Lafayette Civil Service Board Member Resigns In Flap Over Police Chief Qualifications

A member of the Lafayette Fire and Police Civil Service Board has resigned in the political fallout over the board’s decision last month to not relax a requirement that Lafayette’s next police chief have a four-year degree. University of Louisiana at Lafayette sociology professor Craig Forsyth, who has served on the board for six years,…

Sick Leave Abuse Or Low Staffing: What’s At The Root Of FD’s Overtime Costs

WATERTOWN, NY — City Council members say they are tired of firefighters calling in sick to work and driving up the cost of overtime expenses. Wondering whether some firefighters misuse sick time, council members expressed their concerns to the fire department brass during a work session on Monday night about the proposed $42 million budget….

Sick Leave Abuse Or Low Staffing: What’s At The Root Of FD’s Overtime Costs

WATERTOWN, NY — City Council members say they are tired of firefighters calling in sick to work and driving up the cost of overtime expenses. Wondering whether some firefighters misuse sick time, council members expressed their concerns to the fire department brass during a work session on Monday night about the proposed $42 million budget….

Firefighters’ Firing Prompts Protest In Port Chester

PORT CHESTER, NY – Monday’s surprise firing of eight paid firefighters in Port Chester prompted a rally and protest by about 200 firefighters, union members and the public. By a 5-1 vote, as reported earlier here by Daily Voice, Port Chester’s village board eliminated the paid fire department and 11 jobs. Three of the career…

Cleveland Fire Department’s Air Compressors Are Broken

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland fire department has no working air compressors to fill oxygen tanks on the backs of firefighters. All of the department’s air compressors have broken over the last year, forcing firefighters to drive the department’s air truck to Valley View every day to get enough air to fill the tanks, Tim…

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Phoenix Budget Battle: Body Cameras Or More Police?

Phoenix’s proposed budget includes $11.4 million to equip every patrol officer in the Police Department with a body-worn camera to track interactions with the public, from routine traffic stops to homicide investigations. But would that money be better spent hiring more officers or giving officers better pay and benefits? Or should the city try to…

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Pittsburgh Police Chief Apologizes To Officers For Lack Of Marathon Plans

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday said he has full confidence in his police chief despite department gaffes that triggered grousing among the ranks. Police Chief Cameron McLay in an email sent to officers blamed himself for forcing them to work overtime on short notice during Sunday’s Pittsburgh Marathon, calling it a product of poor…

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First Responders Want Law To Protect Them From ‘Frivolous’ Lawsuits

A group representing firefighters and municipalities hopes to revive a law that protects first responders from getting sued by people they try to help. The so-called “public duty rule” dates to the 1800s and provides firefighters and paramedics broad immunity from lawsuits stemming from their on-the-job actions. But earlier this year, a divided Illinois Supreme…

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This Study Found Race Matters In Police Shootings, But The Results May Surprise You

The conventional thinking about police-involved shootings, and some scientific research, has been that black suspects are more likely to be shot than white suspects because of an implicit racial bias among police officers. But now a new study has found exactly the opposite: even with white officers who do have racial biases, officers are three…

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This Study Found Race Matters In Police Shootings, But The Results May Surprise You

The conventional thinking about police-involved shootings, and some scientific research, has been that black suspects are more likely to be shot than white suspects because of an implicit racial bias among police officers. But now a new study has found exactly the opposite: even with white officers who do have racial biases, officers are three…

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