April 15, 2014

We’re in the NEWS again! The “High Crime Area” signs and banners have been noticed by the press, you can see more of the story here - http://www.nbcmiami.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Billboard-Claims-Hollywood-is-Murder-Capital-of-Broward/255268321

The billboard is located at 52nd and Pembroke


April 14, 2014

Press release -

CITY OF HOLLYWOOD HIGH CRIME AREA SIGNS ARE A CITIZENS’ PROTEST

Broward County, Fla. April 14, 2014 – All over the city of Hollywood, signs stating “City of Hollywood High Crime Area, Thanks Chief Fernandez!” have mysteriously appeared. They are visible in the front yards of homes, on a billboard, and even as a banner being towed by plane.

This recent public awareness campaign, while receiving the moral support of the BCPBA, has not received any donations or funding from the BCPBA. A group of retired Hollywood Police Officers is behind this effort.

“Vacancies in the Hollywood police department are at an all-time high, and morale is at an all-time low, due to the policies put in place by Chief Frank Fernandez and the City Government. Crime is going up because there simply are not enough trained officers to adequately patrol the city. After the City decided to change its salary and pension benefits, lowering salaries by over 18%, the City lost many of its best officers, and those who stayed on, as well as new officers have little faith in the City’s newest promises or the leadership of the Hollywood Police.” Stated BCPBA President Jeff Marano.

He continued… “What these retirees are doing is a last ditch desperate effort to save the City of Hollywood from descending even lower. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I think the City of Hollywood needs to re-evaluate its relationship with the brave men and women who are out on the streets protecting the citizens of Hollywood.”


April 11, 2014

Commentary – Capitol Report
By Matt Puckett, Executive Director

Please watch the following video discussion with PBA's Director of Research Ken Kopczynski on Local Pension Legislation.

This discussion is exclusively on municipal pension legislation (SB 246 and SAC 4).

Click here to watch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms6wDQV2SBg

If you have questions, please call Matt Puckett at 1-800-733-3722.


April 11, 2014

Commentary – Capitol Report
By Matt Puckett, Executive Director

Weekly Wrap Up: For the Week Ending April 11, 2014
Please watch the following video discussion with PBA's Director of Research Ken Kopczynski on this week's legislative activity.

1) FRS Proposals
2) House and Senate Budgets
3) Municipal Retirement
4) Old Capitol Monuments

Click here to watch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b93UYf6BbIc

Thanks to our membership from Dade County and FDLE for joining us in Tallahassee.


April 9, 2014

News Alert
Watch this NBC report to learn more about Florida Pensions - http://www.nbcnews.com/video/cnbc/54905621#54905621


April 4, 2014

Commentary – Capitol Report
By Matt Puckett, Executive Director

Weekly Wrap Up: For the Week Ending April 4, 2014

Please watch the following video discussion with PBA's Director of Research Ken Kopczynski on this week's legislative activity.

1) House releases a FRS Proposal - PCB SA 14-02

2) House and Senate Budgets

Click here to watch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i09NZast1wE

Thanks to our membership from Broward, Dade, Palm Beach and NW Florida PBA for joining us in Tallahassee.


March 28, 2014

Commentary – Mookie, is she talking about you?
by President Marano

The PBA was in receipt of an e-mail from CSR/KD to a citizen who complained about comments made about Major Sanchez. First before even speaking to the Major CSR assumes the citizen is telling the truth and apologizes for the comment. This is very typical of CSR and FF who firmly believe the agency is corrupt. If you read the attached e-mail she states the vast majority of officers have turned the page. One commissioner felt she should get her hearing and eyes checked as the manager continues to fail to see or hear the concerns or issues of the PBA membership.

We picked up several new sign locations in district one today and one of the big ticket items goes up the first week of April. This is a new message that City Hall will really enjoy.

One of the HPD message boards broadcasting "Highly Patrolled Area" was scheduled to be relocated this week. Unfortunately when the member backed up the truck to move trailer he was unable to do so as the trailer hitch had been stolen. NOT so heavily patrolled I guess.

If anyone who has accepted the fact that on 9/13/11 the Commission and Manager took your pay, gutted your pension, and brought in the Boy King to convince you to turn the page please feel free to let the PBA know so we can count you out and add your name to the managers list of the vast majority.

A copy of the e-mail is below...

HPD still has the highest vacancy ratio.
(See the chart on the bottom of this post.)
From: Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:30 PM
To: XXX
Cc: XXX
Subject: RE: Major Sanchez's comment about City Politicians is disturbing

Hi Mr. Sutton. I am catching up on emails and appreciated yours sent bright and early this morning. I appreciate your suggestion that we summarize and circulate the points raised in New Horizons for the benefit of our employees. In fact, I am copying XXX to ask that she include the New Horizons on our employee intranet page to assist in the dissemination of information. As for Major Sanchez’ comments, while clumsy, I don’t think he intended any disrespect but I apologize for how it came out. I believe the vast majority of the Police Officers have turned the page to progress, including Major Sanchez. I am glad you like the CCTV program and we look forward to setting it up city-wide once the pilot has been tested and proves fully operational. (We learned what South Florida’s heat and humidity can do to technology in the past so we don’t want to repeat history.) Thanks again, Cathy

From: XXX
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:18 AM
To: XXX
Cc: XXX
Subject: Major Sanchez's comment about City Politicians is disturbing

I wrote an e-mail last week inquiring about the use of the CCTV's and other public safety programs being experimented within the city to deter crimes. Make no mistake that I support such actions as I have personally being a victim two times in the past 2 years with vandalism to my property.

Having said that, it is disturbing that there is an attitude in the police force that still exists between the police force and our city administrators that does nothing to help the city or reduce the friction between the two elements. Comments were made yesterday in response to my earlier inquiry about the CCTV and other programs by Major Sanchez that give cause for concern that friction is still rampant between the city and our police force. Statements were made that "I don't pay attention to what the politicians say or do”. The statement was made in reference to the Mayor's and City Manager's article in the New Horizon's newsletter. Not only should attention be given to what our mayor, city manager and commissioners are saying but without a doubt all city employees should be fully aware of what is being said, planned and initiated by the city administrators. The statement by the Major is disturbing in the sense that there is still an attitude that I will go my own way and do what I want to do without regard to the wishes or opinions of the administrators.

Did this comment reflect the still existing problems between the City administrators and the police union? Is it the same continuing problem that we discussed a year and half ago when my car was vandalized and the officer stated that the police can only do so much because they received an 18% pay cut?

I had hoped that the problems between the police union and the city administrators had been resolved to the acceptance of both parties but this latest dialogue does not give me any vote of confidence that a peaceful resolution has been reached.

I am writing this e-mail in hopes that these issues can be quickly addressed and resolved so that all residents can have confidence in our police force and that they will in the future give 100% to ensure the safety of it residents.

I look forward to your response noting any corrective action that is taken to prevent a recurrence.


City Sworn - Vacancies - Vacancy Factors


Coconut Creek - 94 -1 - 0.94
Pembroke Pines 231 - 6 - 2.6
Davie PD 184 - 7 - 3.8
Hallandale 99 - 0 - 0
Ft. Lauderdale 572 - 14 - 2.73
BSO 1196 9 - 0 - .753
Hollywood 314 - 15 - 4.78

*Hollywood continues to maintain the 20 frozen positions 334 in the FY 2014-15 budget.

*BSO has 22 certified reserve officers slotted for those 9 vacancies.


 

 

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March 26, 2014

News from the Florida PBA

Quotas~Performance Evaluations

The Florida PBA has received statewide news coverage of our efforts to remove what we deem to be quotas from the new SMART evaluations. Please click below to watch the news coverage.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NVCw9NHepY0

Update: FHP, FDLE Special Agents & State Law Enforcement pay raise

The House of Representatives' budget has a 5% across-the- board pay raise for all three bargaining units: FHP, State Law Enforcement Officers and FDLE Special Agents.

(a) Effective July 1, 2014, from the funds in Specific Appropriation
1981, $2,250,000 from the General Revenue Fund and $8,510,000 from trust funds are provided to fund competitive pay adjustments of five percent on each employee's June 30, 2014 base rate of pay, to unit and non-unit employees of the Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol, and Special Agent bargaining units.

We still have more than a month to go, but this is a great start.


March 25, 2014

Commentary – Command Staff
by President Marano

If you think you have it bad, how would you like to be a member of the Command Staff who was not promoted by the Boy King? Could you imagine having to sit there and listen to this guy? How would you feel if you gave Momma's boy sound advice and he did just the opposite? It must be frustrating.

Enter the outsider. Hoople Honan from Hallandale has told anyone who will listen that FF has offered him a position at the Hollywood Police Department on staff because he does not trust anyone currently on staff. How can anyone trust a Chief who is constantly untruthful?

If you think Frankie the Flaker is sharp wait until you meet Honan. Also, the odds on Guzman from Miami just went down (7 to 5.)

The PBA has received information that live entertainment has been secured for the next command staff promotion party. Yes, "Pauli the wall and the mudpatchers" will be playing their new hit single "I'll marry you too!"

Attached is a lawsuit filed by the PBA on Monday.

