Cleveland Police Associations Believe Training In Columbus Hurts Minority Candidates, Those With Families

CLEVELAND – Black Shield Police Association President Lynn Hampton believes moving Cleveland police cadet training to Columbus is unfair to minority candidates, and candidates with families. Hampton told shifting the training to Columbus has caused five candidates to withdraw before classes started in December and a total of nine others to drop out in first few weeks of the four-month course. Hampton said the cadet must stay in…

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St. Louis Firefighters Traveling To Kenya To Help Teach Fire Response

ST. LOUIS, MO – A group of firefighters from the St. Louis Fire Department will join a nationwide effort to help fire departments in Kenya. The program, called Africa Fire Mission, helps teach firefighters in African countries how to stay safe while fighting fires. It will also help teach the Kenyan firefighters how to better prepare their response and relief time when emergency strikes. Five firefighters from St. Louis…

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Cleveland Police Union Sues City Over Training Academy Move

CLEVELAND, OH – The union representing Cleveland police officers has sued the northeast Ohio city over the decision to move its officer training program to Columbus. Northeast Ohio Media Group reports the lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association states the training academy move violates federal and state laws because the changes weren’t approved by the Civil Service Commission or city council. Officials say the city and…

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Change In Training Schedule Cannot Adversely Impact Leave

When the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania Police Department changed the times for its annual in-service training in 2007, the change was challenged in arbitration by the Lancaster Police Officers Association. An arbitrator upheld a portion of the Association’s grievance. The Arbitrator began by generally acceding to the City’s argument that the Police Chief had the right to schedule training. The Arbitrator commented that “the Chief simply used his contractually…

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Firefighter’s Failure To Pass Test Does Not Amount To Misconduct

Most unemployment compensation laws in the country, including those in Texas, distinguish between employees who are terminated for “misconduct” and employees who are terminated for other reasons. If the basis for a termination rises to the level of misconduct, the employee is typically not eligible to receive unemployment compensation benefits. A recent case in Texas follows the general trend that failure to pass an employer’s certification test does not…

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