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Grant County Deputies Working Second, Third Jobs As Union Fights For Pay Raise

MARION, Ind. (WISH) — Attendees packed the room and spilled into the hallway at Wednesday night’s Grant County Council meeting to draw attention to law enforcement pay disparities. Dozens of community members wore “WE STAND WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT” T-shirts bearing the name of a local police union. Grant County deputies lobbied officials for a salary increase after discovering they made significantly less than officers at other law enforcement agencies across Indiana,…

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First Responders, Cops, And Detention Officers Across The Nation Joined A Facebook Group Set Up By A Violent Militia Leader

Dozens of first responders, detention officers, police, and enlisted military personnel joined or were added to Roll Call, a Facebook group set up by a notorious militia leader where administrators and members shared content promoting violence against Muslims, undocumented immigrants, and other groups. Chris Hill, a Marine veteran who leads the III% Security Force, attracted international media attention last year for a video depicting members shooting firearms interspersed with…

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Hartford Police Officer Under Investigation For ‘Derogatory’ Social Media Post

Hartford police are investigating a social media post they believe was made by one of their own that disparaged residents and the area and called for an “air strike.” Patrol Officer Jay Szepanski has been reassigned to the booking division while an internal investigation is underway into a derogatory Facebook post he’s accused of making under an alias on Sept. 16, according to Lt. Paul Cicero. The writer of…

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‘At A Boiling Point.’ Fayette County Jail Union Votes ‘No Confidence’ In Leadership

The union that represents Fayette County Detention Center employees has taken the unusual step of voting ‘no confidence’ in jail leadership amid a mass exodus of staff, excessive overtime, increasing concerns about safety and reports of unchecked sexual harassment. The Fraternal Order of Police Town Branch Lodge Number 83 executive board issued a unanimous ‘no confidence’ vote in executive director Steve Haney and assistant director Harold Byrne at a…

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Judge Backs Cleveland FFs Union on Exams, Promotions

A Cuyahoga County judge ruled that Cleveland must conduct “competitive examinations and make promotions within the fire department” in six months. CLEVELAND—Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Hollie Gallagher has filed an order against the city of Cleveland, the director of public safety and civil service commission, saying the entities must conduct “competitive examinations and make promotions within the fire department,” she ruled Tuesday. The order mandates the city administer…

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First Responders Say Suicide Prevalent In Their Industry

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Members of the law enforcement community and emergency services industry say suicide among its members is more prevalent than the general public might know. More police officers and firefighters died by suicide than in the line of duty in 2017. The number of known police suicides this year is on pace to surpass that of last year. According to BLUE H.E.L.P., seven Michigan law enforcement officers died…

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Fremont Offering $10,000 Bonus To Lure More Police Officers

FREMONT – The city of Fremont and the Fremont Police Association announced Tuesday that they have jointly established a new recruiting incentive program that features a $10,000 total signing bonus for newly hired entry-level, academy graduate and lateral police officers. They said the bonus is structured so that new officers get $5,000 when they are hired and another $5,000 after they successfully complete probation. The program also rewards current…

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Family Health Insurance Costs Hit Record In U.S., Now Like Buying A Basic Economy Car “Every Year”

The cost of family health coverage in the U.S. now tops $20,000, an annual survey of employers found, a record high that has pushed an increasing number of American workers into plans that cover less or cost more, or force them out of the insurance market entirely. “It’s as much as buying a basic economy car,” said Drew Altman, chief executive officer of the Kaiser Family Foundation, “but buying it every year.”…

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Third Domino Falls: Illinois Comptroller Set To Confiscate East St. Louis Revenues To Pay For City’s Firefighter Pensions

On Tuesday (Sept. 10), the East St. Louis’ firefighter pension fund demanded that Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza intercept more than $2.2 million of East St. Louis city revenues so they could be diverted to the pension fund. The fund trustees said the city shorted firefighter pensions by $880,000 in 2017 and another $1.3 million in 2018. Under a 2011 pension law, the state comptroller gained the powers to intercept city revenues on behalf…

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Orlando Firefighter Who Used Racial Slur Reinstated To Former Position

ORLANDO, FL — An Orlando firefighter who was demoted last year after he admitted to using a racial slur derogatory toward black people has been reinstated to his old position. The City of Orlando will also have to pay Nickolas Tuten about $10,000 in back pay. An arbitrator said his punishment wasn’t fair, even though he admitted to using the N-word. Investigative reporter Daralene Jones also learned the department has…

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Cleveland’s Fire Union Urges City Council To Get Involved In Its Fight To Get Chief Angelo Cavillo Sacked

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The union for Cleveland’s firefighters wants City Council to get involved in its dispute with Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration over whether fire Chief Angelo Calvillo should be sacked. Attorney Joseph Diemert, who represents the fire union, alleged Monday in a letter to council President Kevin Kelley that the city Law Department and city prosecutor are “deliberately ignoring” the union’s case against Calvillo. “I read with interest…

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Sheriff, Union Say Tense Relationship Doesn’t Impact Service To Citizens

ALFRED – The relationship between the union representing York County Sheriff’s Office deputies and senior management at the sheriff’s office has been described as acrimonious, hostile and tense by the Maine Labor Relations Board. The MLRB, in a July 24 decision regarding grievances filed by the Fraternal Order of Police, referenced the sour relationship five times and the grievances were dismissed for lack of evidence. “The events described here…

