Explorer Benefit Cookout Raises Over $3500
On Wednesday, October 9th 2013 , the PLEA Garage Grill hosted another benefit cookout for Phoenix Police Explorer Post 2906.
Since 2010, when City budget cuts affected the Explorer program, PLEA has consistently stepped up to the plate to help raise money for this program, which has changed the lives of hundreds of young adults, many, who have become police officers.
The program runs exclusively on donations and thanks to the generosity of those who attended this year's event, we were able to raise over $3500!
PLEA would like to extend its gratitude to everyone who was able to attend including Chief Garcia and his Executive Staff, as well as commanders, lieutenants, sergeants, officers, civilian employees, and of course, the public.
CLICK HERE for more information on Phoenix Police Explorer Post 2906.
PLEA Bids Melissa Farewell!
It is with sadness and joy that PLEA recently bid farewell to Melissa Sayban, one of our valued front office team members. Sadness because we are sorry to lose such a valued employee and joy because we are happy for her as she and husband Scott (who will soon be retired) are moving into the post retirement phase of life. Melissa joined PLEA over nine years ago after we had moved into our new offices at 11th avenue and Adams St. She was one of the first faces people saw coming in the door and was one of the friendly voices on the other end of the phone people could expect to hear (especially when dealing with cell phone issues).
In anticipation of husband Scott's retirement combined with a desire on the part of both to relocate to California, Melissa accepted a job offer with an internet technology firm in the San Francisco bay area.
Melissa, from all of us here at PLEA thanks for all of your dedication, hard work, and cheerful can-do attitude no matter what the task. It truly made a difference. Your infectious smile and sense of humor will be missed!
Pension Spiking Update, 101013
The following information has been provided by PLEA Treasurer/Chief Negotiator Will Buividas.
On October 9, 2013, the City of Phoenix sent out a citywide email in regards to the proposed recommendations the City Council's Pension Spiking sub-committee has made. Let me clear up one item. These are only recommendations; no changes have been made. The City cannot unilaterally change pensionable compensation. They also cannot change the MOU mid-contract! The Phoenix Police Pension Board which myself and Lt. Stan Hoover are your elected representatives on, is the only entity that determines what is included as pensionable compensation. The City Council and PLEA both do not make that determination.
Alternate Juror in Chrisman Trial Speaks Out!
On Friday September 27, 2013, Valley Radio station KFYI aired an interview done by reporter George Lin. George interviewed one of the two alternate jurors in the Richard Chrisman trial. Both alternates sat for the entire trial, heard all of the evidence presented and were excluded by random pick just prior to deliberations. The comments from this juror are stunning.
Property Detective Reassignments: On Hold for Now
On Monday September 30, 2013 PLEA and PPSLA met with Asst. Chief Renteria and Cdr. Tim Hampton re: previous information that had been put out about an impending move to decentralize certain portions of property crimes and move them back to precincts. Both PLEA and PPSLA brought numerous concerns to the table for managements consideration. PLEA made it clear that our goal is to assist the department with an easy transition if decentralization is to occur by bringing forward suggestions and solutions that will make the process much smoother and avoid grievances and or unfair labor practices. PLEA President Joe Clure also let it be known that we are extrememly dissapointed in the department's failure to include labor groups in the process on the front end especially post IBR when both sides have pledged to work in a more co-operative manner. The following information/decisions came out of this discussion:
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