Michigan Association of Police members are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Michigan Active Assailant Conference (MAAC) Sept. 13-14, 2017 in Troy, Michigan.

The conference will provide firsthand collaborative law enforcement and fire service debriefs of some of the largest active assailant incidents ever including: the recent tragedies in Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Paris, Washington DC, and others. The event is being hosted by Farmington Hills Fire Department, Farmington Hills Police Department, Troy Police Department, Oakland County Tactical Training Consortium (OakTac), and Michigan Rural EMS Network (MiREMS).

Retired Texas Ranger Ramiro Martinez, one of the Austin Police Officers who heroically ascended the University of Texas clock tower in 1966 and confronted the offender during that infamous incident, will be discussing the events of that tragic day.

This conference has been submitted to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards for use of approved funds, State 911 Committee for use of dispatcher training funds, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for 16 hours of approved EMS continuing education.

For more information, click here for the registration form or please call Farmington Hills Fire Department EMS Coordinator Jim Etzin at (248) 871-2807 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

With growing concern over the safety of it's police version of the Explorer, Ford Motor Company announced it will cover the specific costs to repair all vehicles with carbon monoxide leaks, according to an article from Fox61.com.

Police departments around the country have complained about high levels of carbon monoxide in the Police Interceptor. To address these concerns with the Police Interceptor Utility, Ford Motor Company said in a statement that it will pay for the repairs “regardless of age, mileage or aftermarket modifications made after purchase.”

For more information, click here for the Fox61.com article.

All Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are encouraged to attend a series of Grievance Seminars being held on Thursdays and Fridays at the MAP Office. The Seminars, being conducted by MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information on key grievance issues.Seminars on Aug. 24 and Oct. 13, 2017 will focus on contract interpretation. Discipline will be discussed at the Seminars on Sept. 28 and Nov. 17, 2017. Each Seminar begins at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

These Seminars are limited to 12 persons on a first-come basis. Please contact Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7158, ext. 231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible to make reservations.

 

Photo coutesy of Michigan Association of Police Organizations
  MAPO Members, including MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner (seccond from left), recently went to Lansing to present a $1,000 donation to the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. at the future site of the memorial. For more information on the memorial or to make a donation to help with construction costs, clickhere, or visit www.mleom.org

By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

MAPO representatives recently participated in a meeting with the leadership of the West Michigan Policy Forum to discuss ways to tackle unfunded liabilities in communities without breaking the bank when it comes to the state’s budget. This meeting was connected with Gov. Rick Snyder’s Responsible Retirement Reform Task Force.

Attending on behalf of MAP members was Rich Heins, MAP President, to hear concerns of task force members which include state and local officials, private sector business leaders and employee representatives. Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) President Mike Sauger is a member of Governor Snyder’s task force. MAPO represents MAP and several other Michigan public safety unions.

“We’re going to have all the information first hand because he’s on that task force,” Heins said of Sauger.

The Feb. 15, 2017 meeting in Grand Rapids at Western Michigan University highlighted concerns leaders have with municipalities, such as Detroit and Flint, both previously placed under the leadership of state Emergency Managers to fix their budgets in an effort to avoid bankruptcy. Going forward Snyder and other leaders are trying to avoid situations like these where communities cannot afford to fully fund pension plans and retiree healthcare.

“Now the governor has taken this on as one of his causes,” Heins said. “He’s trying to figure out a way to fix it without it being entirely on the state.”

Union leaders want to ensure their members aren’t stuck paying the bill either now or in their retirement. “In the lame duck session this past year, there was an effort to pass legislation that would harm retirees and the prospect for retiree health care for active employees” Heins said.