In an effort to support the dedicated men and women in public service careers, Cleary University is offering the Courage and Public Service Tuition Program, an exclusive pricing clearylogoopportunity for all undergraduate and graduate programs. Taking into account the sacrifices and courage it takes to be a public service employee, Cleary’s tuition program provides online and flexible evening classes and allows up to 90 transfer credits. Attend classes at one of Cleary’s three convenient locations: Howell, Detroit, or Ann Arbor. Click here for more about academic programs and degrees offered at Cleary.

 

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  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

Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards Executive Director David L. Harvey recently highlighted new licensing standards for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers. Prior to the changes to PA 289 in December 2016, Law Enforcement Officers were certified. Now they are licensed and must adhere to the following standards to remain licensed:

• License is revoked if the licensee obtained it by making misrepresentation or fraud.

• License is revoked if the licensee obtained it because another person made a misrepresentation or fraud. (Note: If an agency falsely attests that a candidate has complied with the licensing standards, the officer’s license will be revoked.)

• License is revoked if the licensee is adjudicated as guilty of any offense in any jurisdiction punishable by more than 1 year of imprisonment.

• License is revoked if the licensee is adjudicated as guilty of any of the following Michigan misdemeanors, or their equivalents in any jurisdiction:

1. Second offense of domestic violence.
2. First offense of assaulting an individual without a weapon and inflicting serious injury, without intent to commit murder or to inflict great bodily harm.
3. First offense of domestic violence without a weapon and inflicting serious injury, without intent to commit murder or to inflict great bodily harm.
4. Stalking.
5. Unauthorized possession of hallucinogens or Schedule 5 drugs.
6. Unauthorized use of Schedule 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 drugs, ecstasy, cocaine, or hallucinogens.
7. Second OWI or OWPD within seven years.

(While felony convictions at any time would result in license revocation, there is no retroactivity of this law for officers convicted of misdemeanors.)

• An order of probation for a first-time domestic violence offense is now an adjudication of guilt that may result in revocation for a qualifying offense.

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.

Officers can protect themselves by knowing what not to say

By Jennifer Foley, MAP Editor

Understanding Garrity rights following an officer involved shooting, accident or any other incident where an officer is being questioned about their on the job actions can make the difference between remaining on the force or facing potential criminal charges. This is especially true due to mounting accusations of excessive use of force by police nationwide.

“Today we’re under fire from everybody,” said Michigan Association of Police (MAP) legal counsel John Goldpaugh of Goldpaugh & Associates, P.C. “You have to be careful.”

MAP Labor Relations Specialists Jim Steffes could not agree more. “Our society is getting a lot more violent,” Steffes said. “Some people don’t obey the police officer when he gives them an order and things can escalate if the person is assaulting the officer or disobeying their commands.”

Officers involved in shootings are often unable to think clearly immediately following the shooting. In fact, there are many questions they simply should not respond to until they have been advised by their MAP representative and MAP legal counsel, Goldpaugh said at a breakout legal session for MAP Executive Board Members and attendees in December 2015.

“You’ve got to get to your officer and tell him to keep his mouth shut,” Goldpaugh told Labor Relations Specialists. “We don’t want anybody to make any statement to anyone until: 1. He has had an opportunity to speak to his union steward and 2. To make sure he doesn’t start talking to people and, thereby not protecting his hard fought Garrity rights.”