Number of police officers killed in line of duty spikes in 2011

NEW YORK &#8211 The number of police officers who have died in the line of duty in 2011 has increased 14 percent nationwide from last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We’re hearing about more brazen, violent activity today, more cold-blooded murders,” said Craig Floyd, chairman and CEO of the fund. The shooting death of a New York police officer early Monday morning marks the…

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Connecticut troopers union displeased with state plan to relocate dispatchers

Despite union pressures to reexamine the consolidation of Connecticut State Police dispatching operations, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection remains steadfast with plans to relocate Troops A and B dispatchers to Litchfield. AFSCME Council 4 took the podium Monday in Waterbury, announcing their displeasure with the state’s proposal that would move dispatchers from Troops A and B — in Southbury and North Canaan, respectively — and place…

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NYPD Facebook probe raises free speech question

NEW YORK, NY &#8211 The Facebook group was titled “No More West Indian Day Detail,” referring to police patrol for a raucous annual Brooklyn parade. Sprinkled among the frustrations aired about regulating the crowded, loud, often-violent event were comments that were more offensive. Some called the parade, held in a predominantly black neighborhood, “ghetto training,” and a “scheduled riot.” Others referred to participants as savages. The West Indian Day…

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Despite city’s ruling, Lexington firefighters plan to post protest signs

LEXINGTON, KY &#8211 Lexington firefighters say they will not be deterred from putting up signs protesting equipment brownouts, despite the city’s proclamation that posting the signs violates ethics rules. “I dare them to violate our First Amendment rights to speak out against a safety issue,” said Chris Bartley, president of Lexington Professional Firefighters Local 526, a union representing about 500 firefighters. The signs — which read “Today, this Fire…

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Conservative Think Tank Sues Phoenix Police Union

PHOENIX, AZ &#8211 The Goldwater Institute is suing Phoenix and its biggest police union on behalf of two residents in an attempt to bar some Phoenix police officers from collecting a city salary for time spent doing work for the union, according to records filed Wednesday at Maricopa County Superior Court. Goldwater Institute representatives said they hope the lawsuit, if it succeeds, goes one step further and bars any…

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Chicago police union files safety complaint over station security

CHICAGO, IL &#8211 The Fraternal Order of Police has filed a safety complaint in Chicago. The police union is especially concerned about safety at the Harrison District. “There is more security at a Chicken Shack at this neighborhood than at a police desk,” said Pat Camden of the Fraternal Order of Police. What Camden is talking about is the front desk inside Area 4 Police Headquarters. Located in the…

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2 Detroit police union leaders resign

DETROIT, MI &#8211 Two leaders of the Detroit Police Officers Association abruptly resigned on Tuesday, just as the union could face job losses and wage cuts to stem the city’s fiscal crisis. It wasn’t clear who would replace association President Marty Bandemer and Vice President Cheryl Smith, or what prompted their resignations, effective Jan. 1. Their exits are not expected to affect contract negotiations, said Dan Lijana, a city…

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Firefighters picket over plan to close department

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, MI &#8211 Pontiac firefighters are picketing outside Waterford Township’s town hall and fire department today in opposition to a proposal to shutter the Pontiac Fire Department and contract services with Waterford Township. A portion of Pontiac’s 57 firefighters are expected to walk a picket line through 7 p.m. today, said firefighter and paramedic Kenneth Estell, trustee with Pontiac Firefighters Union Local 376. He said department officials have…

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Miami-Dade Police union agree to pay cuts to avoid layoffs

MIAMI, FL &#8211 Miami-Dade police union members on Monday begrudgingly but overwhelmingly passed a new contract that will slash their paychecks — but save the jobs of their colleagues. The three-year contract will save the county $56 million by cutting certain incentive pay and overtime for court appearances and holidays, while imposing fees for take-home patrol cars. The vote was gut-wrenching, but saved the jobs of at least 200…

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San Francisco FD cited for ‘serious’ violations in fatal fire

SAN FRANCISCO &#8211 The San Francisco Fire Department has been cited by state investigators for “serious” worker safety violations in the deaths of two firefighters who died while battling a house fire. A report by the state Occupational Safety and Health said firefighters outside the house lost track of Lt. Vincent Perez and firefighter-paramedic Anthony Valerio. The two were fatally injured after being caught in a flash fire triggered…

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