Click here to read - Hollywood-pba-lawsuit-01-Civil Cover Sheet -
http://bcpba.org/pdf/Hollywood-pba-lawsuit-01-Civil%20Cover%20Sheet.pdf

Click here to read - Hollywood-pba-lawsuit-02-Complaint - http://bcpba.org/pdf/Hollywood-pba-lawsuit-02-Complaint.pdf

Click here to read - Hollywood-pba-lawsuit-03-Exhibits - http://bcpba.org/pdf/Hollywood-pba-lawsuit-03-Exhibits.pdf

Click here to read - Hollywood-pba-lawsuit-04-Exhibits - http://bcpba.org/pdf/Hollywood-pba-lawsuit-04-Exhibits.pdf


Click here to read - Hollywood-pba-lawsuit-05-Exhibits - http://bcpba.org/pdf/Hollywood-pba-lawsuit-05-Exhibits.pdf

Click here to read - Hollywood-pba-lawsuit-06-Exhibits - http://bcpba.org/pdf/Hollywood-pba-lawsuit-06-Exhibits.pdf

 


March 24, 2014

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March 24, 2014

Commentary – Thanks Mayor!
by President Marano

What a nice letter the Mayor put out yesterday. I assume he thought most of you have forgotten September 13, 2011, the referendum vote. Where is the correspondence concerning your pension he voted to take away, your short sale or loss of your home? Did he forget to mention his reckless spending and poor decisions which resulted in financial urgency or the pay cuts which drove our brothers and sisters in blue to other agencies? Sure he supports the Boy King. After you connect the dots, CSR/KD slit the former manager’s throat, stepped in and did the dirty deed by gutting pay and pension, then brought in the Boy King, a Miami crony, to starve the current Chief, because he was not "on the team". Now the fist in the velvet glove is here to have you conform and move on.

The city just this week had their budget retreat to disseminate a tale of woe about FY 2014-FY 2015. This is a pre message for negotiations to cry the blues again.

Yesterday at the Hollywood Commission the tea party fell a little short. Peppermint Patti Aaseff indicated that 50 people from her District would there to support Momma's boy. Well she about 35 short. These tea party residents basically said we overwhelmingly voted against you on 09/13/11, took your pay and pension and now want you to capitulate to the Chief who came in to the agency via the back door.

BTW Davie has 184 sworn with 7 vacancies, FLPD has 512 sworn with 14 vacancies and Pines has 231 sworn with 6 vacancies.

I am still checking around with other agencies.

Also belated congrats to the members who were promoted. FF has the PBA off the notification list. I asked for a copy of the announcement on Monday and still have not yet received it. Could it be it is still on FF/BF/MB/FTF'S desk or possibly in Callari's personnel file?


March 17, 2014

Commentary – Get the message?
by President Marano

On Wednesday at the city commission meeting, CSR/KD will be rallying the troops to support the boy king. District #1 Commissioner Patricia Asseff who is the fourth vote, has had all the resources dedicated to her district to keep her happy. She too is soliciting the lakes flakes for support at 5 pm.

The Mayor has said this year is going to be the most difficult budget year we have ever had. This means collective bargaining is going to be another pipe dream this year.

The message is clear for those who are stuck or chose not to leave. THEY voted against you, reduced your workforce, slashed your salaries and gutted your pension. They believe you should perform at the same level for less money and with fewer Officers. Now we are going to rally around the city manager and momma's boy, so we can continue to keep you in your place.

For new people the low wages and bare bones pension are as good as you are going to get.


March 17, 2014

Commentary – Gerber's on view
by President Marano

Last week the Command Staff bike patrol led by the Boy King was on routine patrol on the east side of Hollywood (where else?). In violation of policy 101. Frankie the Flaker was wearing Sergeant Gerber’s uniformed bicycle shirt and was riding point when he on viewed a burglary in progress. A rare event since crime is down in Hollywood.

Momma's boy saw a black male flee from a truck parked in the street in to a yard. CQ quickly set up a perimeter using the command staff and contained the would-be culprit. The owner of the residence was subsequently contacted and apprised of the crime occurring on the property. 

Once the black male was apprehended a bring to was conducted by these aggressive crime fighters where the resident identified the perpetrator as "The sprinkler repair man."

When the repair man was asked why he ran in to the yard from the street the repair man indicated that a sprinkler head had popped off and he was running to the head to cap it off. 

Yes the younger officers can learn a lot from FF, however most of the senior members can tell the difference between a Burglar and a sprinkler repair man.



March 14, 2014

Commentary – Phase 2 District 1
by President Marano

Attached are yard signs which are being placed in District one. Only a very limited number have been distributed but they have gotten some residents and KD to have an issue with their panties being in a wad. If you think a 90 minute flyover caused some anger, the signs should definitely get their attention. WE need some more locations in District one so please call us with any additional residents who want to pitch in.

Also, the City was unable to settle the grievance on the Callari Memo. The PBA has sent a letter requesting arbitration. At the last meeting I suggested the City polygraph FTF and other suspects to see who called the media, however my suggestion was not well received. Apparently after FTF finally admitted to directing the unexecuted and unvetted memo be placed in Callari's file the City has no interest in disclosing the tipster. See attached.

There was a Mel Pollack sighting at City hall where he apparently had an hour-long conference with the Mayor. Pollack is the Mayor's new appointee/agent/snitch on the HPPB (pension board).

I was in Tallahassee this week and Hollywood Government are still the class clowns in politics.

We were able to confirm the improvements to the gym were exclusively paid for by FM Foley (facemask) through his very generous $2500 dollar donation. Thanks JoJo but the brass has taken the credit. Shocking!

CSR/KD has been sniffing around for Wednesday's commission meeting. She has been gathering information on how much money has been spent on the police department. Cars, building classrooms, mold, and other expenses. All those expenses and the overtime have been paid with money the City stole from you.

See the Callari Grievance here - http://bcpba.org/pdf/Callari--demand-for-arbitration.pdf

See the yard sign photo here - http://bcpba.org/images/city-high-crime-sign.jpg


March 11, 2014

Read our Letter to the Editor, posted today in the Sun-Sentinel Opinions Section!

No checks and balances for bad police chiefs

By Jeff Marano

March 11, 2014

Many years ago the Florida Department of law enforcement and the Florida Criminal Justice, Standards and Training Commission put in place a process to track and address misconduct of certified law enforcement officers throughout the state.

Prior to the mandatory reporting of misconduct by the agency, officers who were guilty of anything — ranging from brutality to violations of moral turpitude — were given the option of resigning with no documentation in their personnel file. The agencies benefited by not having to litigate the dismissal and avoided the public embarrassment of the officer's actions. The officer would simply move on to another agency and continue the same behavior until he or she was caught again.

To stop these officers from going from department to department the state enacted mandatory guidelines for reporting police misconduct. Now an officer has to appear before the commission (CJSTC) for a decertification hearing, which often results in losing their ticket.

Unfortunately, there is no such process for weeding out bad chiefs. They go from department to department, state to state and destroy great agencies. They look exemplary on paper and interview well. The truth is while coming up through the ranks, their agencies send them to schools and seminars to get them out of the building. They get credentials and certificates that would impress any lay person.

In time they become dictators. Their autocratic leadership destroys morale and sends members into flight or retirement. They promote subordinates who tell them what they want to hear and now the rank file has to live with these supervisors after the bad chief moves on. While they are finding a place to land, other bad chiefs throw them a bone and let them teach a class or issue a report as a consultant.


March 11, 2014

We have been featured in the Sun-Sentinel Opinion Section!

Trust shaken, reform needed in Hollywood Police Department

Sun Sentinel Editorial Board

6:32 p.m. EST, March 7, 2014

One Hollywood police officer struck a hospital patient in the torso and mouth for sticking his leg off a gurney. Another unleashed a K-9 dog on a bicyclyst for riding at night without a light. And one man was so badly beaten that he had to have a metal plate implanted under his left eye.

The first two incidents are cited in a blistering audit of the Hollywood Police Department's use of force in 2012 and 2013. The review found police officers underreport their use of force, and when reports are made, they are routinely incomplete, inaccurate and lack sufficient evidence to determine whether use of force was justified.

As for the case of the badly beaten suspect, his false-arrest lawsuit cost city taxpayers $195,000 to settle.

The culture of the Hollywood Police Department continues to appear seriously troubled, and citizens, visitors, business owners and local politicians have real reason to worry.

Citizens grant police officers the privilege to carry guns and exert enormous power over us to enforce the laws of a civilized society.

But with that power comes a duty to follow the rules.

And an ongoing audit paints a picture of a department that operates outside the lines.

The good news is that Hollywood's relatively new police chief continues to look under the rug and expose alarming practices allowed to fester too long. Since assuming the top cop job in August, Chief Frank Fernandez remains committed to reforming a department with a troubled past. He started by hiring an outside consultant to examine various divisions within the department.

Police union leaders, on the other hand, call the review a witch hunt instigated by a chief trying to bolser his reputation. "Fernandez has a hired gun brought in to make the former administration and the agency look bad," police union president Jeff Marano told the editorial board this week. "That's all this is."

What should more trouble Marano is that the audits keep finding dirt alarming to citizens.

First, the audit by Charles Gruber, a former police chief based in Illinois, found 94 untested rape kits sitting in an evidence room refrigerator, some dating back to 2005. Next, he raised questions about two high-ranking officers altering or destroying Internal Affairs reports that involved themselves or their friends. Both were relieved of duty in September after the Broward State Attorney's Office placed them under criminal investigation. Marano said the audit didn't show Hollywood had "more or less problems than other departments."

The third leg of the audit, completed in December and reported by Sun Sentinel staff writer Susannah Bryan this week, exposes troubling issues with the department's use of force.

"Supervisors told us that if someone is punched in the face by an officer and there is no injury, there would be no use-of-force investigation because there is no injury," Gruber wrote in his audit. "This would cause a significant under-reporting of use of force."

As one example, the case of the bicyclist without a light, who was fired upon with a Taser and later bitten by a police dog for refusing to stop, should have been referred to Internal Affairs, Gruber wrote.

When Hollywood officers do file use-of-force reports, the audit says many are incomplete. It's not clear, for example, how the off-duty officer hit the hospital patient: Was it a light slap? A close-fisted punch? The report simply does not say.

Too many reports lack detail, which makes one wonder: are Hollywood police using force with impunity?

The audit makes clear that to regain the public's trust, Fernandez needs to make fast change at the Hollywood Police Department.

Copyright © 2014, South Florida Sun-Sentinel


March 7, 2014

Press Release - No checks and balances for bad police chiefs

Broward County, Fla. March 7, 2014
– Many years ago the Florida Department of law enforcement and the Florida Criminal Justice, Standards and Training Commission put in place a process to track and address misconduct of certified law enforcement officers throughout the state.

