Re-Taking the Oath of Office
On Wednesday December 19th 2012, an ENS was published from Chief Garcia with regard to having officers raffirm their oath of office annually. Not surprisingly, this generated concern from many officers who believe they should not be made to re-take an oath of office that they took when they were first sworn in as officers right out of the academy. PLEA fielded several calls from officers wanting to know what would happen if they refused to participate in reaffirming their oath of office.
On Thursday December 20th 2012, PLEA President Joe Clure spoke with Chief Garcia to obtain additional information on the topic. During this conversation Chief Garcia made it clear that the reaffirmation of the oath is highly encouraged but NOT REQUIRED. The Chief also made it clear that DISCIPLINARY ACTION WOULD NOT RESULT if an officer opted not to take the oath.
Second Annual Shop With A Cop
The second annual Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA)/Phoenix Police Department Shop With a Cop event held on December 18, 2012 at the Super Target Store in Spectrum Mall was another success. Volunteers from Kiwanis made a delicious pancake breakfast for the officers and the children as they awaited Blue Santa’s arrival in his helicopter. Officers took 62 children from all over the city shopping for Christmas. The event began at 6:30 a.m. Each child, accompanied by their Phoenix Police Officer, shopped the Chris-Town Target store for clothes, shoes, and toys worth up to $200.00.
Uniform Update as of 121712
As you may know, PLEA filed both a grievance with the City and a couple of unfair labor practices with the Phoenix Employment Relations Board (PERB) over Chief Garcia's decision to eliminate the class D uniform. PLEA feels that his unilateral decision to completely eliminate an optional uniform violated labor / management agreements, reduced YOUR total compensation package, and intrudes on the MOU.
The unfair labor practice is scheduled to go in front of a hearing officer early next year. PLEA with be asking for PERB to issue an injunction which will in effect make the class D uniform an authorized uniform choice once again. PLEA is also vacating the grievance and just this week served the City with a Notice of Claim, which is the precursor to a lawsuit. PLEA is seeking class status which means all unit 4 members will be included. PLEA is asking for those unit 4 members deprived of a portion of their allowance to be repaid since the value of their uniform allowance was reduced by Chief Garcia's unilateral, unwise decision.
As you can see, PLEA is aggressively fighting on multiple fronts to protect your paycheck and the MOU. We will keep you posted as this develops.
Although the holiday season is in full swing and many people have already done their shopping, keep in mind that any time that you shop in the City of Phoenix, instead of neighboring cities or making online purchases, 38% of the retail sales tax you pay on merchandise goes back into the City's General Fund.
When you make purchases at these local and small businesses instead of online or out of state, more of your money re-circulates in our own community instead of going somewhere else. This translates to more jobs, improvements to our neighborhoods, and community development for the City of Phoenix.
The money that goes into the general fund helps to pay for vital City services, including police and fire protection, parks, libraries, senior centers and street maintenance.
CLICK HERE for a list of regional malls/power centers, retail warehouses, new car dealerships, home improvement, and appliance stores within the City of Phoenix.
Law Enforcement Appreciation NightThe Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Arizona, CLEAA and Arizona Probation Officers Association, AZPOA, in conjunction with the Phoenix Suns, are sponsoring a Law Enforcement Appreciation Night on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at the US Airways Center in Downtown Phoenix. That evening, the Phoenix Suns will take on the Philadelphia 76ers. Group packages are available and include either a Suns jersey with Lower Level seats or a Suns drawstring bag with Upper Level seating.
$10 from each ticket will be donated to help build the National Law Enforcement Museum.
CLICK HERE for an informational flyer for this event.
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