Police Chief Who Borrowed Money From K-9 Fund Returns To Work

ORLAND, CA — Suspended Orland Police Chief Paula Carr returns to work Wednesday, three months after she admitted to borrowing money from a police K-9 fund, and having the incident investigated by the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office. Firing her may be too harsh a punishment, City Attorney Tom Andrews said last week after reviewing the investigation report, but members of the Orland Police Officers Association didn’t appear happy Tuesday…

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Ohio City Runs Out Of Money To Pay Police, Firefighters

MASSILLON, OH — The city ran out of money to pay police officers and firefighters Friday and remains delinquent on thousands of dollars in bills dating as far back as May. It also must make a bulky $262,766 first-quarter payment to the police and fire pension fund by month’s end or face a penalty from the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund, like it did for the last-quarter payment…

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Ohio Firefighters Balk at Use of Time Clocks

DAYTON, OH &#8211 More than half the city of Dayton’s employees are not using time clocks five years after the city spent $650,000 to install them to better monitor employees, a Dayton Daily News investigation has found. The city’s police and firefighter ranks, which hover between 650 and 700, are not clocking in for work on the Kronos Inc. equipment installed in 2006. Other city departments have used the…

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Houston Police, Firefighters And Civil Employees Unions Agree To Two-Year Salary Freeze

HOUSTON, TX &#8211 Union officials for City of Houston employees approved an across-the-board salary freeze for two years under terms of new employment contracts. Mayor Annise Parker announced the joint decision to suspend pay raises until 2013 at a press conference held Wednesday (Aug. 17). “All three unions recognized that we are in a very deep recession; that there has to be some shared sacrifice,” Parker said. “And so…

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National FOP Urges Members To Boycott LEOAffairs.com

The National FOP approved a resolution at its national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah last week urging members to boycott the law enforcement website leoaffairs.com, calling the site “controversial, divisive, and harmful to FOP business.” This resolution follows a similar action taken by the Florida FOP. According to its website, leoaffairs.com has the largest law enforcement message board in the world. The message board is a place for…

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Arbitrator Rules Against City Of Austin In Firefighter Exam Dispute

AUSTIN, TX &#8211 An arbitrator has ruled that the City of Austin cannot change the way it scores firefighter entrance exams from a point-based method to pass/fail. The city had hoped the pass/fail scoring system would help it diversify the fire department but was challenged by the firefighters union. Siding with the union, the arbitrator said in his ruling that “the city shall cease and desist from implementing or…

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Disarray In Omaha Over Fire Union Contract

OMAHA, NE &#8211 After years of negotiations, the City of Omaha and its firefighters still don’t have a contract. The one they agreed upon was sent to the city council, who, after heavily amending the agreement, rejected it. The city now has three options: 1) Try once more to push the deal through the city council; 2) go back to the negotiating drawing board or 3) take the battle…

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Miami Tells Unions To Redo Contracts Because Of ‘Fiscal Urgency’

MIAMI, FL &#8211 Facing a $61 million budget deficit for 2012, the City of Miami has told its four major unions that they must renegotiate their labor agreements or face cuts. City Manager Johnny Martinez issued the following one-paragraph memo to the mayor and city commissioners: Declaration of Fiscal Urgency: Please be advised that I am declaring a financial urgency pursuant to section 447.4095, Florida Statutes, with regard to…

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New Orleans Losing Officers Faster Than It Can Replace Them, FOP Says

A recent issue of the New Orleans FOP’s newsletter says that “in the past year, the New Orleans Police Department has lost nearly 200 veteran police officers and recruits, bringing our commissioned strength to dangerously low levels.” According to an FOP spokesman, the department employs approximately 1,380 sworn officers, which is down from the preferred staffing level of between 1,700 and 2,000. FOP Spokesman Harry Dean: “Because of budget…

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Long Beach Firefighters Will Match Police Union’s Pension Offer

LONG BEACH, CA &#8211 Long Beach’s Firefighters Association Local 372’s president is now saying they will match a proposal by the Police Officers Association to start covering all the employee’s share of pension costs, but union officials say they want a promise that there won’t be a reduction of staffing in return. “We’re going to give the city what they want,” Local 372 President Rich Brandt said. “They’re looking…

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