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Unions- who needs 'em? E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

Editor's note: The following is the actual want ad posted to recruit police officers back in the days of horses and buggies. If you ever wondered what it is that unions actually do, this is a great example of what working conditions are like when you're an "at-will" employee. Meal breaks? Forget it. There are no breaks. If you get hungry eat that sandwich you're allowed to carry in your hat. Now for the historical want-ad!  "I want you for PEEL’S Police (circa 1839)"

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Who protects the Protectors? E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

City Politicians take gun away from True Blue Sister who is battling terminal cancer - They want her in a forced retirement just months before her 25 years of service - Her Chief went against the order and stood up for this Hero - Now we need to stand up and step up for one of our own!

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Big hearts with badges E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

“'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.” Supposedly some guy called Jesus of Nazareth said something along those lines while he was preaching across Galilee a couple thousand years back. To understand what the meaning of that translation is all about, you can’t do much better than a recent article from the San Francisco Chronicle about a group of police officers that helped out a homeless family in trouble.

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Texas police group releases app for members E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, which represents roughly 19,000 law enforcement officers statewide, released a smartphone application that allows members to quickly report critical incidents to the association's attorneys, who would represent them during any internal investigation.

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Who's the Boss? E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Depending on whom you're talking to, President Obama is a ruthless tyrant, an empty suit or something in the middle. But here's a question for the folks that believe that our 44th President is in fact a tyrannical overlord with no respect for the law or the Constitution. What kind of strongman allows his own employees and appointees to ignore his orders and publicly paint their boss as an idiot? Drug Enforcement Administration Chief Michele Leonhart was testifying yesterday in a closed hearing before a House Appropriations subcommittee.

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DHS counter-piracy ops E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

If you read the paper you couldn’t really be blamed for thinking the Department of Homeland Security is little more than the law enforcement arm of corporate America. According to a recent article in PC World magazine, yet another DHS operation was recently determined to be entirely unrelated to what some people call homeland security and others call national security. Instead DHS was working hard to make sure 20th Century Fox does not lose a penny.

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For emergencies dial 99-11? E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to a recent article from the Associated Press, a Texas grandfather's idea to allow hotel guests to dial 911 without having to press 9 has prompted a federal official to ask hotel owners if that might be possible. The tale of Hank Hunt and his 9-year-old granddaughter motivated Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai to send letters to 10 American hotel chains to ask if guests could call 911 without dialing something else first for the call to go through.

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When you control information you control the narrative E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

If you want to get the straight dope as far what’s going on with your pension and pensions in general you’ve got quite a task ahead of you. You could watch FOX News. There you can see Congressmen, job creators, and various semi-famous people with too much make up like Dana Perino talking about how pensions are killing this once great nation. You will hear lots of stuff about greedy public employees and their undeserved and exorbitant pensions on FOX all the time. So you head over to MSNBC. There you will hear people like Morning Joe Scarborough, former Congressman and crazy old person Alan Simpson and Willie Geist talk about how pensions are killing this once great nation. You will hear lots of stuff about greedy public employees and their undeserved and exorbitant pensions on MSNBC. Is anyone starting to see a pattern here?

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They saved the victim and got the shooter E-mail
Written by NLEOMF   

On evening of November 17, 2013, Officers Stephen Neff and Ratko Aleksis responded to a call of shots fired in Tempe, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb. As the first officers to arrive on scene, they immediately directed bystanders to safe locations and then set out to pinpoint the exact site of the shooting and the location of victims. One bystander informed the officers that the shooting had taken place in the street and the victim was inside one of the nearby residences and appeared to be bleeding profusely.

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Your pensions are not the problem E-mail
Written by Jim Brown   

The myth lives on. The media accepts the idea without question. The public, after being bombarded by propaganda supported by those trying to undermine collective bargaining, think it is true as well. But all the evidence points in another direction.     And what is this myth? It’s the story told over and over for close to a decade - the financial crisis and associated threat of bankruptcy of local governments are caused by the high wages and huge pensions going to our firefighters, health care workers, law enforcement officers, teachers, and others working for our town, city, county and state government agencies. The evidence tells a different story.

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When pranks go horribly wrong E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

It might be a good idea to talk to our kids about what can happen these when pranks go wrong. Anyone that has a television knows that prank shows like “Pranked,” are extremely popular- especially with young people. But what the kids that love these shows might not be clear on is what can happen when the prank is interpreted as a threat by an armed homeowner. According to CBS News, Little Rock Police reported that a 48-year-old Arkansas man shot and killed a 15-year-old girl recently in a prank gone wrong.