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Arbitrator: City Must Hire 12 New Firefighters

An arbitrator has determined the Lockport Fire Department’s six-man shifts are unsafe and is requiring the City of Lockport to restore minimum staffing levels of nine firefighters, which means the city will have to hire 12 firefighters to obtain the ordered minimum staffing level.  In 2014, former Mayor Anne McCaffrey had dropped the fire department’s ambulance service amid the city’s financial distress and cut the department’s minimum staffing levels…

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Union: Incoming DC Park Police Chief Arranged For Criminal Cases To Be Dropped

The Fraternal Order of Police said the incoming acting chief of the U.S. Park Police used his position to improperly get criminal charges dropped, including in cases where officers were assaulted. Gregory Monahan is set to become acting chief of the Park Police in D.C. next week, when outgoing chief Robert MacLean becomes the head of the Interior Department’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security. He was recently the…

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Firefighters’ Bank Accounts Allegedly Drained By Payroll Company

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. — While Friday typically means payday, first responders in Indian Rocks Beach are still trying to get their money back after several reports claim a payroll company took $35 million from workers across the country. “I opened up my phone and looked at my account and I was about $2,000 in the hole,” said Douglas Higley, a lieutenant paramedic for Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue. “It…

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Pennsylvania Auditor General Looks To Relief Funds To Help Address Declining Volunteer Firefighter Ranks

With all the chicken pot pie dinners and bingo games that fire companies across Pennsylvania run, it might surprise you that there are 59 of them out there – ones in Harrisburg, Lower Allen Township and Susquehanna Township among them – at last check that had access to more than $1 million sitting in their volunteer firefighters’ relief association account. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Thursday called attention…

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Boise Police Whistle Blower Claims Retaliation

BOISE, Idaho (CBS 2) — A decorated Boise police corporal is suing the City of Boise, the police department and Police Chief William Bones, claiming all of them retaliated against him for whistle blowing activities. As first reported by the Idaho Statesman, the case dates back to December 2015 when Cpl. Norman “Denny” Carter says he complained to a deputy chief at BPD that another officer was selling firearms to…

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MPD Chief Addresses National Crisis Of Recruiting, Retaining Police Officers

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The Mobile Police Department says a national crisis of recruiting and retention difficulties hits home. “We’re experiencing the national crisis that exists as it relates to recruiting,” said Chief Lawrence Battiste. He tells News 5 says a big part of the struggle involves bringing in and keeping quality applicants. “We don’t want someone we had to lower the bar for, and six months into their…

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Survivors Of Suicide Loss, Police, Advocates Share Views On Prevention, Hotline Proposal

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.—September is Suicide Prevention Month and is used on both national and local levels to both bring awareness to and educate communities about the often stigmatized issue. To support awareness, local advocates, law enforcement and survivors of suicide loss are speaking out about what’s working and what still needs to be done to end suicide. Story of hope: A younger brother opening up Bob Lyons had…

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Pay Raise Credited For Big Spikes In APD Recruitment, Retention

One year ago, no one would have predicted that for the first time in years, Atlanta police would announce dramatic increases in applicants, new hires and re-hires. Turns out, throwing money at a problem can sometimes produce the desired result. Since Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ announcement last October that Atlanta Police Department officers would receive pay hikes of up to 30 percent, the city’s longtime struggle to recruit and…

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Fighting Fires And Cancer: Valley Firefighters’ Stories Of Diagnosis, Denial

PHOENIX — KTAR News 92.3 FM interviewed four firefighters working in the cities of Glendale, Goodyear and Casa Grande. They have all been diagnosed with various types of cancer they say they contracted while on the job. In the first part of this investigative piece, we tell their stories — from their diagnoses to their subsequent denials for workers’ compensation coverage. These firefighters claim the cities they work for are getting around…

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Dispute Between Airport And Park Police And City of San Antonio Is Not A Common Situation, Expert Says

San Antonio’s airport and park police last week sued the city to win the same pay and benefits as San Antonio Police Department officers. The move sets off what at least one legal expert describes as an uncommon dispute. “This is an unusual setup,” said David Harris, a University of Pittsburgh law professor and longtime scholar of policing issues. “Usually, when you see these kind of discrepancies, it’s between…

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Richmond Police Chief ‘Out Of The Office’ Following Union’s Vote Of No Confidence

RICHMOND — Just one day after a vote of no confidence from the city’s police union, Richmond’s interim city manager announced Friday that police Chief Allwyn Brown was “out of the office” and that an assistant chief was taking over in his stead. Assistant Chief Bisa French — the city’s youngest captain and its first African-American woman to achieve the rank — will serve as acting police chief, Interim City Manager Steve…

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St. Louis Officer Accused Of Misconduct After Social Media Post

ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis police officer is accused of misconduct by the department’s internal affairs division after he wrote a social media post about a particularly violent shift and allowed the local newspaper to publish part of it. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that officer Ryan Lynch’s post included a plea to state officials to support police officers. The Aug. 23 Facebook post detailed a shift during…

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Tulsa Police Officer Terminated Over Facebook Post Concerns

The Tulsa Police terminated Officer Wayne Brown Thursday over posts made on social media. Screenshots of the Facebook posts made by the TPD rookie have been shared online hundreds of times. The person who shared them, voiced concern about Brown’s ability to police certain communities because of the nature of the posts. We reached out to the Tulsa Police Department and they sent us this statement: “Early yesterday morning…

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