21 % Salary Increase For Springfield Police Officers Could Impact Other Departments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — The Springfield Police Department will see at least $20,000 salary increases across the board, and it could affect other departments across Central Illinois. The Springfield police department used to have the lowest salaries compared to other major Central Illinois departments, and now it’s one of the highest. Starting salaries jumped from over […]

Elizabeth Borough Moves Forward With Proposed Plans To Disband Police Department

ELIZABETH, Pa. — The Elizabeth Borough Council voted Tuesday night to move forward with proposed plans to disband its police department. Currently, there is just one full-time police officer in Elizabeth Borough, Chief William Sombo. Sombo is helped by a rotating list of part-time officers. Mayor Barry Boucher told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that a […]

Cleveland Police Pay Increase Comes With A Move To 12-Hour Shifts

Cleveland police will get pay raises after City Council approved changes to their union contracts Monday night. But there is still work left to be done on the deal. The top pay of a patrol officer with five years of experience will increase from around $68,000 to more than $84,000 a year. The lowest-paid patrol […]

Lebanon Police $30,000 Signing Bonus Raises Eyebrows

LEBANON — In a sign of the challenge police departments face in filling their ranks, the city’s police department has increased its signing bonus to $30,000 for newly hired officers — three times the amount N.H. State Police is offering for new troopers and twice as much as neighboring Hanover. “It’s no secret law enforcement […]

Arbitrator Rescinds ‘Double-Dipping’ Columbia River Firefighter Contract

The Columbia River Fire & Rescue District and the local firefighters union signed a 2022-2025 contract but never had “a meeting of the minds” on substantial salary increases for two firefighter classifications, an arbitrator has found. He ordered the contract be rescinded and renegotiated. The ruling on the disputed contract is the latest development in labor-management and financial strife plaguing the […]

Cincinnati PD Staffing Level Hits 36-Year Low, FOP President Says

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – Concerns are mounting as the Cincinnati Police Department is at a 36-year low in staffing levels, according to retired Cincinnati police sergeant and Fraternal Order of Police President Dan Hils. The FOP president made a Facebook post on the Support the Blue in Cincy page, criticizing CPD’s staffing level. “Everybody knows we […]

Police Accountability Board Can’t Discipline Officers, Court Says. What’s Next For PAB?

The Police Accountability Board cannot discipline Rochester’s police officers, the state’s highest court ruled Monday. For some, that decision uproots the agency’s mission. Its disciplinary power was intentionally designed to embolden accountability and transparency around police misconduct in a way the city has never seen before. Without it, the agency is little more than a […]

SEPTA Police Union Cites ‘Disconnect’ As Strike Looms

After working for months without a contract, the union that represents SEPTA’s police force may go on strike if it can’t come to a contract agreement with the mass transit provider. In a Monday afternoon update, the union — the Fraternal Order of Transit Police Lodge 109 — said negotiations that morning had “showed little progress.” “SEPTA’s executives […]

LAPD Union Sues City Over 3 Months Of Delayed Pay Increases

The union that represents rank-and-file officers in the Los Angeles Police Department filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the city Thursday, saying that pay increases approved by the City Council in August still have not arrived. In the 10-page lawsuit, the Los Angeles Police Protective League said its nearly 9,000 members are owed more than three months’ worth of raises and have been given […]

Scottsdale PD Says Pay Raise For Officers Is Paying Off

Chief Jeff Walther says they had to find more ways to attract candidates after police departments nationwide were losing workers during the pandemic. Last year, they decided to increase starting police officer salaries by about $3,000 to nearly $67,000. Since then, they’ve had 50% more people applying. “The more officers I have to fill those […]

Controversial Police-Led Recall Vote Wins Key Ruling In California

A California state judge dismissed efforts this past week to halt a recall vote led by a local police union who are attempting to oust a progressive city council member. The union, which is upset that the politician voted against officers’ pay raises, has so far spent more than $660,000 on the vote to recall Santa Ana council […]

Philly Police To Get 5% Raise As Part Of One-Year Contract Extension

Philadelphia police officers have reached a deal with the city on a one-year contract extension which includes a pay raise and a one-time bonus. The one year deal starts in July 2024 and runs through June 2025. Officers will get a 5% pay raise effective July 1, as well as an $1,800 lump sum bonus. […]

Portsmouth Greenlights Collective Bargaining For City Employees — A First In Hampton Roads

PORTSMOUTH — City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution granting city employees the ability to collectively bargain, making Portsmouth the first Hampton Roads city to take that step. It was approved 4-2, with Mayor Shannon Glover and Council member Mark Whitaker voting against. Council member De’Andre Barnes was absent. Allowing collective bargaining means workers can […]

Minneapolis City Council Rejects Plan To Provide MPD Bonuses

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday voted to reject a $15 million plan to help hire and retain the city’s police officers. The emergency vote came after City Council members previously rejected the plan in a 7-5 vote earlier this week, saying those bonuses are not effective tools. Following that vote, Ward 11 Councilmember Emily Koski […]

Cleveland Mayor Proposes Age Limit Increase For Police Officers

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb is proposing an amendment to a city ordinance that would raise the maximum age for cadets on the Cleveland Division of Police to 55 years old, according to a release from the city. The proposal, if passed, would amend the 2012 ordinance that capped the age at […]

36-Hour Shifts, 80-Hour Weeks: Workers Are Being Burned Out By Overtime

Virginia Beach firefighter Max Gonano was coming off a 24-hour shift on Father’s Day when he was told he’d have to work another 12 hours to cover for a staffing shortfall. By the time he got off work at 8 p.m., he’d missed the day with his 2-year-old and 4-year-old children and spent 36 hours […]

Department’s Garrity Failure Results In Reinstatement

Zachariah Foltz is a police officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police De­partment. On August 4, 2018, investigators at the Department’s Internal Affairs Division (IAD) interviewed the parents of a 12-year-old girl who alleged their child had been sexually assaulted by an officer referred to in the Court’s opinion as “Officer SK.” According to the […]