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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

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.

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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