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Register today for a discounted relaxing fall getaway in beautiful downtown Traverse City during the 2022 POLC/GELC Annual Conference. Reserve your room in the luxurious Park Place Hotel & Conference Center by Aug. 15 to receive the POLC/GELC discount price for the Sept. 14-16, 2022 conference. Make your selection of a leisure afternoon on the […]

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Register today for a discounted relaxing fall getaway in beautiful downtown Traverse City during the 2022 POLC/GELC Annual Conference.

Reserve your room in the luxurious Park Place Hotel & Conference Center by Aug. 15 to receive the POLC/GELC discount price for the Sept. 14-16, 2022 conference.

Make your selection of a leisure afternoon on the Spruce Run Golf Course or tour the town during the 2nd Annual Poker Run, with beverage stops where participants can pick up a poker card or two while enjoying a libation at each establishment.

Keynote Speaker Will Aitchison will share his vast knowledge on the latest issues impacting public safety and public sector employees. The nationally acclaimed public safety/public sector employee speaker leads seminars throughout the nation and has been extremely well-received at previous POLC/GELC conferences.

Union members have the opportunity to reunite with old friends during two outdoor cocktail receptions, Wednesday and Thursday nights. The conference will feature complimentary breakfast and lunch. Guests can enjoy the indoor pool, the beach, award winning dining and drinks and entertainment in the hotel lounge.

Click on the link below to register and for more details.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: June 29, 2022, 3:42 pm

The POLC is recognizing top achieving local Police Academy Cadets with awards named in honor of retired POLC/GELC Director Richard R. Weiler. View the Summer 2022 Police Officers Journal to read the first articles written about cadet recipients. Join us for the Annual POLC/GELC Labor Conference in scenic Traverse City this September! Register today to […]

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The POLC is recognizing top achieving local Police Academy Cadets with awards named in honor of retired POLC/GELC Director Richard R. Weiler. View the Summer 2022 Police Officers Journal to read the first articles written about cadet recipients.

Join us for the Annual POLC/GELC Labor Conference in scenic Traverse City this September! Register today to reserve your room and your spot in the 24th Annual POLC/GELC Golf Outing or 2nd Annual Poker Run. Registration forms are available on pages 4-5 in the Journal.

Following the tragic passing of Executive Committee member Collin Birnie earlier this year, the Committee has appointed Birnie’s longtime comrade to fill the vacancy.

Please click on the link below to flip through the Summer 2022 Police Officers Journal for information about these topics and much more.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: June 29, 2022, 2:37 pm

On June 21, a bipartisan group of senators lead by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced a bipartisan gun reform bill, the Safer Communities Act. NAPO worked with Senator Cornyn’s staff during negotiations and as a framework was being agreed upon and we feel the bill addresses many of our concerns. The […]

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On June 21, a bipartisan group of senators lead by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced a bipartisan gun reform bill, the Safer Communities Act. NAPO worked with Senator Cornyn’s staff during negotiations and as a framework was being agreed upon and we feel the bill addresses many of our concerns. The Senate passed the bill on June 23 by a vote of 65-33 and the House is expected to pass the bill today, June 24; The Senate Finance Committee marked up and approved the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act on June 22. This broad bipartisan legislation is the Senate version of the House’s Securing a Strong Retirement Act and aims to help Americans successfully save for a secure retirement. Three of NAPO’s priority provisions were included as part of the EARN Act: the Putting First Responders First Act, the Police and Fire Health Care Protection Act, and the Protecting Public Safety Employees’ Timely Retirement Act;  In a victory for NAPO and law enforcement officers across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Vega v. Tekoh on June 23 and agreed with NAPO that a Miranda violation does not provide a basis for a 1983 claim. NAPO filed an amicus curiae brief on March 7, 2022, in the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that a Miranda violation does not equate to a federal civil rights violation; In a win for NAPO, the Senate passed the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Reauthorization Act, S. 3846, by unanimous consent. NAPO is a long-time supporter of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP), which grew out of the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), and worked closely on this reauthorization bill. The bill supports crisis intervention teams and training programs for law enforcement and corrections personnel to identify and respond to incidents involving individuals with mental health conditions; Save the Date for NAPO’s Fall Seminar Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; NAPO’s Partner, FirstNet, is offering its Health and Wellness Coalition as a resource. The mission of the FirstNet Health and Wellness Coalition is to integrate responder, community, industry, and academic capabilities in order to support the health, wellness, and readiness of America’s first responders.

