Important Notification, Please Read
Dear NAPO members:
In just six weeks, deep, automatic cuts in federal funding, known as sequestration, will begin to take effect. According to the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Justice’s justice assistance grant programs will be cut by 8.2 percent across the board. Unless Congress changes the underlying law, similar–or much deeper–cuts will occur every year for the next ten years. This will affect the Byrne JAG, COPS Hiring, Meth lab, Bullet Proof Vest, and many more programs.
| Yesterday, Congress returned for a lame duck session during which they will seek to reach a comprehensive deficit reduction deal to amend or delay sequestration and to address the other elements of the “fiscal cliff.” Even if the current sequestration mechanism is canceled, as is widely expected, what could replace it could end up causing deeper cuts to these programs.
It is important for the law enforcement community to join together in explaining the vital role these federal dollars play in our ability to protect the public safety, build stable communities, and continue to test innovative methods for
| preventing, fighting and prosecuting crime.
Please click on this link to sign onto a letter to Congress: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dEtTWnhMNnBka0VmbVhDQjROZ0otdWc6MQ. It will take less than two minutes. And it will make a difference.
Local, state, tribal and national law enforcement and prosecution agencies and associations are welcome to sign, as well as individual officers, deputies and prosecutors. (Only law enforcement and prosecution on this letter, please. Another will be coming soon for other components of the criminal justice system.)
If you have any questions about the letter, please contact Bill Johnson, Executive Director, at email@example.com.
Thank you very much.
William J. Johnson
National Association of Police Organizations, Inc.
317 South Patrick Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 549-0775 office
(703) 684-0515 fax
2012 bppa scholarships
TO: All BPPA Members
This letter is of vital
importance to every member of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association who has
children they wish to be considered for Tuition
Scholarships, sponsored by the BPPA. In order to make certain that your
dependent child is eligible please complete an application by 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 19, 2012.
The House of Representatives
has not yet determined how many scholarships will be awarded, or their value.
It will be comparable to the amounts given in years past. The winners are
selected at a random drawing at the House of Representative Meeting on Wednesday,
November 21, 2012 (note deadline above).
Scholarships will be awarded
- Each child of a member in
good standing is eligible. (Documentation of child’s relationship to
member is required and may include but is not limited to birth
certificates, income tax returns, etc).
- Each child may be entered
once and only once in the annual random drawing. A duplicate entry will
disqualify the child, and nullify any prize awarded.
- Children currently
attending tuition based school; the sponsoring member parent may present
evidence of tuition costs and elect an immediate lump sum payment of the
- Children not currently
attending tuition based school, the scholarship award shall be placed in a
college savings financial vehicle determined by the BPPA Treasurer and
approved by the House of Representatives. The BPPA and the named member’s
child shall jointly own the savings plan. If the child does not attend a
tuition based school by their 20th birthday, the entire scholarship
amount will revert back to the BPPA scholarship fund or any other BPPA fund at the discretion of the House of Representatives.
The deadline for filing is
Monday, November 19, 2012 by 5:00PM.
You may obtain an application from your Shift Representative, by contacting the
BPPA offices or at bppa.org. The awards will be distributed at the House of
Representatives 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at the BPPA Offices at 9-11 Shetland Street, Roxbury, MA 02119.
Remember the deadline is Monday, November 19, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
**Scholarship Award Form**
Major Victory for BPPA
In a major victory for the BPPA,
Arbitrator Richard Boulanger yesterday ordered the immediate reinstatement with
full back pay of Officer Baltazar DaRosa. Arbitrator Boulanger found that the
Department did not have just cause to terminate Officer DaRosa in December 2010.
The Department charged DaRosa with involvement in a 2004 murder that occurred
at a Cape Verdean Night at a night club in Randolph. DaRosa’s cousin is the
main suspect in the crime, of which DaRosa has steadfastly denied any
Arbitrator Boulanger found that although
the Department investigated the case for almost seven years, it produced no
evidence that DaRosa knew of or was involved in the crime in any way. He found
that DaRosa did not violate any department rules justifying termination. He
ordered DaRosa reinstated and made whole – with full back pay and lost detail
and overtime earnings.
