What a law enforcement union must provide members in today's world

In order to guarantee its members the highest level of employment protection that is absolutely necessary in today's world, a law enforcement officers' union must provide total representation. This means that a complex battery of resources and a broad spectrum of specialized expertise must be readily available, at all times, to every member of the organization. In other words, the union must be armed with complete service capacity and a dedicated staff of eminently qualified professionals who will consistently deliver these services in a timely and coordinated fashion.

Specifically, all members must be assured:

  1. Maximum appropriate financial compensation for the work they perform.
  2. The best possible employment benefits, including pension and medical insurance.
  3. Working conditions maintained at the highest standards.
  4. Protection of all employees' rights, as established by law.
  5. Immediate access to top-quality legal counsel whenever necessary.
  6. Direct availability of professional assistance in matters of financial, insurance and retirement planning.
  7. The strongest possible collective voice in communicating needs, opinions and positions to national and state lawmakers.
  8. An internal communications program that keeps everyone in the organization fully informed, shares ideas, and functions as a two-way interconnection between the membership and the organizational leadership.
  9. A media relations program which informs the public about the organization's position on issues affecting the membership and/or local associations.
  10. A leadership structure which represents the membership's collective interests and goals in the creation and implementation of the organization's operating policy.

Total representation therefore entails delivering full-service in negotiating and enforcing contracts, guarding all members' rights, helping members plan their futures and protect their families, providing the membership with political and communications clout and guaranteeing that the organization's operating policy reflects the sum total of the membership's needs, objectives and ideals.

The Michigan Association of Police is a full-service public safety union in every sense of the term. Each element of MAP's extensive professional services is profiled on the following pages.