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Two Rivers joins PSOAA for added benefits
Oregon AFSCME Corrections
1st Annual Motorcycle Run / 2nd Annual Car & Bike Show
POSPD Officer's Bargaining Unit (affiliated with IBT - Local 117)
Security Unit reaches long awaited contract TA
Oregon AFSCME Corrections
Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Severson Passes Away
South Metro MN Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14
National Public Safety Telecommunications week!
El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
Funeral Services for Officer Alex Guerra
El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
 
     
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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
Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Severson Passes Away
04/15/14 - South Metro MN Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14
Today, we say goodbye to a true warrior. In April of 1991, Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Severson was called to assist the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office in a search for an armed gunman. Robert Reineccius, 25, was wanted in connecti...on with the shooting of a man in Branch, Minnesota the previous day.
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.
Welcome!
04/11/14 - Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs
For more than 50 years the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs has been committed to supporting those who have dedicated their careers to protect and serve our communities as Law Enforcement Officers; providing legislative representation, insurance products, and professional support.
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.
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
Needham 9/11 memorial committee plans First Responders Party
04/03/14 - Needham Police Union
The Needham 9/11 Memorial Committee announces that Needham Bank has become the lead sponsor of the upcoming First Responders Party.
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
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.
Colorado FOP PTSD Bill 14-1343 Has Been Laid Over An Additional Week Until April 16th
03/26/14 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
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.
8th Annual David M. Petzold Memorial Golf Tournament
03/26/14 - FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE
Hello Everyone!    The 8th Annual David M. Petzold Memorial Golf Tournament will be on Friday May 16, 2014 at Wedgewood Golf Course, 4875 Limeport Pike, Coopersburg, PA 18036.  Registration begins at 7 am with a shotgun start at 7:30 am. It is a four-man scramble with 54 team openings available. The entry fee is $75.00 per person.
SRCI Vice President Flores lost in boating accident; donations sought for family
03/25/14 - Oregon AFSCME Corrections
Two Local 3940 co-workers survive; donations can be made at any U.S. Bank branch
Membership Meeting Agenda
03/24/14 - Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
  Attached is the agenda for the membership meeting on the 26th at 1700 hours.
9/11 Flag on display at St. Anselm College
03/24/14 - New Hampshire Police Association
Greetings!  We would like to make you aware of a special opportunity and encourage you to share this information with police officers, families, friends and colleagues.  The National 9/11 Flag, one of the largest American flags to fly above the wreckage at Ground Zero, will be on display at Saint Anselm College.
9/11 Flag on display at St. Anselm College
03/24/14 - New Hampshire Police Association
Greetings!  We would like to make you aware of a special opportunity and encourage you to share this information with police officers, families, friends and colleagues.  The National 9/11 Flag, one of the largest American flags to fly above the wreckage at Ground Zero, will be on display at Saint Anselm College.
9/11 Flag on display at St. Anselm College
03/24/14 - New Hampshire Police Association
Greetings!  We would like to make you aware of a special opportunity and encourage you to share this information with police officers, families, friends and colleagues.  The National 9/11 Flag, one of the largest American flags to fly above the wreckage at Ground Zero, will be on display at Saint Anselm College.
2014 Scholarship Applications
03/24/14 - KCPOG
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AFSCME endorses John Turner to replacing retiring Rep. Bob Jenson
03/21/14 - Oregon AFSCME Corrections
House District 58 is a 'priority race' for the union in the May primary election
EPMPOA Supports Emma Acosta
03/21/14 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association along with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Officers Association, El Paso Fire-Fighters Association Local 51, and El Paso AFSCME Local 59, cordially invite you to join a large host committee of friends and supporters in opposing the recall attempt against City Representative, District 3, Emma Acosta.
Officer Brian Walsh
03/20/14 - Federal Way Police Officers Guild
Friday, March 21, 2014 marks the fourth anniversary of Officer Brian Walsh's line of duty death.  Please take time to remember the ultimate sacrifice Brian made while serving our community. Please keep Brian, Vanessa, and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
Caliber Press Cell Block Survival Course
03/20/14 - Deputy Sheriff's Association of Bexar County
CLEAT will be hosting a Cell Block Survival course on Thursday July 10, 2014 here in San Antonio. It is free to DSABC members and will be facilitated at the UT Health Science Center (AT&T Conference Room) located at 15355 Lambda Drive San Antonio, Texas 78245 from 8:00am-4:00pm. If interested contact Chris Jones at 1(512) 495-9111 or chris.jones@cleat.org
New Hampshire Should Retain the Death Penalty
03/19/14 - New Hampshire Police Association
New Hampshire Should Retain the Death Penalty We felt compelled to respond to the 9 March letter from 16 Nashua-area representatives calling for the repeal of the death penalty in NH.  While we understand that some people may oppose the death penalty for personal and moral reasons, that does not give those people license to misrepresent information related to this controversial subject.
Firearms at Comerica Park
03/19/14 - Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
  Please see attached policy regarding law enforcement entering Comerica Park with a firearm.
Membership Meeting
03/18/14 - Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
  Please see attached memo regarding the March membership meeting.
Officers' Body Cameras Raise Privacy Concerns
03/17/14 - Spokane Police Guild
LOS ANGELES (AP) –  Officers at thousands of law enforcement agencies are wearing tiny cameras to record their interactions with the public, but in many cases the devices are being rolled out faster than departments are able to create policies to govern their use.
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