Opinion Editorial
Squeezing the middle E-mail
Written by Jess Lucio   
In a recent online article for the Guardian, a British newspaper, reporter Paul Harris notes that corporate America has a new advertising strategy. This new approach to selling is based on what Citibank has dubbed the "Consumer Hourglass Theory" or CHT for short. Simply put, Citibank, other major financial institutions and many of the largest U.S. and multi-national corporations in the world, are convinced that the "Great American Middle Class" or GAMC for short, is being squeezed out of existence.
A sacred promise E-mail
Written by Sean Smoot   

Events of the past year, perhaps unlike any other in recent history, has given us all cause to reflect on promises. We have seen a nation fulfill its promise to bring justice to a terrorist. and we will witness promises constantly kept by the brave police officers and firefighters who can be seen running toward the explosions, smoke, gunfire, screams, cries and destruction as others run away. People who work in public safety take an oath - they make a promise - to serve and protect. This promise is universal. It is the same oath, the same promise, made and kept every day in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Springfield, Cairo and in your hometown.

The view from here E-mail
Written by Thomas J. Nee   

In Boston, it's now official. A scandal associated with hiring practices at the Probation Department has prompted the age-old debate about the Civil Service System. It seems like every year, our union, the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association, is in court or in the legislature fighting to stop the erosion or even abolishment of the time tested civil service merit based standards and procedures. In 1883, Massachusetts became one of the first states in the nation to adopt a "merit hiring" or "civil service" law to stop the rampant practices of favoritism, cronyism, patronage and other forms of corrupt hiring and promotion practices.

Parole Board has blood on their hands and should resign E-mail
Woburn, Massachusetts Police Officer John "Jack" Maguire was gunned down by a career criminal who was released from prison in February 2009. Officer Maguire was responding to an armed robbery at the jewelry counter of a local department store.

As customers scurried from the store, Jack observed a suspicious suspect, ordered him to stop, and a foot chase ensued. The suspect engaged in a shootout with Officer Maguire, who returned fire and killed the suspect with several direct hits to the chest. However, during the shoot-out Officer Maguire was also severely wounded, and was rushed to Lahey Clinic hospital, where he died as a result of his gunshot wounds.

He was a 34-year veteran and was married to his wife, Desiree, for over 23 years.

Fusion leads to confusion E-mail
Written by apb staff   

There isn't a solitary soul that could make a reasonable argument that police officers should be on the lookout for suspicious individuals and activities that might indicate the possibility of a terrorist attack. That being said, the so-called "intelligence" that local law enforcement agencies are receiving from data warehouses known as "fusion centers" recently is raising all kinds of serious questions that demand answers. When you manage to put conservative Republicans and the ACLU on the same side you must have done something truly outrageous.

Top Cop's got some advice for Obama E-mail
Written by John F. Timoney   

President Barack Obama is going to have a lot on his plate when he takes the oath of office on January 20 – the economy, Iraq, Afghanistan, terrorism, and health care reform, just for starters. I’d like to talk about two more issues that I hope will receive serious consideration in an Obama administration: disenfranchisement of felons, and sentencing disparities for crack and powder cocaine.

Bad news policy E-mail
Written by Lt. Paul C Page   

Here at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept., we are currently experiencing what we consider to be a problem in that the agency is placing negative comments in the personnel files of employees who retire while an internal investigation is being conducted. The agency completes the investigation, and then places a copy of the “findings” along with an Adjudication of Complaint outlining what disciplinary action would have been imposed.

Sermon from the bottom of Mount “Woe is me” E-mail
Written by Gary DeLaganes   

At some point in everyone’s life an inevitable truth becomes a reality. In my case, it was the recent realization that I have celebrated most of my birthdays, and probably don’t have all that many left to come. The many years I’ve spent doing athletic activities and police work have taken a toll on my body – my lower back is racked with arthritis and it takes me at least two hours every morning to reach the point where I can stand up straight; my rotator cuff is shot; two knee operations, and the subsequent arthritis, has made running an impossibility; and a torn Achilles tendon has further limited my mobility.

