Agencies In Oregon And Washington Compete For Police Officers

Law enforcement agencies across the area are trying to fill empty positions, and their biggest competition is each other. From the draw of a female police chief shattering glass ceilings in Tigard to the $25,000 signing bonus for lateral officers in Vancouver, police agencies are trying to recruit. The Portland Police Bureau, which is also offering signing bonuses, just recently ramped up recruitment. “This moment in time is critical…

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New York State Police Commits To Boosting The Ranks Of Female Troopers

ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – The New York State Police has joined other police departments across the country by singing the 30×30 Pledge. The pledge is a commitment to increase the representation of women in the state police ranks and improve the experiences of women in law enforcement. It aims for women to make up 30% of recruitment classes by 2030 and to ensure that they are truly representative of the…

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‘Our Profession Is Dying’: Police Officials On Recruiting Crisis

CHICAGO (NewsNation) — Police hires are declining across the country, and some of the efforts being made to turn it around aren’t universally popular among law enforcement officials. “Our profession is dying,” Fraternal Order of Police Vice President Gamaldi told “The Donlon Report” on Tuesday night after rattling off the various drops in hiring percentages police departments are facing across the country. Some cities are reducing the requirements new…

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St. Louis Fire, Police Unions Push City To Follow Study Recommendation To Raise Pay

ST. LOUIS — The unions representing St. Louis fire and police department employees on Monday called on the city to enact findings from a city-funded salary study that recommended raising pay for their members. The unions gathered firefighters and officers on the steps of St. Louis City Hall to draw attention to the study recently obtained by the unions through public records requests. Emily Perez, an attorney for the…

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Fired State Police Recruit Admits Cheating, Says Many Others Escaped Punishment

One of eight state police recruits fired this week after an investigation concluded they cheated on a written exam says the group was unfairly singled out and that police Commissioner James Rovella’s statement that they did not immediately own up to the incident is not true.  The recruit told CT Examiner on Thursday that “about half” of the class of 61 recruits had improperly opened a digital link to…

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Hoboken Reinstates Firefighter Who Was Charged With Forgery

Hoboken Firefighter Thomas Aligo, who was suspended in 2020 after being charged with embezzling union funds, was reinstated to the fire department Wednesday, the firefighters’ union president confirmed. The city made the ruling last weekthat Aligo would be allowed to return to work, said Hoboken Firefighters Union President Tom Worley. Aligo has been suspended from the department since November 2020 when he was arrested on charges that he forged more…

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Maui Police Officer Vacancies Persist, Recruitment Expands To Mainland

With more than a quarter of authorized officer positions vacant in Maui County, the Maui Police Department is deploying the use of QR codes and pursuing mainland recruitment in an effort to help. Of the 400 authorized positions for sworn officers, there are currently 297 employed and 103 vacancies, which translates to 74% staffing. That’s up 14% from the 90 sworn vacancies reported in November 2021. Out of the…

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RI State Troopers To Get $3,000 Stipends For Use Of Body Cameras

PROVIDENCE — State troopers are the latest group of public employees in Rhode Island in line to receive $3,000 bonuses, but theirs are described in a new contract as a “stipend” for wearing body cameras, according to a copy obtained by The Providence Journal. While the McKee administration awarded two back-to-back “retention bonuses” of $1,500 each to unionized state employees as a contract sweetener — and lifetime judges and others grabbed them for themselves — the new troopers’…

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Troopers Come Out Of Session With $10,000 Raise

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The lobbying group for West Virginia State Troopers likes where things shook out for the organization in the 2022 legislative session. Going into the session, the West Virginia Troopers Association was hoping to make progress on locality pay, particularly for troopers in the Eastern Panhandle. But when the session was over, a bill, SB 531, was headed to the governor’s desk giving every trooper a $10,000 raise….

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Chicago Police Department Is Latest To Lower Hiring Standards Amid Staffing Shortages

The Chicago Police Department is lowering hiring standards for new recruits by dropping the college credit requirement for some candidates, as the agency like others in the country continues to face Covid-related staffing shortages and national and local reckoning that’s driven potential new police officers away from the profession. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced last week that the department would waive a college-credit requirement for recruits who have two…

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Troopers Sue Mass. State Police For Allegedly Taking Seniority Away From New Parents

Five State Troopers filed a class action lawsuit Wednesday against Massachusetts State Police for a policy they say is harming the careers of troopers who choose to have children or need to take medical leave, The Boston Globe reported. The troopers claim that when they take parental or medical leave, they lose all seniority, making it hard for them to get the assignments, shifts, or vacation time they desire. Seniority is…

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Marijuana Could Be Removed From Firefighter Drug Testing Requirements

PRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Some city employees will no longer be tested for marijuana on their drug screenings, and if the contract between the city and the firefighters union is approved, the list of exempt employees could soon grow longer. If the contract is ratified, firefighters will not be tested for marijuana when they go in for drug tests. It’s a policy the firefighters union pulled for as they re-negotiated…

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Judge Allows New Orleans PD To Work More Off-Duty Details

