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North Carolina Sheriff’s Deputies Disciplined Over Trump Rally

Five North Carolina Sheriff’s deputies have been disciplined over their behavior at a rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump where a white supporter sucker punched a black protester, officials said on Wednesday. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said three deputies were demoted and suspended for five days each without pay for their unsatisfactory performance at last week’s rally while the two others were suspended for three days….

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Portsmouth Firefighter Suspended After Speaking With Media About Staff Shortages

PORTSMOUTH, VA – A firefighter was recently suspended, according to union sources, for talking to the media about staff shortages. Nathan Clark, a member of International Association of Firefighters Local 539 and a City Council candidate, wouldn’t name the firefighter or say when or how long the suspension was. But it appears that firefighter is union President Rusty Quillin. Quillin talked to WAVY in December after a man died…

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First Thursday, March 2016

Listen Will tackles a question on physical fitness standards testing and HIPAA When Must An Employer Bargain Over The ‘Effects’ Of A Management Right? El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, 2016 WL 542342 (Cal. App. 2016) Ex-fire chief sues over firing, www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20160125/ex-fire-chief-sues-over-firing Court Reverses Trooper’s Suspension For Failing To Take Action, New Jersey State Police, 2016 WL 674191 (N.J. App. 2016) What Is Reasonable Notice Of Disciplinary Charges? Ellins…

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Dallas Police To Offer Cops Training Instead Of Minor Discipline

DALLAS, TX – Dallas cops, just like the people they arrest, don’t want a record. Officers with disciplinary infractions could lose out on desirable jobs and promotions, or get transferred to worse duties. Now, the department will offer cops a chance at wiping one minor violation off their record every two years. Some of the eligible offenses include being late, missing court and being rude. To clear the violation,…

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Deputies’ Union Suing County Over Personal Patrol Vehicle Punishment

KERN COUNTY, CA – The union that represents Kern County sheriff’s deputies is suing the county to compel it to accept an arbitrator’s decision awarding damages to 12 deputies the union alleges were wrongly deprived of their personal patrol vehicles for driving too fast. Attorneys for Kern Law Enforcement Association say in the Dec. 22 filing in Kern County Superior Court that the county’s Board of Supervisors “prejudicially abused…

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Portland City Manager Considers Disciplinary Action For ‘Closed’ Sign At Fire Station

PORTLAND, ME – Portland officials may take disciplinary action against employees after a homemade sign was posted last week in front of a Munjoy Hill fire station telling residents that it had been closed. The city had periodically taken the station’s ambulance out of service during the overnight hours, when call volumes are the lowest, to reduce spending on overtime, apparently prompting some rank-and-file members to place a sign…

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Judge Says Paramedic Not Negligent For Ambulance Running Out Of Gas At White House

WASHINGTON, DC – The summer of 2013 delivered one public relations punch after another to the D.C. fire department. Top officials admitted they didn’t know how many vehicles they had. Ambulances were catching fire idling at emergency calls. Delays getting patients to hospitals seemed routine. On Aug. 8 of that year, an ambulance assigned to President Obama’s motorcade ran out of gas on the South Lawn of the White…

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Lackawanna’s police officer’s suspension cited amid probe of payments to chief

Officer Christopher Stampone appeared at a Lackawanna City Council meeting earlier this year and inquired into sick time and vacation payments to Police Chief James L. Michel Jr. Not long after, he was suspended without pay for 90 days. Michel ordered the suspension because the officer’s public statement violated department regulations. Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski said the suspension came as a result of an internal investigation. He declined to…

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First Thursday, October 2015

Topics discussed in this month’s podcast include: The Negotiability Of A Disciplinary Matrix, Middletown Borough Police Officers Association, 47 PPER ¶ 30 (Penn. LRB 2015) Acquittal In Criminal Case Does Not Mean Firefighter Could Not Be Fired, City of Seattle, (Lankford 2015) Deputy Sheriff Can Be Fired For Conduct While On Unpaid Leave, Negron v. Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission, 2015 WL 5146622 (Cal. App. 2015) Court Rejects…

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Seattle Firefighter Fails To Win Job Back Despite Acquittal

Although he was acquitted of criminal charges in the alleged assault on homeless people last year, a former Seattle firefighter will not get his job back after an arbitrator determined he instigated the attack and then lied to police about it. The ruling by labor-management arbitrator and mediator Howell L. Lankford upholds the city’s firing of Bob Howell, one of two former firefighters who made headlines in March 2014…

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First Thursday, September 2015

Topics discussed in this month’s podcast include: Review of the Department of Labor’s rule changes concerning who is exempt from overtime under the FLSA A Cleveland firefighter was ordered to pay $2,500 for personal calls on city phone San Jose mayor changes position on police officers paying training costs Daily log is not a “personnel file” for purposes of firefighter bill of rights, Poole v. Orange County Fire Authority,…

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Florida State Troopers Fired, Forced To Retire In Overtime Probe

A dozen Florida Highway Patrol troopers from Tallahassee to Miami were fired, forced to retire or otherwise disciplined after an in-house investigation into whether they were billing the agency for hours they spent working from home, eating at restaurants and visiting girlfriends and relatives. The disciplinary action came as part of a probe into the agency’s Statewide Overtime Action Response program, which is designed to beef up traffic enforcement…

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10 Years Of OKC Police Discipline

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – When a passing motorist yelled “Road rage sucks” at Oklahoma City police Sgt. Matthew Downing during a January 2014 traffic stop, Downing chased the man down in a convenience store, wrestled him to the ground and arrested him. A supervisor who soon arrived disagreed with Downing’s use of force and subsequent arrest and released the man. Police Chief Bill Citty directed the department’s Office of…

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Relationships With Explorers Lead To Terminations Of Two Officers

DALLAS, TX – Two Dallas police officers have been fired following disciplinary hearings that determined both had inappropriate personal relationships. Both officers can appeal Wednesday’s firings by Chief David Brown. Investigators say 41-year-old Sgt. Jorge Guzman had an inappropriate relationship with a member of the Dallas Police Explorers. The group is made of up girls and boys, plus young adults, interested in law enforcement. The age range is 14…

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Assistant Fire Chief In Indiana Demoted After Tying Noose

MARION, IN – An assistant fire chief in Indiana has accepted a demotion after tying a rope into a noose in the presence of a black firefighter whose wife belongs to the family of a lynching victim. City Attorney Tom Hicks said Marion firefighter Rick Backs accepted a demotion to private in a meeting Tuesday with Fire Chief Paul David, the Chronicle-Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1NC19nx ). An investigation by David…

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First Thursday, February 2015

In this month’s podcast, Will talks about the influence of American Legislative Exchange Council and various anti-public safety union bills it has created that are working their way through state legislatures across the nation. He also covers the following cases: Heart-lung presumption does not require proof that disease caused condition, Di Luzio v. City of Santa Fe, 2015 WL 178396 (N.M. App. 2015) Retroactive application of California’s new pension…

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Denver Sheriff Department Fires Former Spokesman, Second-In-Command, National FOP Leader

The former second-in-command at the Denver Sheriff Department has been fired for giving preferential treatment to a department captain who faced criminal charges. Frank Gale, who once oversaw the Downtown Detention Center and served as the department’s spokesman, on Wednesday was given a termination letter, which was obtained by The Denver Post. The dismissal triggered a stern response from the Fraternal Order of Police, where Gale holds a national…

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