Message from the Director
Law enforcement officers nationwide are being executed simply for doing their job. In fact, for the fifth year in a row, ambush-style executions were the number one cause of felonious officer deaths, according to a 2014 report released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
So why are some U.S. politicians and other leaders encouraging the public to question the integrity of public safety officers, who are hired to PROTECT the public and the officials who represent them?
The current anti-police sentiment is in reaction to citizen deaths during altercations with police officers. The most noteworthy case is that of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown, an African American, on Aug. 9, 2014 while he was fleeing police. In this case, like many of the others, Brown was not cooperative with police during his attempted arrest. However, much of the media coverage does not discuss that very critical fact. Shortly before the shooting, Brown was captured on video camera robbing a nearby convenience store, stealing several cigarillos and shoving the store clerk. Police said a struggle between Brown and a Ferguson officer over the officer's gun led to his death.
It's pretty straightforward – officers dealing with uncooperative citizens must protect themselves. If they don't protect themselves, who will be there to protect the public?
When a person resists arrest, it is imperative officers react swiftly. And it doesn't matter if that person is African American, Hispanic, Caucasian, male, female or even a teenager. Every person who disobeys a law enforcement officer's instructions risks not only their lives, but the lives of the people in close proximity to the situation. Police cannot pick and choose when they will react quickly -- doing so means innocent lives could be lost. What would be the public outcry then? Of course, the outcry would be 'Why didn't that officer protect those innocent people?'
25,000 cartons of life-saving Narcan Nasal Spray donated to public safety, community
Excerpted from news media and Adapt Pharma.com
Narcan Nasal Spray 4mg, the first and only FDA-approved Naloxone nasal spray for emergency treatment of opioid overdose, is being donated to law enforcement and first responders among others through the month of July 2016.
Narcan is an antidote that targets the brain receptors affected by opiate drugs like heroin. When administered, it can reverse the depression of the central nervous system, respiratory system, and hypo tension in a matter of seconds. “It blocks those receptors. It’s going to block off the high immediately,” said Kyle McKenzie, a paramedic with Pro Med.
If given to someone who isn’t experiencing an overdose, the drug becomes benign and has virtually no effect or side effects, according to Narcan drug makers, Adapt Pharma, Limited.
Adapt Pharma planned to donate 25,000 cartons of the life-saving drug to public safety and other community partners including Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), the Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC), and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. In January, through a partnership with Clinton Health Matters Initiative, high schools were also offered a free carton of Narcan.
“This device will equip those in our communities - families, friends, caregivers and school nurses - with a tool they can rely on without need for medical training or expertise,” according to a statement from Mike Kelly, president of U.S. Operations at Adapt Pharma.
Adapt also offered donated product to city law enforcement agencies across the country who have been hit hardest by opioid-related overdoses. Naloxone can be administered intravenously or through a nasal spray.
Supreme Court rules in favor of Officers’ rights
By Attorney John Goldpaugh
False or inaccurate information cannot be used against a law enforcement officer in subsequent criminal proceedings, according to a recent ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court.
The Court based the 5-2 decision on the Disclosures by Law Enforcement Officers Act (DLEOA) and went on to say: “To hold otherwise would defeat the Legislature’s stated intent to preclude the use of ‘any information.’”
The June 22, 2016 ruling was made in the People of the State of Michigan vs. Nevin Hughes case, involving Detroit Police Officer Nevin Hughes. Hughes was represented by Attorney John Goldpaugh in his appeal. The case stemmed from charges of obstruction of justice, misconduct in office, and assault and battery, against Officer Hughes (and other officers with respect to the obstruction of justice charge) arising out of a 2009 incident.
Officer Hughes and other officers made statements during an internal investigation by the Office of the Chief Investigator. All three officers were given their Garrity rights and subsequently, departmental charges were filed against Officer Hughes.
Once departmental charges had been addressed, Internal Affairs began a criminal investigation and a warrant was obtained against Hughes and the other two officers. The sole basis for the obstruction of justice charge was the alleged false statements given under Garrity to the Office of the Chief Investigator, according to the People. The district court bound Officer Hughes over on the misconduct in office and assault and battery charges during the preliminary examination and dismissed the obstruction of justice charges against him and the other officers.
