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City of Hollywood Notice of Negotiations

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NOTICE

 

A negotiation session between the City of Hollywood and the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) is scheduled as follows:

 

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Place: City Hall, Room #215

 

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Giving Back to Those Who Serve – The Hundred Club

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Giving Back to Those Who Serve

The Hundred Club may be Broward County’s best kept secret. First formed in Detroit in 1952 by retired Pontiac dealer, William Packer, The Hundred Club was the first U.S. organization to provide assistance to dependent children of firefighters and officers killed in the line of duty. When Mr. Packer retired and moved to Florida in 1962, he established a chapter here. The organization later expanded its mission to include military families.
The main goal of the organization is to help families during the first few days following a traumatic line of duty event. “We meet with the family, ascertain what is needed, and provide immediate financial assistance to help them cope and get back on their feet,” said Scott Gooding, president of the organization and a retired BSO District Chief for all Broward County Courthouses.
In addition to financial assistance following a death or trauma, The Hundred Club provides college scholarships to active members of law enforcement, fire service and the military as well as dependent children of those killed in the line of duty for those groups.

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The Hundred Club has endowment funds with five Florida colleges including Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, and University of Florida. Three additional schools will be added in 2016.
Eligible students may visit http://www.the100club.net to read more about the scholarship criteria and find links and contact information for applications at each of the schools.

Union Advises Broward Judiciary of SB 264 in Letter to Chief Judge Peter Weinstein

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The Broward County PBA has sent a letter to Chief Judge Peter Weinstein advising him of notices sent regarding SB 264 that were mailed to all police departments in Broward County represented by the PBA.

A PDF version of the letter is available by clicking the link: SB264-Judge-Weinstein-Letter

Union Requests That Police Departments Abide by SB 264 to Eliminate Citation Quotas and Officer Ratings Based on Citations

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CONTACT:  Jeff Marano, 954-584-7600

Union Requests That Police Departments Abide by SB 264 to Eliminate Citation Quotas and Officer Ratings Based on Citations

Fort Lauderdale, Florida June 9, 2015 – The Broward County Police Benevolent Association (BCPBA) sent letters to police chiefs at all Broward County police departments represented by the PBA advising them of the recently passed State of Florida bill SB 264 which amends Florida State Statute 316.640 to prohibit traffic citation quotas. With the passage of the legislation, the establishment of citation quotas is a violation of state law.

The union mailed the letters on Friday, June 5, 2015. In its letter, union President Jeff Marano requested that police departments “…abide by the law and eliminate all traffic citation quotas from its practices, including but not limited to the current monthly evaluation system whereby an officer is given a rating based on the number of traffic citations and/or enforcement actions taken within a period of time, to wit, a month.”
“The PBA sees these citations as revenue sources for their agencies and it makes officers and deputies look like the bad guys. We don’t want to have mandates that continue to adversely impact the public,” Marano added. “An officer’s or deputy’s monthly statistics shouldn’t reflect the number of citations issued.”

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The Broward County Police Benevolent Association is the largest law enforcement union serving Broward County. BCPBA is a non-profit organization providing labor relations assistance and collective bargaining services for its members. Our mission is to promote professionalism in law enforcement and to protect the rights and privileges of individual law enforcement officers and civilian employees, as well as to keep citizens informed of the challenges facing law enforcement today. We are active in community events including those that support and honor law enforcement.

Union Surveys Officers on the Use of Body Cameras in Advance of Hallandale Pilot Program

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Jeff Marano, 954-584-7600

Fort Lauderdale, Florida June 4, 2015 – The Broward County Police Benevolent Association (BCPBA) has hired a third-party consulting firm to survey rank-and-file City of Hallandale police officers about their opinions on body-worn cameras in the field.

The city’s yearlong pilot program is scheduled to begin in August.

The union notified the city of the survey and allowed input before being completed and mailed on June 3, 2015. The survey was sent to law enforcement officers from the rank of sergeant and below, not just to those officers participating in the pilot program.

Tallahassee-based JMS Associates is conducting the survey. The survey will take several weeks to process. Results are expected toward the end of the month.

“Body worn cameras have the potential to adversely impact officers’ safety and endanger their lives,” said Broward County PBA President, Jeff Marano. “A use of force consultant hired by the City of Hallandale advised that a key element of a successful program is that members ‘buy in’ to the program. A survey will help assess that. We appreciate the willingness of the City of Hallandale to work with the BCPBA as we measure the morale and opinions of officers.”

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The Broward County Police Benevolent Association is the largest law enforcement union serving Broward County. BCPBA is a non-profit organization providing labor relations assistance and collective bargaining services for its members. Our mission is to promote professionalism in law enforcement and to protect the rights and privileges of individual law enforcement officers and civilian employees, as well as to keep citizens informed of the challenges facing law enforcement today. We are active in community events including those that support and honor law enforcement.

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