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Stanton Begins Final Contract with El Paso Firemen & Policemen’s Pension Fund
El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
What Every Police Wife Wishes She Could Tell the Chief
South Metro MN Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14
What Every Police Wife Wishes She Could Tell the Chief
South Metro MN Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14
Seniority Posting SCOUT unit
Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
AFSCME mourns the passing of former staff member Connie Wright
Oregon AFSCME Corrections
Authorities recover the remains of Local 3940's Ricky Flores
Oregon AFSCME Corrections
 
     
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Stanton Begins Final Contract with El Paso Firemen & Policemen’s Pension Fund
04/23/14 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
EL PASO, April 22, 2014 – After 13 years of dedicated service to the El Paso Firemen & Policemen’s Pension Fund, Executive Director Robert J. Stanton will leave the Fund when his new contract expires in October 2015.
What Every Police Wife Wishes She Could Tell the Chief
04/23/14 - South Metro MN Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14
I am the widow of East Hartford, Connecticut Police Officer Paul S. Buchanan Badge Number 208, who died by suicide.  This is what I wish every police Chief would know about their officers. You are the leader of your organization.  Did you know that your officers want to look up to you and respect you?  They WANT you to be their leader.  A leader is the one who is in charge.
What Every Police Wife Wishes She Could Tell the Chief
04/23/14 - South Metro MN Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14
What Every Police Wife Wishes She Could Tell the Chief  by Trish Buchanan April 22, 2014 I am the widow of East Hartford, Connecticut Police Officer Paul S. Buchanan Badge Number 208, who died by suicide.  This is what I wish every police Chief would know about their officers. You are the leader of your organization.
Seniority Posting SCOUT unit
04/22/14 - Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
  Please see attached Seniority Posting for the SCOUT unit.   Cpl.
AFSCME mourns the passing of former staff member Connie Wright
04/22/14 - Oregon AFSCME Corrections
Wright's husband Joe is an EOCI retiree; son Tom is a CO at TRCI
Authorities recover the remains of Local 3940's Ricky Flores
04/22/14 - Oregon AFSCME Corrections
Flores had been missing and presumed drowned since a March boating accident
Pershing County LEA joins NAPSO !!!
04/21/14 - NAPSO / CWA Local 9110
After deciding that its previous representation was not to its liking and after investigating the qualities of NAPSO on their own, the members of the Pershing County Law Enforcement Association have joined NAPSO.
HPOA Annual Spring Event Pool Party
04/21/14 - Henderson Police Officers' Association
Greetings Fellow Member of the HPOA, Announcing our Annual Spring Event benefiting the HPOA Charitable Foundation, attached with this message is the event flyer with details. Information and a link for reservations at the Westin Lake Las Vegas are below. If you have any questions call Christine at the HPOA Office at 702 257-4762.
Union Files Grievance Over Payroll Errors
04/21/14 - Saint Louis Police Officers Association
In the electronic age, pay day has become nothing more than an automated transaction on our bank e-statement.  No more do we have the hassle of waiting in bank lines.  Alas, no more do we experience the joy of pocketing the extra fifty or hundred dollars that our spouse doesn’t know about.
Senators take a stand to support NH law enforcement
04/20/14 - New Hampshire Police Association
The Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Police Association want to thank the following twelve members of the NH State Senate for voting against the repeal of the death penalty in NH.
Sentinels MC 9th Annual Thin Blue Line Memorial Wall Run
04/19/14 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
On Sunday, June 1st, at 0900 AM, the Colorado State Lodge FOP is co-hosting “The Thin Blue Line Memorial Wall Run 2014” along with the Sentinels' Motorcycle Club. This day long event will be held at the Colorado FOP State Lodge located at 2701 West 84th Ave in Westminster.