U.S. Border Patrol hiring agents until Aug. 7, 2016
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the premier law enforcement agency tasked with securing our nation’s borders while facilitating legitimate travel and trade. CBP is the largest law enforcement component in the Department of Homeland Security and is currently hiring Border Patrol Agents. This position has many openings along the southwest border. To learn more about this position or submit your application, please follow the link to the https://www.usajobs.gov
A career with CBP offers the full range of Federal benefits including health and life insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, and retirement. In addition, CBP may offer some candidates the added incentive of student loan repayment.
All positions require U.S. citizenship and the successful completion of a full background investigation and polygraph.
• Be between the ages of 18 and 37 (age waiver for qualified veterans)
• Be a U.S. citizen and a resident for the past three years
• Have a valid state driver’s license
• Pass a thorough background investigation, polygraph test, medical examination, fitness test and drug test
Individuals looking for important and rewarding work and an opportunity to serve their country are encouraged to consider career opportunities with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. To learn more about CBP, please visit www.cbp.gov/careers
26th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing
Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing - June 9, 2016 at Links of Novi.
The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund was established in 1991 in memory of the law enforcement union movement pioneer. Parsell spent an unparalleled career thinking about the welfare of the employees he represented, always taking effective actions to constantly improve their economic status, working conditions, and future. The scholarship continues his legacy of improving the lives and futures of others, through education. Scholarships are awarded each year to Michigan family members of MAP, MAPE and MAFF union members. Funds for the scholarships are derived from the Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing, which took place June 9, 2016.
MAP Sergeant’s daughter excels in academics, softball and helping others
By Jennifer Foley, MAP Editor
Meaghan Barch has all the makings of a successful college student – she works hard to achieve excellent grades, has been admitted to advanced academic programs, worked in a profession related to her field of study, is involved in athletics, and volunteers her time to help others. So it’s no surprise the daughter of Beverly Hills Village Police Sergeant Peter D. Barch has been honored as a Carl Parsell Scholarship winner this year.
“The Carl Parsell Scholarship would assist me in paying for my undergraduate schooling, as I will be paying for my own education,” wrote Barch in her scholarship application. “I will be attending Oakland University (OU) in a pre-medical program. Upon my completion, I will attend medical school to become an obstetrics gynecologist, pediatrician or medical examiner.”
Barch, a Utica High School student with a 3.7 GPA, was selected as one of three 2016-17 recipients of the $2,500 scholarship. She will pursue a degree in Biology at OU.
“She proved to be an overachiever and a class leader,” said her fourth grade teacher, Linda DeCumen of Flickinger Elementary. “Her vivacious personality, intelligence and subtle humility took the school by storm. Throughout her junior high and high school career, Meaghan shared the little time she had tutoring students who needed extra help in math and reading in my classroom. She continually amazes me with her endless accomplishments.”
Barch served as Historian for the National Junior Honor Society, was a National Honor Society member, and Secretary and President of French Club. She was awarded for Outstanding AP U.S. History Student, received an All-Academic Team Award in Freshman Soccer and was a player and referee for American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). She was also involved in Sideline Cheer for Basketball, AYSO Nationals Team Player in 2014, and Beyond the LJ, a club formed to build a school in Africa through fundraising.
Barch received awards for: “A” Honor Roll, Outstanding MST Student and the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. Her scholastic achievements include being accepted to both the Utica Center for Mathmatics, Science and Technology (MST) and Utica Community Schools Academy for International Studies, both prestigious academically talented programs. Barch had to choose which program to pursue and opted for MST. She was also dual-enrolled in college while in high school, attending Utica DEEP Medical Science program through the University of Michigan – Flint Campus.
In the community, she served as a preschool leader for Vacation Bible School at Peace Lutheran Church, participated in St. Jude Walk, was a tutor, event volunteer and VIP Buddy for AYSO, where she also coached the undefeated U8 Boys soccer team and coaches U8 Girls soccer.
