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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Broward County PBA Endorses Nan Rich for County Commission, District 1

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The Broward County Police Benevolent Association today endorsed Senator Nan Rich in her race for Broward County Commission, District 1.

In the letter endorsing Senator Rich, BCPBA President Jeff Marano wrote:

“During your 12-year tenure in the State of Florida legislature you were always accessible, prepared, and well-versed on legislative issues, not only related to the men and women in law enforcement but to all Floridians. In preparing for your candidacy for the county commission you listened and understood our issues and the importance of the role of a county commissioner as it directly relates to the Sheriff’s budget. We believe the experience and knowledge you obtained at the state capitol will serve all Broward County residents.”

The letter to Senator Rich may be viewed by clicking the link below.

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These days, you can go to prison for doing your job.

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These days, you can go to prison for doing your job.

That’s right. In today’s climate, one bad incident can ruin your career and potentially land you
in jail just for doing your job. If that happens, you will need an organization with financial
strength and a successful track record defending BSO Deputies.


We recently notified you of a union election between the Broward County PBA and a shell
organization called the International Union of Police Associations. Soon, you will hear a lot
about this group and whether or not it can deliver on its many promises. This is a choice that
will radically affect not only pay and benefits, but whether or not you will have the legal
protections to secure you and your family’s future.


You are all trained investigators. As this election nears, ask the tough questions. Demand
specifics. Insist on facts, not promises.


Above all, don’t be complacent. This election could radically affect the legal protections you and
your family depend on for years to come.


Questions?


Contact:
Broward County Police Benevolent Association
2650 West State Road 84
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 584-7600 ❖ FAX: (954) 583-0405
www.bcpba.org


Download the PDF and pass it along.

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BCPBA President on New York Times article “A Florida Police Killing Like Many, Disputed and Little Noticed”

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BCPBA President, Jeff Marano, added comment to the  New York Times story, “A Florida Police Killing Like Many, Disputed and Little Noticed.”

The article  reports on investigations following the shooting of Jermaine McBean by a BSO Deputy.

Jeff Marano’s comments are excerpted below.

“Jeff Marano, president of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, said he was confident that Deputy Peraza, who is Hispanic, would be cleared. He said despondent people sometimes point unloaded BB guns at police officers in an effort to die by ‘suicide by cop’  and added that a police officer is killed in America every 50 hours.

I am confident that the deputy took appropriate action based on what he knew at the time and the threat he perceived at the time,’ Mr. Marano said.”

The full text of the article may be read at the New York Times website linked below.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/us/a-florida-police-killing-like-many-disputed-and-little-noticed.html

Florida PBA Enhances Heart Fund Benefits

 

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From John Rivera, Florida PBA President

In keeping with our solemn duty to care for our fallen heroes, the Florida PBA has enhanced the following survivor benefits covered by our Heart Fund Charity.

As of today, if a member is killed in the line of duty, his or her survivor will receive a $50,000.00 lump sum benefit from our Heart Fund.  This enhancement is increasing the benefit from $30,000 to $50,000.

Additionally, if a member is catastrophically injured in the line of duty, the member will receive a $30,000.00 benefit from our Heart Fund.  This enhancement is increasing the benefit from $20,000 to $30,000.

It is our obligation to never forget the sacrifices of those heroes we have lost.  We must always remember.  May God bless you.

 

Sincerely,

John Rivera

President