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By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Keego Harbor may be small, but the community has seen an increase in activity in recent years, prompting the City’s Part-Time Police Officers to seek Union representation. “Keego Harbor is one square mile, but it’s grown so much,” said Robert Alonzi, Keego Harbor Patrol’s Local Union President.

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Bridgeport Township Full-Time Firefighters are a small unit, but they wanted the same protections as larger groups and they found the perfect fit as new POLC members.

New five-year agreement expires June 30, 2028. Wages: 4% increase effective April 1, 2023. 2% increase effective April 1, 2024. 2% increase effective April 1, 2025. 2% increase effective April 1, 2026. 2% increase effective April 1, 2027. *The 5-step wage scale was reduced to 3 steps to bring Employees to top-out pay sooner.

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Richard R. Weiler Scholarship Award recipient Michael Davedowski is following in the steps of a family line of law enforcement and military service members.  He’s off to a great start, making quite an impression at Macomb Community College Police Academy. Davedowski was chosen for the Richard R. Weiler Scholarship Award and several others.

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Darla Afrin achieved the highest overall score for non-sponsored recruits at Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA) despite working weekends, raising four elementary-age children and completing her degree, earning her the Collin Birnie Scholarship Award. “I wanted to cry. It made me feel so good.

Excerpted from National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Law Enforcement line-of-duty deaths dropped 66 percent in the first half of 2023 when compared to the same time period in 2022, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) 2023 Mid-Year Preliminary Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report.

Download: 2023-Mid-Year-Fatality-Report-FINAL.pdf

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor The City of Tawas City Police Department is in its infancy as a newer agency, but now their Full-Time Officers have experienced representation.  The two-person department, which is in the process of hiring a third full-time officer, joined the Police Officers Labor Council (POLC) in December 2022.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation aimed at retaining police officers to keep communities safe. Law enforcement agencies may now enter into agreements to collect reimbursement for all or part of the cost of an employee’s academy training, based on the length of service, if the employee voluntarily departs the agency within four years of completing academy training.

On May 25, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released the National Accreditation Standards, which will be used to determine if a law enforcement agency accreditation entity qualifies as an “authorized, independent credentialing body” pursuant to Section 19 of the President’s Executive Order on police and criminal justice reform.

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Two Macomb Community College Police Academy graduates were selected to receive Richard R. Weiler Scholarship Awards for taking the lead and inspiring their fellow classmates. Garrett Lauzon and James Lietzow were honored with the $500 Awards during Macomb Police Academy’s graduation ceremony Dec. 19, 2022.

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