Attorney Bryan Decker from Sandulli Grace, PC represented
the BPPA in the case. He received assistance in the case from James Gilden,
General Counsel to MAMLEO, of which Officer DaRosa is a member.
PAX CENTURION and THE BPPA
The PAX CENTURION and its editor, James Carnell, have come
under attack over these past few weeks and we, the elected leadership of the
BPPA, feel we must respond.
We utterly reject the ugly accusations which are currently
being hurled against Jim Carnell, our Union, and our members. For many years,
Jim has taken on a thankless task of trying to keep our members, the police
community, and our supporters apprised of the issues confronting us and the
battles we have waged. He has chronicled our fights to secure decent
contracts, protect members unfairly disciplined, and secure legislative and
other benefits, such as being paid what we were promised for advancing our
education. Of course, none of the media has bothered to point to these
writings, which form the vast bulk of Jim’s work.
Also not addressed in the media fury is that most, and in
recent years, all of the net revenues derived from advertising in the PAX have
funded scholarships for the children of our members, These scholarships are
distributed by a lottery with each member having an equal opportunity to
advance his or her child’s education. For the support for these scholarships
we have received from our advertisers, we and our members are enormously
In addition, aside from the scholarship fund, the BPPA makes
extremely generous donations from its general fund to any worthwhile
organization. Contrary to accusations that we do not care about the
“Community”, we have donated tens of thousands of dollars to youth sports,
school groups and charitable causes affecting police officers, their families,
and the general public on an annual basis. These donations have been made to
groups and individuals in every district and neighborhood of Boston. The only
requirement for such assistance is that a member of the BPPA make a request
through his/her elected representative.
The PAX has always explicitly stated that any opinions
expressed in the paper are those of its editor and not necessarily those of the
leadership or members. We have respected Jim’s right to express his personal
views. To the extent that critics gratuitously call us bigots or racists, we
wholly reject such scurrilous attacks. If our Union stands for anything, it is
our shared belief that every member, and indeed every person, deserves to be
treated fairly and decently, without regard to race, gender, ethnicity, or any
other such label.
This controversy has served notice that greater oversight of
the PAX is warranted. Like it or not, the public views articles in the paper
not just as Jim’s or other writers but as the shared beliefs of all of us.
To that end, we want to reach out to our membership to
contribute to the paper, thereby reducing the burden on the few among us, like
Jim Carnell, who have shouldered all of the responsibility for filling its
Going forward, we want to ensure that the PAX reflects our
mission, as set out in our Bylaws: “…to elevate the social, civic, and
intellectual standing of our members; to promote and protect the welfare of one
another; to provide aid, assistance, and defense – financial, legal and
otherwise – to our members in matters of common interests to all Police
Officers; to cultivate feelings of friendship among persons in public office
responsible for humane exercise of progressive public policies affecting police
administration; to mitigate the hazards of our work; to advance workable
programs for improved salaries and other conditions of employment; to further
measures of excellence in and for our public salaries and other conditions of
employment; to further measures of excellence in and for our public service;
and to realize in our pursuit for happiness and equal opportunity with all
people in our public care.”
BPD ACKNOWLEDGES MEMBERS ‘COMP TIME’ RIGHTS
From: Andres, Alfredo
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 1:10 PM
To: Linskey, Daniel; Evans, William; Joyce, Paul Jr; Holloway, Bruce;
Fong, Kenneth; Fitzgerald, Paul; Mancini, Frank; Callahan, Edward
Cc: O'Rourke, Bernard; Halstead, Randall; Baston, Nora; Gross, William;
Nee, Kelly; Buckley, Kevin; Holmes, Lisa; Daley, John; Cox, Michael; Lydon,
Colm; Whitman, Steven; Dowd, Thomas; King, Genevieve; Hayes, Mark; Lee, Thomas;
Davin, John; Boyle, Joseph Capt.; Ivens, Paul; Hasson, James; Greland, John;
McCormick, Kelley; Sexton, Richard; Russell, Paul; Hussey, James; Ciccolo,
Robert; Gillespie, Joseph; Crossen, Patrick; O'Connor, Paul; Murray, Tim -
Captain; Evans, Richard; Time Clerks; Ryan, Mary BPD
Subject: Fair Labor Standards Act
Department has recently been put on notice by the BPPA they are considering a
federal law suit alleging that the BPD is violating the Federal Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA). This email is intended to inform you of the allegations
and give instruction on how to comply with the FLSA.