Colorado FOP PTSD Workers' Comp Bill Up for Committee Vote This Monday
04/19/14 - Longmont Fraternal Order of Police
IMPORTANT UPDATE – This Monday, April 21st at 1:30PM the Colorado FOP’s PTSD Workers’ Comp Coverage bill will be voted on in the House State Affairs Committee.  There will be no testimony.  We will be offering amendments to the original bill (see below).
Sentinels' MC 9th Annual Thin Blue Line Memorial Wall Run
04/19/14 - Longmont Fraternal Order of Police
On Sunday, June 1st the Colorado State Lodge FOP is co-hosting “The Thin Blue Line Memorial Wall Run 2014” along with the Sentinels' Motorcycle Club. This daylong event will be held at the Colorado FOP State Lodge located at 2701 West 84th Ave in Westminster. The event begins at 0900 AM.
Unified Police Board meeting April 2014
04/18/14 - Greater Salt Lake Unified Police Federation
From: Don Campbell, president Unified Police Federation Subject: UPD Board meeting for April 2014 Folks, Yesterday’s UPD Board meeting opened with the Sheriff’s presenting to the Board our Motor squad members who did very well in a large motor competition in Nevada recently.
Managing law enforcement stress through emotional intelligence
04/17/14 - South Metro MN Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14
Law enforcement emotional intelligence in the workplace is defined as the ability of the officer to manage and use his or her emotions in a positive and constructive way to manage healthy relationships within the department and with supporting agencies of the criminal justices system.
NH Death Penalty law to remain; repeal effort defeated.
04/17/14 - New Hampshire Police Association
The NH Senate voted 24-0 to table HB 1170, which effectively kills the bill.  The Senate was split 12-12 on passing the bill before they eventually agreed to table it.
Supreme Court Cases: Warrantless searches
04/17/14 - South Metro MN Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14
Supreme Court Cases: Warrantless searches by Carole Moore Created: April 9, 2014 The U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-to-3 decision to uphold the constitutionality of a 2006 Los Angeles Police Dept. search of the residence of a man named Walter Fernandez has sparked some fires in our nation’s newsrooms. A robbery suspect and suspected... The U.S.
Two Rivers joins PSOAA for added benefits
04/16/14 - Oregon AFSCME Corrections
Workers' comp and legal defense issues are two primary benefits
1st Annual Motorcycle Run / 2nd Annual Car & Bike Show
04/15/14 - POSPD Officer's Bargaining Unit (affiliated with IBT - Local 117)
On Saturday, June 21st our Union will be conducting two events: The first annual motorcycle run and second annual car and bike show (see attached PDF flyers for more info).
Security Unit reaches long awaited contract TA
04/15/14 - Oregon AFSCME Corrections
Ratification ballots will go out shortly
National Public Safety Telecommunications week!
04/15/14 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
Funeral Services for Officer Alex Guerra
04/14/14 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
The El Paso Municipal Police Officers Association is sad to announce the passing of one of its members.  Officer Alejandro “Alex” Guerra #2078 passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014 after he had been admitted to the hospital a week prior.
Fede
04/14/14 - Greater Salt Lake Unified Police Federation
From: Don Campbell, president Unified Police Federation Subject: Endorsement vote for Salt Lake County District Attorney Folks, The results of your vote for District Attorney are in. I would like to thank you for your participation. These votes represent your interests and are an important part of the Federation and the way we work.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Event
04/13/14 - Connecticut State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police
Come out to historic Fenway Park and stand with the Boston Red Sox in saluting America’s law enforcement and public safety professionals. Join us for a Law Enforcement Appreciation event as the Boston Red Sox take on the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, May 7th, at Fenway Park.
5th Annual Fun With the FUZZ 5k
04/10/14 - Bellingham Police Guild
In 2013, Washington was fortunate to have only one officer killed in the line of duty.  However, we as an organization feel that one is too many.  On average, Washington State loses two officers a year who are killed in the line of duty.    The Behind the Badge Foundation offers support to those families of fallen officers.
