Hundreds of Chicago officers could be punished for not filing ethics statements

CHICAGO, IL &#8211 According to the Chicago Sun-Times, as many as 1,000 Chicago Police officers could be disciplined for not filing their annual city ethics statements by the June 1 deadline. Officers were notified of the deadline electronically instead of by mail. The fate of the officers remains unclear. Rich Superfine, an attorney with the city’s Board of Ethics says: “Whether there’s one or a million , there can…

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Yet More Discord Over D.C. Police Department’s ‘All Hands on Deck’ program

WASHINGTON, DC – Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier’s All Hands on Deck (AHOD) program has suffered another setback. The District’s Public Employee Relation Board has upheld a 2009 arbitration decision requiring overtime pay for officers required to work AHOD and directs police officials to rescind orders enabling the initiative. AHOD, which is a major crime prevention according to the chief or “the most expensive public relations campaign this…

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Detroit to put desk officers on street patrol

In order to combat a rising murder rate that is on pace to be its highest in a decade, the city of Detroit is instituting a policy to place desk officers on patrol called Operation Inside Out: Night Angels. This new policy will require most desk officers to put in eight hours of patrol time each week. Police Chief Ralph Godbee says this will result in 40 to 50…

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Section 7(k) Decision Out Of Buffalo

This article comes from our sister blog FLSA Cases The partial overtime exemption in Section 207(k) allows law enforcement and fire protection agencies to use a “work period” of between seven and 28 days in length as an alternative to the normal workweek, and has higher overtime thresholds for public safety employees (roughly 43 hours a week for law enforcement, and 53 hours a week for fire protection). For…

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Mayor launches probe into police chief’s Board of Ed job

UNION CITY, NJ – Charles Everett makes $209,700 a year as police chief of Union City, New Jersey. To make ends meet, he also works a $60-an-hour security job for a recreational center run by the Board of Education. Recent reports that the chief has not actually been working the security job have led Mayor Brian Stack to hire an independent investigator to examine the claims and recommend any…

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Miami Beach pension reductions face legal problems

MIAMI BEACH, FL – Millions of dollars in pension savings for the city of Miami Beach were further delayed and jeopardized this week after the city lost decisions in two key legal battles over its police union contract and pension reform proposals. On Thursday, Circuit Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely ruled that pension reforms agreed to last summer by the city’s police and firefighter unions and then passed into law…

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Quite A Week In Miami: FOP Supports Mayor’s Recall, Then Mayor Asks Department Of Justice To Investigate PD

MIAMI, FL – Mayor Thomas Regaldo has requested the Department of Justice investigate the police department’s use of force policies after nine police-involved shooting since April 2010. Seven of these incidents resulted in fatalities to black men. In a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder, Regalado asked “the DOJ to review the policies and practices of the MPD regarding the use of force and the procedures for subsequent…

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Long Beach budget will cut $20.3 million, 168 positions

LONG BEACH, CA – The new city budget for Long Beach, California cuts 168 positions, including 75 in the police department, but actually protects against police layoffs. This is because of the distinction between “positions” and “jobs.” Most of the positions being eliminated are already vacant. Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said that the labor agreement reached with the police union was key in helping with the city’s financial…

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Florida sheriff reaches $2 million settlement in age discrimination lawsuit filed by six employees

From The St. Petersburg Times: The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has reached a $2 million settlement with six former employees who sued the agency for age discrimination after they were let go more than two years ago. Two of the employees, lawyers Mary Anne Burke and Mike Randall, started with the office in 1993 under former Sheriff Lee Cannon. All six were 56 or older when they were forced…

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FOP challenges whether high-level police appointees violate residency rules

A portion of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department positions are filled by appointments rather than the competitive hiring process. The D.C. Code states that these excepted service employees are required to be residents of the District within 180 days of their appointment or forfeit their position. According to the Washington Times: The D.C. Code provides that only police officers at the rank of captain can be selected for…

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