Events

Important Information Regarding Tax Free Deductions From Retiree Plans For Health Care Payments {0}

DPLSA Update, Information regarding 3000 dollar tax free from an Individuals retirement plans to used by retirees for health care payments. During the DPLSA Board of Directors Meeting Wednesday, February 3, 2015, I Informed the Board of Directors of the information regarding HELPS. I am working on obtaining further information regarding this benefit along with other benefits that will assist active and retirees and I will be forwarding them to you. Through the National Association of Police Organization and our local efforts we are working on improvements and options.

Here is the preliminary information for HELPS, I plan on forwarding you further updates!

DPLSA

What is HELPS?

Health Care Enhancements for Local Public Safety Officers

HELPS is a new retiree health care benefit that provides a tax-free distribution of

up to $3,000 from retirement plans to help retirees pay for health insurance or

long-term care insurance. The funds can be for coverage for the retiree, spouse

or dependents. The distribution must be made directly from the retirement plan to

the insurance provider.

Why should I take the time to get this benefit?

A large number of retired fire fighters have to pay for their health insurance. As

an active employee, they were able to pay their premiums or health care costs

with pre-tax dollars. HELPS extends this pre-tax benefit into retirement (for up to

$3,000). It could be an annual tax savings of around $750.

Who is eligible for HELPS?

If you are a retired fire fighter, law enforcement officer, chaplain, or member of a

rescue squad or ambulance crew, you are eligible for HELPS.

Is my plan eligible for this?

Eligible retirement plans include qualified defined benefit pension plans, section

403(a) plans, section 403(b) annuities and section 457(b) deferred compensation

plans.

How do I get started? What exactly happens with the money?

If you are a retired public safety officer, you can contact your retirement plan

administrator, who will set up a transfer to send the funds directly to the health

plan. You can use the sample 1040 form found at www.iaff.org/helps to report

this tax break. The IAFF advises members to consult with their retirement plan

administrator and accountant or tax preparer to ensure the proper execution and

reporting to the IRS of the HELPS benefit.

What if my retirement plan doesn’t want to participate in HELPS?

Retirement systems do not have to make any formal decision to participate or not

participate in HELPS. They do, however, have to agree to send payments

directly to your health insurance provider in order for you to take advantage of

the HELPS tax deduction. As long as you receive a statement from your

retirement plan stating how much money went directly to your health insurance

provider, you are eligible for the tax deduction.

Where can I find more information?

If you have more questions, visit www.iaff.org/helps or consult a tax accountant.

You can also visit the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement

Systems website at www.ncpers.org, which provides further information on the

benefit.

Important! Please unsure your accurate and current information is on file! {0}

Members,

Members need to review and if necessary revise your beneficiaries along with other pertinent information immediately! Members should do so by contacting the DPLSA, Pension, City of Detroit Human Resources, Detroit Police Human Resources, Benefit and Protective, Members Command along with any other involved entities.

Many members have not updated their information and since then several status changes may have occurred such as a death, divorce, moved or dependent changes! Updating your information is extremely important for many reasons!

So please update your status immediately if any changes has occured it only takes a few a minutes, some of the entities will even mail you out the update cards.

DPLSA

DPLSA First Responders Night at the Palace of Auburn Hills, The Detroit Pistons vs the New York Knicks, Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. {0}

DPLSA First Responders Night at the Palace of Auburn Hills, The Detroit Pistons vs the New York Knicks, Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7 p.m.

The Cost for the Club 300 Suite is $65.00 per person. The Final date to buy tickets is tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the DPLSA Office.

 

There are 5 seats left on the Buses that will be first come first served at a cost of $20 a seat.

Members riding the buses must arrive at Public Safety Headquarters by 5 p.m. (secured parking). For those who are utilizing the buses they will leave promptly at 530 p.m! Game starts at 7 p.m!

If you have any questions regarding the buses please call Detective Rutledge at (313) 525-5360.

DPLSA

Important – COPS TRUST Medical Cards {0}

U. S. Health and Life / COPS Trust Health Insurance Members,
On Monday, February 1, 2016, during the regularly scheduled COPS Trust Board Meeting several issues and concerns were addressed regarding members who elected the COPS Trust Health Care. The main concern was the fact that some members received other members health care cards. COPS trust stated the error occurred due to a corrupt file and as a result will be issuing new cards to the affected members. COPS Trust will be issuing new cards by Monday, February 8, 2016, to the affected members. The Old COPS Trust cards we no longer be effective as of Monday, February 8, 2016, to avoid any problems.
We understand that this may create an issue for the affected members because you will have to inform your Doctor or Pharmacy of your new COPS Trust information. If you have any questions or concerns, it is also unclear at this time whether all members will be receiving new cards or only the affected members so please call U. S. Health and Life / COPS Trust at 1-800 – 225- 9674.
I strongly urge all members to call COPS Trust to address any concerns before the February 8, 2016 date to ensure no interruption in receiving prescriptions on health care.
As always if we receive any further information we will keep you informed!
DPLSA

