San Diego Police Officers Fleeing The Force

These days, the San Diego Police Department finds it’s responding to more than just emergencies in local communities. It’s also facing a real problem within its own ranks: Officers are leaving the force in near-record numbers.  With about three months to go this fiscal year, a total of 189 officers have left SDPD, about 20 per month, which, in total, is more than each of the last three full…

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Hundreds Of Chicago Police Officers Unvaxed Despite Deadline

As the latest deadline for Chicago police officers to get the COVID-19 vaccine came and went Wednesday, the remaining holdouts in the department found themselves once again facing off with the city over who would blink first. Under a court-ordered arbitrator’s ruling in February, the approximately 12,000 employees of the Chicago Police Department had until Wednesday to get the second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the first shot of the Johnson & Johnson version. Continue reading at…

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Cops Cashing In On High Incentives To Switch Departments

ATLANTA – The job of law enforcement is as difficult as ever. The compensation has never been better. Police officers are cashing in on big incentives to switch departments or, in some cases, stay put where they are. Last month, former Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, who currently heads the police department in Louisville, Kentucky, announced with a giant billboard a recruitment effort in her old backyard. Continue reading at www.fox5atlanta.com

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Mendocino Supervisors Greenlight $20K Hiring Bonus To Recruit Deputies From Other Law Enforcement Agencies

UKIAH, 4/6/22 — The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $20,000 hiring bonus for sheriff’s deputies recruited from outside agencies in their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday morning. “Lateral transfers” (as cops like to call them) have a higher success rate than new recruits fresh out of the academy, according to Sheriff Matt Kendall, and even with the new bonus they still cost less to hire than putting…

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Massachusetts State Police Fire 11 troopers, 1 Sergeant Over Vaccine Mandate

A spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police said 11 troopers and one sergeant were fired Friday for failing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The spokesman said the fired troopers were dishonorably discharged. Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order in August requiring all executive branch employees to provide proof of vaccination by Oct. 17. The troopers’ union blasted the governor. Continue reading at www.turnto10.com

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Philly Lifts Residency Requirement For Police, COs Amid Staffing Shortages

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia has lifted a rule that requires police recruits to live in the city for a year before applying, ending a practice that took effect in 2020 and was aimed at diversifying the ranks. The change also applies to correctional officers and comes as both the Police Department and the city jails are facing critical staffing shortages. Continue reading at www.corrections1.com

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Police Support Team Breaks Down Mental Health Stigma

Mentalities at the Culpeper Town Police Department are changing. When officers had bad days in the past, they were told not to take their work home with them or even to, “Get over it.” However, no tools or resources were provided to help process the stress of what they had experienced. This cumulative trauma has a detrimental effect on the mental health of officers, said Chief Chris Jenkins. There…

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With Alaska Struggling To Hire, State Legislators Consider Revived Pension Plans For Public Employees

With the state of Alaska struggling to hire and retain employees amid the “Great Resignation,” state legislators are more earnestly considering new pension programs for state employees. Lawmakers abolished pensions for new employees in 2006 amid a multibillion-dollar shortfall in the pension fund, replacing them with a 401(k)-style retirement system. Proposals to reverse that decision have been introduced with regularity since then, but none have come close to becoming law. This…

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In Midst Of Contract Fight, East St. Louis Cops Dropped By Fraternal Order Of Police Union

As they continue their fight for a compensation plan that was approved nearly three years ago, East St. Louis’ rank-and-file police officers have now lost their union representation. The Fraternal Order of Police, which had negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement on behalf of the members of East St. Louis Lodge 126 in 2019, filed a declaration of disinterest petition with the Illinois Labor Relations Board on March 14….

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Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe Proposes $40k Hiring Bonus For New Cops, Down-payment Assistance

On Monday, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe held a press conference to announce a new hiring incentive that would provide hiring bonuses, down payment assistance on a home, and increase the over hiring of the Antioch Police Department in an effort to attract and retain police officers. The move comes after the Antioch Police Department is down to 78-active officers due to injury and various officers off on administrative leave. The police…

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Bonuses, Streamlined Transfers Offered To Address Nebraska’s Law Enforcement Personnel Shortage

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska Examiner) — Buffalo County Sheriff Neil Miller can remember the days when applicants to become sheriff’s deputies filled two rooms. Today, he said he’ll be lucky to get six or seven applicants for the two openings he has in his agency of 35. “I’m getting one-tenth of the applicants that we used to get eight to 10 years ago,” said Miller, who has served as sheriff…

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Blaming Staff Shortages, Arlington Police To Maintain Service Reductions

Arlington residents will continue to experience a certain degree of do-it-yourself policing as the Arlington County Police Department struggles with recruitment and retention. The goal is “focusing our investigative and response efforts around more serious criminal incidents and concerns,” police said. Police Chief Charles “Andy” Penn on March 29 detailed ongoing changes to existing procedures that will result in less responsiveness in some areas so the force that remains…

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IMPD Aims To Recruit More Female Officers

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department hosted a workshop Saturday dedicated to helping women learn about joining IMPD as an officer. The event covered topics such as applying, the hiring process, benefits and challenges of being a female officer and skills testing. It is part of the national “30 by 30” initiative, which aims to have women make up 30% of recruit classes by 2030. Currently, IMPD recruit…

