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Improving Economy Hurts LE Recruitment

Improving Economy Hurts LE Recruitment

Improving Economy Is a Challenge to Law Enforcement Recruitment by ALADS Board of Directors A recent Wall Street Journal article entitled “Robust Job Growth, High Wages Show Solid Labor Market” should be a wake-up call for local governments looking to hire officers. A Desert Sun article titled “Where Have All the Cops Gone?” highlights the issues

Sin Tax Funding

Via WPDS Local 6 News: Mayfield, KY — The first of four liquor stores coming to Mayfield has opened, and the Mayfield Police Department is reaping the benefits.   A percent of the taxes paid by customers and license fees paid by the owners goes straight to the police department. Mayfield Police Chief Nathan Kent

Overtime to Skyrocket

Ed. note: President Trump said a lot of stuff on the campaign trail, including the following: “I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done.” Yet he’s been going to his country club in Florida almost every weekend. If this pattern holds course, it could mean massive OT for

Chief Makes What?

Via FOX News: The incoming police chief in Oakland will reportedly receive the largest base pay in the city’s history.   Incoming Chief Anne Kirkpatrick will earn a base salary of nearly $270,000.   SF Gate reported recently that with total compensation and benefits her salary could reach $299,675. The paper also reported that the

Pension Plans in Peril

Law enforcement people around the country are starting to panic that pensions they were counting on and are guaranteed by contract law are in serious jeopardy. For decades law enforcement people who took on one of the most difficult, stressful but important jobs in our society could be confident that after they retired they could

Officers Leaving in Droves

Via the NY Daily News: More NYPD cops are putting in their papers and retiring early according to the city’s largest police union.   Citing data from the New York City Police Pension Fund, officials with the PBA of New York City said 506 officers resigned from the 35,000-member force in 2016 — about a

Police Funding Questions

Ed. Note: President-elect Donald Trump enjoys a lot of political support in police circles. Unfortunately, those officers will be likely trying to “do more with less” if Trump cuts off federal funding to places the new administration considers “sanctuary cities.” Via Buzzfeed: Cops who viewed Donald Trump as their law-and-order ally could now lose essential funding

Carrots and Sticks

Via the New York Post: Most NYPD cops don’t want to wear body cameras — but they may soon get paid for their trouble.   In an effort to sweeten the pot in contract talks with the police union, City Hall is offering a 1 percent salary bump for officers forced to use the equipment,

Money in the Mattress

Via the Wall St. Journal: Dallas police and firefighters are withdrawing hundreds of millions from their retirement plan following a series of investment blunders, heightening the risk that a major U.S. pension fund could run out of money.   The revolt by members of the $2.27 billion Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund offers an

Trump Puts OT, Benefits On Chopping Block

Ed. note: We just saw this alarming (but not surprising) story in The Washington Post. This is similar to what Elaine Cho (Labor Secretary in the George W. Bush administration) tried to do—change the wording of the Fair Labor Standards Acts to sneak through a provision to limit overtime for police, teachers, firefighters etc. If the