Protestors just don't get it E-mail
Written by Aaron Hanson   

As a police officer, I was slightly heartened to learn that the recent march in our city, Omaha, Nebraska, organized by the Omahans for Justice Alliance, focused on their disagreements not only with the Omaha Police Department, but also on their concern for the rising tide of gang violence in our community. It would appear that certain activists have come to the realization that one tends to lose credibility with the rest of the community when the police are depicted as an even greater threat to the community than the droves of armed thugs who prey on our city and citizens daily.

History of police espionage 101 E-mail
Written by Dennis M. Sweeney   

Maryland State Police didn’t do their homework before they started spying on peace activists and anti-death-penalty groups. If the amateur spymasters had read up on their Maryland law enforcement history before launching this escapade, they might have had a good laugh and learned a thing or two.

Smearing law enforcement officers hurts recruitment E-mail
Written by Eugene O'Donnell   

A N.Y. state panel just mandated new, higher pay for rookies still in training which should make it a little easier for the NYPD to overcome its recent recruiting problems. But much of the good work of the pay raise could be undone by the calumnies heaped on the police in the wake of the Sean Bell verdict. New York’s cops have been called trigger-happy, cowboys and murderers; the term “racist” has been thrown around a good bit.

Scare tactics rolled out in debate E-mail
Written by Anthony F. Wiener   

Editor’s note: The author is responding to an article alleging that police officers get too much in the way of benefits when they retire.
Seth Grossman’s commentary, “Cap pension payments to relieve budget burden,” represents the kind of uninformed scare tactic that complicates the debate on the health of New Jersey’s pension system. As president of New Jersey’s largest law enforcement organization, which has more than 33,000 members in service to state, county and local law enforcement agencies, it is necessary to point out several of Grossman’s errors in assumptions and to express why law enforcement officers in the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) need to be excluded from any pension and benefit reforms.

Benefits need protections E-mail
Written by Ron DeLord   

In the 1980s Australian state and territorial governments started slowly eliminating the defined pension benefits for public employees by “selling the unborn.” Employees hired after a certain date would receive less pension benefits than existing employees. While the unions protested, current employees did not want to lose or reduce their pensions to protect future employees. The die was cast and 25 years later there are few defined benefit pension plans open to new employees.

Congress did authorize us to enforce immigration laws E-mail
Written by Chris Vásquez   
Over the past several years illegal immigration has been an issue of great debate around the country. Some law enforcement agencies take the stance that enforcing immigration law is the job of the Federal Government and that local law enforcement does not have the authority to enforce those laws. To some degree, up until about September 1996, this was true.
Cops do reduce crime E-mail
Written by Heather MacDonald   
New York City just ended 2007 with the lowest number of murders – below 500 – since 1963, the last year exact comparisons are possible. This homicide drop, from a high of 2,245 in 1990, is unmatched anywhere in the country or in the annals of policing. It is long past time for New Yorkers to acknowledge the debt that they owe to their police force. But the significance of the city's crime drop extends beyond the metropolis.
Code Red E-mail
Written by Jim Polan   
Law enforcement in America is under attack. As of November 2, 2007 there have been 150 law enforcement officer deaths, which would put the profession on pace for the deadliest year since the early 1980s. So far this year there have been 58 officers killed by gunfire. The average tour of duty is ten years and 8 months, the average age is 37. Experienced veteran officers are falling for unknown reasons. In 2005 there were a total of 2,150 law enforcement officers assaulted with firearms.
Difficult time for the Chicago P.D. E-mail
Written by Fr. Tom Nangle   
We are living through one more very tough time  at the Chicago Police Department. It’s “beat-down” time for our agency and the punches and kicks are coming from the media, clergy, and politicians, as well as some folks who just don’t like authority figures. After the usual disclaimer about bad apples in the barrel, where does this beat-down leave the men and women of the Chicago Police Department who stand for roll call and go out and  hit the streets to serve and protect this city?
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