Prior to the mandatory reporting of misconduct by the agency, often times officers who were guilty of anything ranging from brutality to violations of moral turpitude were given the option of resigning with no documentation in their personnel file. The agencies benefited by not having to litigate the dismissal and avoided the public embarrassment of the officer’s actions. The officer would simply move on to another agency and continue the same behavior until he or she was caught again.

To stop these officers from going from department to department the state enacted mandatory guidelines for reporting police misconduct. Now an officer has to appear before the commission (CJSTC) for a decertification hearing which often times results in losing their ticket.

Unfortunately, there is no such process for weeding out bad Chiefs. They go from department to department, state to state and destroy great agencies. They look exemplary on paper and interview well. The truth is while coming up through the ranks, their agencies send them to schools and seminars to get them out of the building. Then they get credentials and certificates which would impress any lay person.


In time they become dictators. Their autocratic leadership destroys morale and sends members in to flight or retirement. They base promotions of subordinates who tell them what they want to hear, and now the rank file has to live with these supervisors after the “Bad Chief” moves on. While they are finding a place to land other “Bad Chiefs” throw them a bone and let them teach a class or issue a report as a consultant.

The fact is the only gatekeeper for the “Bad Chief” is a strong Police Union which continues to document the retaliation, mistreatment, and lies perpetrated by the executive until the public and elected officials have had their fill of the “Bad Chief”

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The Broward County Police Benevolent Association is a non-profit organization providing labor relations assistance and collective bargaining services for its members. The PBA’s mission is to promote professionalism in law enforcement and to protect the rights and privileges of individual law enforcement officers and civilian employees, as well as to keep citizens informed of the challenges facing law enforcement today.


March 7, 2014

Weekly wrap up

It's been a busy week here for us at the BCPBA. Here are just a few of the results of our activities for the week.

See the letter to the editor here - http://bcpba.org/pdf/Press-Release-Bad-Chief.pdf

See the association grievance here - http://bcpba.org/pdf/Association-Grievance.pdf

See the letter about lower standards for
Hollywood Police Officers here - http://bcpba.org/pdf/CSR-performance-standards.pdf


March 7, 2014

Warning Warning Warning...

It has been reported to the BSO Command that deputies have been using their marked units in HOV lanes and speeding, when they are traveling to and from work in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties. The BCPBA is asking all BSO deputies residing in Palm Beach and Miami- Dade to cease and desist. It has been reported that deputies will probably lose the use of their take home vehicles.


March 6, 2014

Commentary – Capitol Report
By Matt Puckett, Executive Director

Governor Offers Additional Pay to State Law Enforcement March 6, 2014

At our last negotiation session, the Department of Management Services offered an addition to the Governor's wage proposal.

Article 25 Section 3 - Special Pay Issue

$3,590,486 is provided for increases in base pay for law enforcement personnel whose rate of pay is below the all-agency average for the employee's classification. These increases, which address inequities in pay across agencies for law enforcement employees in the same or similar classification, will raise each employee's base pay to the all-agency average. Employees whose base pay is above the all-agency average for their classification will not receive a pay increase under this provision.

This is a important offer to assist some of the officers in the bargaining unit, but it does not address the totality of the pay request the PBA proposed in the latest round of negotiations. Our request is not limited to just the officers below the average. However, we are certainly willing to work with the DMS and the Legislature to expand the Governor's offer.

The final pay wage article will be decided by the Legislature during the final weeks of this year's session. We will keep you posted as this issue continues to develop.



February 28, 2014

Commentary – NOT JUST A RUMOR
by President Marano

Yes FTO's have been getting direction from FJ/Major Gomer Pyle to keep on training new recruits who continually have substandard evaluations (DOR'S). Management needs warm bodies to continue the smoke and mirrors initiative to convince the Commissioners crime is declining and we are retaining Officers.

The daily reports are on the "S" drive and are public record. Hopefully someone who gets through will not create a deadly Officer Safety issue for others. Thanks FF.

If you have not seen the clip from Miami PD yesterday I have attached it. I texted their President Javi Ortiz this morning and commended him on the protest. He advised it was "insane" and they were chanting to fire the Chief. I guess when you take money and benefits from Cops they can get very upset. Hummmmmmm.

I spoke to several members about the newsletter from the Boy King, and the first three advised that they just click and delete. I found it entertaining, especially about the upcoming additional responsibilities for sergeants and lieutenants. If you read between the lines, it means "Com stat" or "Power Track". Remember crime or anything else will never be Momma's boy fault. In Miami under FF some Sergeants turned in their stripes rather than screw with the troops.

Scott kept his promise to the PBA to facilitate transports to BSO from the HPD Detention facility and this morning I called Steve Kinsey and followed up with an e-mail to request a change to the Hollywood district designator from 33 which creates confusion when a HPD unit transmits.

Below is a copy of a favorable Arizona Supreme Court case regarding pensions. Please note the attorneys who represented the pension board are locals and dear friends.

Also attached is Officer Stabiles close-out memo.

The PBA has also sent a letter and demanded to impact bargain over the confidentially agreements members have signed. See attached.

See the video clip here - http://www.wsvn.com/story/24845786/protesting-officers-take-to-city-hall#.UxDNNYa0DDU.email

See the close-out memo here - http://bcpba.org/pdf/Close-out-memo.pdf

See the impact bargain letter here - http://bcpba.org/pdf/Impact-Bargain.pdf

Read the Arizona court case below -

Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Pension Rights
by The Voice of Public Pensions

Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Pension Rights

NCPERS Files Important Amicus Curiae Brief on Behalf of Pensioners

Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Pension Rights
In a closely watched decision, the Arizona Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion on February 20, 2014 upholding a trial court decision finding a reduction in post retirement benefits to retired judges and other elected officials violated the pensions clause of the Arizona Constitution.

In 1998, the electors of Arizona adopted a constitutional protection for retirement benefits against impairment or diminution. Notwithstanding that public referendum, the Legislature altered the guaranteed post retirement benefit formula in 2011 causing a substantial reduction in the gain sharing formula. In response, a group of retired judges filed suit claiming the legislation was an unconstitutional impairment of the pension contract. An Arizona trial court agreed and struck down the law.

On appeal to the Supreme Court of Arizona, the Retirement System argued that the impairment was financially necessary, applying a traditional federal impairment of contract test which balances the contract against public necessity. The Supreme Court rejected that argument finding that the language of the Arizona Constitution was intended to add an additional measure of protection to pension benefits. Perhaps even more important is the Court's finding that the term "benefit" includes the formula by which future payments will be calculated.

This decision represents a major victory for the protection of public employment retirement benefits, particularly in jurisdictions with constitutionally protected pension contract rights. NCEPRS filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of the retirees authored by NCPERS General Counsel Bob Klausner and Adam Levinson.

For nearly 75 years, NCPERS has been the Voice of Public Pensions, frequently filing briefs in cases of importance to the public pension community.

The decision is Fields v. Elected Officers Retirement Plan, 2014 WL 644467 (2/20/14).



February 28, 2014

Press Release – BCPBA Endorses 4 Candidates

Broward County, Fla. February 28, 2014 – The BCPBA formally endorsed 4 Broward County Candidates including Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief for County Commission in District 8, Coconut Creek Vice Mayor Lisa Kohner Aronson for County Commission in District 2, as well as State Representative Joe Gibbons as the democratic candidate in the primary election for County Commission in District 6, along with Fort Lauderdale Attorney and former Commissioner Ken Keechl as the democratic candidate in the primary election for County Commission in District 4.

Citing a “long outstanding relationship with law enforcement,” BCPBA President Jeff Marano is asking voters to consider these candidates when they are in the voting booth. He added “Not everyone can agree with a candidate on all the issues, but one of the primary concerns when electing our officials is their dedication to public safety and law enforcement. If you don’t have a safe place to live in, other issues suddenly become unimportant.”

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association is a non-profit organization providing labor relations assistance and collective bargaining services for its members. The PBA’s mission is to promote professionalism in law enforcement and to protect the rights and privileges of individual law enforcement officers and civilian employees, as well as to keep citizens informed of the challenges facing law enforcement today.

February 26, 2014

Commentary – One down, two to go
by President Marano

Today the PBA was notified by appointed counsel Theresa Williams that Fred Stabile was cleared of all criminal charges. He had been relieved of duty by Liberace on 2/14/13. Now we have to keep our fingers crossed for the two staff members still under review.

David Ferguson was released from the hospital yesterday after Mondays procedure. There have been no complications and he personally wanted to thank everyone for all their thoughts and prayers.

Just a brief update for now, we will have more before the end of the week.


February 25, 2014

Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Pension Rights
by The Voice of Public Pensions

Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Pension Rights

NCPERS Files Important Amicus Curiae Brief on Behalf of Pensioners

Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Pension Rights
In a closely watched decision, the Arizona Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion on February 20, 2014 upholding a trial court decision finding a reduction in post retirement benefits to retired judges and other elected officials violated the pensions clause of the Arizona Constitution.

In 1998, the electors of Arizona adopted a constitutional protection for retirement benefits against impairment or diminution. Notwithstanding that public referendum, the Legislature altered the guaranteed post retirement benefit formula in 2011 causing a substantial reduction in the gain sharing formula. In response, a group of retired judges filed suit claiming the legislation was an unconstitutional impairment of the pension contract. An Arizona trial court agreed and struck down the law.

On appeal to the Supreme Court of Arizona, the Retirement System argued that the impairment was financially necessary, applying a traditional federal impairment of contract test which balances the contract against public necessity. The Supreme Court rejected that argument finding that the language of the Arizona Constitution was intended to add an additional measure of protection to pension benefits. Perhaps even more important is the Court's finding that the term "benefit" includes the formula by which future payments will be calculated.

This decision represents a major victory for the protection of public employment retirement benefits, particularly in jurisdictions with constitutionally protected pension contract rights. NCEPRS filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of the retirees authored by NCPERS General Counsel Bob Klausner and Adam Levinson.