Please click on the June 24, 2022 Washington Report below for more on these and other legislative initiatives.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: June 24, 2022, 6:46 pm

On June 21, a bipartisan group of senators lead by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced a bipartisan gun reform bill, the Safer Communities Act. NAPO worked with Senator Cornyn’s staff during negotiations and as a framework was being agreed upon and we feel the bill addresses many of our concerns. The […]

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On June 21, a bipartisan group of senators lead by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced a bipartisan gun reform bill, the Safer Communities Act. NAPO worked with Senator Cornyn’s staff during negotiations and as a framework was being agreed upon and we feel the bill addresses many of our concerns. The Senate passed the bill June 23 and it’s expected to be quickly taken up by the House.

NAPO has long been concerned with the intersection between untreated mental illness and violent crime and the bipartisan Safer Communities Act seeks to address this important issue through additional funding for law enforcement, schools, and behavior health services within our communities. In addition to significant funding for community- and school-based mental health and behavioral health services, this legislation will:

  • Authorize $750 million over five years for a new purpose area under the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program to assist states and localities in implementing or enhancing crisis intervention programs from mental health courts to drug courts to assisted outpatient treatment courts and extreme risk protection programs. Importantly, states and localities can choose how to use this funding to best meet their communities’ needs, without any mandates or strings attached. This funding would be on top of normal annual appropriations for the Byrne JAG Program.
  • Authorize an additional $300 million for the STOP School Violence programs through Byrne JAG and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) programs, to harden schools and assist in hiring and training School Resource Officers.
  • Provide resources to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), makes straw purchasing and gun trafficking, including across the border, explicit federal crimes, and enhances criminal penalties for those affiliated with a gang, cartel, or organized crime ring.
  • Update the definition of “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” to include individuals who have a current or recent continuing serious relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with their victim. Persons who fit this definition would have their right to purchase and possess firearms automatically restored after five years elapsed from the end of their criminal sentence if they had committed no further crimes of violence. At that time, their records would be automatically purged from NICS.
  • Provide robust due process and legal protections for citizens to ensure that no individual who has the legal right to own and possess a firearm can be denied that Constitutional right.
  • Clarify that an individual who repeatedly buys and sells firearms to predominantly earn a profit must register as a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL) but maintains protections for hobbyists and gun enthusiasts to privately sell their firearms without having to register as an FFL.

The Safer Communities Act does not place any restrictions on the types of guns, ammunition, or magazines that lawful citizens can purchase or possess.

Mental and behavioral health issues are a significant aspect of the crime and violence plaguing our communities and we hope that by providing robust resources to address these issues, both inside and outside of the criminal justice system, the Safer Communities Act will indeed help make our communities safer. NAPO appreciates Senators Cornyn and Murphy taking into consideration our priorities in the Safer Communities Act.

For more details, click on NAPO’s Statement on the Safer Communities Act below and a section-by-section of the bill.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: June 24, 2022, 2:19 pm

Register today for NAPO’s 44th Annual Convention and participate in setting NAPO’s legislative priorities for the 118th Congress. Learn from presentations by prominent law enforcement figures about the latest developments in police policies and services and help determine NAPO’s path forward. Click on the link below to register and for more information; On May 26, […]

