Boston Police E-Mail Codes Hacked

BOSTON, MA &#8211 Federal and local police are searching for the computer-savvy crew who sent Boston police officers’ email access codes out into cyberspace, the patrolmen’s union boss said yesterday. “I will confirm that it has happened, and there is an active federal and local investigation into it,” Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association President Thomas Nee told the Herald. On Friday, members of the international hackers group Anonymous aimed their…

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Minnesota City Uses Private Security For Police Protection

FOLEY, MN &#8211 Foley residents will call a private security company when they need nonemergency help, starting in January. On Tuesday, Foley City Council members unanimously approved hiring a private security company to provide 24-hour service to the city. The city will enter a six-month contract with General Security Services Corp. for $98,500. Mayor Gary Gruba said Foley is the first city he’s heard of that has used a…

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Scranton Police, Fire To Receive First Raise In Nine Years

HARRISBURG, PA &#8211 The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Scranton’s status as a “distressed” city under a state program does not prevent it from having to pay arbitration awards to police and fire union members. The high court ruled 6-1 against the city in a case that was closely watched by public-sector unions and Pennsylvania municipalities. The decision overturned previous decisions in the city’s favor in county court…

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City hires attorney to investigate police chief

ADAMS, WI &#8211 City officials have hired an attorney to investigate officer allegations against the police chief, but they have taken no official action since the police union made its complaints public. On Sept. 13, members of the Adams Professional Police Association sent a letter of no confidence to Adams officials, asking them to remove Chief Todd Hanson from office. On Wednesday, City Administrator Robert Ellisor said officials are…

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Mold Overtakes Police Officers’ Lockers

PHILADELPHIA, PA &#8211 The locker room at a local police station has officers fearing for their health. We’re talking about mold, and lots of it, inside the lockers at Philadephia’s 39th District, Fox 29’s Jeff Cole reports. The 39th Police District building is a hulking stone symbol of a time long past. Built in 1915, its age is showing. “Dirt, mold – you name it, rodents, bugs,” said Philadelphia…

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Indianapolis public safety director target of much attention

INDIANAPOLIS, IN &#8211 Public Safety Director Frank Straub has four academic degrees on the wall of his second-floor office in the City-County Building, a picture of himself with former President Bill Clinton behind his desk and an Indianapolis Colts hat on a shelf. But the most fitting memento probably is a white IFD firefighter’s helmet on a nearby shelf. It serves as a symbolic shield against the verbal detritus…

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New Haven police chief empties offices, but status is unknown

NEW HAVEN, CT &#8211 The police union’s president called on the mayor to establish whether the chief is leaving New Haven for good after clearing out his office and heading to Chicago for an extended break, while a mayoral candidate went further. Those were the latest developments as rumors swirled around town about another pending shake-up at the city’s police department. Chief Frank Limon left Friday for “several weeks”…

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Police Union: Let 65-Year-Old Officer Work

BRISTOL, CT &#8211 After a popular police officer was forced into retirement earlier this month, the union’s regional office is calling on city leaders to reconsider. Jerry Pare was told he was out of a job Oct. 8, the day after he turned 65. City police officers and some city council members say that seems like the wrong move, since Pare has stayed physically and mentally fit and was…

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East St. Louis police chief rescinds resignation

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL &#8211 Ranodore Foggs remains the leader of the East St. Louis Police Department. At a special City Council meeting Thursday night, after a lengthy discussion about the police chief’s status, Foggs said he has changed his mind about resigning. “I am still here. I am still the chief. I don’t plan to go anywhere,” he said. Foggs, when asked by a reporter whether he submitted…

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To regain annual pay raises, West Palm police union set to give up some pension cash

WEST PALM BEACH, FL &#8211 After two years without annual pay raises for its rank-and-file members, the police union has reached a deal with the city that returns them. But police officers, especially those with 13 years or more of service, had to make a sacrifice. And the deal was less a product of a controversial police protest at SunFest last year than it was a change in a…

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Oakland chief resigns as police takeover threatened

OAKLAND, CA &#8211 The city with the state’s highest violent crime rate is again in search of a top cop after Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts announced his resignation Tuesday, saying a burdensome “bureaucracy” left him without enough power to fight crime and build community trust in his department. Batts, a charismatic leader who sought to bring Oakland into step with a trend toward data-driven policing, was hired in…

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Ohio Collective Bargaining Fight Takes New Turn; Recut Television Ad Makes SB5 Opponent Look Like A Supporter

Last week, Marlene Quinn was starring in a television ad explaining how Cincinnati firefighters saved her great-granddaughter, and urging Ohioans to vote against Issue 2 so firefighters could continue to negotiate for proper staffing levels. Yesterday, the 78-year-old Quinn was startled to learn that she also was starring in a new ad by the Republican group Building a Better Ohio, her image and words swiped from the Issue 2…

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In Wake Of Arbitrator’s Decision, City Council Repeals Police Oversight Rules

