Bloomington Offers Unique Housing Incentive To Attract And Keep Cops And Firefighters

Mayor John Hamilton says his “innovative housing incentive” that provides $100,000 to police officers and firefighters who buy a house in the city limits will attract new applicants and help retain those already on the job. Announced Feb. 9, the down-payment program will initially offer the housing benefit to 10 police officers and 10 firefighters […]

East Lansing’s Paramedics Offered Help As They Recover, Too

“You step into this profession because you want to help people,” East Lansing firefighter and paramedic John Newman told ELi in a phone interview on Wednesday. “You know [a mass shooting like Monday’s] is a possibility, but you are never ready for it.” “We did trainings and that’s why [the management of the response] went […]

Phoenix Police Department Begins Year With Shortage Of 550 Officers

“We have a total of 2,575 sworn employees currently and we are budgeted for 3,125. I’ll let you do the math,” Rossi said.  Rossi attributes the short staffing partly on a hiring freeze that happened years ago. “There was a six-year hiring freeze many years back,” Rossi said. “Part of that is just trying to […]

Seattle Police Union Objected To Use Of Body-Cam Analysis Tech And Alleges Officers Were ‘Spied On’

The Seattle Police Department discontinued its use of an artificial intelligence platform designed to analyze body-cam footage because of pushback from the union that represents officers. Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, told GeekWire on Thursday that “basically the department was spying on their employees” and that the union objected to SPD’s use of technology […]