Barch is employed at 1st Choice Physical Therapy as an office tech, where she performs patient intake, ultrasounds and electric stimulation. Barch said she received training in the medical techniques while on the job. She also works a second job at Palazzo Grande Banquet Halls, where she was recently promoted from waitress to floor manager. Her medical training includes an internship at Signature Dentistry of Rochester, where she observed dental procedures and made dental impressions.
In addition to the Carl Parsell Scholarship, Barch also received a four-year scholarship from OU for $3,000 annually for her high GPA and ACT score of 28.
Daughter of MAP members learned importance of serving others
By Jennifer Foley, MAP Editor
Kelcie LaTour was raised by parents whose duty it is to protect and serve others, so it’s no surprise that she also wants to pursue a career focused on helping others - an attribute that made her even more attractive as one of this year’s Carl Parsell Scholarship winners.
“My parents have taught me how important it is to give back,” LaTour wrote in her scholarship application. “I started delivering Meals on Wheels with my mom and discovered it made me feel so good to be able to help people.”
LaTour’s parents, MAP members Jack LaTour, a St. Clair Shores Police Sergeant, and Tricia LaTour, a Sterling Heights Police Officer, have a lot to be proud of as Kelcie heads off to Grand Valley State University (GVSU) to pursue a Physician’s Assistant degree while playing softball at GVSU. She takes with her the $2,500 Carl Parsell Scholarship to help reduce her college costs. She also received a 10% GVSU Softball Scholarship.
“My goal is to work at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, helping children affected with cancer,” LaTour wrote. “After watching my father battle the disease, it has driven me to want to make a change in other people’s lives so they don’t have to suffer.”
At Dakota High School, LaTour was active in sports playing basketball, varsity softball and volleyball, and serving as 2016 Varsity Softball Team Captain. She received several county awards including: All District Team, MAC Red Division Honorable Mention, Macomb County Honorable Mention First Base, First Team MAC Red Division, 2015 All Region Team and All County 2nd Team, 1st Base, and was voted Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year in 2013-15.
With a 3.3 GPA, she was on the Honor Roll all four years as well as Macomb Area Conference All Academic Team.
LaTour has helped her community through sorting food during the annual Post Office canned food drive; delivering Meals on Wheels to homebound area residents; volunteering at Miracle League Network helping handicapped children enjoy softball; and teaching younger girls the game of softball.
“I have volunteered at softball camps and given younger girls free hitting lessons in hopes of having more girls fall in love with the game of softball,” she wrote.
“She has an unbelievable knowledge of the game and she strives to do her best at all times and by doing so is able to elevate the play of those around her as well,” wrote Macomb Dakota Assistant Varsity Coach Mike Downey, in a letter of recommendation. “Kelcie is an excellent teammate who always encourages everyone.”
“I also broke and continue to hold multiple school softball records,” LaTour wrote in her application.
“She owns the records for home runs in a season and for a career and the records for runs batted in for a season and for a career,” wrote Dakota Varsity Softball Coach Rick Fontaine in a letter of recommendation. “She has never missed or been late for a practice, never gave up on her herself or her teammates during a game, and showed an eagerness to learn and improve herself every day. Kelcie is well-respected by her peers and is a player that teammates rally around.”
“During the summer I work for Bello Woods Golf Course and play on a high level competitive travel softball team,” she wrote, adding she also babysits year round to save money for college.
Son of fire fighter is dedicated volunteer in pursuit of nursing career
By Jennifer Foley, MAP Editor
Brandon Warda understands the importance of community service and already has a jump start on his career in nursing, earning him the honor of receiving one of three $2,500 Carl Parsell Scholarships for the 2016-17 school year.
Warda, who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing, began working as a physical therapy tech while still attending Dakota High School in Macomb. He is the son of Michigan Association of Fire Fighters (MAFF) member Jaroslaw Warda, a Macomb Township Fire Fighter who is also a design engineer at FCA Group.