 

2016 DPLSA Shift and Summer Furlough Draw {0}

2016 DPLSA Shift and Summer Furlough Draw

Pursuant to the 2014 – 2019 (2020) Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Master Agreement the following dates for Shift Draw and Furlough Selection

Article 22 (G), Re-bidding,

SHIFT DRAW

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Article 38 (A) Vacation and Selection,

FURLOUGH DRAW

Summer

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Detroit Lieutenants and Sergeants Association (DPLSA) Summer Furlough March 20, 2016 {0}

TELETYPE #16-0072 2016 SUMMER FURLOUGH DRAW

Pursuant to current collective bargaining agreements, the furlough drawings for the 2016 summer furlough periods will be held on the following dates:

Detroit Lieutenants and Sergeants Association (DPLSA) drawing – March 20, 2016

Summer furlough periods will be as follows:
1. April 11, 2016……………………….April 20, 2016
2. April 25, 2016……………………….May 4, 2016
3. May 9, 2016……………………..….May 18, 2016
4. May 23, 2016……………….………June 2, 2016 (Holiday-May 30th)
5. June 6, 2016…………………….….June 15, 2016
6. June 20, 2016………………………June 29, 2016
7. July 4, 2016…………………………July 14, 2016 (Holiday-July 4th )
8. July 18, 2016………………..…..….July 27, 2016
9. August 1, 2016……………….….….August 10, 2016
10. August 15, 2016…………………….August 24, 2016
11. August 29, 2016…………………….September 8, 2016 (Holiday-Sept 5th)
12. September 12, 2016…………………September 21, 2016
13. September 26, 2016………………..October 5, 2016

Improved Deferred Compensation (457 B) Plan Options {0}

DPLSA Members,
The DPLSA Leadership has fought for and championed the ability for members to be afforded the opportunity to be able to increase and decrease their Deferred Compensation contributions without an open enrollment period.
Working with the City they have agreed to allow members to elect to make changes throughout the year. The Member can make the elections to increase or decrease their Deferred Compensation (457 B) Plan by going to room 332 on the 3rd Floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building. Ms. Olga Johnson is the individual that will be processing the elections. Once you make the elections it will be reflected within (30) days under normal circumstances.
The City will be forwarding additional correspondence in the very near future regarding this important issue but members can make their elections immediately by following the instructions listed above. Once again we will keep you informed regarding this and any other matters that affect the membership!
DPLSA

ReliaStar Life Insurance rate increase for the Active Membership {0}

Dear DPLSA Membership,

In mid-2015, the Executive Board was notified by ReliaStar Life Insurance that a rate increase would occur in early 2016.  The increase was due to the number of death claims submitted during 2014 and early 2015.  This information was relayed to the delegates and the entire membership as well.

Yesterday afternoon, we received the rate increase from ReliaStar which represents a 67% increase bi-weekly.

Below is the breakdown of the new rates that will be reflected on the February 5, 2016 pay:

40700-Single rate was $14.68.  New rate is 24.52, bi-weekly (an increase of $9.84)

40702-Family rate was $19.68.  New Rate is 32.82, bi-weekly (increase of $ 13.17)

The coverage remains the same at $50,000.

Also if there is any member of the DPLSA who did not elect the Reliastar Insurance and wishes to do so now they must do so by Tuesday, January 19, 2016, for this one time election. Normally Reliastar only allows you a one time election and that is once you get promoted. We have requested this additional election on behalf of the DPLSA due out of concerns for the Membership!

As always If you have any questions or concerns as always please feel free to contact us at (313) 961-5699.

DPLSA

Implementation of DPLSA Ratified Agreement {0}

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  Implementation of DPOA, DPLSA and DPCOA Labor Agreement                                                      Provisions

The following is information and instructions with respect to new labor agreement provisions for DPOA, DPLSA and DPCOA.  Please note the following does not cover all newly enacted provisions, but rather only those listed below.

 

DPOA

 

Article 33. Recall Pay and Standby Time Compensation, Subsection B. Standby Time

 

Standby time will be compensated at the following rate:  one (1) hour of straight time earned for every eight (8) hours of standby time.  For the one (1) hour of straight time the member shall have the option of pay or compensatory time.  The member must be scheduled and available for a minimum of eight (8) hours stand by time.

 

Scheduling of standby time is determined by departmental procedures.  Policy is forthcoming that will further define commands where members will be eligible for stand by time, as well as scheduling procedures.

