Both grievances […]

City Guilty Of ‘Direct Dealing’ In Offering Retiring Incentive

The City of Newark and the Newark Police Superior Officers’ Associa­tion (SOA) are parties to a collective bargaining agreement. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City experienced a dramatic reduction in revenue collections, including property, parking, and payroll taxes, as well as utility payments, permits, and licenses. In addition, the City had unexpected […]