For nearly 75 years, NCPERS has been the Voice of Public Pensions, frequently filing briefs in cases of importance to the public pension community.

The decision is Fields v. Elected Officers Retirement Plan, 2014 WL 644467 (2/20/14).


February 18, 2014

Commentary – Capitol Report
By Matt Puckett, Executive Director

Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining February 17, 2014

Please watch PBA's General Counsel Hal Johnson present on behalf of the State Law Enforcement Officers, FHP and FDLE Special Agents during yesterday's impasse hearing.
  
Click on the link and scroll to the 59:00 mark.  Please click here to view. - http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/21714-joint-select-committee-collective-bargaining/


February 13, 2014

Commentary –"CPT"
by President Marano

No one can ever dispute the contributions or sacrifices Cuban Americans have made to America. Many of our Cuban members, both past and present are among the most loyal and dedicated men and women to wear (or have worn) the Hollywood uniform. However, timeliness is not one of the attributes they are commonly known for. Sometimes many of us thought Archie K. was half Cuban!

Attached is the response from FF which is dated February 6, 2014. However the stamped date on the envelope is 2/11/14. There, the response was (5) days late and the Jamie had already filed his grievance with the next step, the City Manager. I guess FF could not get the post office to fudge on the date a little.

In fact if you read the attached response FF was unable to get anyone in the chain to dive on a grenade for him and take the hit. Of course that would mean someone in the chain of custody would have had to be untruthful. I guess those members of HPD are not as corrupt as FF/BK/CQ/MB/FTF has portrayed us to be. 

Also we at the PBA feel FF was untruthful about his conversation with Jamie after the lineup which resulted in the cease and desist letter. I requested CSR to conduct an investigation on FF for truthfulness as it relates to the lineup conversation.
A retiree who wished to remain anonymous just stopped by and donated $500 bringing the total to $7,110.88.

Read the response from FF here - http://bcpba.org/pdf/FFvsCallari-02-grievance.pdf

Read the request here here - http://bcpba.org/pdf/FFvsCallari-01.pdf


February 10, 2014

Commentary –"The hits keep Coming!"
by President Marano

The Hollywood Police Pension Board is made up of 7 members. They have a fiduciary duty as trustees to lawfully administer the plan. There are (5) Police Officers elected by the active members of the plan, one civilian is appointed by the City Commission, and one civilian is appointed exclusively by the Mayor.  

Yesterday Mayor Bober removed Larry Weiner, the mayoral civilian appointed by Mara many years ago and replaced him with Melvin Pollack. Larry administers pension for a living and has been a "mensch" (Yiddish for mentor) to the other board members. His expertise will be missed.

Mel Pollack lives in Hollywood Hills and was a huge Heidi supporter. Whenever  former Commissioner Beam Furr needed residents to come forward at citizens comments to trash the pensions Mel was ready willing and able to accommodate. Recently Blattner e-mailed the (5) page Callari memo to Mel who then made copies and passed it out at a Hollywood Hills civic association board meeting  trashing Traci and Jamie.

News Flash Mel....O'Sheehan LOST. See attached letter from Bober.

Last night I had a 25 minute conversation with the Mayor regarding the PBA's concern for the appointment of such a naysayer. He assured me he will be monitoring this appointment. Additionally the Mayor is under the assumption the only one who is not happy with FF is me. I don't mind being the spokesperson, but if I am missing something please do not hesitate to call.

Tomorrow I have to give a statement to SPU and while I am there I will attempt to get some direction and protective guidelines on transferring probable cause when CQ dumps his arrests on the membership.

Today I received a call from RLC, a retired Hollywood command staff member who knows Hedges from SA beach, a 14 man department. He questioned how can a Chief from such a small department accurately cast judgment on the policies and procedures of The Hollywood Police Department...good point!

See the letter here - http://bcpba.org/pdf/Weiner-Hollywood-vrs-1.pdf

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February 10, 2014

Commentary –"CQ 10-08 Book em Dano"
by President Marano

Attached are copies of affidavits where FF/BK/CQ/MB/FTF  viewed arrests and dumped them on responding officers. We have sent off these PC'S to get some guidelines on how members should proceed when Hollywood's own Steve McGarrett decides to play Police Officer.

Also see the attached on Richard Hedges one of the consultants hired by FF to do an "INDEPENDENT" assessment of HPD. He was run out by his own Officers after several scandals dealing with property. There is clearly a common interest shared by the consultants and the person who hired them, FF, to get even with any rank and file since unions have cost them their positions as Police Chiefs elsewhere.

As expected FF now fumbles Fernandez missed the deadline to respond to the Callari grievance. He filed to the next step which is the City Manager. The response to the cease and desist letter is attached. There were about 45 members present for that particular line up infomercial. You can decide if the response is truthful.

Last Monday I had a brief but cordial meeting with CSR on a possible solution to retaining Officers who seem to continue to leave.

The public awareness fund is at $6,460.88 with the more than generous donation of $500 made by Bobby Wolfkill this week.

The diversions of rape kits and IA cases continue to be leaked to the press where FF has pissed off everyone in the law enforcement community. It is hard to be humble when you were the #1 City in Broward in homicides for 2013 as that Cities Public Safety Director.

See the affidavits here - http://bcpba.org/pdf/Affidavit-files-01-08-vrs-1.pdf

See the response to the cease and desist letter here - http://bcpba.org/pdf/Callari-response-letter-01-vrs1.pdf

See the news story about rape kits here -
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/hollywood/fl-rape-kits-hollywood-police-20140210,0,1613095.story

See the articles about Richard Hedges here -
http://historiccity.com/2012/staugustine/news/florida/findings-in-richard-hedges-investigation-27678

http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2012-05-15/beach-commssion-meets-name-interim-police-chief#.UvJiEcKYZjo

http://members.jacksonville.com/news/crime/2012-05-25/story/investigator-no-ethics-violations-st-augustine-beach-police-chief

http://members.jacksonville.com/news/crime/2012-05-11/story/st-augustine-beach-police-officers-accuse-chief-assistant-chief-unlawful

http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2012-06-30/fdle-clears-retired-beach-police-chief#.UvJc4sKYZjo

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/local/2012/06/04/4532843/

January 21, 2014

Commentary – Capitol Report
By Matt Puckett, Executive Director

Weekly Wrap Up: For the Week Ending February 7, 2014

Please watch PBA's video discussion with PBA Director Research Ken Kopczynski, PBA General Counsel Hal Johnson and PBA Executive Director Matt Puckett. We discuss the FRS, Local Police and Firefighter Pension, LEO Bill of Rights, and State Employees' Pay and Health Insurance legislation. Please click here to view this discussion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tkv5qRxqeQ



January 31, 2014

Commentary –"PARLEZ-VOUS KISS COUNTRY?"
by President Marano

Today we made the New York Daily News where one of our residents was arrested for prostitution along with her 15-year-old daughter. Apparently the streets of our fair city have become so congested with hookers they have to go out-of-town, to New York, where it is less crowded to conduct business.

Now we add a couple more groups who have taken FF/BK/CQ/MB/FTF off of their Christmas list. Yesterday approximately 30 Haitian Refugees landed in Fort Lauderdale, just north of the jetty. Hollywood was called for a creole translator to respond to interview the refugees before Homeland Security/Border Patrol transported them to chrome. Unfortunately, Buddha, our only creole speaking officer was forced to leave during financial urgency and we were unable to assist.

However, one of the refugees was able to communicate with the authorities in broken english and indicated they were not refugees but applicants for HPD and were simply responding to the radio advertisement. One refugee had a cell phone number for a contact named Simba, a lawyer who was going to help with their naturalization process. Needless to say, neither FLPD or Homeland Security are happy with FF/BK/CQ/MB/FTF.

Please read the attached newsletter from Steve Slade, Tallahassee PD who is looking forward to working with the new Chief. DeLeo is from Plantation PD and had made it to the final selection process. TPD/PBA members had sat on the selection committee and asked us to do an informal check on DeLeo. We made some inquires with our Plantation contacts who gave him a thumbs up. We passed along the information to TPD/PBA and DeLeo was appointed. Now the PBA at TPD has ownership by participating in a collaborative effort which will essentially benefit those TPD members.

Read the Steve Slade Article here.
http://bcpba.org/pdf/Steve-Slade-Gadfly.pdf

Read the New York Daily News Article here
http://m.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/moms-pimp-daughter-15-super-bowl-article-1.1597569


January 29, 2014

Commentary –"I just come out the house"
by President Marano

Boy, if we haven't heard this one before. The question is if FF/BK/CQ/MB/FTF is ever going to stand up and take responsibility for anything? Was he the Public Safety Director for the last 17 months, overseeing the police operations? Or, is this just a diversion to have the public focus on the paid consultant's propaganda and not address the Homicides, Rapes, Shootings, Prostitution, and Gang Activity which has skyrocketed under his leadership?

But FF/BK/CQ/MB/FTF takes credit for the audit uncovering the IA files which were erased. The truth is these discrepancies were uncovered by the two IA investigators and not the paid consultant. To confirm this ask yourself the following: Who, under subpoena, gave statements on the files to the ASA? Who brought up the files up to the ASA? It was IA and not the paid pimp/aka consultant! Sorry but FF/BK/CQ/MB/FTF produced yet another untruth.

This morning after the "I have a scheme" speech he had asked to speak to Jamie Callari in the patrol Sergeants Office. MIND YOU there is a pending grievance where Callari was represented by PBA consul on 1/27/14. You guessed it; FF/BK/CQ/MB/FTF starts to tell Jamie about his lack of involvement in the memo being PLANTED in his file.

As a result The PBA General Consul has put the City on notice. Click here to see the letter.

A new IA initiative is being researched. More to come.

The Public Information Fund is at $3,410.88 and we received a verbal commitment for an additional $500 dollar donation from a soon to be retiree.