Police Officer Stress and Health Risks
04/10/14 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
Police Officer Stress Creates Significant Health Risks Compared to General Population, Study Finds By Ellen Goldbaum The daily psychological stresses that police officers experience in their work put them at significantly higher risk than the general population for a host of long-term physical and mental health effects.
Colorado FOP PTSD Bill 14-1343 Has Been Laid Over An Additional Week Until April 16th
04/09/14 - Longmont Fraternal Order of Police
IMPORTANT UPDATE!! - The House & Local Government Committee vote on our PTSD Workers' Comp Bill (HB 14-1343) has been delayed again until Wednesday, April 16th, at 1:30 PM. After April 2nd's three and one-half hour House Committee hearing on our PTSD bill the Chairperson of the Colorado Legislature’s House Local Government Committee laid the PTSD bill over for one week.
Traveler Warns of Baggage Thefts at Sea-Tac
04/06/14 - POSPD Officer's Bargaining Unit (affiliated with IBT - Local 117)
by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News / Posted on April 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM A Bellingham woman wants to warn anyone and everyone flying into Sea-Tac Airport, after she says her suitcase was stolen right off the baggage carousel. Julie Thayer was flying from Fresno to Seattle last month. After her flight landed, Thayer says she stopped at a bathroom on her way to baggage claim.
Sea-Tac Airport Manager Investigated for Theft of $113,824
04/05/14 - POSPD Officer's Bargaining Unit (affiliated with IBT - Local 117)
By Amy Clancy and Monique Ming Laven / Posted: 5:57 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Sea-Tac Airport’s Credential Center Manager, Maleaka Carroll-Jones, is being investigated for stealing up to $113,824 in cash. All of the nearly 15,000 Port of Seattle employees, many of whom work at Sea-Tac Airport, have security badges.
Flores memorial service set for April 11
04/04/14 - Oregon AFSCME Corrections
You can still make donations to the family at U.S. Bank branches
Colorado FOP PTSD Bill 14-1343 Laid Over in Committee Until April 9th
04/03/14 - Longmont Fraternal Order of Police
After a three and one-half hour hearing on the PTSD bill the Chairperson of the Colorado Legislature’s House Local Government Committee laid the PTSD bill over until next Wednesday, April 9th at 1:30PM.
Workers Memorial Day
04/03/14 - AFSCME Council 15, Connecticut Council of Police
8th Annual Ryan Olson Golf Tournament
04/03/14 - AFSCME Council 15, Connecticut Council of Police
Lakeville police car allegedly stolen, used in attempted robbery before found sunk in river
04/02/14 - South Metro MN Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14
Farmington man charged with felony theft A Farmington man has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing a new, unused Lakeville-owned vehicle that was later recovered from a river in Eagan.
Bills honor 2 fallen Minnesota heroes with memorial highways
04/02/14 - South Metro MN Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14
Two Minnesota highways would soon be named after two of the state’s fallen heroes. The House unanimously passed two separate bills that will honor Nicholas Spehar, a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan, and North St. Paul police officer Richard Crittenden, who died while responding to a domestic dispute call, KARE 11 reports.
Oklahoma Peace Officers Memorial 2014
04/01/14 - Oklahoma State Fraternal Order of Police
Six Officers to be Added to State’s Law Enforcement Memorial Six law enforcement officers who died in the line-of-duty in Oklahoma will be dedicated on the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial located on the west grounds of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Headquarters, 3600 M. L.
Tether Unit
03/31/14 - Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
  See the attached article regarding an update on the tether unit.
Senate to Vote on Death Penalty Repeal Bill Thursday, April 17. Contact Senators Today and ask them to support law enforcement!
03/31/14 - New Hampshire Police Association
The Senate vote on the bill calling for the repeal of the death penalty in NH will be held: Thursday, April 17 2014. The time is unknown as the Senate will be in session all day and could take up the matter at any time. You can listen to the session live via the following link: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/Media/Session_Media.aspx. There is still time to contact those senators who may be on the fence. Senators Woodburn, Prescott and Odell have not committed either way at this point. E-mail/call them now!
