POLICE UNION SUES FUNDRAISER

The police union has filed a lawsuit against a Derby company, alleging that the group failed to honor a fundraising agreement and owes it $30,503. The Manchester Police Officers Association filed suit against Funding & Development Inc. on April 4 in Hartford Superior Court. The lawsuit charges that on Sept. 1, 2015, the union and Funding & Development entered into an agreement under which the union designated the company…

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BATTLE UNDERWAY FOR POLICE RADIO CONTRACT

The state wants to make sure first responders can talk to each other during an emergency, even if they’re from different agencies, but selecting a vendor is proving to be a daunting task. “You know a law enforcement officer from one county not being able to speak to another county when they’re rushing to a disaster,” said Joseph Goldstein, an Attorney representing the Division of Management Services. The state…

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STATE POLICE UNION FILES COMPLAINT ABOUT GPS VEHICLE TRACKING

The union representing Massachusetts State Police is pushing back against a recent major reform, accusing the agency’s leaders of acting in bad faith by forcing a GPS vehicle tracking system on troopers. In a complaint filed late last week with the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations, the State Police Association of Massachusetts said it had been trying for a year to negotiate with agency officials over a reorganization of…

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CHANGING ITS POLICY, INDIAN RIVER COUNTY OFFERS LIGHT-DUTY OPTION TO PREGNANT FIREFIGHTERS

The county’s next pregnant firefighter may not have to worry about going into labor while battling fires. A new policy for pregnant firefighters, creating a light-duty option, has been proposed by the county. It needs ratification by the International Association of Firefighters Local 2201 and the County Commission. The work of pregnant firefighters has been at issue since March 6, when the firefighters union asked the county to create…

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NEW LAX POLICE HEADQUARTERS PLANNED FOR 2021 AFTER YEARS OF OFFICERS WORKING OUT OF TRAILERS

For the last three decades, the police force protecting the Los Angeles International Airport has operated out of a squat gray building on 96th Street near the northeast corner of the airport’s campus. Even at the time, when the newly dubbed Los Angeles Airport Police Division had about 200 officers, the tiny building now sandwiched between a long-term parking lot and a car-rental business never was meant to house…

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JACKSONVILLE RESIDENTS MAY SOON PAY SURCHARGE FOR POLICE PROTECTION

Longtime Jacksonville Resident Kimberly Clark says, “Yeah, it’s going to cost us money but we need to pay it in order to be safe.” The city needs money for its police force and they’ll looking to generate 400,000 dollars of revenue every year with the police protection fund surcharge. They say by charging residents 20 dollars a month, those revenues will go directly to a police protection fund. The…

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FIRST RESPONDERS SAY HORRY COUNTY NEEDS THIS MANY MORE COPS, FIREFIGHTERS

More than 400 additional police officer and firefighters are needed to protect the people of Horry County, according to groups representing first responders and police. Two law enforcement groups endorsed a challenger for the chair of the county council in hopes of improving staffing levels. “If we don’t start doing like the city of Myrtle Beach did … then we’re going to be even further behind down the road,”…

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CITY MANAGER: POLICE VACANCIES BECOMING ‘CRISIS’

Po­lice of­fi­cer va­can­cies are be­com­ing a “cri­sis” both in El­iz­a­beth City and across the state, City Man­ager Rich Ol­son told city coun­cilors this week. Speaking during a budget work session, Olson reported that after being down three police officers for several years, the city now has six officer vacancies in the police department. Only 58 of 64 officer positions are filled, he said. But filling officer vacancies isn’t a…

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PROVIDENCE PAYS FIREFIGHTERS $6.1M TO FINALIZE OT SETTLEMENT

The book is officially closed on a years-long dispute between the city of Providence and its firefighters now that the city paid $6.1 million to settle state and federal lawsuits regarding overtime payments in recent years. Victor Morente, a spokesperson for the Elorza administration, confirmed more than 450 current or former firefighters received payments ranging from $10.16 to $51,672 earlier this month. The city initially planned to pay the…

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MASSACHUSETTS GOV. LAUNCHES REFORMS TO STATE POLICE IN WAKE OF PAYROLL SCANDAL

Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced reforms to the state’s scandal-plagued state police earlier this month including the implementation of body cams, GPS vehicle monitoring, and third-party audits of staffing levels and overtime pay, in light of reports illustrating how officers were collecting huge six-figure overtime payouts, in some cases for shifts that they did not work. According to a March report in The Boston Globe, state police pay…

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