 

Article 39. Miscellaneous, Subsection L. Tuition Reimbursement

 

Members must meet eligibility requirements as defined in the labor agreement.  Additionally, members must be full time and active at the time of payment.

 

Eligible members are allowed tuition reimbursement of a maximum of $2000 per fiscal year.  Course completion dates as defined by the college or university will determine the fiscal year in which courses are eligible for reimbursement.  Costs for tuition and registration fees are eligible for reimbursement.  Course books, lab fees or other costs are not eligible.

 

Any course taken in pursuit of a college degree as defined in the labor agreement is eligible, if the college or university is accredited by an accreditation agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

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To request tuition reimbursement, the member must complete a Tuition Reimbursement Application Form (9416-P), and submit to Police Personnel, 6th Floor DPSH, no later than 45 days subsequent to the course ending date.  An official transcript or grade report (which shows a grade of “C” or better, or “pass” for pass/fail courses), and proof of payment must be submitted with the reimbursement application.  Form 9416-P is posted on the DPD intranet home page.

 

Police Personnel, in conjunction with Police Fiscal with process all eligible reimbursement applications.

 

Official DPD policy is forthcoming for tuition reimbursement.

 

Article 39. Miscellaneous, Subsection M. Employee Referral Incentive

 

Members shall receive at $250 incentive payment for each individual applicant that the member refers for employment.  For police recruit referrals, members shall be eligible for the payment if the applicant is hired.  For other essential DPD positions, criteria will be defined by the Director of Police Personnel in conjunction with the Chief of Police, and advertised at the time of recruitment.

 

Members interested in referring an applicant must submit the Employee Referral Form (9417-P) to the Recruiting Unit.  The form is posted on the DPD intranet home page.

 

Please note that at no time will members be informed of any information relative to the disqualification of an applicant, nor specific information of the status of an applicant currently in process.  This information is considered confidential and will not be shared.

 

Police Personnel, in conjunction with Police Fiscal with process all eligible employee referral payments.

 

Official DPD policy is forthcoming for the Employee Referral Incentive Program.

 

Article 40. Wages, Subsection C. Education Salary Incentive:

 

Those eligible for the Education Salary Incentive as defined in the Labor Agreement shall submit their official college/university transcript(s) to Police Personnel on or before January 29, 2016.  Members whose transcript(s) are received after January 29, 2016 will have their payments processed subsequent to all other payments as defined by the time line below.  Transcripts previously submitted during the 2015 Sergeant’s and Lieutenant’s examination need not be resubmitted.  However, any member who retrieved their transcripts from Police Personnel, will be required to resubmit.

 

 

The completion of two (2) years of college is required for eligibility and will be defined as completion of sixty (60) semester hours, ninety (90) quarter hours, or the attainment of an Associate’s Degree.

The following is a projected time line for payment of the Education Incentive.  Dates of payment are subject to change depending payroll system processing.

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Official Transcripts Due to Police Personnel                          January 29, 2016

2% Rate Increase Seen on Pay Check                                                 February 19, 2016

Retro Payments Paid                                                                                March 18, 2016

 

 

DPLSA

Article 45. Recall Pay and Standby Time Compensation, Subsection B. Standby Time

 

Standby time will be compensated at the following rate:  one (1) hour of straight time earned for every eight (8) hours of standby time.  For the one (1) hour of straight time the member shall have the option of pay or compensatory time.  The member must be scheduled and available for a minimum of eight (8) hours stand by time.

 

Scheduling of standby time is determined by departmental procedures.  Policy is forthcoming that will further define commands where members will be eligible for stand by time, as well as scheduling procedures.

 

Article 17. Miscellaneous Items, Subsection O. Tuition Reimbursement

Members must meet eligibility requirements as defined in the labor agreement.  Additionally, members must be full time and active at the time of payment.

 

Eligible members are allowed tuition reimbursement of a maximum of $2000 per fiscal year.  Course completion dates as defined by the college or university will determine the fiscal year in which courses are eligible for reimbursement.  Costs for tuition and registration fees are eligible for reimbursement.  Course books, lab fees or other costs are not eligible.

 

Any course taken in pursuit of a college degree as defined in the labor agreement is eligible, if the college or university is accredited by an accreditation agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

To request tuition reimbursement, the member must complete a Tuition Reimbursement Application Form (9416-P), and submit to Police Personnel, 6th Floor DPSH, no later than 45 days subsequent to the course ending date.  An official transcript or grade report (which shows a grade of “C” or better, or “pass” for pass/fail courses), and proof of payment must be submitted with the reimbursement application.  Form 9416-P is posted on the DPD intranet home page.

 

Police Personnel, in conjunction with Police Fiscal with process all eligible reimbursement applications.

