Hundreds Of Police Training Classes Canceled Because Of Illinois Budget Crisis

Police departments across Illinois say the state budget stalemate has left them struggling to provide necessary training to officers on everything from how to deal with the mentally ill to proper use of force. Hundreds of classes are being canceled at a time of heightened tension between police and the communities they serve, and as officers are increasingly the first to respond when a person with a mental illness…

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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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San Jose Mayor Changes Position On Police Officers Paying Training Costs

SAN JOSE, CA – Amid a hot mayoral race last year, Mayor Sam Liccardo pledged he would “insist” that the city’s next police contract require officers who leave San Jose within several years of graduating from the police academy to pay back a portion of their training costs. But a one-year tentative agreement with the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, expected to earn unanimous approval at Tuesday’s City Council…

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‘Repayment Of Training Costs’ Contract May Be Invalid

The Los Angeles Police Department requires that all newly hired police officers attend and graduate from the Los Angeles Police Academy. In the early 1990s, the City realized that many officers who graduated from the academy were leaving within a few years to join other law enforcement agencies. The City sought to find a way to curtail the attrition by enacting Los Angeles Administrative Code Section 4.1700, which provides…

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Disabled Massachusetts Officer-Turned-Legislator Must Pay For Retraining Before Reinstatement

Jose Santiago was first appointed to the Methuen, Massachusetts Police Department in 1982 and later was promoted to sergeant, where he worked until 1997, when he was injured. He was elected to the office of State Representative in 1998, reelected in 2000, and received a leave of absence from his position as a Methuen police sergeant. In January 2003, after having failed to be again reelected as State Representative,…

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Repayment Of Training Costs Requirement Not An Illegal ‘Kickback’

The City of Oakland, California has a policy requiring police officers to repay a portion of their training costs if they voluntarily leave the City’s employment before completing five years of service. The policy, which is incorporated in the labor agreement between the City and the Oakland Police Officers’ Association, sets the cost of training at $8,000, and requires repayments that vary from 20% to 100% depending upon how…

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