Executive Director’s Message

By Thomas W. Bahr, Executive Director

            As we enter the New Year, we all look forward to many different things: some of us to the serene snowy fields of winter, others to the comforting knowledge that it is not long until the warm weather will return.

Then there is the “unique” group of people who participate in the Special Olympics Wisconsin Polar Plunge™: nothing like a little mid-winter swimming to help you break out of the winter doldrums, get your heart pumping, and support a great cause. The WPPA has long supported the efforts of Special Olympics Wisconsin, and in February and March there will be several opportunities across the state for you to participate in the Polar … Continue reading

President’s Message

By David Mahoney

Comments and letters can be sent to President Mahoney at WPPA, 340 Coyier Lane, Madison, WI 53713, or e-mail mahoney@wppa.com.

As the first issue of the Wisconsin Police Journal in 2005 reaches each of our members, we find ourselves closing out 2004 with year-end celebrations and entering yet another New Year. Before we move ahead in this New Year, let’s reflect on the gifts we each give and receive.

Thanksgiving begins our annual holiday season; it provides each of us an opportunity to slow the pace of life and give thanks for the blessings we have been given. For those of us with children, we give thanks for the chance to impact and guide them … Continue reading

Attorney General’s Report The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Of 2004 (H.R. 218)

By Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has received many questions about how the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (H.R. 218) is being implemented in Wisconsin.

The primary concern is related to firearms training and qualification standards for retired law enforcement officers carrying concealed weapons. The actions contemplated in H.R. 218 are not supported by current Wisconsin law. Gaps in current law and procedures across the state have generated many concerns from public safety personnel and agencies.

There are two significant questions that dominate any discussion of properly implementing the federal law. In Wisconsin, training requirements are driven by Wisconsin’s long-standing policy of home rule and local control. Firearms training requirements have always been … Continue reading

WPPA Assistance Enables Waukesha County Member To Keep His Job

By Linda L. Harfst
Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP

            In June 2001, Steve Urso, then WPPA Executive Assistant, telephoned attorney Linda Harfst of Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP for assistance because of a rapidly-developing situation involving Waukesha County corrections officers. It appeared that some corrections officers assigned to the jail and the Huber facility were being removed from work based upon the County’s assessment that they could not wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (“SCBA”) on the job. The information available to the WPPA at that time indicated that at least one of the officers had been working regularly and had been using the SCBAs in training and fire drills without problems.

WPPA’s call to Attorney … Continue reading