A federal judge has approved the city’s request to raise a weekly cap on off-duty work hours for New Orleans Police Department officers by a third, after Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration argued that the current 24-hour limit under a long-running reform agreement can’t keep up with the need. Lawyers for the city requested an increase to 32 hours per week for a four-month pilot period “due to the increasing number of recurring/static details…

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Newsom, Unions Eye $50k Bonuses For Juvenile Prison Workers

As the state prepares to close its youth prisons, workers for the Division of Juvenile Justice could receive up to $50,000 bonuses to stay on the job until then, CalMatters has learned. If approved, the bonus appears to be among the largest offered by the state to retain a group of employees.  Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration and at least six unions are negotiating the pay bumps, hoping the large…

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Inflation Climbs To 7.9%, A New Four-Decade High

Prices increased 7.9 percent in the year through February, the fastest pace of inflation in 40 years, as gas prices increased and a wide array of goods and services grew more expensive. The rising cost of gas, food and rent all contributed to the big increase, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said, and economists expect inflation to pick up even more in March as war in Ukraine pushes prices at the…

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Polk County Fire Rescue Offers Signing Bonuses, Free Training To Fill Vacancies

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Polk County Fire Rescue is rolling out new initiatives in hopes of solving staffing shortages. “It’s the most amount of vacancies I’ve ever seen,” said Lee Stringer, President of Polk County Professional Firefighters Local 3531. There are 60 vacancies within Polk County’s Fire Rescue division. The President of Polk County Professional Firefighters union Lee Stringer said firefighters and paramedics working hundreds of hours of mandatory…

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City Of Detroit Announces $2,000 Retention Bonuses For DPD Officers, $1,000 For Police Assistants

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) — In an effort to keep Detroit police officers from leaving to neighboring agencies, city officials announced $2,000 bonuses for full-time officers and $1,000 bonuses for police assistants. In a press conference on Tuesday, Mayor Mike Duggan said the bonuses come after unanimous approval from the city council. The $2,000 bonuses will go to full-time officers “who are on the job effective Feb. 21,” Duggan said. Continue…

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Minneapolis Pitches $7,000 Police Payments As Effort To Boost Staffing With New Contract

Minneapolis has offered police officers $7,000 payments in an effort to “ensure adequate staffing” ahead of a court deadline to hire nearly 200 officers by this summer, according to documents released late Monday. The city offered the payments — as well as raises and “market adjustments” — as part of a roughly $9 million deal with the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. The agreement has support from Mayor Jacob…

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Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Fired Over Minority-First Practices In Hiring And Promotions, Report Says

The city of Fort Lauderdale has fired its police chief Larry Scirotto, who has been in office for less than a year, following allegations of discriminatory practices for promotions. Scirotto was sworn-in as police chief in mid-August, and the city had hired a law firm by November to investigate complaints of discrimination before he was fired on Thursday, according to a copy of the law firm’s report obtained by…

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Miami Beach Police Officer’s Workers Comp Claim Denied Despite 11-week Hospitalization With COVID-19

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A Miami Beach police officer who spent 11 weeks in the hospital battling COVID-19 last year is dealing with another unwanted issue. That officer told Local 10 News he may lose his worker’s compensation for the time he spent in the hospital, even though others did not. In a tweet back in November, it was the Miami Beach Police Department that celebrated Officer J.C. Sampedro’s release…

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Officers Leaving Oakland Police Department In Record Numbers

OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – Cops are leaving Oakland Police Department in record numbers.  The police union blames the lack of support from the Oakland City Council as one of the primary reasons. The city council president disputes the characterization of their support for OPD. Oakland police officers are leaving the department at an extraordinary rate. Continue reading at www.kron4.com

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Council Grants Up To $51,000 In Bonuses To Each Police Officer – Champaign, Illinois

The Champaign, Illinois City Council granted a hefty bonus to their police officers at this evening’s City Council meeting.  Upon the execution of the new Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Contract, which was unanimously passed by the Council at the March 1st, 2022 meeting, each police officer employed by the Champaign Police Department will be granted $10,000.  If the officer remains with the Department for three years, they receive another…

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President Of Local Firefighter Union Responds To Body Camera Proposal

Rich Langford, president of Local 734 acknowledged the idea of body cameras for firefighters in Baltimore City during an interview with Kim Klacik on Wednesday but said there are bigger concerns that need to be taken care of. “In this department, we have many other issues that need financial backing – apparatus, stations, training,” Langford said. “We have a lot of things we need to look at before we start…

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Tacoma To Implement Recruitment Incentives For Police Officers Amid Staffing Shortage

The city of Tacoma is implementing recruitment incentives to hire police officers as the department faces a staffing shortage. There are 50 budgeted positions in the Tacoma Police Department that are unfilled, out of more than 300 total positions, according to city staff. “We are down 50 police officers, and we have absolutely seen the rise in violent crimes and petty crimes and public safety issues in our community,”…

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Crescent City Council Approves Bonus Plan For Police Hires

The city council in Crescent City unanimously approved a lateral hiring program that will pay experienced police officers a $10,000 bonus to move to the Crescent City Police Department. The vote goes hand-in-hand with a similar decision a week earlier to pay the cost of the police academy for recruits. “A lateral transfer is just as important to build that police department staff,” City Manager Eric Wier said. “Can…

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