Seattle Parking Officer Fired Over Lynching Comment Gets His Job Back

A Seattle parking enforcement officer who was fired for making a comment endorsing lynching will keep his job after being reinstated by an arbitrator. Why it matters: Jonathan Skeie’s reinstatement shows how police discipline doesn’t always stick. Even when departments fire or suspend employees for making racist comments or abusing authority, officers can get their punishment […]

Fire Unions Send Letter To City Council Opposing Firefighter Safety Act

BALTIMORE — Two unions representing firefighters in Baltimore City do not support a proposed bill, that members of the City Council believe will keep department members safe when responding to vacant house fires. Both expressed opposition to the bill known as the Firefighter Safety Act in a May 17 letter to the City Council. Continue […]

Hawai‘i Police Department Struggles With Ongoing Staff Shortages

The Hawai‘i Police Department has been plagued by staffing shortages from various departments for several years. Over the past couple of years, HPD has struggled to hire and retain sworn and unsworn employees. Overall, the department has 53 sworn position vacancies and 32 non-sworn positions. Dispatch currently has the most openings among non-sworn employees with […]