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Register today for NAPO’s 44th Annual Convention and participate in setting NAPO’s legislative priorities for the 118th Congress. Learn from presentations by prominent law enforcement figures about the latest developments in police policies and services and help determine NAPO’s path forward. Click on the link below to register and for more information; On May 26, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the Public Safety Officer Support Act (S. 3635), moving this important legislation one step closer to enactment. The House passed the bill on May 18 by a significant bipartisan vote of 402-17. This legislation would make post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a line of duty injury under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program and ensure officers who suffer from PTSD and those who take or attempt to take their own life as a result of on-duty trauma will be eligible under the program. The bill would also cover officers who die by trauma-linked suicide by directing the PSOB Program to presume that suicides are a result of job duties in certain circumstances; Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), John Thune (R- SD), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Police and Fire Healthcare Protection Act (S. 4312) to improve the HELPS Retirees provision of the Pension Protection Act and ensure all public pension plans are able to implement it to the benefit of their public safety retirees. The HELPS Retirees provision provides public safety officers, who often retire earlier than other occupations because of the physical demands and unique job hazards, with means to more affordable healthcare. Many law enforcement retirees lose their employer-provided health insurance and are years away from being Medicare-eligible. Under the HELPS Retirees Act, qualified, retired public safety officers can use up to $3,000 annually from their pension funds tax-free to pay for qualified health insurance and long-term care insurance premiums; On May 18th, the House passed the bipartisan TBI and PTSD Law Enforcement Training Act (H.R. 2992) by an overwhelming vote of 400-21. This bill would provide for much-needed additional training opportunities for law enforcement to improve officer response to persons affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). NAPO is working with Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the sponsors of the Senate version of this bill, S. 4286, on quickly moving it through the Senate and to the President’s desk; The City of Hurst has open Police Officer, Dispatch and Jailer positions; and NAPO’s updated “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet and “Legislative Positions” documents, all available in the links below.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: June 10, 2022, 8:10 pm

Honoring those who have served in the military and made the ultimate sacrifice

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Honoring those who have served in the military
and made the ultimate sacrifice

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Author: jgomori
Posted: May 27, 2022, 2:17 pm

National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) President Mick McHale has issued a statement in response to President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety issued May 25, 2022. In part, McHale’s statement reads: “The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) has been […]

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National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) President Mick McHale has issued a statement in response to President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety issued May 25, 2022.

In part, McHale’s statement reads: “The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) has been communicating to the Administration our concerns and recommendations for executive actions on policing reforms for the past several months. We have remained focused on our priorities of preserving officer rights and due process and ensuring any policies enacted in the Executive Order protect the ability of officers to safeguard themselves and the lives of the citizens they serve. With the President issuing his Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety today, we note that the Administration took into consideration some of our recommendations and concerns but did not address others of significant interest.”

“The Executive Order does not recommend Congress take action to eliminate qualified immunity for officers, which is of utmost importance to NAPO as this legal protection for officers is essential. In establishing body-worn camera policies, it allows for officers to review their body-worn camera footage prior to completing required reports, statements, or interviews regarding the recording. This is in line with the long-held best practices established by the Department of Justice and mirrors laws many states have enacted on the issue and will ensure the most accurate reporting of incidents.”

“However, there is a lack of meaningful due process for officers laid out in the Executive Order, particularly regarding the National Law Enforcement Accountability Database established under the Order. While it purports to provide due process protections for officers, the Order leaves it up to the Attorney General to determine appropriate procedures to ensure officers’ voices are heard and have proper notice and access to records. It does not specify what these procedures are or when they will occur. We continue to strongly advocate for robust due process procedures to be put in place and occur prior to officer records being uploaded into the national database. It is too late for an officer’s reputation if their only chance to contest, amend, or remove factually inaccurate information is after it is uploaded into the database.”

Please click on the links below for the complete NAPO statement, highlights of the Police Reform Executive Order and a link to the full Executive Order.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: May 26, 2022, 2:41 pm

Nine POLC-represented departments are among the more than 60 Michigan communities which will soon begin receiving awards from the $5 million First Responder Training and Grant Program. “Michigan’s first responders put their lives on the line to keep us all safe and we must have their backs,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer said. “Today’s grants will help […]

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Nine POLC-represented departments are among the more than 60 Michigan communities which will soon begin receiving awards from the $5 million First Responder Training and Grant Program.

