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Interview With FOP Lodge 112 President Will Milam

Will Aitchison interviews Sergeant Will Milam, president of FOP Lodge 112 in Prince George’s County, Maryland and vice president of the Maryland State FOP Lodge. The two discuss what happened in Maryland that brought about the repeal of the country’s first state police officers bill of rights and what procedural job protections are currently in place for law enforcement officers in Maryland. Will Milam also gives advice to law…

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Buyouts For Massachusetts State Troopers Confirm Police Shedding Ranks

A “tsunami” of buyouts among State Police leaving the force amid an onslaught of criticism has union officials sounding the alarm as an overtime scandal and dishonorable discharges also hound the agency. State Police spokesman David Procopio confirmed Monday the number of retirements among the ranks “has increased,” but could not provide exact numbers to the Herald. A review of state payroll data revealed state troopers are increasingly clamoring…

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New Police Chief Put On Leave Is Seeking $10 Million From The University Of Utah For Mistreatment

The new police chief at the University of Utah is seeking $10 million from the school, saying he has been targeted for his efforts to reform the troubled campus police department after student-athlete Lauren McCluskey’s murder. Rodney Chatman also says he came under fire for bringing up additional concerns that the U. was failing to properly report sexual assaults according to federal requirements. His transparency, he alleges, made him an easy…

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14 Massachusetts State Police Troopers Dishonorably Discharged In Past Year

The Massachusetts State Police have kicked 14 troopers off the force in the past dozen months for disgracing the badge — from “inappropriate” texting to “ethnic slurs” and sloppy oversight of weapons, the Herald has learned. A public records request filed by the Herald shows 14 troopers were given dishonorable discharges — or quit while under investigation — over the past 12 months. This does not include other officers…

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Judge Orders Orange Township To Reinstate Three Firefighters Fired Over Harassment Allegations

A Delaware County judge has ruled that three Orange Township firefighters — two of them supervisors — were improperly fired two years ago following an investigation into allegations of harassment, hazing and bullying. Pending the outcome of appeals, Capt. John Hodges, Lt. Dave Martin and firefighter Bradley Belville will return to full-time employment with no loss of rank, full benefits and reimbursement of back pay since their firing in 2019. In addition, their records…

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Burlington Police Sergeants, Lieutenants File Petition To Unionize

The City of Burlington is opposing an effort by police higher-ups to form a union. If given the go-ahead by the Vermont Labor Relations Board, the department’s 15 sergeants and lieutenants will be able to hold an election to form a collective bargaining unit. These officers are not members of the city’s existing police union, the Burlington Police Officers’ Association. A successful union drive would mean that only the Burlington…

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Female Firefighter Gets Change In Coverage For Breast Cancer After Hers Was Denied

A female firefighter in Colorado who learned that her treatment for breast cancer would not be covered under her health coverage fought for change in order to level the playing field for all firefighters. Tracy Post, a lieutenant in the Westminster, Colorado, fire department, was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma in November 2019. Post, 45, who has worked for the fire department since 2013, had to undergo a double mastectomy and four rounds of chemotherapy…

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Whether Bargaining Should Be In Public Is Not Mandatory For Bargaining

Some public employers are adopting resolutions requiring collective bargaining to be conducted in public. Unions often push back on these resolutions, believing private collective bargaining to be more effective in the give-and-take process for resolving differences. Washington’s Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) recently had to address what happens when the parties are unable to agree as to whether negotiations should be in public. Teamsters Local 690 represents two bargaining…

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City Opposing Workers’ Comp Claims For Firefighters With Cancer

TOLEDO, OH — Leukemia. Prostate cancer. Colon cancer. Toledo firefighters have been diagnosed with all three, and more, after working a job that puts them at risk of exposure to hazardous materials, including carcinogens — substances that cause cancer. And despite a state law that says, in general, firefighters who file for workers’ compensation related to cancer treatments should be presumed to have gotten the disease through their work…

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Social Media News For Public Safety Employees

When Cops Abuse Social Media, The Results Are Explosive: “One Post Can Become A Movement” As a young cop in Richmond in 2008, Ben Murdoch made a mistake that cost him his career and led some to label him a racist. At a Halloween party, a Latino friend came dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit meant to be a costume of a pop culture character created by comedian…

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The Rights of Police Officers Webinar Series

Purchase an individual presentation ($39) or the entire webinar series ($195). Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Sources of the Law 8:30 PST | 11:30 EST | 90 Minutes How a single employment issue can involve federal, state, and local law. Where collective bargaining and bills of rights exist, and the current attacks on both. How the politics of different court systems can lead to a different choice in courts. How…

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‘Significant Number’ Of N.J. Cops Expected To Retire Following Protests, Top Union Boss Says

The top official for the state’s largest police union expects to see a “significant number” of retirements amid police reform and the unrest following George Floyd’s death in May. “The strain from the public has been really palpable,” Pat Colligan, the president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, told NJ Advance Media. We’re going to see “really significant numbers” of retirements, he said. Colligan’s comments come as…

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16 Former And Current Philly Cops Disciplined For Offensive Facebook Posts Sue, Saying They Were Victims Of Discrimination

PHILADELPHIA, PA — More than a dozen current and former Philadelphia police officers sued the city this month, saying they were fired, suspended, or forced to retire due to “reverse racism” or “viewpoint discrimination” aimed at weeding out cops with right-wing views. All 16 plaintiffs were disciplined or lost their jobs in response to the 2019 publication of Facebook posts from more than 300 city cops who had expressed what the…

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Georgia Police Officer Fired After Facebook Post About ‘Privilege’ Sparks Controversy

SAVANNAH, GA — A Georgia police officer is out of a job after critics called one of his Facebook posts racist. SPD fires officer over controversial Facebook post https://t.co/sjt1s1SS4S — WSAV News 3 (@WSAV) June 25, 2020 According to WSAV-TV, the Savannah Police Department fired Officer Edwin Myrick on Monday, saying he violated department rules prohibiting disrespectful speech against any race and using the internet to harass or oppress others….

