Tallahassee Firefighters Blast City Leaders, Step Down Over Pay Raise, Contract Dispute

Three firefighters stepped down from the Tallahassee Fire Department over the last week, with two publicly blaming city politics and low pay for their departures. In social media announcements posted on their personal pages, the heavy-hearted firemen said their “backs were against the wall” and they were unable to support their families on their current […]

Chautauqua County Seizes State Stipend To Bolster Firefighter Recruitment

FREDONIA, NY – Chautauqua County fire departments are lauding a revolutionary training stipend program aimed at tackling the recruitment challenges plaguing the fire service. This initiative, administered by the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC), stands as a beacon of hope for many small municipalities like the Village of Fredonia, where the backbone […]

Seattle Looks At Subsidized Housing For Cops

The Seattle City Council has recently proposed the idea of subsidized housing for police officers as part of their efforts to retain and recruit members of the Seattle Police Department (SPD). However, this proposal has sparked controversy and raised concerns about the city’s budget priorities amidst a homelessness crisis, a significant budget deficit, and various […]

Wellness Program Offers Two-Week Sabbatical To Allow Officers To Access Professional Counseling

In a pioneering move to support the mental well-being of its police force, the Berea (Kentucky) Police Department has announced the introduction of a counseling program aimed at helping officers manage the stress and challenges inherent to their profession. This initiative seeks to mitigate the personal and professional impacts of job-related stress, potentially reducing turnover […]

Staff Shortage Forces Southern Indiana Sheriff To Stop Scheduling Deputies Overnight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The Washington County Sheriff’s Department in southern Indiana will no longer have deputies on duty from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., citing an “unprecedented” lack of officers. “This is not news that I want to deliver to the citizens of Washington County,” Sheriff Brent Miller said in a Facebook post Friday. “This […]

New Law Makes It Easier For More People To Become Philadelphia Police Officers

PHILADLEPHIA (WPVI) — A new law is making it easier for more cadets to be considered and potentially become police officers in Philadelphia. Governor Josh Shapiro signed a law at the end of last year lowering the physical fitness requirements applicants are assessed on. Megan Bortner was one of the 100 out of 265 who passed […]

City’s Request To Dismiss Fire Union Case Falters

YOUNGSTOWN — The 7th District Court of Appeals dismissed a request from Youngstown that it reverse a judge’s decision permitting the city’s firefighters union to engage in binding arbitration over a grievance about promotions and out-of-rank pay. The appeals court ruled 3-0 against the city’s appeal of the June 30 decision by Judge Maureen Sweeney […]

Houston Firefighters Hearing Details Of Agreement Signed By Mayor, Union President

HOUSTON – Houston firefighters have gathered to hear details of the historic agreement signed by Mayor John Whitmire and the union president this week to address a years-long contract impasse. Under the terms of the settlement, all current firefighters, retired firefighters, and the families of those who have passed away since 2017 will receive lump sum payments […]