Officers now liable?

In Baltimore, city officials have enacted policies that will put some cops on the hook for damages paid out in police-related lawsuits. As cities and counties are still struggling financially, officials in places with lots of lawsuits like Baltimore and Chicago will likely move to the new Baltimore model. This is obviously a massive story […]

Sheriffs and salaries

In New Jersey there are a lot of sheriff’s offices that are run by people that have different job descriptions and different salaries. From NJ.com: “Typically, sheriffs are retired law enforcement officers, whether police chiefs, detectives or undersheriffs. And the dynamic has led to an entirely legal but still controversial practice in which most — […]

Pension money stolen?

In Baltimore, a circuit judge has ruled that city officials violated their contract with many police officers, firefighters and retirees in 2010 when they made changes that have led to police and firefighters losing millions. In a major victory for police, Judge Julie R. Rubin that former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s overhaul of pension benefits “unlawfully […]

Man with a plan

Joseph Gamaldi has a lot of work ahead of him. Elected by a 9-1 margin in late October, Gamaldi is now the leader of the Houston Police Officers’ Union on Thursday at a crucial time for the Houston Police Department. The New York native, just 34 years-old, is a passionate defender of the rights of […]

And we’re out

In Texas, there has been a lot of well-publicized problems with the pension system in Dallas that has been blamed for the departure of a large number of police officers. Now it’s happening in Austin as well. Roughly two dozen Austin police officers have retired within the past week in response to the City Council […]

Money and power

There are certain people you’d naturally expect to be very happy about the likelihood of the US Supreme Court castrating the power of public sector unions like the ones many police officers pay dues to for representation. These would be billionaires, CEOs and politicians. Even the DOJ has submitted a bried asking the justices to […]

War of words

When you’re a cop and contract talks are coming up, you hope and pray that no one says or does anything to poison the well prior to negotiations. In Chicago, The Fraternal Order of Police and the city will sit down soon at the bargaining table to make a new deal. But based on complaints […]