“Michigan’s first responders put their lives on the line to keep us all safe and we must have their backs,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer said. “Today’s grants will help more than 60 communities across Michigan train and recruit first responders. And in my budget for next fiscal year, I’ve proposed additional funds to help communities hire and train even more first responders including firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and EMTs. Let’s keep working together to keep Michiganders safe.”

As a part of the First Responder Training and Recruitment Grant Program, all Michigan cities, villages, townships, counties or fire authorities were eligible to apply for a grant related to first responder training and recruitment. First responders are police officers, firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), paramedics and local unit of government corrections officers.

Among the communities receiving grant funding are POLC-represented units in: Allegan County, Flint, Hazel Park, Houghton, Lincoln Park, Niles, Ontonagon County, Otsego County and the Village of Laurium.

The grant program supports efforts of local governments to expand recruitment, improve training, and provide additional professional development and support to first responders in local governments.

For more details, click on the link below.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: May 24, 2022, 5:25 pm

In another National Police Week victory for NAPO and the law enforcement community, the House passed the bipartisan TBI and PTSD Law Enforcement Training Act (H.R. 2992) by an overwhelming vote of 400-21. This important bill would provide for much-needed additional training opportunities for law enforcement to improve officer response to persons affected by traumatic […]

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In another National Police Week victory for NAPO and the law enforcement community, the House passed the bipartisan TBI and PTSD Law Enforcement Training Act (H.R. 2992) by an overwhelming vote of 400-21. This important bill would provide for much-needed additional training opportunities for law enforcement to improve officer response to persons affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); In a significant victory for NAPO and public safety officers across the country, the House passed the Public Safety Officer Support Act (H.R. 6943) by a significant bipartisan vote of 402-17. This legislation would make post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a line of duty injury under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB); On May 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up and unanimously approved a slate of bills supported by NAPO and the law enforcement community. The bipartisan approval of S. 4007, Fighting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Act of 2022; S. 4003, Law Enforcement De-Escalation Training Act of 2022; S. 3860, Invest to Protect Act of 2022; and S. 2151, Strong Communities Act is a strong win for NAPO; In another win for NAPO and the criminal justice community, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration (JMHCP) Reauthorization Act (S. 3846) on May 12. The JMCHP Reauthorization Act is a bipartisan bill that supports crisis intervention teams and training programs for law enforcement and corrections personnel to identify and respond to incidents involving individuals with mental health conditions; and the Senate chose to join us in supporting and recognizing our nation’s law enforcement officers and unanimously adopted a resolution marking National Police Week on May 18. The resolution honors the 576 law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2021, including the nearly 400 who died from COVID-19, as well as the 92 lost to date in 2022.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: May 20, 2022, 6:18 pm

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is recognizing Michigan’s EMS Heroes for their lifesaving work on the front lines of the pandemic by proclaiming May 15-21 as EMS Recognition Week. “Michigan’s EMS Heroes step up to serve our communities every day,” Whitmer said. “During EMS Recognition Week, let’s thank our local heroes for always being there when we […]

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is recognizing Michigan’s EMS Heroes for their lifesaving work on the front lines of the pandemic by proclaiming May 15-21 as EMS Recognition Week.

“Michigan’s EMS Heroes step up to serve our communities every day,” Whitmer said. “During EMS Recognition Week, let’s thank our local heroes for always being there when we need it most and helping our neighbors, family, and friends. We must also recommit ourselves to having their backs through our actions, which is why I proposed awarding $50 million in hero pay to first responders throughout the state in my budget for next year. I will work with anyone to get these bonuses enacted and deliver for our first responders in both my words and actions.”

For more details, please click on the EMS Recognition Week Proclamation and Press Release below.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: May 16, 2022, 2:55 pm

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