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Can we buy you lunch? E-mail
Written by APB   

It’s an offer you can’t refuse. For over 20 years everyone at American Police Beat has been proud to work hard and put out the best magazine in law enforcement. You have probably noticed we have lost a lot of advertisers in the past year who left our pages mostly because they were attracted to the low costs of advertising online. The good news is that we're having a sale where you save huge.
You can help American Police Beat by taking advantage of this great offer. For the next week, we will be offering subscriptions at half price. For a limited time only you can get a one-year subscription for just $8.50. You can use the money you saved for a couple of guilt-free beers or a burger.

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Off-duty carry for cops in bars E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to an article in the Times Picayune Newspaper out of Louisiana written by reporter Lauren McGaughy, “It's one of the worst-kept secrets that off-duty police officers in Louisiana often flout state law by bringing their service weapons into bars and restaurants that sell alcohol.” Now a state lawmaker is proposing that such restrictions by done away with in order to increase public safety and officer alike.

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Do we want an AG that's cozy with cop-killers? E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

Dear Fellow Officers: We need your support. Please click on the link below and join with your brothers and sisters and like-minded civilians to let the United States Senate know that we do not want Debo Adegbile to be the next Assistant Attorney General at the Civil Right Division of the United States Department of Justice. It is easy to do and will take less than a minute. Click on the link and follow the instructions.

https://www.change.org/petitions/members-of-the-united-states-senate-vote-no-to-the-confirmation-of-dedo-adegbile-to-the-department-of-justice

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Court says cops can't be full time union workers E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association will fight a court injunction that stops officers working for the Association from getting a salary that comes from the city coffers.

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Time to pay more attention to our “human fleet” E-mail
Written by Jim Jordan and Patrick Bradley   

In recent years most law enforcement agencies have thoroughly modernized their preventive maintenance and repair programs for the motorized fleet. Administrators should, with the encouragement of police unions, apply the same level of effort to maintain and care properly for the fleet of humans who drive the cars and do this uniquely complex work. We know that the miles on the law enforcement odometer represent much more punishment to the vehicle than the same number of miles on a civilian vehicle. 

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Police and fire leaders call proposals “inhumane, cruel, crippling” E-mail
Written by Mark Diaz and Jeff Pegg   

With the filing of the Plan of Adjustment on February 21 in the United States Bankruptcy Court, the City of Detroit has formally identified its plan to adjust the debt that brought the City into bankruptcy. The brutal and unreasonable plan for the City’s Police and Fire employees (including retired employees), who serve and continue to serve with an unmovable allegiance to their public safety commitment is not acceptable.

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State's pension system in good shape E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

Turns out moving people out of defined benefit pensions into 401(k)'s would cost taxpayers more. Arizona's public pension systems for state employees, public safety personnel and corrections officers are on a path toward financial stability, according to a study by a the bipartisan think tank, the Grand Canyon Institute.

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Touched by an angel E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brown   

Last month Barrington, Rhode Island  citizens attending the Mothers Against Drunk Driving candlelight vigil might have been surprised when Police Chief John M. LaCross welcomed the crowd by asking the auditorium of 400 or so to place their feet flat on the floor and close their eyes.According to a report in The Providence Journal by reporter Katie Mulvaney, Chief LaCross then guided them through an 11-minute meditation that entailed deep breathing, relaxation and a visualization of a loved one they had lost as music tinkled in the background.

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Propaganda is educational E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to reporting from Raw Story and the Pando Daily, a former Enron billionaire is secretly funding a show on a PBS affilaite to keep the wheels greased for "Operation kill the unions and take the pension funds."  Like people always say- consider the source. Except in this case the source was a secret until some good journalism put the lights on.

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Troopers feed their kids roadkill in LePage's Maine E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Maine Governor Paul LePage is what is referred to in the media as a “quote machine.” LePage is widely considered one of the most conservative public officials in the US and has a problem with just about everybody. Once LePage said a Democratic lawmaker, Sen. Troy Jackson of Aroostook County, "claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline."  He also really hates the media, although that’s hardly unique when the press has a lower approval rating besides anyone but Congress. And it’s not just one paper the Gov. has issues with- it’s every single newspaper in the Pine Tree State. "Reading newspapers in the state of Maine is like paying somebody to tell you lies," LePage once told reporters. So what about the fine men and women that make up the ranks of state public employees?

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