Hawaii Police Union Seeks 25% COVID-19 Hazard Pay Differential

The union for police officers in Hawaii has filed four separate grievances challenging the denial of hazard pay amounting to a 25 % pay differential for the peak years of the COVID-19 pandemic between March 2020 and March of this year. The union for police officers in Hawaii has filed four separate grievances challenging the denial of hazard pay amounting to a 25 % pay differential for the peak…

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Suffolk To Pay John Oliva, Former Detective, $1.5M For Wrongful Conviction

Suffolk County has agreed to pay $1.5 million to a former Suffolk police detective whose conviction for leaking information to a Newsday reporter was overturned last year, officials said Thursday. John Oliva, a 20-year police department veteran, was forced to resign after pressure from disgraced ex-Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and his top aide, Christopher McPartland, to plead guilty to a crime in connection with the case. Continue…

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Suspension Overturned For Cleveland Police Supervisor Who Responded To Tamir Rice Shooting

An arbitrator has overturned the city-imposed discipline of a Cleveland police sergeant for her role in the aftermath of Tamir Rice’s killing. Cincinnati arbitrator William C. Heekin on Nov. 4 reversed the two-day suspension without pay of Janell Rutherford, a supervisor called to the scene after the 12-year-old was shot by a police officer. Rutherford, who recently retired from the department, is owed backpay, and references to the discipline must be…

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Officer’s Suicide After Jan. 6 Riot Is A Line-Of-Duty Death, DOJ Says

A Justice Department office has ruled that Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood — who killed himself days after encountering rioters during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection — died in the line of duty, according to his family and authorities. The designation from the Justice Department’s Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program means Liebengood’s family will receive a lump-sum payment. The precise amount was not immediately clear, but it will be…

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Chandler Fire Launches Firefighter Cancer Screening Service

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler Fire Department is now offering cancer screening to its first responders as the latest in a series of measures to reduce and mitigate exposure to carcinogens. The Chandler City Council has approved a $963,400 grant agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the use of $96,340 in City funds for the purchase of enhanced cancer prevention and diagnosis services from Vincere Cancer Center….

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Police Union Calling On CPD To Pay For First Aid Equipment Being Paid For By Officers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Minutes after two Columbus police officers were fired at by a suspected gunman over the weekend, they began life-saving measures to save his life. Lamar Blue, 26, was wounded after he was shot by one of the officers who fired back after Blue allegedly opened fire with a shotgun. Blue is now charged with two felony first-degree counts of assault on a peace officer. “The officers…

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Appointment Of Berkeley Police Chief On Hold During Arrest Quota Investigation; Union President Steps Down

BERKELEY, Calif. – The Berkeley city council did not appoint a new police chief Tuesday night and will not do so until an investigation into an arrest quota – made public through leaked texts – is complete. In addition, the union president who is at the heart of the controversy has stepped down.  Berkeleyside reported that City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley pulled the item confirming Jen Louis’ appointment, saying she will bring the police chief…

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Tacoma Police Union Says Police Chief’s Reports Of Falling Crime ‘Misleading’

TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Police Union sent a letter to the city council and police chief, claiming the most recent crime data presentation was misleading and far from the truth. On Nov. 1, Tacoma Police Chief Avery Moore presented data to city council which paints a hopeful picture for the future of the city. This year, Tacoma has seen the most homicides on record. Continue reading at www.q13fox.com

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Judge Dismisses St. Louis Lawsuit Arguing Missouri ‘Police Bill Of Rights’ Is Unconstitutional

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem denied the city’s claims that the 2021 state law bolstering protections for police under investigation for misconduct was unconstitutional. A Missouri judge Monday dismissed the City of St. Louis’ effort to block a 2021 law bolstering protections for police under investigation for misconduct. The city sued in December asking Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem to toss out the “Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights,” a list…

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Lawsuit Filed After Massachusetts Cancels Civil Service Exams for Firefighters

The Boston Firefighters Union is set to meet with the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission on Monday, after initiating legal action against the state over canceled civil service exams. The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission suspended the exams over a 2009 lawsuit brought forward by the police unions claiming the exams discriminate against minority employees. Continue reading at www.nbcboston.com.

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Boston Police Union Says It’s At An ‘Impasse’ With Mayor Wu’s Office. Here’s What’s Bogging Things Down.