I spoke to Cafiero today and accused her of being biased on the consultant's report.


January 23, 2014

Commentary – El TIPISTER
by President Marano

On a serious note, Echo 277 is now 10-08 as E-67. He has sustained some medical issues as a result of the electrical explosion. Hopefully the effects are not permanent.

Also on the 28th, Billy Ferguson’s son, David goes in for another procedure on his heart. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

It seems FF/BK/CQ/MB/FTF continues to make friends in this foreign land, Broward County. First we confirmed that he was the tipster on the Rape Kit story. The story implied that 94 rape kits were sitting on a shelf and were never tested. This information must have come from his “PAID” consultants and spun by FF/BK/CQ/MB/FTF along with city hall staffers.

View the story here http://www.wsvn.com/story/24449324/rape-kits-hollywood-untested

Not only were the members of HPD insulted by the inferences in the story but the Broward State Attorneys who prosecute these cases were livid as the news clip implied they may have failed in their duties as prosecutors. Thanks Frank for your help in compromising our professional relationship with the State that HPD has enjoyed for many years.

Step two of the grievance submitted by Jamie Callari will be heard on Monday 1/27/14 at 3:30PM. Bob Norman has been following this story and you can only guess who was the tipster on this document also, Frankie the Flaker.

View the story here www.local10.com/news/detective-accused-of-wasting-taxpayers-money/-/1717324/24067554/-/rf1m6o/-/index.html

The PBA has initiated an effort to make the public more aware of the situation at HPD. We have requested donations from the alumni/retiree’s at HPD. The donations have been coming in and I am proud to see checks from former Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, Majors, Captains, and dispatchers as well as former rank and file members. They will never forget where they came from or what the city has done to this membership.


January 21, 2014

From our Friends at the Accounting Firm of Streimer & Flusberg CPAS

Dear Officers:
We want to show our appreciation for the job that the brave men and women of law enforcement do every day. We know the difficult job you undertake every day and we think people in general often take police officers for granted.

We would like to show support and appreciation for those that serve and protect us by saying Thank You and offering the first 15 officers who call and make an appointment FREE preparation of your 2013 personal income tax return. We would like to extend our thanks to officers who do not call by the 15th caller by offering a $200 discount for the preparation of your 2013 personal income tax return. These offers apply to new clients only and to officers who have not had our firm or predecessor firm prepare your return in the past.

Over the years we have come to know you both personally and professionally. We handle the tax matters for most of the department, including some of your highest ranking officers.

For your convenience we have evening and weekend hours. Please file as early as possible to prevent the effects of identity theft and call our office so that we may schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.

Cordially yours,
Streimer & Flusberg, P.A.
Certified Public Accountants
Contact: 954.846.1100


January 21, 2014

Commentary – Capitol Report
By Matt Puckett, Executive Director

Weekly Wrap Up: For the Week Ending January 17, 2014

The Florida Legislature is rolling out proposals to once again reform pension plans at the state and local government levels. Here are two brief summaries of the proposals:

Local Government Police and Firefighter Pension Plans

SB 246 by Senators Jeremy Ring and Rob Bradley.
HB 509 by Representative Matt Caldwell

This legislation continues to be a work in progress.

At a basic level, the various parties (employees and employers) are trying to reach a position where benefits levels can be adjusted without causing harm to plans that are in good financial shape, or without losing the ability to utilize the premium tax monies issued to the municipalities from the state. The ideas are incredibly complex, because no two plans are alike and there are hundreds of plans. Therefore, fixing one plan can cause harm to another.

The PBA's position is simple - provide benefit flexibility to plans in serious financial trouble but that flexibility must maintain a quality defined benefit plan for those troubled plans and allow for use of premium tax monies. We are also adamant that premium tax monies come with strings attached for participating employers. Finally, do no harm to plans which are on a solid financial footing unless those plans drop below a certain funding level in the future.

Florida Retirement System

The Florida PBA met with the Speaker of House of Representatives Will Weatherford, Senate President Don Gaetz, House of Representatives Appropriations Chairman Seth McKeel and their respective staff in separate meetings on Thursday to hear their joint proposal on reforming the Florida Retirement System for new employees. We were joined in the meetings by representatives from the Florida Professional Firefighters, Florida Sheriff's Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.

The proposal will examine a possible move by new employees into what is called a hybrid plan. There are two hybrid plan options: 1) the cash balance plan and 2) the defined benefit/defined contribution plan. Few details of each plan option were presented during the brief discussions.

A major component of the proposal is both the Speaker and the Senate President are exploring these options for non-special risk employees only. Their initial intention is to exempt special risk employees from the new option altogether and allow new special risk employees to enroll in the current defined benefit plan.

Without question, we are very thankful to Speaker Weatherford and President Gaetz for their strong support of law enforcement and correctional officers and we believe a new plan that is fair to everyone while protecting the system is an idea worth serious consideration. However, our association is committed to protecting the system and all of the employees (retirees, active and future). Right now, we have questions about the new proposals and we have not agreed to take a position either way (support or opposition). PBA will be actively engaged with the all parties during the process and, when the time comes, we will make an well informed decision.

At this point, PBA has not taken a position.


January 21, 2014

Walk with us to Cure Lupus


January 14, 2014

Commentary – FRANKIE THE FLAKER
by President Marano

In Miami, dope cops were prosecuted for planting dope, tactical cops were prosecuted for planting guns, and paper cops were sent to Hollywood to plant paper.

The following post does not cast any judgment on whether a supervisor should or should not document a subordinate prior to transferring him/her, or if the transfer was right or wrong. The following is about how the document was maliciously utilized to defame a member.

A memo was generated by Jamie Callari’s superiors outlying (5) pages of issues and incidents relating to Calliri’s work activities and requesting he be transferred from the VIN Unit. When finalized the memo was shown to a staff member in the chain of command who wanted to handle the transition diplomatically without vetting the memo. The staff member met with FF/BK/CQ/MB aka/FTF and passed on his intentions to address and facilitate the transfer of Callari.

FTF agreed, however but retained the memo.

Several weeks ago I received a phone call from a media source who asked if Callari, the staff member, and the superior were all still employed. After I confirmed the member’s status I asked what it was about. The source replied “I got a tip”.

Investigation revealed person(s) unknown planted or directed the document to be planted in Callari’s personal file and then flaker(s) unknown dropped a dime. This memo was never shown to Callari. He was never able to refute or explain his side of the allegations and was not afforded the opportunity to attach a rebuttal to the memo. This is a clear denial of due process and Callari is seeking remedies. This is an obvious attack on one of the Commissioners who give his momma a poor annual evaluation.

Finally we have a consultant to study our policies and procedures. We thought that was what the accreditation process the department went through two months ago was for. Nope, this one is “an independent” consultant paid for by FF/BK/CQ/MB/FTF. I don’t know how your findings can be independent when you are on someone’s payroll. I guess an old acquaintance needed a consulting gig?


January 2, 2014

Commentary – Jumpin Jack Flash
by President Marano

The PIC that went viral last week of the BK on a billboard has made it to City Hall and at least one of the Commissioners is very concerned about it. Dissemination of those stats is in the hopper. Stay tuned.

JJF/Echo 277/Jack Anterio is lucky to be alive after his shocking incident last Friday. Attached is a copy of the e-mail I sent to CSR/KD. BTW she has replied and indicated this was the first she has heard of the incident.....Shocking!

From: Jeff Marano
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 1:15 PM
To: ###
Cc: ###
Subject: 12/27/13

CSR,

The PBA is in receipt of information relating to an electrical explosion which occurred on the above date in the internal Affairs work area.

Apparently a member plugged in a copier/scanner to a recently placed dedicated electrical outlet, which then exploded with a loud bang and smoke alarming employees in the area. The surge protector was destroyed and later it was determined the source leading to the aforementioned outlet was emanating 277 volts which created the explosion.

In speaking with some electrical contractors, the 277 volts should have been dedicated to a lighting source only. Apparently the electrician who installed this outlet had crossed some wires (no pun intended) which created the hazardous condition.

I also understand the member has been treated medically for the injury he sustained as a result of the explosion. Please provide a copy of the accident/injury report (blue form) and photographs taken relating to this incident.

At this time please advise who inspected and signed off on the electrical permit for the work done on the outlet. We feel it would be prudent to have all other electrical work re-inspected to insure no further members or city employees are injured in the future.

Thank you for your attention to this request.

Thx,
JAM


December 30, 2013


December 30, 2013

Commentary – A BLAST FROM THE PAST
by President Marano

In case you were wondering, if you kill someone in Hollywood in self-defense it is no longer classified as a Homicide. So all these years when Police Shootings have gone to the grand jury and presented by a Homicide prosecutor the State has misrepresented them.

Today a retiree submitted the attached poem for your entertainment.


December 26, 2013

Commentary – MOLD UPDATE
by President Marano

Today the city took both air and surface samples at HPD to be sent off and analyzed by a professional third-party source. The locations which were tested include the SCU office, VIN office and DB/Homicide work area. Myself, TS, Lt. Nugget and Bill Vulpis from the city were present when both the air and surface samples were taken.

The air ducts are scheduled to be cleaned starting on January 6th. Other steps such as shampooing carpets, chairs, and vacuuming floors are being taken by the City. I spent about an hour in the VIN/SCU area and felt like dog feces when I left. An additional asbestos test, for both air and surface were also taken in the VIN area.


December 20, 2013

Commentary – MOMMA'S BOY
by President Marano

The kits to test the air should be in today, according to Lisa Powell at City Hall. So far the locations identified by members are the second floor men's and women's locker rooms, and the center wall in the DB where Homicide is now located and CSI along with the adjacent restrooms.

For sure CSR/KD is not paranoid for a PRR on her city phone as this week at the Wednesday commission meeting she showed up with a second phone where she was texting away to her BFF's while she and FF/BK/CQ were getting tuned up over the crime in the City.