first allegation is that the Department is denying officers when they request
to take time off as WO days. Under the FLSA when an officer has acquired comp.
time the standard to deny the use of that com. time determined to be FLSA comp.
time is that it must be Unduly Disruptive to the organization. It
has been litigated and determined that just because giving an officer a WO day
would incur OT that does not make it unduly disruptive. When determining
whether to approve a requested FLSA WO day off, commanders should consider does
granting that day off put the public safety at risk. Days such as Marathon,
Caribbean Festival, and other special events such as a World Series or Super
Bowl would most likely be considered Unduly Disruptive and allow for the denial
of a FLSA WO day. This is likely to result in an increase to the OT budget
throughout the Department but that is almost unavoidable. The FLSA looks at
comp. time no differently that OT it is just that the employee is compensated
by time off instead of by monetary compensation.
second allegation is that officers are being ordered to use their comp. time
and bring down their banks. The BPPA considers this a change that cannot be
made without bargaining. This practice should stop until the Department can
notice and have a dialogue with the union on this subject.
should also be aware they are under no obligation to approve comp. time when it
is requested. Under the CBA with all four Police Unions comp. time is mutually
agreed upon. When considering a request for comp. time commanders should look
upon the request EXACTLY as if it were an overtime request and then make a
decision whether to approve or deny the request.
contact the Office of Labor Relations with any questions. The Department is in
the process of scheduling another presentation on this topic in the near future
for all commanders and time clerks.
Superintendent Alfredo Andres
Office of Labor Relations
OFFICER IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE
Curtis Carroll, a longtime member and BPPA Representative, has been battling cancer
for some time. Curtis is doing well and continues his treatments. However, he needs
your help, he has exhausted all benefits and needs some addition time to recuperate.
We have set up a sick back for Curtis and are requesting that any officer that can
help out, please donate a day or two. Below is the pertinent information and attached
is the request sheet that must be filed to donate.
you one and all in advance if you could help Curtis out.
1. Complete the attached
for and return via Department mail to John A. Conway – Operations Division
may donate up to 2 (two days)
3. A random selection from forms will then be forwarded
to Records and Attendance as needed.
4. Persons whose forms are randomly selected
will be notified at the phone number they include on the form
5. All unselected/unused
forms will be returned to persons who submitted them.
HEALTH BENEFITS ALERT
It has come to our attention that Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Insurance Provider,
has recently broken off their relationship with ‘Walgreens’ Pharmacy. Walgreen’s
Pharmacy will no longer accept Blue Cross as an Insurance Provider. If you have
Blue Cross Blue Shield as your Insurance Carrier and use ‘Walgreen’s Pharmacy’,
you must transfer your prescriptions to another pharmacy. To the best of our knowledge,
‘Walgreens’ is the only Pharmacy not accepting Blue Cross. If you encounter any
other Pharmacies that will not accept your insurance, please contact the BPPA as
soon as possible.
BPPA WINS ARGUMENT OVER TRAINING DAYS
Today, January 3, 2012, we received written notification and confirmation from :
Roberta Golick, Esq, Arbitrator in the case of BPPA vs City of Boston in regards
to our argument that the City/Department was in Violation of Article IX, Section
3 F Training, by not observing the written language and allowing our members time
off earned at training to be used at the Officers discretion with the accepted exceptions
of: ‘First Night, Marathon Monday & Caribbean Festival’.
In layman’s terms, anytime you earn a W/I for Training, you can utilize the W/O
for that day anytime you choose with the above three stated exceptions.
The City violated the collective bargaining agreement when, in July 2010, it denied
Officer O’Rourke, “(the aggrieved party)”, the compensatory day he requested. Going
forward, the City is directed to comply with Section 3(F) of the agreement. Signed
By; Roberta Golick, Esq. , Arbitrator