 

Official DPD policy is forthcoming for tuition reimbursement.

 

Article 17. Miscellaneous, Subsection P. Employee Referral Incentive

 

Members shall receive at $250 incentive payment for each individual applicant that the member refers for employment.  For police recruit referrals, members shall only be eligible for the

 

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payment if the applicant is hired.  For other essential DPD positions, criteria will be defined by the Director of Police Personnel in conjunction with the Chief of Police, and advertised at the time of recruitment.

 

Members interested in referring an applicant must submit the Employee Referral Form (9417-P) to the Recruiting Unit.  The form is posted on the DPD intranet home page.

 

Please note that at no time will members be informed of any information relative to the disqualification of an applicant, nor specific information of the status of an applicant currently in process.  This information is considered confidential and will not be shared.

 

Police Personnel, in conjunction with Police Fiscal with process all eligible employee referral payments.

 

Official DPD policy is forthcoming for the Employee Referral Incentive Program.

 

Article 49. Wages and Differential, Subsection C. Education Salary Incentive:

 

Those eligible for the Education Salary Incentive as defined in the Labor Agreement shall submit their official college/university transcript(s) to Police Personnel on or before January 29, 2016.  Members whose transcript(s) are received after January 29, 2016 will have their payments processed subsequent to all other payments as defined by the time line below.  Transcripts previously submitted during the 2015 Sergeant’s and Lieutenant’s examination need not be resubmitted.  However, any member who retrieved their transcripts from Police Personnel, will be required to resubmit. 

 

The completion of four (4) years of college is required for eligibility and will be defined as completion of one-hundred-twenty (120) semester hours, one-hundred-eighty (180) quarter hours, or the attainment of a Bachelor’s Degree.

 

The following is a projected time line for payment of the Education Incentive.  Dates of payment are subject to change depending payroll system processing.

 

 

Official Transcripts Due to Police Personnel                          January 29, 2016

2% Rate Increase Seen on Pay Check                                                 February 19, 2016

Retro Payments Paid                                                                                March 18, 2016

 

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DPCOA

 

Article 27. Miscellaneous, Subsection H. Tuition Reimbursement

Members must meet eligibility requirements as defined in the labor agreement.  Additionally, members must be full time and active at the time of payment.

 

Eligible members are allowed tuition reimbursement of a maximum of $2000 per fiscal year.  Course completion dates as defined by the college or university will determine the fiscal year in which courses are eligible for reimbursement.  Costs for tuition and registration fees are eligible for reimbursement.  Course books, lab fees or other costs are not eligible.

 

Any course taken in pursuit of a college degree as defined in the labor agreement is eligible, if the college or university is accredited by an accreditation agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

To request tuition reimbursement, the member must complete a Tuition Reimbursement Application Form (9416-P), and submit to Police Personnel, 6th Floor DPSH, no later than 45 days subsequent to the course ending date.  An official transcript or grade report (which shows a grade of “C” or better, or “pass” for pass/fail courses), and proof of payment must be submitted with the reimbursement application.  Form 9416-P is posted on the DPD intranet home page.

 

Police Personnel, in conjunction with Police Fiscal with process all eligible reimbursement applications.

 

Official DPD policy is forthcoming for tuition reimbursement.

 

Article 27. Miscellaneous, Subsection I. Employee Referral Incentive

 

Members shall receive at $250 incentive payment for each individual applicant that the member refers for employment.  For police recruit referrals, members shall only be eligible for the payment if the applicant is hired.  For other essential DPD positions, criteria will be defined by the Director of Police Personnel in conjunction with the Chief of Police, and advertised at the time of recruitment.

 

Members interested in referring an applicant must submit the Employee Referral Form (9417-P) to the Recruiting Unit.  The form is posted on the DPD intranet home page.

 

Please note that at no time will members be informed of any information relative to the disqualification of an applicant, nor specific information of the status of an applicant currently in process.  This information is considered confidential and will not be shared.

 

Police Personnel, in conjunction with Police Fiscal with process all eligible employee referral payments.

 

Official DPD policy is forthcoming for the Employee Referral Incentive Program.

Detective Ceremony Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 1030 am {0}

ase be advised that the Appointment Ceremony for the following list of Detectives will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., during Comstat.  The ceremony will take place at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters, 1301 Third, Detroit, Michigan 48226, in the Michigan Room.

 

Detectives shall report at 10:00 a.m.  Dress code is business attire for Detectives.

 

The effective date of these appointments will be January 18, 2016.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Police Personnel at 313-596-2730.

PO Roland Brown

PO Tamara Conway

PO Terrance Washington

PO Melvin Allen

PO Devin Brown

PO Dennis Christie

PO Dejuan Pugh

PO Leon Berry