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.
Apply now: $2,500 scholarships available until March 1, 2017
MAP union members and their families are invited to apply for The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund. Applicants must submit their fully completed, signed application by March 1, 2017.
To qualify, candidates must be permanent residents of the State of Michigan and be a member of MAP or immediate relation to a member of MAP. Candidates must have completed a high school education or its equivalent, on or prior to June 30, 2017.
The mission of The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund is to assist members and their families who are motivated to improve society by enhancing their future careers through a college education. Carl Parsell Scholarships are awarded to deserving college bound students who desire assistance with their college tuition.
Carl Parsell Scholarships may be used to cover a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, and other required fees during the 2017-2018 school year. Scholars may use the award to attend any United States accredited university, college, community college, junior college, two or four year accredited degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a certification or license. Funds derived from The Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing determine the number of scholarships to be awarded annually. The maximum award available per student is $2,500.
Tickets just $10 for hockey game benefiting fallen Officer's family
Officers and their families and friends are encouraged to attend the 4th Annual Officer Hammond Memorial Hockey Game in honor of fallen Detroit Police Officer Myron Jarrett on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.
Officer Jarrett was was killed by a hit-and-run driver during a traffic stop Oct. 28, 2016. Proceeds from the $10 game tickets will benefit Officer Jarrett's family.
Click here for more information on the game and spread the word to help his family.
Sterling Heights Police encourage area departments to help cancer patients' families
Sterling Heights Police talked with Santa during New Day Foundation for Families Holiday Gift Giving Program. Det. Ken Mercer (above) and MAP Executive Board President and Sterling Heights Officer Rich Heins (below) along with other Sterling Heights Patrol Officers sponsored a cancer patient’s family in December 2015 & 2016.
By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor
Sterling Heights Police have a history of helping their community and they are encouraging other area departments to join them in supporting the newest organization they are helping, New Day Foundation for Families.
On Dec. 12, 2016 Sterling Heights Police Officers Association (POA) President and MAP Executive Board President Rich Heins along with Det. Ken Mercer, Sterling Heights POA Vice President, presented gifts for a single mother, who suffers from cancer, and her three children during the New Day Foundation for Families Holiday Gift Giving Program. New Day Foundation for Families in Rochester supports area cancer patients and their families, who are struggling financially, physically and emotionally.
Sterling Heights Patrol Officers shopped for and wrapped gifts of needed and wanted items for the 34-year-old and her sons ages 15, 10 and 7. Mercer and Heins presented the gifts to a family friend since the woman was unable to attend due to treatments and a weakened immune system. She was diagnosed with B-cell Lymphoma in July 2016 when a tumor was found behind her sternum. Lymphomas are blood cancers in the lymph nodes. Now she is undergoing six 21-day treatments, which involve in-hospital stays.
“She was working full-time,” Heins said of the single mom. “She had two jobs.”
Diagnosed July 28, 2016, she is unable to work due to treatments and her weakened immune system. “She’s a waitress and she hasn’t been able to work,” Mercer said. “She was just so lethargic and short of breath that the doctors said she’s not allowed to work. Her blood cell count is down from chemotherapy and she could get sick.”
New Day Foundation for Families is the genesis of Gina Kell Spehn and Michael Spehn after losing their young spouses to cancer. They married and between them have five children who have lost a parent to cancer. Together they wrote the New York Times bestselling book “The Color of Rain,” which was adapted for the screen as a Hallmark Movie Channel original, premiering on May 31, 2014, and continues showing throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
“New Day provides short-term financial assistance for basic living expenses and emotional resources to family members. By reducing financial and emotional burdens, our programs have a profound impact on quality of life and treatment outcomes for cancer patients and their families,” said Josephine Long, Development Director at New Day.
Notice of funding opportunity for terrorist preparedness program
The following is a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the (FY) 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA Program).
The FY 2016 CCTA Program provides $35.94 million to local, state, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions for improving their ability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks in collaboration with the whole community.
The FY 2016 CCTA Program intends to enhance resilience and build capacity for jurisdictions to address complex coordinated terrorist attacks that may occur across the nation. Following a competitive process, selected local, state, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions will receive funding specifically to build and sustain capabilities to enhance their preparedness for complex coordinated terrorist attacks, to include the following components: identifying capability gaps, developing and/or updating plans, training to implement plans and procedures, and conducting exercises to validate capabilities.
Awards will be made on a competitive basis to applicants who present an ability to successfully meet the requirements described in the NOFO. FEMA encourages interested jurisdictions of various types, sizes, and capabilities to apply.
The application period will remain open until Feb. 10, 2017. The FY 2016 CCTA Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is located online at: http://www.fema.gov/grants
A series of webinars have been scheduled to assist potential applicants with understanding the FY 16 CCTA Program’s objectives and priorities, application requirements and review process, timeline, and grant application systems. Applicants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the information presented. The same webinar will be offered on the following dates:
Webinar on the FEMA FY 2016 CCTA Grant Program
WHO: FEMA’s CCTA Program Office and Grant Programs Directorate
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec.14, 2016 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. (EST)
Thursday, Dec.15, 2016 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EST)
Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EST)
Webinar on Non-Disaster (ND) Grants System
The FEMA Grant Programs Directorate will be offering the following online training sessions for potential grant recipients who may not be familiar with the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants System 3.0:
WHO: FEMA’s Grant Programs Directorate
WHEN: Dec. 15, 2016 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EST)
Additional details regarding registration and delivery method are forthcoming. For more information on Notice of Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks, click here.