Liberia residents came to citizens comments, prompted by Commish Hernandez to complain about drug dealers in their neighborhood. Why can't those five street crimes members get a handle on it? What FF/BK/CQ does not understand is the Liberia residents are a neighborhood with a long-standing sense of community and part of the fabric and history of Hollywood. FF/BK/CQ uses the Miami broad brush to paint and treat those residents like renters from overtown. Now HPD is deploying the bike unit in a street crimes direction as requested by Commish Blattner. Unfortunately FF/BK/CQ is about 10 dead bodies too late. Possibly another consultant can help?

ANYWAY during the Wednesday commission meeting FF/BK/CQ was taking some heat from the dais about the crime and the complaints by the citizens. CSR/KD did not let FF/BK/CQ respond. SHE (the new resident expert) fielded all the questions about crime and deployment. All along she promised Momma's boy he was special and no one would be able to spank his special heinie in Hollywood.
It seems to become more evident FF/BK/CQ/MB is not the right fit for the City of Hollywood, the community or the Public Safety sector. We should all be offended when the Dade County Dynamic duo asserts that we at HPD are corrupt. Especially when FF/BK/CQ/MB comes from an agency that has had more consent decrees than the third Reich!

Below is the link to the spreadsheet from some of the second floor construction. The original permit indicated the cost of the project was $2,000 dollars. Since the complaint was filed about the changes without the proper permits and plans, the permit fees are $550.00. When the work is completed we will ask for the total cost including materials.

www.bcpba.org/pdf/Copy of HPD 2nd Floor Renovations.pdf


December 16, 2013

Commentary – PITTS REINSTATED
by President Marano

Today in a last-ditch effort, PBA attorney Julio Gonzalez representing Isaiah Pitts met with CSR to overturn his termination. After a tenacious legal argument, Julio was able to successfully convince CSR and labor attorney Paul Ryder to reinstate Isaiah.

Attached is a list of lawyers who have submitted applications for the legal advisors position.

 

Applicants by Job Report 2014-038:Public Safety Legal Advisor
Generated by Tami Thornton on 12/11/2013 16:38:53
For records between 11/01/13 and 12/11/13
29 records found.
Last Name First Name
Adebayo Olanike
Alexis Mathurin
Altemar Karline
Asad Elaine
Brown Jared
Ceme Claude
Fairclough Latoya
Fisher James
FREEHLING THOMAS
Haywood Janice
Hiciano ONeil Nikole
Holmes Cara
Jerla Thomas
Lancaster Jenny
McGlynn Robert
Mesa Giovani
Ocasio Imabel
Parrott Shannon
Patterson Jr Richard
Pearson Melba
Radcliffe Gabrielle
Rodriguez Clarissa
Sagesse Cathy
Seligman Stephanie
Shachter Annette
Taylor Ian
Trerotola Michael
Victor Woody
Wien John

 


December 12, 2013

Commentary – FABRICATION
by President Marano

The PBA has received information this week that one of the consultants FF/BK/CQ has on the payroll will be releasing his report. These findings will most likely include a slam of the former Chief, who CSR asserted was NOT ON THE TEAM as well as lack of discipline, crappy IA investigations and other fabricated results FF/BK/CQ and SCR/KD directed the consultant to create.

Now the ego maniac (T-20) can begin to implement his plan to change the corrupt Hollywood culture and dazzle the public and commission with statistics. Part of the plan is blue courage a mandatory training by Nila in January as well as the brainwashing session the supervisors will be attending on the 12th.

Most of these tactics FF/BK/CQ employed in Miami was where his BFF was the Mayor and T$ (Timmony) was the Chief. We have a former member of Miami PD putting together information for the PBA on his 5 year Miami plan which was cut short when T$ and FF/BK/CQ were ousted due to corruption. The feds may also still be working on a racial based profiling which occurred in Coconut Grove where officers allegedly have FF/BK/CQ on tape directing such activities and threatening those officers with transfers to overtown if they failed to comply with generating stats.

The link below shows what happened from this same behavior in Los Angeles…

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/1780/article/p2p-78498989/


 

December 06, 2013

Commentary – 1 TANGO 20
by President Marano

On Saturday 12/14/13, between 1100-and 3pm, the Broward PBA will be the drop off point for a toy drive for Florida families of slain officers. If a law enforcement officer from another state, Canada, or the Caribbean islands was slain in the line of duty and your family now resides in Florida then this established entity will deliver a toy or gift card to the children of the officer on Christmas. This drive is being done in the name of Motorman Chris Schaub, a BSO Deputy who was killed in a traffic accident. Please stop by and donate to this worthy cause. Cheri Stekar, from the HPD Honor guard will be assisting.

Serria one CEW was offered a chiefs position in Dade County but declined and will continue to work with Scotty at BSO.

The $2,000 alteration FF/BK advised the commission would cost is now up to over $550.00 in permits alone. I have done a PRR on the City personnel who have worked on this, as well as the hours spent on the construction. After the complaint of the work being done without the proper permits, filed on 11/19/13, plans were submitted and additional permits were submitted, including an electrical permit. FF/BK is in charge of code enforcement and he is the same one who cites the public for such violations. Now he is exhibiting behavior that he would cite. We should anticipate the cost will be in excess of $2,000.

Yesterday the PBA sent a letter to CSR/KD asking for the air in the station to be tested for excessive mold. Members have complained about eye irritation as well as respiratory distress. Gail Reinfeld sent me an e-mail advising Lisa Powell would contact me on the complaint.

The Michael Nila mirrors have arrived at HPD and soon the Blue Courage initiative will be in full swing. I am sure most of you are feeling better already. BTW, great one on one contacts with the assessors for accreditation. Some quotes have to be saved for a happy hour session. LOL

Hope to see you on the 14th.

See the letter here.


December 05, 2013

You can read the COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT
Between The City of Coconut Creek
and The Police Sergeants' Unit
Represented By The Broward County Police Benevolent Association
For October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2016

Click Here!


December 05, 2013

You can read the POLICE OFFICERS & CORPORALS
Agreement Between The City of Coconut Creek
and The Broward County Police Benevolent Association
For October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2016

Click Here!


 


November 21, 2013

Commentary – PAPO
by President Marano

I had sent an e-mail to Miriam, Alex's mother to say hello and tell her she is in our thoughts, especially for this week and time of year. She thanked us and said she would be returning to the scene tomorrow evening and saying a prayer for "PAPO". For the new members who didn't have the privilege of knowing or working with Alex you missed out on meeting a great human being.

On Tuesday the PBA filed an official complaint with the Chief Building Official at city hall with regards to the construction on the second floor. Whoever applied for the permit (see on-line) at city hall indicated a cost of $2,000 and "office alterations". They failed to mention the moving of walls and electrical outlets added/changed in the construction. This would be a violation for the normal person, however a likely cover up by our Dade County leaders.

The PBA received a response from the A/G and has some direction on obtaining more information on the contracts/consultants retained by FF/BK and CSR/KD. A PBA attorney has been assigned to research the Public Records initiative. BTW the consultant contracts have all be renewed through FY 2014 and the cost of the contracts remain under $25,000 to fly under the radar not requiring commission approval. SLICK.

Below are two articles a member thought would be interesting reading.

There are here and here.



November 18, 2013

Commentary – GRAY
by President Marano

The new color of the new Hollywood Police Department reflects the overall mood of the membership, dreary gray. It’s a very appropriate selection by Liberace, FF/BK and CSR/KD.

From the PRR on the consultants the research done by several members has identified Gruber as the one who is most suspect of providing the secret police to pose as IA Investigators.

Today I contacted the AG and submitted a question to ascertain if the identities of the personnel working for Gruber are subject to disclosure under 112.

Linked below is the executed agreement on the longevity and Hollywood (8) as well as an article making the rounds on the boy king.

You can read the article here http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2008-09-04/news/miami-pd-deputy-chief-frank-fernandez-to-replace-timoney/

And you can read the PDF of the agreement here.


November 13, 2013

Commentary – Pay Back
by President Marano

You can read all the contracts FF/BK has entered in to with the "consultants" during his brief stay. I am sure he and the CSR would like to thank the membership for their financial assistance during FY 2011-12 and FY 2012-13 via financial urgency to make all these contracts possible. Your generosity has not gone unnoticed. Click on the links below...

www.bcpba.org/pdf/_Gruber Prof Services 2013.pdf www.bcpba.org/pdf/_Gruber Prof Services 2014.pdf www.bcpba.org/pdf/_Rob Guerette CONTRACT 2013.pdf www.bcpba.org/pdf/_Rob Guerette CONTRACT 2014.pdf www.bcpba.org/pdf/_SMCOV Consulting Contract 2013.pdf


November 13, 2013

ATTENTION ALL PBA REPRESENTATIVES:

In conjunction with the American Police Hall of Fame, 9463 A foundation for Florida's Fallen Officers and The Broward County PBA, we are holding the Annual Christmas Toy Drive here at the PBA on December 14th between the hours of 11 AM and 3 PM.

We are asking each one of you to come in and place a poster within your District's, Department with a box asking for donations of a gift for a child or a donation of $10.00 to be given to the families of Fallen Officer's Children and Families. If every officer and deputy brings just one toy or $10.00, to help the families the love will come back to you two fold .  With the help of everyone we should be able to help all the Fallen Officer's Families within the state of Florida.  The little difference in our fallen brothers and sisters family will amount to much more then you will ever now.  PLEASE HELP US WITH THIS GREAT CAUSE TO THE LET THE FAMILIES KNOW THEY HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN.

All Donations should be brought to the PBA Hall on the date of December 14th, between the hours of 11 and 3 PM.  The sheriff will be in attendance.

