Excerpted from news media

Trenton Police Officers used a new device to rescue a man who fell through the ice on a canal at Elizabeth Park Feb. 3. The man’s dog ran out on the ice and the owner chased him.

While the dog made it off the ice, the man fell through and police found him clinging to a piece of ice. Trenton Police used a newly acquired water rescue throw bag to rescue the man.

The department purchased these devices following a December 2018 police water rescue. An officer in that incident boarded a nearby kayak when a car drove into the Detroit River and the driver was completely submerged. The Trenton Officer was able to break the car window with the kayak paddle, free the female driver and pull her to safety, said Trenton Police Lt. Mike Hawkins, MAP Executive Board President.

Trenton Police now keep the throw bags inside their vehicles.

“Within the first week or two of getting these in we’ve already saved a life and it’s come in handy and saved our officers and helped out the community,” Hawkins said in a Fox 2 News interview.

For more on the water rescues, please see the following links to the rescue articles:

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/387782822-video

https://www.officer.com/tactical/news/21060050/michigan-police-officers-rescue-man-who-fell-through-frozen-canal

http://www.thenewsherald.com/news/man-clinging-to-life-rescued-by-trenton-officer-after-falling/article_f4d52f2e-28ce-11e9-8889-6794a5dd3f12.html

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/trenton-officer-finds-kayak-uses-it-to-rescue-woman-inside-car-sinking-in-detroit-river

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2018/12/17/trenton-police-woman-detroit-river/2343749002/

https://www.wilx.com/content/news/Police-body-camera-footage-shows-officers-rescue-of-woman-from-Detroit-River--503213321.html

Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are invited to attend a series of free monthly Grievance Seminars on Fridays at the MAP Office.

The Seminars, conducted by MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information about key grievance issues. Seminars scheduled Jan. 25 and March 29, 2019 will focus on Contract Interpretation. Discipline will be the topic at seminars scheduled on Feb. 22 and April 26, 2019. All Seminars begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

Please register as soon as possible as space is limited to 12 people by calling Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7158, ext. 231 or emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

While some people are concerned about what they post, text and otherwise share online, just as many view this as their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. No matter your view on the subject, legal advisors for MAP are urging members to think twice before posting or texting anything sexual, racial or even political.

“You have a First Amendment right to say whatever you want to, but you don’t have a constitutional right to your job,” said MAP Legal Counsel Catherine Farrell.

Public Employees should understand specific restrictions detailed in their contracts. “Look to the CBA to make sure you don’t violate it,” said Farmington Hills Attorney Arthur J. Weiss, who joined Farrell in a Social Media discussion with Union members during the MAP Annual Open House in December.

MAP members are encouraged to visit the Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) website to register for Members Only alerts and access to resources available only to mapomembers. MAP members are also encouraged to download the MAPO App for Iphones and Androids. The App will provide members with easy to use mobile access to the MAPO website and Members Only resources to keep registered users up to date on issues affecting them.

Click on the links below to for more information:

Register for MAPO Members Only resources and notifications.

MAPO App for iPhones.

MAPO App for Androids.

NoShaveNovember 0737By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

When over 80 Sterling Heights Police Officers grew beards in November and raised money for Wigs 4 Kids, the community noticed and supported their efforts.

“This is our first year being involved in it,” said Rich Heins, a Sterling Heights Police Officer and MAP Executive Board President.

Despite getting a late start in the Pigs 4 Wigs No Shave November campaign, Sterling Heights Police raised an impressive $4,629. “We decided we were going to do a fundraiser to raise morale and raise some money,” said Sterling Heights Sgt. Chad Finkbeiner. “Sgt. Dave Allen has a friend on the Milford Police Department. They suggested that fundraiser and we looked into it.”

“We jumped on board a week late,” Finkbeiner said, adding 25 Command Officers and 59 Patrol Officers joined the effort. “We had 84 officers participate with most of them contributing $50 … and a couple $100.”

“That’s amazing,” said Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO of Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center and Salon, of the large donation for their first fundraiser. The program, based in St. Clair Shores, assists children and young adults, ages 3-18, experiencing hair loss due to cancer, alopecia, trichotillomania, burns and other disorders. Varney is a cosmetologist who has worked with adult patients through the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good, Feel Better” program for 28 years. Since Wigs 4 Kids' inception 14 years ago, over 4,000 children have received program services.

“We provide wigs and all the support services for families - grief and loss counseling, field trips with other kids like them, individual, group therapy, painting and music therapy,” Varney said. The services extend to siblings and continue while the families need them. “Even after, when they lose their child, they’re picking up the pieces of their life and still putting it back together and we charge nothing for any of the services we provide for our children,” Varney said. “All the therapy, that’s what this money is raised for.”