Lame Duck success!
Public safety employees stop bill that would've ended future retiree health benefits
House Bill 6074, which drew protest from public employees in Michigan and a barrage of calls to State Legislators will not be moved out of the House as part of a package of bills.
Early this morning, the House Local Government Committee reported that the only bill in this package that will be moved is House Bill 6075, which creates reporting requirements between public employers and Michigan Department of Treasury. This bill has no effect on retiree health care.
MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner wanted to thank MAP members for their support! MAP members participated in the MAPO effort, contacting State Legislators to make this victory possible.
However, Timpner also wanted to alert members that is this a temporary win and MAP members may be called on again soon. Republicans are expected to introduce bills as early as January 2017, after new legislators have been sworn into office, that would negatively impact public employee healthcare and pensions.
In the meantime, Legislators were clearly swayed by the overwhelming involvement of MAPO members.
Karoub Associates highlights issues in lame duck session
With the impending transition to newly elected leaders, state legislators are addressing a number of topics in the lame duck session; leadership appointments are being made; and topics such as energy reform, clean water in Flint and a plan to tackle lead exposure are all discussed in the Nov. 21, 2016 Karoub Report.
Wings to host Final Law Enforcement Night at Joe Louis Arena
The Detroit Red Wings are inviting fans to support the brave men and women in uniform during the Final Law Enforcement Night at the Joe Louis Arena Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. The Wings will take on the Los Angeles Kings during this event, open to all local, state, federal law enforcement officers, corrections officers, sheriffs, security, family members, friends, and the general public.
$10.00 from each ticket will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Each ticket includes a Farewell Season at The Joe Law Enforcement Appreciation Night Patch.
The first 500 ticket purchasers will be able to take a post game shot on the net on ice. Groups of 35 or more will receive an autographed hockey puck for the group leader. For groups of 10 or more or to order by phone, call Jamie Clark directly (313) 471-7138 to pick seat locations and have the per-ticket service fee waived.
Karoub Associates summarizes Republicans' domination of state, national elections
Republicans kept control of the Michigan House and Supreme Court and have a majority in the U.S. House to go along with newly-elected Republican President Donald Trump. Karoub Associates details elections results in the Nov. 9, 2016 Karoub Report.
Competitive grant open to all components of criminal justice system
The Michigan Justice Training Fund (MJTF) Competitive Grant Program is open to all components of the criminal justice system including Michigan courts, corrections, public defenders, prosecutors and law enforcement (both licensed officers and civilian staff). The process to apply for these funds is detailed here. For more information about Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) programs and services, click here.
Guidebook highlights research about women in public service careers
Fire Science.org has put together a comprehensive guidebook for women in public service careers. In this guide, readers can access in-depth insights and research about careers in homeland security, forestry, public administration, cyber security, emergency management, criminal justice and paramedics.
The guide highlights careers for women in public service, throughout history and today.
A 2011 report by the Department of Labor found that women are 50 percent more likely than men to work in public sector jobs, with 18.2 percent of all female Americans serving in this arena. Click here to learn more about public service jobs for women and information about potential salaries and education requirements for specific positions.
FireScience.org began in 2012 to provide quality data and information for students pursuing a career in fire science. The website provides tools and resources to help students and professionals make well-informed decisions about their education and career training.
New Labor Specialist stands up for employee rights
By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor
Jerald James has always enjoyed coming to the aid of others, so helping his fellow Detroit EMS co-workers resolve employment concerns was a natural transition for him. Now that he’s recently retired, James is taking his next step helping others as the newest MAP Labor Relations Specialist.
“The one thing that attracted me to the union when I started (Detroit EMS) in 1997 was witnessing employees rights not being honored or respected and watching co-workers or peers really struggle with their rights and their benefits and wages,” James said.
James represented EMS workers for nearly two decades through his various positions at Detroit EMS, including EMS Superintendent and his most recent position as EMS Captain. He begins his new career with MAP in September.
“Once I crossed into the union world, it became very rewarding to me to win a grievance or have a phone call and get some stuff straightened out,” he said. “It made the job dually rewarding - I was delivering babies and ... getting peoples’ jobs back when they were wrongly discharged. For a lot of people you end up saving their life or their careers when no one else would or could.”
James was a Michigan Association of Fire Fighters (MAFF) Union Steward since 2014, when EMS Supervisors joined MAFF. Now MAFF representatives are hoping EMTs and Paramedics will join the union as well.
“I was actually the union president for the group when we affiliated with MAFF,” James said. “To me, it was a natural transition. I really liked what I’m doing - I wouldn’t change it. I think this is a nice group of guys I’m dealing with too,” he said of the Labor Relations Specialists.
His union career track began in 1997 as Union Steward with International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). He climbed the ranks to Chief Steward from 1998-2002 and President from 2002-05. In 2005, he was promoted to Lieutenant, and in 2007 became President of EMS Officers Association, a group not affiliated with any organized union.