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Rochester Police Accountability Board Stripped Of Disciplinary Powers, Court Rules

ROCHESTER, NY — The newly formed Rochester Police Accountability Board was stripped of its disciplinary powers through a decision issued in state Supreme Court on Thursday. City voters overwhelmingly approved the PAB during the last election. It was established as an independent office of city government to investigate allegations of misconduct by sworn officers up to and including the chief. The legality of the PAB was challenged in a lawsuit filed by…

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‘Slap In The Face’ | Firefighters Union Says City Shouldn’t Be Discussing Layoffs, Furloughs During COVID-19 Pandemic

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The city firefighters union issued a statement Friday, calling the city’s proposal to possibly layoff or furlough firefighters after they are risking their lives on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic a “slap in the face.” The city is trying to recoup a $103 million budgetary shortfall for fiscal year 2021, which starts on July 1. The options were presented to several city unions, including fire and…

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COVID-19 And Public Safety

Police Implement Sweeping Policy Changes To Prepare For Coronavirus Spread Local law enforcement officials across the country are rapidly making major operational changes in preparation for the continued spread of coronavirus, as they face potential strains in resources and staffing without precedent in modern American history. While policing is a public service centered around direct interactions with members of the public, several departments have already sought to limit responses to…

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Arbitrator: Omaha Fire Union President Should Get Job Back After Incident With Woman At Bar

OMAHA, Neb. — Omaha Fire Union President Steve LeClair should get his job back with the department, according to an arbitrator ruling. The announcement was made Tuesday. LeClair was terminated after the city said the Human Resources Department did a thorough investigation into LeClair’s conduct involving an incident at Tiger Tom’s Pub in November 2018. An African-American woman told police she felt a punch in her back while sitting…

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Sheriff’s Department Can Provide Brady List To Prosecutor

The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) represents 7,800 deputy sheriffs working for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The Department sent a letter to roughly 300 of those deputies, informing them that a review of individual employees’ personnel records had “identified potential exculpatory or impeachment information in your personnel file.” According to the letter, “examples of performance deficiencies” that qualify as potential Brady material include, but are…

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Pelahatchie Mayor Suspends Police Chief. ‘Insubordination’ Linked To Push To Get Paid

PELAHATCHIE, MS — The drama in Pelahatchie continues as the mayor announced Friday that she had suspended the town’s police chief, days after the two had a heated exchange in the streets about employees not getting paid.  Pelahatchie city attorney John Wakeland said Friday morning that it’s his “understanding and belief” that Mayor Ryshonda Harper Beechem suspended Chief Joseph Daughtry Thursday for “insubordination.” “I don’t want to speculate without seeing the actual documents…

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Orange County Sheriff Seeks Higher Starting Pay For Deputies

ORLANDO, FL — Orange County deputies said it’s time for them to make as much money as Orlando police. And now that the former Orlando police chief is the sheriff, they expect it. Sheriff John Mina asked the county for a $267 million budget that would include hiring 52 new deputies. But as WFTV investigative reporter Shannon Butler found out, a tentative offer on pay fell short and the union is…

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Chicago Officer Loses Discrimination Claim

Adam Wazny was born in Poland. He immigrated to the United States with his parents and siblings in the mid-1990s. Although he has lived in the United States for most of his life, Wazny speaks English with an accent. Wazny joined the Chicago Police Department in 2003. In 2009, after working in several roles including as a beat officer, he transferred to the Department’s vice section, which is made…

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Firefighter Punched Elderly Man He Thought Killed Fire Captain, DA Says

A firefighter won’t face criminal charges for punching an elderly man during the aftermath of a chaotic shooting that killed a beloved member of the Long Beach Fire Department, prosecutors recently revealed. Firefighter Bradley Robideaux mistakenly thought 78-year-old Vladimir Tsipursky was responsible for the death of Capt. David Rosa, according to a prosecutorial memo outlining the decision not to file charges. Tsipursky was actually a victim. He was wounded…

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‘I’m sick of it:’ Bibb deputy, firefighter say they’re losing employees to other counties

BIBB COUNTY, GA — Bibb County commissioners are set to vote on this year’s 2020 budget on Tuesday, which includes no tax increase and no raises for county employees. Members of the Macon-Bibb Fire Department and Bibb County Sheriff’s Office say without those pay increases, they’re going to continue to lose well-trained employees to smaller counties. Sargent Richard Senter spends his weekends unwinding at home. “I’m sick of it,”…

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Firefighter Sues Hialeah Mayor, Claiming Retaliation For Reporting Misconduct

Longtime Hialeah firefighter and president of the firefighters’ union, Eric Johnson, filed a lawsuit on Monday against the city and its mayor, Carlos Hernández, alleging that he has faced retaliation for reporting acts of misconduct and malfeasance in the city government. According to the complaint, official “misconduct” in Miami-Dade county’s secondmost populous city included voter fraud, absentee ballot fraud, illegal campaign contributions, violation of union agreements, andviolations of the…

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