Boston’s largest police union says it has hit a wall in its contract negotiations with Mayor Michelle Wu’s administration, teeing up a move to bring talks under arbitration. “The mayor’s office stopped negotiating and we came to a standstill, an impasse, on the topics that are on the table,” Larry Calderone, president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, told The Boston Globe on Friday. According to Calderone, the BPPA went to…

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Ross Township Officer Suing Police Association, Township For Defamation

ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Sgt. Joseph Serowik is suing the Ross Township Police Association and Ross Township accusing them of defamation. He said they destroyed his reputation and he filed a lawsuit to clear his name. “It’s basically made my life a living hell,” said Sergeant Joseph Serowik. He’s been with the department since 2004 and was promoted to Sgt. in 2018. Continue reading at www.wpxi.com

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City Of Beaumont, Police Union Hope New Contract Will Attract, Retain ‘Top Talent’ Officers

BEAUMONT, Texas — The Beaumont Police Officer’s Association and the City of Beaumont are both hoping that a newly signed contract will help attract and retain talented officers in the city. The new four-year contract took effect on Monday according to a news release from the City of Beaumont. The contract was negotiated and designed with the goal of attracting and retaining better officers to the city as well as keeping…

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Ithaca PBA Says Police Staffing, Violence In City Has Reached Crisis Level

The president of the union representing cops within the Ithaca Police Department says violent crime in the city and a staffing crisis have combined to create an emergency situation. He called the combination of issues ‘critical’ and said that attempts by groups like the Ithaca PBA to get city officials to address staffing have fallen flat. Continue reading at www.fingerlakes1.com

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MPD, Union, City Craft Plan To Replace ‘Defective’ Officer Guns

More than two years after a Milwaukee Police officer’s gun would be the first of three to reportedly fire without anyone pulling the trigger, the department agreed to a plan to replace the sidearms many officers deem defective and dangerous. Flanked by Milwaukee Police Association President Andy Wagner and Mayor Cavalier Johnson, Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman made the announcement Monday afternoon that the department would trade in nearly…

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Kentucky Supreme Court: Conversations Between Union And Members Confidential

This article appears in the November 2022 issue of our monthly newsletter, Public Safety Labor News. On January 11, 2017, Sergeant Armin White of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) met with his direct supervisor, Lieutenant Donald George, to discuss issues he was experiencing in the workplace. White reported directly to George, but he also had administrative duties under a different lieutenant. White claimed that he was receiving conflicting…

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Q & A

From Oklahoma:Question: Is there a reasonable amount of time the City has to administer discipline? Meaning if an incident took place approximately 11 months ago and they investigated it approximately two weeks after the incident. Normally punishment is rendered within a few weeks to a month (maybe two). This particular discipline was handed down approximately ten months after the investigative meeting. Answer: The answer will depend a lot on…

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Important To Intervene Early In Discrimination Cases

In 2015, several black firefighters sued the City of St. Louis, alleging that the City structured its 2013 promo­tional tests for the ranks of captain and battalion chief in a way that adversely and disproportionately affected black candidates. The case was settled in 2017, with the settlement changing some aspects of the City’s promotional system. The settlement did not give the federal court hearing the case ongoing responsibility for…

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Police Chief Loses Defamation Claims Against Union’s Law Firm

Mark Elbert was the chief of police for Bellevue, Nebraska. Officers in the Police Department are represented by the Bellevue Police Officers Associa­tion (BPOA). Gary Young and the law firm Keating, O’Gara, Nedved & Peter (KONP) represents the BPOA. At a meeting on September 13, 2017, BPOA members discussed Chief Elbert and some of his conduct, and, by a vote of 72 to 1, expressed “no confidence” in him…

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For Third Time, Newark Told To Bargain Over Drug Testing

The Newark Police Superior Officers’ Association (SOA) represents supervisors in the Newark Police Department. On March 20, 2018, the New Jersey attorney general issued Law Enforcement Direc­tive 2018-02, implementing statewide mandatory random drug testing for all state, county, and municipal law en­forcement agencies and sworn officers. The directive required all state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies to “adopt and/or revise their existing drug testing policies” consistent with the…

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Explosive Breacher Training Claim Survives Dismissal

Brian Cunningham was a Layton City firefighter in Utah. Cunningham was paid by Layton City to receive SWAT training conducted by Weber County. As students arrived at the SWAT training, they were required to sign a waiver in which they “unconditionally and irrevocably released and discharged the Ogden Metro SWAT Team and all related organizations and entities from any and all claims, demands, damages actions and causes of action…

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