SPOKANE, WA &#8211 Spokane’s police ombudsman on Monday lost the power to independently investigate misconduct allegations against the city’s law enforcement officers. The Spokane City Council voted 5-2 Monday to repeal police oversight rules it approved unanimously last year, blaming an arbitrator’s decision in July that determined the expanded powers violated the Spokane Police Guild’s labor contract. Monday’s decision to revoke the expanded investigative powers, an issue debated for…

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Long Beach Firefighters Approve Pension Reform Deal, Saves City $40M Over 10 Years

LONG BEACH, CA &#8211 The City of Long Beach and the Firefighter’s Association (FFA) announced today a tentative agreement to significantly reduce pension costs, enact pension reform, and provide future budget relief. The FFA approved the agreement in a vote that concluded at 4:30pm today. Last month, Mayor Bob Foster and the Long Beach Police Officers Association finalized a pension reform agreement for the city’s police department. “The savings…

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Georgia County Considering Using Inmates As Firefighters

CAMDEN COUNTY, GA &#8211 In an effort to improve its ISO rating, Camden County, Georgia may start using inmates to fight fires. The inmate option is one of several being considered and is the least expensive. The Florida Times-Union reports that the county may save up $500,000 by some estimates. According to the newspaper report: The Camden program would put two inmates in each of three existing firehouses, and…

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Police union asks DA to investigate City Council Member

The Houston Police Officers’ Union is asking District Attorney Pat Lykos to investigate Councilwoman Jolanda Jones for practicing law without a license. The union includes two legal documents with September dates signed by Jones with a letter being delivered to Lykos today. The State Bar of Texas suspended the councilwoman’s law license on Sept. 1 because she had failed to pay her annual membership dues and her attorney occupational…

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Memphis firefighter resigns from union post after Facebook flap

MEMPHIS, TN &#8211 A Memphis firefighter who posted Facebook comments that offended some Frayser residents has resigned from his union position, officials announced today. Robert Kramer, who has served on the executive board of the Memphis Fire Fighters Association for six years, submitted his letter of resignation today. It officially takes effect Tuesday. Kramer, a resident of Hernando, Miss., disparaged Frayser residents with his recent Facebook comments. In an…

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NY State police sergeants move to 4/10’s to save overtime

ALBANY, NY &#8211 Most sergeants in the New York state police will work 10-hour shifts under a new agreement that the union and police officials say should help limit overtime. Thomas Mungeer, president of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association, says most of the 530 non-commissioned officers have been doing that under a pilot program that cut overtime by 43 percent. Most now have a four-day work…

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Police Union’s Rally Causes Job Seekers To Depart

HAMPTON, NH &#8211 More than 30 prospective candidates looking to join the part-time ranks of the Hampton Police Department walked away Saturday from taking a test they must pass before being hired. Their decision came after encountering a rally staged by current police officers who have been working without a raise for almost six years. Passing out fliers stating “Say no … to employment with this agency,” officers told…

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Arbitrator: No ties for Montgomery detectives

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD &#8211 Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger is not permitted to require detectives to wear ties or cancel casual Friday without consulting with the police union, an arbitrator ruled last month. According to the decision, the arbitrator, Earle William Hockenberry, found that because the department previously had allowed detectives to wear casual clothes to work, that practice is considered a working condition — and altering…

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jacksonville sheriff’s office layoffs to be announced in lottery

JACKSONVILLE, FL &#8211 Twenty-eight will not be a lucky number for deputies with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department. The Department must lay off deputies because of recent budget cuts and will use a lottery to determine which deputies will have to go. According to Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt, a class of 28 deputies will be ranked from 1 to 28, and those with the highest numbers will be the first to…

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layoff notices rescinded for all 56 Connecticut state troopers

HARTFORD, CT &#8211 Higher than anticipated retirements among senior state troopers will mean all of the recently trained rookie class of 56 Connecticut troopers will soon be rehired weeks after they were laid off. The troopers were laid off on Aug. 24, after the State Police Union rejected a state’s contract offer. According to Ben Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, changes are still in store…

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FOP Files To Have Police Union Election Nullified

BAY CITY, MI &#8211 The Fraternal Order of Police is not ready to say goodbye to the Bay City police officers. The members of the Bay City PD’s patrol union voted to change representation from the FOP to the Police Officers Association of Michigan, but the FOP has filed an unfair labor practice claim with the state Employment Relations Commission seeking to nullify the election. “If the union wants…

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firefighters union issues public apology to city manager

SOLANA BEACH, CA &#8211 The Solana Beach Firefighters Association has issued a public apology to Solano Beach City Manager David Ott after insinuating in print and online that the city manager wanted to reduce firefighter staffing. The city manager had never formally proposed any reductions. Because of the literature, a routine City Council meeting in August to reduce the city budget deficit lasted roughly two hours because firefighters and…

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St. Louis Police Association to Re-Do election

ST. LOUIS, MO &#8211 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the St. Louis Police Officers Association will re-do a recent election because the results have been tainted. In a memo to association leaders obtained by the paper, the organization’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager wrote: “There were no controls over the ballots and ballot tampering or stuffing could not be determined.” About 30 returned envelopes and 10 ballots were found…

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