Former Houston Police Officer Gets 20-Year Sentence For Stealing $656K From Police Union

Former Houston Police Officer Matthew Calley was sentenced on Friday to 20 years in prison for embezzling at least $656,000 from the Houston Police Officers Union. Calley admitted to stealing the money from two different union accounts to fuel what his lawyer described as a gambling addiction. The judge in the case was relatively lenient in his decision. Calley could have been sentence to life in prison. From TexasWatchDog.org.

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North Miami Beach Police Facing Layoffs

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL &#8211 Unable to come to a contract agreement with its police union, the city of North Miami Beach, Florida is laying off 17 officers, 15% of its force. Both sides blame the other for the failure to reach a compromise. Union President Mike Pons said he offered over $600,000 in cuts earlier this year plus a 10 percent cut in officer pay and benefits, but…

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Philly FOP Fired Up Over Failing Facilities

PHILADELPHIA, PA &#8211 The Philadelphia FOP has filed a grievance over what it contends are the “beyond deplorable” conditions of many of the city’s police facilities. According to FOP President John McNesby, the union has had to send exterminators to officers homes because of they brought fleas home from work. Cells in one station have been closed since July because of a bed bug infestation. Other problems include flooding…

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Hollywood, Florida Residents Vote To Cut Pensions Of Firefighters, Police And City Employees

HOLLYWOOD, FL &#8211 Voters in Hollywood, Florida chose to strip police, firefighters and the city’s general employee’s of their current pension plans, saving the city $8.5 million. The city faces a $38 million deficit and was unable to come to an agreement with the its unions. Several other south Florida cities, which are also dealing with budget issues and increased pension costs, are eying the Hollywood ballot result with…

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Buffalo Firefighters Union Blasts City’s Deal With Doctors Group, Alleging Shoddy Care

BUFFALO, NY &#8211 Buffalo Firefighters are unhappy with the care they have received from Erie County Medical Center and Great Lakes Physicians Services. They claim that firefighters have been cleared to return to work while still injured and are not able to get timely appointments when they need medical clearance to return to work. The problem stems from a contract signed by the city with Great Lakes Physicians Services…

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City Must Pay Police $825,000 More For Overtime Mistake

PITTSBURGH, PA &#8211 The city of Pittsburgh must pay its police officers a total of $825,000 following a judge’s decision today that it ignored, for years, an arrangement with their union that boosted overtime pay. U.S. District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose held a non-jury trial on the issue in May, and after a review of briefs filed by the city and Fraternal Order of Police, found that the city…

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Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley To Lose Half His Bodyguards

CHICAGO &#8211 Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and his wife will have to make due with half as many city-paid bodyguards as they’re used to. Current mayor Rahm Emanuel is cutting the security detail from six to three police officers. FOP President Mike Shields doesn’t think Emanuel has gone far enough. Because of a hiring slow down, the city is almost 2,300 officers below full strength, and Shields…

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New Details Reveal Long Beach Police Pension Deal Savings

LONG BEACH, CA &#8211 A pension deal negotiated between the city of Long Beach, California and its police officers will save at least $16.6 million through 2016 and $69 million over the next 11 years. The new deal would change the current 3%-at-50 formula to 2%-at-50, meaning officers would get two percent of salary per year of service at age 50 instead of three percent. Officers’ pension contributions would…

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Investigation Is Launched Into NOPD’s Paid Details

NEW ORLEANS, LA &#8211 The Public Integrity Bureau of the New Orleans Police Department is investigating whether or not police officers have been accepting cash payments for off-duty work. Earlier this year, about a dozen officers were suspended and their detail privileges revoked because they were using LLC’s to manage off-duty work. The paid detail policy has been under scrutiny and is in the process reformation since a U.S….

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Tulsa Firefighters Union Hits Campaign Trail Despite Mayor’s Directive

TULSA, OK &#8211 The Tulsa Firefighters believe they have found a way around Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s executive order prohibiting public employees from campaigning in city elections. They have enlisted retired firefighters, friends, family and out-of-town firefighters to campaign on their behalf. “We don’t believe that we’re doing anything shady or out-of-line here. We’re simply just using citizens who still have the right to campaign,” Dennis Moseby, Firefighters Union President,…

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