Warda, who has a 3.6 GPA, plans to attend Oakland University. He works at Health Quest Physical Therapy in Shelby Township where he helps patients with their exercises and therapeutic procedures as directed by the Physical Therapist. A dedicated community volunteer, Warda was hired at Health Quest after volunteering there for three months. He also works a second job as a cook and dishwasher at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.
“Within the last four years, I have participated in many activities and clubs including Key Club, National Honor Society, my high school boy’s soccer team, and many volunteer activities,” Warda wrote in his application. “I have participated in volunteer groups to better people outside of my school, such as tutoring elementary school children at the Boys and Girls Club as well as participating in my church as an altar boy.”
In school, Warda received recognition for academics, including being on Honor Roll every semester, good behavior and good acts. “Besides academics, I am also fluent in Polish,” he said. “That was actually my first language from when I was a kid. I would like to study abroad (in Poland) if I am able to.”
“By being able to become a nurse, I can pay back my community by possibly becoming a first responder in aid of patients that are in need of my help. If I was to work in the ICU or emergency services, I would be a first responder once they come into the building,” Warda said. “I’m hoping in the future to become a nurse practitioner.”
Michigan State Troopers, Deputy save child from burning home
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has selected Michigan State Police Troopers Jim Leonard and Rick Carlson along with Otsego County (MI) Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Holzschu as the recipients of its Officer of the Month Award for March 2016.
The three officers were called to the scene of a house fire in which a child was trapped inside. The Troopers and Deputy broke through glass doors and windows, allowing enough smoke to escape the house so they could enter and rescue an unresponsive child from his crib. For the complete article, click here.
MCOLES issues chart on law enforcement population trends
Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) has issued a comparison chart on law enforcement population trends spanning the years of 2001 to current. The number of jobs and the number of individuals applying for positions continues to decline from 23,150 positions and 22,488 officers in 2001 to 19,061 jobs and 18,460 officers by January 2016. Please click here for the chart.
Understanding Garrity rights
Officers can protect themselves by knowing what not to say
By Jennifer Foley, MAP Editor
Understanding Garrity rights following an officer involved shooting, accident or any other incident where an officer is being questioned about their on the job actions can make the difference between remaining on the force or facing potential criminal charges. This is especially true due to mounting accusations of excessive use of force by police nationwide.
“Today we’re under fire from everybody,” said Michigan Association of Police (MAP) legal counsel John Goldpaugh of Goldpaugh & Associates, P.C. “You have to be careful.”
MAP Labor Relations Specialists Jim Steffes could not agree more. “Our society is getting a lot more violent,” Steffes said. “Some people don’t obey the police officer when he gives them an order and things can escalate if the person is assaulting the officer or disobeying their commands.”
Officers involved in shootings are often unable to think clearly immediately following the shooting. In fact, there are many questions they simply should not respond to until they have been advised by their MAP representative and MAP legal counsel, Goldpaugh said at a breakout legal session for MAP Executive Board Members and attendees in December 2015.
“You’ve got to get to your officer and tell him to keep his mouth shut,” Goldpaugh told Labor Relations Specialists. “We don’t want anybody to make any statement to anyone until: 1. He has had an opportunity to speak to his union steward and 2. To make sure he doesn’t start talking to people and, thereby not protecting his hard fought Garrity rights.”
Talking Finances with Stuart & Pete - Fall 2015
Are You Ready To Retire?
Many of us think age dictates when we retire, and it does in those jobs/professions that have mandatory retirement ages. Some of us have pre-set ages in our minds; 55, 60, 62, 65. These ages can be based on reaching
a certain number of years of service (i.e. 30 and out) or when your mom or dad retired; what your spouse expects, or tradition. But the question is.....are you ready?
There are two viewpoints to consider with this question: The inner you and the financial you. Both are equally important.
The Inner You
This is the area of ego (especially for us men), emotion, psychology, feeling productive, etc. We have worked all our adult lives, contributed to society, made the world a better place, and now we are done. The sudden end to the positive feelings we get from being productive can be difficult to deal with. What makes me important if I don’t have my career? Or what makes me significant if I’m not bringing home the paycheck? We must remind ourselves that we still have important meaningful roles to fulfill as spouse, parent and grandparents - our best roles! We can become invaluable assets to charities, such as churches, hospitals and children’s organizations.
