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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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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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Polk Firefighter Resigns Amid Rescue Controversy

LAKELAND, FL — A Polk County fire captain, accused of posting photos to Snapchat from the scene of a failed rescue, has now resigned, county officials said Tuesday. It was back in November when fire broke out at the home of Lorretta Pickard. Recordings of her 911 call revealed the 67-year-old, who relied on a walker, was told to wait for rescuers, but that rescue never happened. “Yes, they…

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WEINGARTEN APPLIES TO WRITTEN REPORTS, NOT JUST INTERVIEWS

Adam Lasad is a college security officer for the San Bernardino Community College District Police Department in California. Sergeant Chris Tamayo began questioning Lasad regarding his whereabouts during his work shift. Lasad, after answering some of Tamayo’s questions, requested a representative from his union, the California School Employees Association (CSEA). Tamayo contacted his own boss, Police Chief Pierre Galvez, about Lasad’s request for representation. Galvez agreed that Lasad had…

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Keep Track of Articles & Podcasts

We’ve added the ability for users to track their favorite content on LRIS.com! On any article or podcast post, you can now “Favorite” it, bookmarking it for later. This is a great tool to save content for later or to go back to reference an article. To Favorite an article or podcast, simply go to the bottom of any post to find the blue Favorite button. Once you Favorite…

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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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4 Cops In ‘Love Rectangle’ Stripped Of Guns So They Wouldn’t Kill Each Other

NEW YORK, NY — This love triangle has four corners — and four police badges! An NYPD sergeant cheated on his cop girlfriend with a fellow officer, whose husband is also on the job — and the bosses took away everyone’s guns so they wouldn’t kill each other, sources told The Post on Monday. Sgt. Kandou Worley, 40, and Officer Stephanie Gallardo, 33, were both assigned to the department’s…

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Colorado Springs Firefighters Union Overcomes Mayor’s Opposition For Spot On Ballot

Despite vehement opposition from the mayor and some Colorado Springs City Council members, the local firefighters union has collected enough signatures to place a collective bargaining question on the city’s April ballot. All that’s left is a vote next week by the council, a formality because the Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 5, collected about 16,000 signatures that were validated late last month, City Clerk Sarah Johnson said. Local President Dave…

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Ch Ch Ch Changes

Changes are happening at LRIS with one long term employee stepping away and a someone new coming aboard. Tanja Olson has been the engine of the LRIS back office since 2007. She’s the one who fills your book orders, processes your newsletter subscriptions and ships your seminar materials. She’s also been our de facto office manager for the past couple of years. Tanja is a lifelong resident of the…

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Medics Suspended Over Patient Photos

Two Columbus firefighter-paramedics were suspended without pay for taking or distributing photographs of medical patients without their permission. The Department of Public Safety announced the suspensions Monday afternoon. Firefighter-paramedic Mike McConnell, an eight-year veteran of the division, admitted to taking photographs and video in 2016 of a patient. He was found to have violated a rule defining good behavior. Safety Director Ned Pettus Jr. issued a 96-hour (four-day) unpaid…

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What Due Process Rights Are Chiefs Owed, And When?

The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, not always known for the brevity of its decisions, has recently used a case involving the termination of Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub as the vehicle to succinctly describe whether chiefs are entitled to due process upon their termination, and if so, when. Due process rights come in two varieties, depending upon whether the employee has a “property right” to the job….

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New Haven Mayor: Police Chief Must Complete 10 Requirements Before Returning To Work

NEW HAVEN, CT – After finishing up a paid disciplinary period, New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman immediately went on sick leave. Now, the city’s mayor says they both agreed he need to accomplish 10 things before he can come back to work. The embattled chief is taking on both heavy criticism and praise. “Before he came, crime was up,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. “Over the past…

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Oregon Ballot Measure Would Require Discrimination Against Unions

The New Wave of Anti-Worker Attacks Anil S. Karia Attacks on working people and their right to collectively bargain over wages, hours, and working conditions are now commonplace across the country. Oregon, my home state with a history of strong collective bargaining rights, is the latest in the national parade of undermining the middle class. The favorite mode of attack in Oregon over the past few years has been…

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Kim Davis And Public Safety Employees

It’s spreading, as you might expect it would. Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis says her Christian religion prohibits her from performing gay marriages. Now, a Muslim flight attendant says her religion prohibits her serving alcohol to passengers. The broad question is whether public safety employees have the right to refuse to do part of their jobs because of their religious beliefs. There’s actually a bit of caselaw on the issue,…

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Running A Police/Fire Union

Running a public safety union is difficult and often thankless work. Dealing with management, the public, the media and the Type-A personalities that typically work in public safety is a daunting task. Have you often thought “there oughta be a class!” Well, we thought so too. You’ll Learn: Constitutions and bylaws Finances and fundraisers Political activities Representing members in a disciplinary interview Collective bargaining For more information, including how…

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