On December 1, 2006, Governor Jim Doyle announced that nine Wisconsin cities will receive $1.1 million to put more police on the streets to fight crime. Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Janesville, Beloit, Kenosha, Wausau, West Allis, and Stevens Point will receive Office of Justice Assistance (OJA) ‘Beat Patrol’ grants to put more police on the streets to identify and prevent criminal activity that affects the quality of life of communities and local residents.
Officers will work community patrol shifts, often called beat patrols, to increase police presence and deter crime and will also be given assignments to lower the backlog of unsolved cases awaiting investigation.
Beat patrol grants are awarded to cities with a population over 25,000 … Continue reading
by David J. Mahoney
Another Summer Come And Gone And A Political Season Well Underway!
As this issue of the Wisconsin Police Journal reaches each of our members, we find ourselves yet again entering a new fall season of changing colors, changing temperatures and, for many of our children, the return to school.
At the WPPA, we have tried to initiate some changes to better improve the representation and service we provide to all our members through political action, but have been prevented from implementing some of these improvements by the lack of involvement of members and some of those you elected to represent you on the Board of Directors. I hope I’ve got your … Continue reading
by Thomas W. Bahr
As I write this article, the day after the Primary elections, I am again reminded of the importance of the relationships we build with elected officials and how those relationships affect each and every member of the WPPA. Those elected to serve the people of this state, whether in the legislature, the Department of Justice, or the Governor’s mansion, can affect our members’ ability to do their jobs and support their families. The actions of these elected officials and the positions taken by them regarding various subjects are all important, and as an Association representing the interests of our members, we need to closely examine their specific positions and their potential impact to the membership. … Continue reading
Attorney Linda A. Harfst
Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP
On June 22, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway v. White, Docket No. 05-529. The case involved a retaliation claim brought by a female railway employee who worked in the very non-traditional position of a track laborer. The court’s decision answers the question of what kinds of actions an employer can take against an employee who has opposed a discriminatory practice.
Sheila White (“White”), the plaintiff, began working for the railroad in Memphis, Tennessee. As a track laborer, she performed a number of physically difficult and dirty jobs, including cutting brush, clearing litter, and replacing track components. By … Continue reading