 


November 13, 2013

Read our response to the BSO's proposed program entitled,
"Technology Supplement"

November 12,2013
Ronald M. Gunzburger
General Counsel
Broward Sheriff's Office
2601 W. Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312-1308

Mr. Gunzberger,

Please be advised that the Broward County Police Benevolent Association (BCPBA) has reviewed the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) proposed program entitled, "Technology Supplement". In short, it is the BCPBA's position that this new program violates the past practice of BSO providing cell phones to BCPBA members. Additionally, our research indicates that several adverse consequences will result, for both BSO and unit members, if this program is implemented in its current format. While we appreciate BSO's desire to reduce operating costs, it is simply fundamentally unfair, and we believe, unlawful, for BSO to shift its financial challenges onto the backs of unit members. As such, we believe that this new program can only lawfully exist after both parties have had an opportunity to negotiate its terms and conditions. The BCPBA is prepared to meet with BSO and negotiate over this new proposed program in order to avoid potential legal challenges to its implementation. Please provide your response to this communication by November 19,2013.

Cordially,

Julio E. Gonzalez, Jr.
General Counsel
Broward County PBA


November 07, 2013

Read the "Capitol Report"
by Matt Puckett, Executive Director

Weekly Wrap Up: For the Week Ending November 8, 2013
This week's theme - The important events always take place outside of Tallahassee.

Let's start by congratulating the Police Officers of Fort Myers, their families and their friends for the great campaign they put together against Amendment One. For those of you who may not have heard, an amendment to abolish the Fort Myers Police Department was placed on the local ballot. The Police Officers working through their union, the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Florida PBA, led the campaign to defeat the amendment. Their efforts paid off on election night (Tuesday, November 5th) with a resounding 82.66% of the public voting "NO" to this malicious power-play. Chapter President Matt Sellers and the Gulf Coast Chapter Board of Directors (performing their best impersonation of the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team) ran an efficient, effective and overwhelming grassroots campaign that delivered a very lopsided result.

We thank the citizens of Fort Myers for their show of support. And we applaud each person who volunteered to assist the Fort Myers Police Officers during these last few months. Your hard work made it happen.

Also making big headlines this week was our very own West Central Florida PBA Chapter President Nick Marolda. He gave his highly anticipated presentation before the Lakeland City Commission to appeal a Brady Letter issued by State Attorney Jerry Hill against Lakeland Police Sergeant Bryan McNabb. After the compelling presentation, the commission voted unanimously to support President Marolda and Sgt. McNabb's attempt to rescind the letter. Great job.

As for the week in Tallahassee, we are still meeting with Legislators and pushing our agenda.

We remain in discussions for targeted municipal pension reform that only applies to "severely financially distressed" cities and we continue to lobby for salary increases in the State Law Enforcement Officers', Florida Highway Patrol and FDLE Special Agents' collective bargaining units. The Legislature is still considering reforms to the Florida Retirement System so we remain fully engaged in the discussions.

We will keep you informed as each interim committee week progresses.

May God bless our Veterans and, as always, please stay safe.

Matt


November 07, 2013

Commentary – BARF
by President Marano

Yesterday, I signed the letter of understanding which credits all city time for current members. This letter was for longevity purposes, as well as to re-slot the (8) members who only received one step when the CBA was ratified instead of the two steps we believed they were entitled to. Hopefully the PA'S will be processed ASAP. 
The PBA has requested the Sheriff put a stop at HPD on the route taken by the BSO prisoner transport van to assist in the transport of prisoners. Scott indicated he will have staff work with HPD to provide that service. 

BTW, the IA policy has not changed, just the interpretation, application, and execution of forms has. This is necessary to create statistics for FF/BK and CSR to show how corrupt the department is. The PBA is still waiting for copies of contracts with consults that the FF/BK has entered in to since his employment. The city attorney was contacted via e-mail and he was requested to comply with the October 8th request.

If you have a strong stomach you need to go on the cities web site and read the comments by certain commissioners on the evaluation of CSR which led to her 4% raise. It will make you barf.
Officers continue to tell select commissioners how bad morale is at HPD. Many are making the point that it is worse than before the contract. This is a direct conflict from what FF/BK and CSR are advising the elected officials. More smoke and mirrors from our friends. Please keep the comments coming and do not let up. It is working. 

D. Edge is humble but grateful for your support. It was an awesome display of unity and brotherhood for a much worthy cause and person. He will never forget. A 5 year officer commented on Monday during the event when it came to the initiative by FF/BK to change Hollywood's culture. "He will never be able to change our culture" That this comment came from a young but solid Officer was inspiring to me.

I have recently communicated with the FOP President in Miami, Javier Ortiz. Ironically they use the same name "Secret Police" for the IA operatives (consultants) in his agency. Javi has and will continue to forward information about MM and her relationship with FF/BK . One HPD member did a search of her name on the Miami L.A. site and got a number of interesting hits.

A copy of the Meeting Agenda is located here.


November 01, 2013

Read the...

Florida PBA Roll Call October 2013 Here


 

November 01, 2013

PEP Rally Update

Yesterday we talked about the list of members concerning the longevity grievance. Below is that list.

 

Last First Initial City
Hire Date
Date Hired by the City as a Police Officer
Alfonso Eric 11/12/1990 6/7/1993
Andrews Henry 6/5/2000 6/24/2002
Barnick James 7/19/1993 4/24/1995
Bradford Todd 4/4/1988 11/13/1989
Campbell Arnold 8/28/1995 7/21/1997
Candelmo Ernest 3/31/1986 9/7/1987
Dean Roy 8/6/1984 4/20/1987
Doklean Dana 10/27/1997 9/7/1998
Kidd John 6/5/1995 3/15/1999
Leo Justin 5/28/2001 1/22/2007
Lopez Sergio 7/20/1998 3/27/2000
Mathis Jeffrey 2/17/1992 10/25/1993
McKinney Michael 4/25/1994 7/17/1995
Mitchell Brandon 5/17/2004 8/24/2009
Morris Travis 12/18/2000 11/25/2002
Ortiz Luis 8/20/1990 10/26/1992
Powell Marie 5/8/1995 1/27/2003
Ramos Edgardo 5/15/2000 1/7/2002
Rogers David 10/9/2000 1/30/2006
Russ Lemmie 5/15/2000 9/15/2003
Sabillon Karrie 2/19/2001 11/25/2002
Schuller Travis 3/14/1988 7/15/1996
Sparkman Steven 6/19/1995 12/11/1996
Thomas Jason 4/28/1986 1/25/1988
Wagner Kyle 3/27/2006 8/24/2009
Zeidell Jason 5/28/2001 11/25/2002

October 31, 2013

Read our response to the Proposed Part-Time Police Officer Program for the Hollywood Police Department:

October 18, 2013
Chief Frank Fernandez
Hollywood Police Department
3250 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, FL 33021

RE: Proposed Part-Time Police Officer Program

Dear Chief Fernandez:

This correspondence is to serve as a formal response to your October 14, 2013, letter wherein you assert the City's intent to "create a part-time Police Officer program, specific to the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program."

Before addressing our deep concerns regarding this unilateral move, I want the record to be very clear that on October 4, 2013, the PBA and the City met at a grievance conference, wherein several PBA grievances were discussed. It was not a "Labor-Management" meeting as your letter states. Your categorization is simply intellectually dishonest and misleading. History reflects that the PBA was not afforded prior notice of this issue. Nor was it provided with any written proposal from the City. Had this basic concept of bargaining taken place, the PBA would have been in a position to raise serious questions as to this new program and highlighted its negative impact on unit members. Given that this issue was raised as a collateral matter, the impression from those present was that more information was forthcoming and that an opportunity to discuss this program, before its implementation, would be agreed upon.

To this end, the PBA needs additional information regarding this new part-time program. First, what is the City's definition of "part-time"? Second, what are the benefits, pay packages, and hours of employment? Third, who is eligible for this assignment? Fourth, who would the new SROs report to? Fifth, what is the City's position as to the impact this new program will have as it relates to the moving of full-time SROs back to regular patrol duties?

In the absence of additional information and specific answers to the questions referenced above, the PBA is unable to effectively respond or engage in any meaningful dialogue with the City as to this new program. Accordingly, please furnish as soon as possible.

Sincerely,
Jeff Marano, President

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October 31, 2013

Commentary - PEP RALLY
by President Marano

We have reached a tentative agreement with the City on the Longevity grievance. We are waiting for the list of members who had prior City employee time to ensure that we capture those members who are adversely effected and make them whole.

Once we have the list and it is circulated, make sure if your name does not appear on the list, to contact the PBA immediately.
In addition we have addressed the Hollywood 8 who were denied a step when the agreement was ratified. Many thanks to Rick Losenbeck for working on this issue with City Hall until they finally got it. The PBA was committed not to resolving the longevity issue without the Hollywood 8 being made whole. We were successful!

Grab your pom poms and get ready for the pep rally to be held soon in your sector. Damage control 101, promises of training, SWAT Vehicles and more Tahoes. FF/BK and Simba are at one right now. How about saving some money for a COLA for the BS pension or o/t being calculated or even a RAISE ?

According to FF/BK  excited Officers have been flocking to the Chief's Office in droves praising the NEW HPD. Morale is outstanding.

Question; If so many are going to him then why does FF/BK have to hold impromptu pep rallies on the road?



October 29, 2013

Commentary - BK and the Secret Police
by President Marano

Unfortunately today (10/28/2013) Isaiah Pitts was terminated and the next step is an appeal to the City Manager. Keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

On Wednesday we have a step 3 grievance with the CM on the longevity pay.

We have filed and amended a grievance under Article 27 relating to unserviceable equipment,expired filters etc. It is on the website.

As most of you and every other leo in Broward knows by now is that FF/BK has employed "Special Investigators" for internal affairs situations. One was documented conducting an investigation outside the jurisdiction for an off-duty incident. PLEASE expect pro active set up situations from our new members of the new Hollywood Police Department. Steps are being taken to identify our new friends.