What we have observed works best is to have some type of passion that occupies at least a part of the 168 hours God gives us every week and also occupies a portion of our minds.
When clients come to see us near retirement they will tell us of the thing that they will throw themselves into (i.e. golf) and will do this every day (36 holes a day!). Guess what happens? After two or three months (or four or five) they are sick of the activity. So when people tell us they are going to retire, we always engage them in two different, but equally important questions.
1. Are you aware retirement is an irrevocable decision? Once you retire, if you change your mind in six months your job will probably not be waiting for you. Be sure of your decision!
2. Imagine tomorrow is you first day of retirement. What does it look like? What are you doing? How do you feel?
If you are planning to retire in the next year think about these questions very thoughtfully. It is critically important that you mentally prepare for retirement just like you would a marathon or big test.
MAP wins wage increases, secures pensions for new hires
By Jennifer Foley, MAP Editor
MAP won wage increases, retroactivity, and preserved several contractual items for St. Clair Shores Police through ACT 312 arbitration.
MAP was able to obtain 2 percent wage increases in each of the three years of the contract, effective July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017, for a total 6 percent increase over the life of the contract.
“The Employer was proposing 2 percent with no retroactivity involved. The contract expired July 1, 2014,” said Association President Paul Opper. “We were able to come to an agreement with retroactivity. We were both on same page on all the 2 percent increases.”
The Employer sought to reduce the pension multiplier for new hires to 2%. The Union fought for and was awarded a better agreement. For any new member hired after the 312 award, the pension multiplier to be applied for each year of service shall be 2.25% for the first 25 years of service. The pension multiplier will be 1% for 26-30 years of service or more. The final average compensation for Employees hired after the 312 award will include base wages only.
“For the new hires, the Employer initially wanted a 2.0 multiplier - that’s what the fire fighters got from their arbitration, but we were able to get a 2.25 multiplier on base wages only,” Opper said.
MAP files grievance, gets Sterling Heights Officer’s suspension reduced
By Jennifer Foley, MAP Editor
A Sterling Heights patrol officer received a reduction in his discipline and was made whole after Michigan Association of Police (MAP) filed a grievance on his behalf.
The Officer, who worked the night shift, was given a five-day suspension with an additional five days held in abeyance for one year from the time of the incident for falling asleep while on duty and failing to respond to a radio call for approximately 10 minutes on May 18, 2014. On the night in question, the Officer was called to the station and interviewed by a Sergeant at which time the Officer acknowledged that he fell asleep.
The next day, May 19, 2014, the Officer was placed on desk duty and while he was off work, on May 22 he went to see a doctor for excessive daytime sleepiness. He was referred to a sleep disorders institute where he was diagnosed with a shift work related sleep disorder. He followed the doctor’s prescribed remedies and had no further incidents.
During the investigation, it was also found that the Grievant had fallen asleep while working with another officer and did not report for a run to which both were assigned. The officer spoke directly with the Grievant, but did not report the incident to a supervisor.
The Officer provided the City with his doctor’s assessment and even offered to allow the City doctor to examine him. The City declined to send the grievant to their employer physician. The grievance filed by MAP on the Officer’s behalf requested removal of all discipline “due to (the Officer’s) documented medical condition and that he be made whole.”
The Arbitrator compared the Officer’s case to that of three other police officials in the same department, all of whom received less stringent discipline than the Grievant. “Grievant was given the most severe discipline, a five-day suspension, in contrast to a four-day suspension, a letter of reprimand and a one-day suspension,” the Arbitrator wrote in his decision. “The second and more critical distinction is that Grievant sought medical assistance for what he perceived to be a problem he had experienced at least once, if not twice, before while on duty. The Grievant promptly took steps to seek and obtain medical advice, was referred to a medical doctor with expertise in the sleep disorder area, and provided that documentation to his employer. Grievant participated in a two-day sleep study and followed all of his medical doctor’s plan for addressing his disorder.”