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As Seattle Continues To Lose Police, New Report Finds Mixed Results For Hiring Bonus Program

The Seattle City Council is gearing up for another debate on one of the linchpins issues of public safety: how to stabilize the Seattle Police Department’s staffing levels and whether hiring bonuses should play a role therein. Last week, interim Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz reported that Seattle police continue to lose more officers than its gaining: the SPD has only been able to bring on seven officers since…

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Calexico Firefighters Report Highest Workload, Lowest Base Pay

A clear sign that the Calexico Fire Department is no longer considered a top destination for employment as a firefighter is a decrease in its number of recent applicants. In 2021, when the department announced it had six openings for firefighters, 12 people applied. Compared to the more than 200 individuals who applied for two openings in 1998, the former figure reflects an apparent lack of interest in the…

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Baker City Fire Department’s Union President Calls City’s Plan To Cease Ambulance Service ‘Crushing’

Casey Johnson said Baker City’s intention to cease ambulance service on Sept. 30, 2022, forcing Baker County to choose a new provider, would have a dramatic effect on the city’s firefighting force as well. “It’s crushing,” said Johnson, a firefighter/paramedic and labor union president for the fire department. He also used the adjectives “dire” and “dramatic” after meeting on Monday morning, March 28, with City Manager Jonathan Cannon. Continue…

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FDNY Union Demanding COVID Vaccine Exemption Apply To All

NEW YORK – Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving may be back at the Barclays Center, but those fired by City Hall cannot have their jobs back if they refuse to get vaccinated. The very definition of vaccinated continues to evolve as the second booster shot is coming down the pike. The FDA is expected to give the thumbs up to another dose of the Pfizer-made vaccine for Americans 50 years and older as early…

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7 Massachusetts State Troopers Can’t Yet Be Fired Over Coronavirus Vaccine Mandate, Judge Rules

Seven troopers facing firing over the coronavirus vaccine mandate will be able to keep their jobs — at least for the time being — after a judge issued an injunction to stop the state police from showing them the door. “Defendants are enjoined from terminating from employment with the State Police the Seven SPAM Members identified in the Complaint, until further order of the court,” Suffolk Superior Judge Christine…

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Police Union Claims City Oversight Group Violated Labor, Open Meeting Rules

The Berkeley police union has filed a complaint with the state alleging multiple violations by the city’s new Police Accountability Board, and asking that any changes to police officer misconduct investigations since the body was formed, as well as disciplinary actions, be voided. The Berkeley Police Association announced Monday that it filed an unfair labor practice charge on March 21 with the state Public Employee Relations Board, an agency that responds…

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‘I’m Worried’: Omaha Police Union President Says Department Getting Low Number Of Applicants

OMAHA, Neb. — An Omaha police recruitment video asks the question, “Would you like to be part of the best law enforcement agency the nation has to offer?” Not as many people are saying yes. “It’s a little scary. I’m going to be honest, I’m a little worried,” said Tony Conner, president of the Omaha Police Officer’s Association. Conner’s worried because he said since the department opened up the application…

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Portland Police Bureau Says Yoga Training And In-House Mental Health Counseling Could Ease Retention And Recruitment Challenges

Nearly two years after a $15 million budget cut, the Portland Police Bureau is still struggling to hire new officers and retain current staff. PPB’s $254 million proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year would restore about $15.3 million to its operating budget—nearly the same amount cut in June of 2020. That budget also includes an intriguing strategy to boost office morale: meditation workshops, in-house mental health counseling, and the opportunity to…

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Taunton Struggles To Keep And Find Cops — Considers Raising Age Limit To 40

TAUNTON — Do enough people still want to work in law enforcement?  The city and the Taunton Police Department are looking to increase the pool of candidates by raising the age limit.  State law caps the appointment of a police officer, upon completion of the civil service entrance exam, to just before their 32nd birthday. But in a proposed home rule petition, first presented to the City Council on March 22, Taunton PD would be allowed…

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Police Unions Mull Next Step As NYC Athletes’ Vax Mandate Ends

Allowing unvaccinated New York City players to participate in home games comes after nine NYPD officers and 37 civilian department employees have been fired under the vaccine mandate for city workers. NEW YORK—City unions pondered new legal action Friday in response to Mayor Eric Adams’ decision to spare athletes and entertainers from the vaccine mandate requiring municipal workers to get a shot or lose their jobs. Labor officials, who…

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Pittsburgh Mayor Fires 5 Police Officers For In-Custody Death Of Suspect

Pittsburgh, PA – Five Pittsburgh police officers were fired on Wednesday for allegedly violating police procedure and protocols in connection with the death of a suspect who was repeatedly tased while resisting arrest in 2021. Three additional Pittsburgh Police Department (PPD) officers involved in the incident will be reinstated after they complete retraining, KDKA reported. The five fired officers will be given the option to retire, and all eight involved officers…

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Asheville Police Still Losing Officers ‘Faster Than We Are Hiring’ Amid $225K Effort

ASHEVILLE – This week marked the first onsite visit of Arizona-based Epic Recruiting with the Asheville Police Department, kicking-off its two year, $225,000 contract to assist the department with historic staffing lows.  Asheville police Capt. Brandon Moore said it’s the first time the department has brought in a firm to assist with recruitment, and given that January and February saw five officers leave, and the department is about to lose another officer in…

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