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Cops Use Video to Go for Pay Raise

Cops Use Video to Go for Pay Raise

Shreveport Police Pay Issue | No More Excuses from Shreveport POA on Vimeo. The Shreveport Police Officers Association is continuing to fight for pay raises for Shreveport officers. This time, they took to social media, releasing a video asking for “No Excuses.” The Shreveport police posted this video, requesting better leadership and pay raises for officers. The

Texas Cops Oppose Anti-Union Bill

Via the Texas Observer:   The Texas Senate passed a bill this week that appears to have driven a wedge between the Texas GOP and one of its key constituencies: law enforcement.   “The very livelihood I’ve chosen, it seems the Republican Party is coming after it, and I don’t understand why,” Scott Leeton, president

Double Billing Taxpayers

Via the Idaho Statesman: AUSTIN, Texas — Law enforcement agencies across Texas are rushing to secure additional funding after the state Department of Public Safety surprised them by announcing it will start charging for crime lab services.   Police chiefs and sheriffs said they weren’t expecting Thursday’s announcement that charges will be imposed starting Sept. 1.

Outsiders Clamor for Contract Changes

According to a report from CBS News, a coalition of community and legal groups is calling for changes in Chicago Police Union contracts. They say those contracts make it easier for misconduct to exist.Of particular concern is the contract provision that prohibits anonymous complaints of police conduct and requires sworn statements from victims. But Fraternal

That’s Just Sad

Ed. note: People probably don’t remember who Jeh Johnson is, but he’s the former United States Secretary of Homeland Security. The DHS continues to be a totally chaotic and massive bureaucracy in which no one really seems to know what they’re doing. For instance, DHS says there was no Russian hacking around the recent election.

Arbitration Challenges

Via The Miami Herald: Over the past three years, nine Miami police officers have been fired — accused of everything from unjustly shooting a suspect to sleeping on the job to firing a gun in a drunken rage while off-duty.   All but one of them have gotten their jobs back through an automatic review

New Budget Shortchanges Vets

Via Military Times: President Donald Trump’s “taxpayer focused” budget for fiscal 2018 includes smaller cost-of-living adjustments for veterans benefits payouts and eliminating those adjustments for some federal civilian retirees altogether.   The controversial suggestions are likely to be met with opposition from outside advocates and some lawmakers, but White House officials insist the moves are

Texas Moves to Save Police Pensions

Via A bill to save the Dallas police and fire pension fund passed by a unanimous vote in the Texas Senate Tuesday afternoon. The bill is expected to move the pension fund into solvency for 46 years, according to a release from Sen. Royce West’s office.   According to a report posted on,

FLSA Pay Ruling: Use Cash, Not Benefits

From our friends at the law firm Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC, in California: “On June 2, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal provided clarity with respect to the overtime compensation of employees who receive supplemental cash payments in lieu of employer-paid health benefits. As many employers have transitioned to flexible

You Mad, Bro?

Via the Pocono Record: Monroe County’s (PA) police and sheriff’s patrol officers are near the top of a new state list of comparative salaries, earning 25 percent more than its state counterparts.   The information is part of a massive database released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Development and Analysis Monday.