One Day After Rally, Kokomo Firefighters Had Physical Fight Over Contract Proposal

KOKOMO, IN — A memo released Wednesday shows that two Kokomo firefighters engaged in a physical altercation last month over a city contract proposal that was rejected by the local fire union. The fight, which led to both firefighters receiving written reprimands, came just one day after a rally at City Hall attended by roughly 200 people in support of the Professional Firefighters of Kokomo Local 396. The memo…

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Pittsburgh Poised To Pay 2 Officers $33500 To Settle Grievances

Pittsburgh would pay two police officers a total of $33,500 to settle grievances alleging the city prevented them from working off-duty details to earn extra money. The settlement agreements are subject to Pittsburgh City Council approval. Council on Tuesday introduced legislation authorizing payments of $18,500 to Sgt. Lynn Kohnfelder and $15,000 to Officer Raymond Toomey. “The city took actions where these officers lost the ability to work secondary employment,”…

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Baltimore Police Union Warns Officers They Could Be On The Hook For Lawsuit Payouts

BALTIMORE, MD — As many as nine Baltimore police officers could have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in damages after juries found they acted with “actual malice” in the course of making arrests — a development that prompted a warning from the police union and, in turn, a fiery response from the city’s top lawyer. The union asserted in a memo Tuesday that forcing officers to pay…

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Police Officer Under Investigation For Wife’s Fundraiser

CLEVELAND, OH — A Cleveland police officer is under investigation for a fundraiser that alleged his wife was pregnant and suffered breast cancer. Authorities say an internal investigation began after a blood drive was held at the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association’s union hall for the officer’s wife Jan. 14. Patrolmen’s Association President Jeff Follmer says investigators believe the officer’s wife was never pregnant or diagnosed with cancer. Another online…

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Why Are Officers Leaving The Columbus Police Department? And Where Are They Going?

COLUMBUS, GA — In 2017, 24 police officers resigned from the Columbus Police Department. Of that number, at least 11 sought greener pastures at other law enforcement agencies, most of them in the Chattahoochee Valley. One went to work for Columbus State University, two for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, one for the Muscogee County Marshal’s Office, one for Rutlege State Prison, one for the Waverly Hall Police Department,…

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Concerns Raised After Firefighters’ Children Diagnosed With Cancer

HONOLULU, HI — Three children were diagnosed with rare forms of bone cancer in a span of six years. They had one thing in common: Their fathers all work, or worked, at Station 12 in Waipahu, which is in an industrial area. In the latest case, a young girl was diagnosed with cancer in just the past few weeks. Ally Tamayose is undergoing treatment for osteosarcoma. The Honolulu Fire…

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NY Judge Rules Against FFs Over ‘Minimum Manning’

WATERTOWN, NY — A state Supreme Court judge ruled in the city’s favor to block arbitration over the “minimum manning” clause in its labor contract with the firefighters, which requires 15 firefighters must be on duty at all times. It’s been the main sticking point during the city’s 3 1/2 -year contract stalemate with the Watertown Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 191. Union President Daniel Daugherty confirmed Tuesday morning…

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Baltimore Police To Use Fingerprint Scanning To Track Officers’ Time At Work After Years Of Abuse

The Baltimore Police Department plans to require officers to scan their fingerprints at the start and end of shifts to prove they’ve worked the hours claimed on their payslips, offifcials have confirmed to The Baltimore Sun. The move comes as the department struggles to control continuing overtime spending of nearly a million dollars a week, and amid the ongoing federal trial of two Gun Trace Task Force officers whose…

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Muskegon Firefighters Dispute Heats Up As Staffing Issues Go Unresolved

MUSKEGON, MI — The ideological divide between Muskegon’s firefighters and city leaders has deepened in recent months, transforming a fight over budget cuts into fraught relations and infighting over concerns for public safety. In June 2017, the city slashed nearly $700,000 from the department’s budget, citing rising pension costs, uncontrolled overtime and what City Manager Frank Peterson called sick and leave time “abuse.” At the time, Muskegon’s firefighters’ union…

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What Happens When Suburban Police Departments Don’t Have Enough Money?

In suburbs just outside the city of Chicago, some police officers are paid fast-food wages; they work part-time patrolling high crime areas, just so they can use their badge to get better paying security jobs. Many police chiefs say the low-wages and part-time positions are consequences of inadequate funding. That means departments can’t pay for ongoing training, can’t afford to fire problem officers and don’t have the capacity to…

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