Police Union President’s Lawsuit Against Ex-Chief Fails

WILMINGTON, DE — A jury has found that a former Delaware police chief did not violate the constitutional rights of the police department’s union president. The News Journal reports the attempt by Master Sgt. Harold Bozeman, Fraternal Order of Police president, to sue Wilmington and the city’s former police chief for alleged retaliation failed in federal court on Friday. The lawsuit was filed in May 2016. Court records say…

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Is There Light At The End Of The SDPD Staffing Problem?

SAN DIEGO, CA — San Diego city and police officials are hoping Mark Stroud is the future of the SDPD. They’re not anticipating he’ll be chief one day, or even a top-ranking member of the department, though there’s nothing saying he couldn’t become either of those things. What they see in the return of the 31-year-old patrol officer is a glimmer of hope that their efforts to resolve a…

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Police Commander Suspended For Crude, Inappropriate Language

DENVER — A top Denver Police Department Commander will be suspended without pay for 10 days after suggesting two subordinates who had a disagreement “get in a room by themselves and (expletive) each other until they figure it out.” CBS4 has obtained a two-page department disciplinary action ordering that Commander James Henning, who oversees the Investigative Support Division, serve a 10-day suspension in February and March. Henning has been…

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Police Unions: New Deschutes Radios Put Lives At Risk

BEND, OR — All seven Deschutes County law enforcement unions have filed a joint complaint with local leaders, and one has filed a state complaint that a new digital radio system installed last July works so poorly it puts their lives — and those of the public they serve — at risk. Put quite simply, their complaint states: “Our radios don’t work.” “We write to you on behalf of…

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Alabama State Troopers Say Numbers Dangerously Low

The Alabama State Trooper Association today called on legislators and Gov. Kay Ivey to address what they say is a critical shortage of troopers on the road. The problem is not new and is mostly the result of budget cuts, officials said. Today’s weather could demonstrate how the shortage affects drivers and passengers, they said, with an expected accumulation of snow that could cause road hazards and incidents that…

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Bellevue City Council Rejects Fire Contract, Frustrating City Administrator

BELLEVUE, NE — A shorthanded Bellevue City Council rejected a five-year contract with Bellevue firefighters last week and ordered City Administrator Joe Mangiamelli back to the negotiating table. Councilmen Paul Cook, Pat Shannon and Jim Moudry gave thumbs-down Jan. 8 to a contract that awards annual pay increases to firefighters and guarantees the promotions of 10 firefighters to the rank of captain over the next five years. Council member…

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Pittsburgh’s FOP President Accuses City Of Discrimination In Labor Complaint

The president of Pittsburgh’s police union alleges the city violated state law and his rights as a union official by disciplining him over an email he sent to members in May criticizing the federal prosecution and trial of an officer convicted of police brutality. Robert Swartzwelder, president of Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge 1, filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board accusing police officials of…

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Myrtle Beach, FL Boosting Police Pay To Keep, Recruit Officers

Myrtle Beach police officers will be getting more money and future officers will be paid more as Myrtle Beach City Council passes a resolution to help with retention and recruitment. Current officers will be seeing a nearly 10-percent pay hike at the end of the month. Uncertified officers’ pay will be $40,000, up nearly $3,800 annually. Officers who graduate from the state Criminal Justice Academy will be paid $44,000,…

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Yonkers, NY Fire Association Misspends $1.4 Million, Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli Finds

YONKERS, NY — An association run by the Yonkers firefighters union spent an estimated $1.4 million in state tax money in contravention of a state law from 2014 to 2016, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli concluded in an audit released Friday. The explosive findings bolster previous reports by Tax Watch that revealed the widespread misuse of the what is commonly referred to as the “2 percent fund.” While the law…

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Council Moves To Use ‘Emergency’ Reserves To Address Lagging Citywide Compensation

LEE’S SUMMIT, MO — The Lee’s Summit City Council appears poised to dip into the city’s emergency fund to overcome a wide pay gap for public employees. Council members on Thursday adopted a “compensation philosophy” that the city should keep up with market values for employee pay. They instructed staff to draft an ordinance to be voted on next month that would pull money from the city’s general fund…

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