Portland City Council Greenlights $25K Hiring Bonuses For Lateral Police Officers

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to authorize $500,000 in funding for the city’s police bureau to offer $25,000 hiring bonuses for lateral officers and $3,000 to $5,000 hiring bonuses for new Public Safety Support Specialists (PS3s) in an effort to boost the bureau’s hiring rate. Addressing the council, Portland Police Captain Anthony Passadore […]

Houston Fire Department Rolls Out New Incentive Program To Attract Recruits

Two new recruit classes for the Houston Fire Department will be the first to get a chance to take advantage of a new incentive program the department first announced earlier this year. Under the program, pre-certified recruits who hold an active fire and emergency medical technician certification at the term of hire can receive an […]

Kentucky Law Provides Time Off For Cops, Firefighters After Critical Incidents

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed into law a bill that aims to help police officers and firefighters manage critical incidents.  House Bill 562, ceremonially signed last week, provides law enforcement officers and firefighters a 48-hour leave after they are involved in a critical incident, WHAS11 reported. The bill also redefines a critical incident as any event that […]

Police Union: Federal Parks Understaffed, Not ‘Safe’

The union representing federal park police warned the Biden administration on Monday that visitors to major urban facilities, including in Washington, D.C., are not safe because of a staffing shortage. Kenneth Spencer, chairman of the U.S. Park Police Fraternal Order of Police, said that the shortage is expected to worsen as Washington and likely other cities begin […]