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October 28, 2013

“Tyler’s Journey”

Tyler Paquin, 18 year old son of Margate Police Lieutenant Gary Paquin, and his wife Tara, suffered a traumatic brain injury at a skate board park in Boynton Beach on June 21, 2013.  As a result of his injuries at the skate park, Tyler has undergone multiple surgeries at Shepherd Center (hospital) located in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Shepherd Center is recognized as one of the top ten rehabilitation facilities in the country. Unfortunately, Tyler has not progressed from Disorders of Consciousness into the Rehabilitation phase of recovery due to the fact that he has not emerged from a comatose semi-conscious state.  This ordeal has not only taken a toll on the Paquin’s emotionally, but financially as well.

The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) has set up a BCPBA Hope Fund account in Tyler Paquin's name to assist the Paquin family for personal expenses not covered through other means during Tyler’s recovery.

Tyler is a fan of the band Journey, so we named the fundraising effort “Tyler’s Journey.”

All contributions to the BCPBA Hope Fund are tax deductible.

If anyone would like to help with a financial gift, they can send checks to the BCPBA as follows:

Checks can be payable to BCPBA Hope Fund with Tyler Paquin written in the memo section and mailed to:

BCPBA Hope Fund
2650 W. State Road 84
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
954.584.7600

Additionally, the following PayPal link, gives people an opportunity to make a donation using a credit card.

 

 


October 25, 2013

Association Grievance

Read the Association Grievance which is being filed pursuant to Article 15 Grievance Procedure and Arbitration. The basis of this grievance is Article 27 Uniforms and Uniform Clothing Maintenance Allowance. Click HERE to read.


October 24, 2013

Commentary - Hurry up and wait
by President Marano

As you are aware the second floor had to be cleared for a new training area for the New Hollywood PD. Everyone had to be out and relocated ASAP. To this date not one permit for the renovations has been applied for or issued for the upcoming demolition by the Hollywood Building Department. SHOCKING.

Effective immediately no letters of resignation or retirement will be printed in the weekly bulletin where there is any negative commentary written about the City (CSR) or HPD by the author. They will have to be reviewed prior to by FF/BK or his designee for censorship. Yes there are still regimes in the world which use similar tactics to control their subjects.


October 22, 2013

Commentary - Pick Your Shift
by President Marano

It has become apparent that part timers hired from a temp agency are taking over assignments previously held by sworn members. Specialized units and career path opportunities are falling by the wayside at the New Hollywood Police Department. We have to accommodate consultants and old friends to pay back favors. Now FF/ BK has sent a letter to the PBA indicating that he intends on having part-time sworn officers occupy the entire SRO program and put those Hollywood Officers in patrol.

Back by popular demand is Michal Nila at a $50,000 price tag to take a second shot at inspiring the membership. FF/ AKA/BK advised the commission that officers have come to FF/BK and expressed excitement about the return of Nila.

The city requested an extension on the longevity grievance which is now November 1st with the city manager.

Today I met with the Sheriff on the possibility of having BSO Detention vans provided to transport prisoners from Hollywood to BSO. Scott indicated that and other changes are being considered to expedite processing.

The other alternative was for the Sheriff to renege on the Collective Bargaining Agreements which he signed in good faith, take raises from deputies, destroy morale and use those dollars to fund the satellite facilities. He chose honor the agreements and NOT follow the methods of the 2011 Hollywood Commission and CSR.


October 18, 2013

You can read the Collective Bargaining Agreement
Between the Town of Hillsboro Beach, Florida and the
Broward County Police Benevolent Association for 2013-2016

Click Here!


October 14, 2013

Florida PBA Capitol Report October 11, 2013

By Matt Puckett, Executive Director

We just wrapped up week two of the legislative interim committee meetings. This week was really more of the same from the previous interim committee week. These meetings are designed to let legislators receive updates from agency officials about programs, funding and implementation issues resulting from the previous session. Issues will also begin to come into focus for the 2014 session. PBA Lobbyists met with legislators to discuss our legislative priorities.

Local pension legislation (SB 246) was filed this week by Senators Jeremy Ring and Rob Bradley. The Senators are making another attempt at rewriting the laws related to the use of premium tax dollars for local police and firefighter pension plans. We met with the Florida League of Cities and the Florida Professional Firefighters to discuss our central differences on the use of premium tax revenue (commonly referred to 185 monies). Based on the initial discussion, we believe there are still issues to overcome before an agreement can be reached. Please stay tuned to our Capitol Report for a full update on the legislation and the concerns each side is hoping to address.

As reported last edition, Senator Jeff Brandes has filed SB 184 which will require newly elected officials (County Commissioners, Legislators etc...) and new senior managers to enroll in the FRS investment plan. We will monitor this legislation for amendments that may expand this requirement to other employee groups.

We still anticipate more pension legislation will be filed before the start of the 2014 session. Please follow the Capitol Report to keep posted.

For our State Law Enforcement Officers, Florida Highway Patrol and FDLE Special Agent bargaining unit employees, we are putting forth another pay package to the Department of Management Services. We are meeting with legislators involved with the appropriations committees to discuss the possibility of funding another pay raise for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Even with some of the shutdown uncertainty clouding the financial picture, we continue to feel positive about the budget for the upcoming year.

We will keep you informed as each interim committee week progresses. Until next time please be safe.


October 09, 2013

Don't Trade Your Life for Your Manners

Two agents from the FBI conducted an in-depth study of cop killers to discover why some officers were killed in certain situations, why the crooks acted as they did, and how other officers might benefit from this information, The agents admit they were tempted to bring certain preconceived notions into the interview, mainly that most of the officers killed would be, as they termed it, “rough, needlessly aggressive, [and] described in terms of the 'John Wayne' or 'Jane Wayne' syndrome…”

In reality, their study revealed: "Many of the slain officers were known as friendly, hard-working, service-oriented people who were described by colleagues as 'laid back' and 'easy-going” They also had a tendency to use less force than other officers and didn't always strictly follow departmental procedures”

Further, the victim officers “tended to use less force than other officers in similar circumstances, and often considered force only as a last resort, they were more service-oriented and tended to gravitate toward the public relations aspects of law enforcement work”

Other notable findings from the FBI study suggest that the slain officers made many tactical errors that gave their killers the opportunities they were always waiting for; i.e., not approaching them tactically, failing to take control of the situation with command presence, failing to get more cover officers, searching poorly, or, sadly, falling to wear body armor.

I believe the study raises a simple theme: Cops who handle dangerous situations with aggression survive those situations. Those who go out of their way to make parts of the arrest process more comfortable for the crook (e.g., avoiding the crotch area during a search was mentioned as a reason so many crooks were able to hide their weapons until they could use them to kill) suffered for their politeness.

Perhaps all this can be best evaluated on a spectrum, with the hard as-nails cop on one end and Officer Friendly on the other.

As I read this study of the deaths of the victim officers, the Officer Friendly types ended up deader faster than their less amiable colleagues. All this is not to say, of course, that you can use being rude to every contact as your excuse for good officer safety. But in this era of community oriented policing, let's not forget that some street people see a cop being "too nice to them" as an invitation to take control of the contact, attack, or ambush the officer who has traded good police sense for his or her desire not to "inconvenience" the suspect.

I would argue that many officers already exhibit just the right mixture of no-nonsense command presence that keeps the street thug in his place, without creating a nonstop string of Internal Affairs complaints. These officers know how to take control of the psychological and physical parts of the contact so that if it escalates' they are already in a tactical position and can fight back.

As an example, on some high-risk contacts with hinky street types, some officers routinely use the back of their cage car to interrogate people so as to develop probable cause to arrest. Similarly, other officers will handcuff squirrelly contacts when emotions are running high and the officers have arrived at a jumbled mess where all of the players and related information are not known.

I can easily justify in a "Detention Only" report why I felt as if the situation, the suspect's words or actions, or those of his cohorts, caused me to (good report-writing lingo here) "legally and temporarily detain him in a safe and secure manner.” As we all know, it's always easier to remove handcuffs from a now-cooperative person than it is to affix them to a combative one.

If you set an early standard of authority, meaning "I will not take any crap from you," perhaps it will overcome a crook's neurotic Impulses to assault or murder you. Remember, not everyone likes us, nor will they ever, and we shouldn't go about our workday assuming that it's our job to convince everyone to join the big Law Enforcement Fan Club.

Since we are in the behavior control business, by proxy, there are those people who will wait for their chance to hurt us if they feel we have given them the physical or psychological opportunity.
Most of the cop killers studied in the FBI report had lengthy criminal records and were no strangers to the criminal justice system. While I’d never say that it's time to go back to the era of saps to the head and handcuffed beatings, sometimes people, like those who have been in a highly structured, dominance-based environment like a county jail or a state prison, need to know that those of us in uniform are still large and in charge. In other words, don't trade your life for your manners.

Steve Albrecht Is a Reserve sergeant for the San Diego PD.

He is a regular contributor In The Informant, from which this article is reprinted with permission.

PROPER POLICE ACTION IN A HIGH-RISK SITUATION REQUIRES A BALANCE BETWEEN SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY WITH PRIMARY EMPHASIS ON SAFETY.

PROPER ACTION REQUIRES THAT YOU:
1. Remain alert.
2. Have a planned, practiced response in mind.
3. Be decisive.

YOU WANT TO AVOID:


OVER-REACTION

1. Taking more action than necessary.
2. Overextending beyond your capabilities.
3. Rushing up on dangerous situations
or individuals.
4. Rushing into threat locations.
5. Acting on impulse.
6. Defending your ego or the pride of your
agency.

UNDER-REACTION
1. Not taking enough action.
2. Permitting "immunity zone" thinking
("It can't happen here").
3. Underestimating your adversary.
4. Exhibiting carelessness.
5. Giving in to complacency.
6. Refusing to make a decision.

OFFICERS WHO BECOME VICTIMS TEND TO SHARE
THESE POTENTIALLY FATAL TENDENCIES*
1. Service oriented at the expense of safety.
2. Use less force than peers.
3. Use force later than peers.
4. Shortcut rules and procedures.
5. Act without waiting for back-up.
6. Rely heavily on "reading" people.
7. Drop guard when "good" is perceived.


 

 

 

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