Law Enforcement Appreciation and Prayer Day (Greater Grace Temple)
03/31/14 - Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
Contract Negotiations Update
03/29/14 - KCPOG
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Job Opportunity
03/27/14 - Connecticut State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police
Seasonal Help Wanted Lake Lillinonah Authority is seeking new Patrol Officers Boating experience and License required Must have current law enforcement certifications (POST) Season starts in May and runs thru September Plenty of hours are available.
Training Opportunity
03/27/14 - Connecticut State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police
Law Enforcement Active Diffusion Strategies (LEADS) May 22, 2014 @ the University of Hartford The Hartford Police Department is sponsoring this course in partnership with the University of Hartford.  This class focuses on communication skills needed to effectively manage confrontations.
Your Mental Health & Wellness
03/27/14 - Connecticut State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police
For 29 years I lived a fairy tale life. I was married to my best friend and husband, Paul. We began dating when we were 17 years old and were married at age 22. We had two wonderful sons, Jared and Benjamin and a precious dog named Frosty. We had no money problems, no family issues; we didn’t smoke, drink or gamble; we laughed and loved each other; we took family vacations and enjoyed each other’s company. Life was great. Then, on March 12, 2013, my fairy tale life ended. My husband of 34 years died by suicide. Suicide; it’s a terrible ugly and taboo word, especially when it happens to an LEO. How could this happen to someone like Paul? You may also be asking why I’m sharing this personal story with the world. My sons and I are not ashamed or embarrassed by Paul’s story. It’s a story that is real and can happen to the best LEO’s. Does the life I describe sound like someone who would take their own life? It’s time to break the silence. Paul was an East Hartford Connecticut Police Officer for almost 24 years. He was a well-respected and dedicated officer. He was a friend to all. During his years of service he received a meritorious service citation, lifesaving citation, and many commendations. He was also awarded “East Hartford Police Officer of the Year” in 2008. He spent most of his career was in patrol, working midnights. He was the kind of police officer that you would want to be stopped by. He made friends with the bad guys; they often asked for him. As with all LEO’s, he saw the worst things in the world such as car accidents, drunk drivers, dead people, dead babies, murder/suicides, and even watched a teenager who was stabbed die in his arms. He also lost a fellow officer, Brain Aselton, who died in the line of duty. When Paul started his career he had perfect health. Paul suffered from some depression and anxiety but nothing that could not be helped through his family practitioner with medication. He also suffered many health ailments incurred after many years on the job – hypertension, lower back problems, sleep apnea, etc. During the fall of 2012, the job that Paul had inside the department as desk/fleet/scheduling/court officer was becoming too stressful. Paul reached out to administration by writing a letter about the position and how difficult the job was becoming as responsibilities were continually added. He asked for a change in his work schedule and said “…I am willing to work with anyone to make this position more reasonable.” He asked “If this position can’t be modified per my request I would like to be permitted to return to patrol for next year’s bid which starts on February 2, 2013.” No one responded. Without his knowledge, while away on vacation in September, his position was posted and shortly after Paul returned to midnight shift on patrol. Still, no one from administration spoke to him about the position and the stress he was feeling. During the fall of 2012, I watched as my husband struggled with depression and anxiety. Paul needed help. Without knowing where to turn or what to do, he called Employee Assistance Program and made an appointment with a psychiatrist. He was given a meditation handbook and referred to a nurse practitioner who would handle his medication. This psychiatrist knew nothing about LEO’s. Paul never went back. Paul continued to struggle. He was sleeping more, losing weight, and beginning to feel like a failure. He felt ashamed; he was supposed to be this strong police officer and yet here he was struggling. He told me “I have everything a man dreams of, why do I feel this way?” In December 2012/January 2013 he began to see a new psychiatrist and was actively taking medication. He was diagnosed with Panic Disorder/PTSD related to the job. January 2013 – While working midnight