Baltimore Police Commissioner Says Department Has So Few Officers It’s ‘Robbing Peter To Pay Paul’

Facing renewed questions about his department’s ability to hire new officers, interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said Thursday that his agency is “understaffed across the board.” “You can’t hide that,” Tuggle told reporters at police headquarters. “It’s evidence. We are literally robbing Peter to pay Paul within the agency.” Tuggle’s comments build on a picture of the department that emerged at a City Council hearing Wednesday night. Police commanders say they’re not…

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Maui Will Pay $350K Settlement To Retired Police Captain

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui officials have agreed to pay $350,000 to a retired police captain who claimed in a federal lawsuit that she faced sex discrimination when she was passed over for a promotion. The lawsuit filed in July 2016 was dismissed late last month after Mollie Klingman reached the settlement with Maui County, The Maui News reported Thursday. The lawsuit claimed the Maui Police Department discriminated against…

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Record High NYC 911 Calls, Bulk Handled By EMS – The Lowest-Paid First Responders

It’s called the FDNY — but most of its emergencies have nothing to do with serious fires. The overwhelming majority of 911 calls to the FDNY in 2018 fell squarely on the backs of the department’s Emergency Medical Services units, according to new data obtained by the Daily News. The FDNY handled a record 1.8 million calls last year — a figure that includes deadly fires, life-threatening medical issues,…

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Auburn Police Department Seeking Solutions In Face Of Officer Shortage

AUBURN, NY — As the Auburn Police Department saw four more officers retire in January, adding to what was already a staff shortage, Chief Shawn Butler said the department is working hard to find a creative solution.  Three patrol officers, Brandy Quigley, Andrew Hitt and Scott Spin; and Detective Bryant Bergenstock retired from APD between Jan. 3 and Jan. 25 after each serving 20 years or more with the department….

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Pensacola Settled Ex-Fire Chiefs’ Discrimination Lawsuits For $575,000

PENSACOLA, FL — In the closing weeks of Mayor Ashton Hayward’s term, the city of Pensacola quietly settled discrimination and retaliation lawsuits filed by the city’s former fire chiefs for $575,000. Former Interim Fire Chief Matthew Schmitt and Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Glover filed lawsuits in 2016 alleging their firings earlier that year were in retaliation for filing a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The settlement was finalized and the case was dismissed Nov….

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Tulsa Police Union Says Independent Monitor Would Violate Contract

TULSA, OK — Tulsa’s Police Union is warning the City that an independent monitor would violate the terms of their contract. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum proposed a new office of the independent monitor, which would be an advisory body on police policy. The Fraternal Order of Police believes that’s another layer of bureaucracy. The union said it was still unsure of what the Mayor wants, but any terms have to…

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Fired Portland Police Sergeant Would Be Allowed To Retire With Back Pay Instead, Under City Proposal

PORTLAND, OR — City officials are moving to rescind the firing of a Portland police sergeant, who was reported to have made an inflammatory remark about killing a black man during roll call, and allow him to retire with a three-week suspension instead. He won’t be eligible for any job at the Portland Police Bureau or in the city again, under the negotiated agreement with the police union. The…

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Horry County Firefighters Say They’re Being Shorted Some Pay

HORRY COUNTY, SC — Some Horry County firefighters say the department’s new payment system isn’t giving them the full amount of money they should be owed. “We were always known to have a small check at the beginning of the month, and a big check at the end of the month,” Chad Caton, a former firefighter who often speaks on current employees’ behalf, explained. Caton said the new system appears…

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Making It In San Diego: SD Police Officers Can’t Afford Housing, Commuting From Riverside County

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Dozens of San Diego police officers are commuting to the city from other counties because they can’t afford homes here. “I usually get up at 4 a.m. and get on the road at 4:30 a.m.,” says SDPD Sgt. Brian Avera starts each day in Temecula where housing is more affordable. He drives 60 miles into Downtown, San Diego. At the end of his shift, he…

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Police Chief In Clever Pushing For Better Pay For His Department

CLEVER, MO — The police chief in Clever went before the city council and asked for better pay and benefits for his officers. The city is considering his request, but denied a motion to offer better holiday time off for the officers. Beginning officers in Clever make $12.50 an hour. That is almost four dollars an hour less than entry officers in the Springfield metro area. Chief Darren Whisnant says…

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