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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“Model” Body-Camera Policy

At LRIS, we’ve received a number of requests for a “model” body-camera policy that balances the needs of management, of employees, and of the public. In trying to come up with such a policy, we’ve reviewed a large number of policies from different law enforcement agencies. We’ve also reviewed the IACP’s model policy, guidelines from the Police Executive Research Forum, and a number of academic pieces on body-worn camera…

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Post Retirement Benefits-Contract Clause Table of Cases

Case Citation Description Vuksanovich-Dunn v. Miami Unified School Dist. No. 40, 2013 WL 6813908 (9th Cir. 2013) After three years of receiving no-cost health insurance pursuant to an early retirement agreement, retirees were required to contribute to the cost. The Court held that absent a clear and unmistakable indication that that the employer intends to bind itself, the contracts clause of the U.S. Constitution does not apply. Because the…

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Tattoo You

The issue of tattoos and police officers is a contentious one and not just here in the United States. The police union chief in Kent, England says that officers should be allowed to show tattoos while on duty. Ian Pointon, chairman of the Kent Police Federation, believes that tattoos can be an “icebreaker” when dealing with younger people. “Frontline officers with tattoos have said to me when they talk…

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