shift, Paul responded to a chaotic scene, an apartment fire where babies were being thrown from the windows and people were jumping. He was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. He told me “It was like 9/11; people and kids were everywhere screaming. I can’t do this job anymore.” February 2013 – Paul took one month off from work. There were some good days where he “looked” OK. On other days, he talked about work and how stressed he was and that he couldn’t do the job anymore and it was killing him inside. We talked about the possibility of retirement, disability, and quitting. Retirement was so close (July 2014) but yet so far away from Paul. He wouldn’t let me take him to the hospital because he was embarrassed that people may know him there and he feared he would lose his job. March 2013 – A permanent position was made inside the department for Paul and he returned to work. On March 12, 2013 Paul died by suicide at the East Hartford Police Department. Paul left two notes, one at the police department and one found at home. He said “….make my death an issue so you can get help for other people like me.” “I wish I could tell people that every time I think of work I get stressed out and anxious but if I told them I was suicidal I would be out of a job.” This is why my sons and I are on a mission. We need to help others and make changes in the way law enforcement looks at depression/anxiety/panic disorder/PTSD. The stress of the job is real and it exists. Suicide is not an act of cowardice but one of extreme stress and a measure of last resort to end the pain and suffering. One cannot “snap out of it” and the best way to stop suicide is to destroy the current culture where police officers cannot admit they are human. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. There needs to be more training and peer support. Administration needs to understand the stressors that each officer faces. EAP didn’t work for Paul. I hope that you will help me fufill my husband’s last wish which was to make his death an issue and help others. Please take the time to view the personal video of Paul’s story. My husband, who was this kind, caring, and loving person truly bore the pain of those he protected and served. The video can be viewed on Youtube “Breaking the Silence of Police Suicide”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyVQMH-Pfws Please, also, take a few minutes to view the movie trailer on Code 9 Officer Needs Assistance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO01Qeg15KU It is a film that is being produced to help law enforcement officers survive the rigors of their stressful careers. It explores the darker side of law enforcement. It is powerful and real. Let’s work together to break the silence. Trish Buchanan is the widow of East Hartford, Connecticut Police Officer Paul S. Buchanan Badge Number 208 who died by suicide on March 12, 2013. She seeks to bring light to the subject of police suicide by talking about it. Trisha is an executive assistant in a Hartford Connecticut suburb and the proud mother of two sons. Her current passion is working to establish a 5-K First Responder run in Officer Buchanan’s memory. Trish’s strong faith has sustained her through this terrible time in her life. You may reach her at trishbuchanan208@yahoo.com If you, a loved one, a subordinate, or a colleague is experiencing problems like Officer Buchanan, help is available 24 hours per day at Safe Call Now 206 459 3020. Safe Call Now is not EAP. By Washington State law, information shared with Safe Call Now cannot be obtained by law enforcement agencies no matter where you call from. - See more at: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/03/27/preventing-police-suicide-a-police-wife-breaks-the-silence/#sthash.jPsaMitU.ElhQsZp8.dpuf
The April 2014 Gendarme
03/26/14 - Saint Louis Police Officers Association
The April 2014 edition of The Gendarme is available online now.
President's Update
03/26/14 - Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
    Please read the attached copy of the Presidents update.   Cpl.
Your help is needed! State Legislative Committee Hearing & Vote Upcoming on Colorado FOP’s PTSD bill.
03/26/14 - Longmont Fraternal Order of Police
As each of you reading this is probably aware, Workers’ Comp Coverage for law enforcement officers who develop work related PTSD does not exist in Colorado.  As a result officers who develop this occupational disease are currently not covered or protected under law.  Legislation addressing this serious matter is long overdue.
Excellent Training Opportunity in Owasso
03/26/14 - Oklahoma State Fraternal Order of Police
Weingarten & Garrity Rights Under a Collective Bargaining Agreement How to represent your members effectively in disciplinary or investigatory situations.
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