They Made Out In The Back Of A Patrol Car. The Police Officer Paid The Price.

FORT PIERCE, FL — The backseat of a car has been a popular “make-out” zone since Henry Ford put his Model T on the road more than 100 years ago. But the backseat of a patrol car? When you’re under arrest? That’s a Florida Man and a Florida Woman story. But this time, a Florida cop is the one paying the stiffer public price. An internal affairs report obtained by the…

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Fire Union Questions Polk County Fire Rescue Chief’s OT Pay For Paramedic School

BARTOW, FL — The county is expected to pay a fire battalion chief tens of thousands of dollars in overtime to attend paramedic school. Battalion Chief Bobby Bohn, a 23-year veteran in the department, started classes at South Florida State College in Avon Park in January. Since then, he’s accumulated $5,028 for the 115 hours of overtime he’s filed with the county. The special circumstance of applying paramedic-school attendance…

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Utah Senators Approve One-Year, $5M-Plus Boost To Police And Firefighter Retirement

After a lengthy debate on how Utah’s police and firefighters are underpaid and who’s to blame, the Utah Senate voted 27-2 to infuse $5.3 million into the retirement systems for first responders. The vote on SB129 came after the bill was substituted to provide a single year of assistance to cities — rather than an ongoing annual transfer of funding. That came after Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, objected to the…

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San Diego Plans To Add 220 Firefighters And Shrink Ballooning Overtime Costs

San Diego is planning a firefighter hiring spree to shrink ballooning overtime costs that are creating budget problems at City Hall. The city’s goal is to increase the number of firefighters from about 900 to more than 1,100 over the next five years. That may be a challenge, with retirements on the rise and more firefighters leaving for other agencies with higher pay, a union leader said. About half…

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La Verne Tentatively Agrees To Settle Firefighters’ Lawsuits For $5.5 Million

LA VERNE, CA — La Verne is moving toward a $5.5 million settlement with its firefighters union, likely bringing an end to a 14-month legal battle. The city and the La Verne Firefighters’ Association, Local 3624 began talks the day jury selection was set to start in federal court in downtown Los Angeles. Thomas Brown, the attorney representing the association, confirmed the news by phone but said the terms…

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Police Officer Reaches Six-Figure Settlement With Eaton Rapids Over Sexual Harassment

EATON RAPIDS, MI — An Eaton Rapids police officer has agreed to dismiss all sexual harassment claims against the department in exchange for a hefty payout. The officer, Lisa Kirby, said in an October 2017 federal lawsuit that another officer had sexually harassed her.  Kirby and the city settled the lawsuit in January and all claims against the city were dismissed, Eaton Rapids City Manager Aaron Desentz said. Kirby was paid $100,000…

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Should An $850 Bonus = $20,000 Pension Boost? After Long Legal Battle, Courts Say No

The Illinois courts have closed the door to the creative math that allowed one western suburb’s retired police officers to use a one-time $850 bonus to boost their retirement take by as much as six figures. The state Supreme Court allowed to stand two lower courts’ rulings that found the practice illegal in west suburban Countryside. The Supreme Court’s decision in late January led to a perfunctory order Wednesday…

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Jury Awards Fire Captain $1.2M In Suit Against City Of Lincoln Over Alleged Retaliation

LINCOLN, NE — A federal jury has awarded Lincoln firefighter Troy Hurd $1.2 million in his case against the city for retaliation he faced from Lincoln Fire and Rescue command staff after reporting that a female recruit from Iraq had been harassed. Hurd wasn’t in the Omaha courtroom for the verdict, reached at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. His attorney, Kelly Brandon, said the fire captain, who still works at Lincoln…

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Firefighter Blames Coca Tea For Failing Drug Test

FLORIDA — A Florida firefighter fired for a positive drug test got his job back after arguing the cocaine in his system was from a tea made with coca leaves.  The Orlando Sentinel reports that public records show firefighter Kevin Reynolds told investigators he brought a box of coca tea home after hiking Machu Picchu in Peru. The tea is used in South America to fight off altitude sickness. …

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Santa Ana Approves $25 Million Police Raise, But Not Funding

Santa Ana City Council members granted raises to police officers and sergeants totaling $25 million over the next two and a half years, without the ability to actually pay the $4.3 million cost for this fiscal year. The City Council, on a 4-2 vote Tuesday, approved the largest police raises in over a decade, including a 19.3 percent salary increase for longtime officers. But the actual funding of the first year’s…

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