Events

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER CARRYING OF FIREARMS IN COMERICA PARK {0}

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER CARRYING OF FIREARMS IN COMERICA PARK
Starting this season, we have implemented additional requirements. Active off-duty and retired law enforcement officers who desire to carry their firearm into Comerica park must now sign a Terms of Service and Hold Harmless Agreement. By signing this agreement, an active off-duty or retired law enforcement officer acknowledges that they are aware of:
• Applicable Michigan statutes regarding the possession of a firearm and allowable blood alcohol content levels.
• That an active law enforcement officer is in compliance with their respective agency or departments rules, regulations, policies, and orders, as it relates to carrying a firearm off-duty.
• That although armed, in the event an off-duty active law enforcement officer or retiree witnesses a felony crime and decides to take action, that said action is being undertaken as a private citizen with no police authority. The exception to this is an off-duty law enforcement officer who is a member of the Michigan Department of State Police, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, or City of Detroit Police Department, who would otherwise have jurisdiction.
• That the Detroit Tigers, Inc. and Comerica Park are held harmless for any and all liability that may be caused by an off-duty or retired law enforcement officers’ actions while armed.

SUPREME COURT LETS STAND FAIR SHARE PAYMENTS TO UNIONS {0}

Huge Victory for the DPLSA and Unions Everywhere!
NAPO WASHINGTON REPORT FLASH
SUPREME COURT LETS STAND FAIR SHARE PAYMENTS TO UNIONS
In a huge win for NAPO today, the Supreme Court split 4-4 Tuesday on a challenge brought by public school teachers who objected to paying union dues, delivering a big win for the unions – in the first major case where the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s vote likely would have proved decisive.
The California teachers in the case had challenged a state law requiring non-union workers to pay “fair share” fees into the public-employee unions to cover collective bargaining costs.
The court, with its split decision, left in place a lower court ruling favoring the unions.
The result is an unlikely victory for organized labor after it seemed almost certain the high court would rule 5-4 to overturn a system in place nearly 40 years. The court is operating with only eight justices after the death of Scalia, who had been expected to rule against the unions.
The one-sentence opinion Tuesday does not set a national precedent and does not identify how each justice voted. It simply upholds a decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that applies to California and eight other Western states.
Since Supreme Court decisions are not final until they are handed down, nothing Scalia did or said in connection with the case before his death mattered to the outcome.
NAPO filed an amicus curiae or “friend of the Court” legal brief in this case, urging that the Court allow the Abood decision to stand. This is a big victory for NAPO and its affiliated groups!
A group of California teachers backed by a conservative group said being forced to pay union fees violated the free speech rights of nonmembers who disagree with the unions’ positions. They had urged the justices to overturn a nearly 40-year-old Supreme Court decision that allows the unions to collect the fees.
The high court had raised doubts about the viability of the 1977 precedent, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, but it stopped short of overturning it in two recent cases. In Abood, the court said public workers who choose not to join a union can be required to pay for bargaining costs if the fees don’t go toward political purposes.

Good Friday and Easter Sunday {0}

GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER SUNDAY
All five day operations have the option to work on Good Friday, March 25, 2016.
The following members are entitled to holiday excused / compensatory time for Good Friday:
*8 hours Holiday Excused – Civilian Employees
(Including Chief, Assistant Chief and Deputy Chiefs)
*8 hours Compensatory Time – DPCOA, DPLSA and DPOA members
EASTER SUNDAY
In addition, DPCOA, DPLSA and DPOA members are entitled to 8 hours of compensatory time for Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016.

 

NAPO Participates in the National Officer Safety and Wellness Group Meeting {0}

NAPO Participates in the National Officer
Safety and Wellness Group Meeting

On March 14th, NAPO participated in a meeting of the National Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group, which is comprised of state and local law enforcement organizations, research organizations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for its Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) program, and the COPS Office, Bureau of Justice Assistance and National Institute of Justice within the Department of Justice. The aim of the Group is to better understand and respond to the range of issues associated with improving officer safety and wellness.

Much of the meeting was focused on the new report from the COPS Office, Understanding Firearms Assaults against Law Enforcement Officers, which was produced by the OSW Group. The report addresses two primary safety concerns in law enforcement – injuries and deaths among officers and premeditated and unprovoked ambushes of officers. It examines the various risks thought to influence the use of deadly force against police officers in the United States.

The report looked at LEOKA data on reported assaults with a firearm against an officer between 2007 and 2011. 1,926 law enforcement agencies reported at least one assault during the five-year period. From among these agencies, there were 1,014 firearms assaults on officers with injuries, 10,149 firearms assaults against officers without injuries, and 148 deaths attributable to firearms assaults against officers.

In reviewing the report, the OSW Group noted that the report is limited in its understanding of the true impact of assaults against law enforcement because there is a lack of data on the assaults that resulted in injury or the attempted assaults where shots were fired, but missed the target. It is important to look at the overall picture of ambushes on officer to fully comprehend where, how and why officers are being targeted.

The OSW Group also discussed whether officer safety and wellness would be improved by departments instituting two person patrol units. NAPO has advocated for such a policy over the past year and has called on the COPS Office to prioritize for funding recipients who will institute a policy of two person units for all patrol shifts and patrol assignments. NAPO believes that federal funds earmarked for state and local police cannot be put to any better use than this immediate and practical way of ensuring greater officer safety and survivability in the face of an escalating war on police.

While putting two officers in each patrol car, on each beat, etc., will not prevent all attacks, as the assassination of Officers Ramos and Liu in New York City makes clear, it will deter many and thwart others that might still be attempted. COPS Office Director Ron Davis, who participated in the OSW Group meeting, stated that he supports doing further research as to the need for two person patrols, but said he could not put it as a requirement for agencies to receive COPS grants.

The OSW Group decided to move forward with supporting further research into the need for two person patrols. It would look at the costs and benefits, the impact on officer safety and psychological wellbeing, and where and in what circumstances two person patrols should be used.

NAPO will continue to participate in the National Officer Safety and Wellness Group and we look forward to seeing the results on the research on two person patrols. Rank and file officers must get the support and resources they need to protect themselves and the communities they serve.

NAPO Endorsed Bill Introduced to Repeal President’s Executive Order Limiting Military Surplus Equipment {0}

NAPO Endorsed Bill Introduced to Repeal President’s Executive Order Limiting Military Surplus Equipment

In a victory for NAPO and the law enforcement community, legislation was introduced on March 17th by Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA) that would repeal the President’s Executive Order limiting the use of military surplus equipment by state and local law enforcement. The Lifesaving Gear for Police Act (S. 2694), will overturn the Executive Order, prohibit the President from implementing new restrictions, and require the Administration to return equipment that it has recalled—at no expense to local police.

Programs like the Department of Defense’s (DOD) 1033 program and grant programs at the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security have been vital resources in allowing state and local law enforcement to acquire items used in search and rescue operations, disaster response, and active shooter situations that they otherwise would not be able to afford. This equipment has not led to the “militarization” of police, but rather has proven to be essential in protecting communities against violent criminals with increasing access to sophisticated weaponry, IEDs, body armor and sometimes even armored vehicles.

The limitations on military surplus equipment for state and local law enforcement are a result of Executive Order 13688 and the Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group that it created. On October 1, 2015, the recommendations of the Working Group went into effect and the Department of Defense is currently in the process of recalling lifesaving military surplus equipment from state and local law enforcement agencies. Not only are law enforcement across the country now scrambling to fill in the equipment gaps left behind, but they must also develop new training policies and expand their inventory reporting to include equipment previously outside of the Federal purview to ensure that they do not “misapply” the use of such equipment.

Given the unfortunately high number of mass shootings that have occurred in 2015 alone and the fact that state and local law enforcement are the first line of defense, it is improper that the Administration has questioned the appropriateness of state and local agencies acquiring such equipment for the protection of their communities. NAPO worked closely with Senator Toomey on the development of this legislation and we thank him for his leadership on this important issue.

NAPO is working to educate members of Congress on the importance of the 1033 program and similar programs and urging their support for the Lifesaving Gear for Police Act. We will work with Congress to ensure that state and local law enforcement have the resources they need to safely and effectively protect our communities.

Important Changes to the Retiree and Active ReliaStar Life Insurance through VOYA

Important Changes to the Retiree and Active ReliaStar Life Insurance through VOYA {0}

Important Changes to the Retiree and Active ReliaStar Life Insurance through VOYA

2016 Detroit Tigers Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, Monday, May 23, 2016 at Comerica Park

2016 Detroit Tigers Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, Monday, May 23, 2016 at Comerica Park {0}

Tiger Fans Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, Monday, May 23, 2016!

The Detroit Tigers and the Major League Baseball have teamed up with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to show our appreciation for the men and women of Michigan who serve as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, public safety and first responders. Your Detroit Tigers and the Memorial Fund invite you, your friends, family and the general public to join us on Monday, May 23, 2016 for the 5th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.

Discounted Ticket Packages start at just $32.00 and each ticket includes a limited edition Detroit Tigers Law Enforcement Challenge Coin and a $10.00 donation to the National Law Enforcement Museum:

Battle of the Badge First Responder Night, Friday, March 25, 2016 at the Palace of Auburn Hills

Battle of the Badge First Responder Night, Friday, March 25, 2016 at the Palace of Auburn Hills {0}

Battle of the Badge First Responder Night, Friday, March 25, 2016 at the Palace of Auburn Hills

2016 DPLSA Annual Golf Outing, Friday, July 8, 2016

2016 DPLSA Annual Golf Outing, Friday, July 8, 2016 {0}

2016 DPLSA Annual Golf Outing Registration Form
Friday, July 8, 2016
Registration starts at 7 am, Tee Off at 8 am
Woodside Meadows Club
20820 Inkster Road…
Romulus Michigan, 48174
Fee: $120.00
For more information please call (313)961-5699

Separation from Service {0}

TELETYPE #16-0197     SEPARATION FROM SERVICE

Members are reminded that upon separation from service with the Detroit Police Department, all

department issued equipment must be returned and a final clearance receipt obtained from the

Human Resources Bureau.  Members will not receive their final lump sum payment for entitled

banked time without notification that all department equipment has been returned.

All department members shall adhere to Detroit Police Manual Directive 401.9, Separation from Service, which outlines the policy and procedure for all separations as follows:

Directive 401.9-4.1 “Clearances”, states, in part, “Resigning/retiring members shall personally surrender all department issued equipment on or prior to their last working day.  The member shall receive a signed receipt from each location for surrendered equipment.”

Directive 401.9-42, “Final Pay Out”, states, in part, “After all equipment is accounted for, Police Personnel will conduct a brief interview with the resigning, retiring member.  Police Personnel will then prepare and convey to Police Payroll a memorandum authorizing them to release payment for all outstanding balances due to the separated member.”

Members who have questions regarding clearance receipts should contact Police Personnel at

(313) 596-2810Members with questions regarding final lump sum payments should contact

Police Payroll at (313) 870-2734.