Political Action: You Can’t Just Sit Around And Expect Change

by WPPA Director Dale Marsolek
President, Arcadia Professional Police Association

“How can we make a difference?” “We are just a small agency.” “We don’t have any political pull with our elected officials.” “I don’t want to get involved.” “They just have no idea what we do and what we need to do our job!”

These are just a few of the comments that I hear on a regular basis from WPPA members concerning political action. Well, I’m telling each and every one of you that if you believe in the above statements, you are selling yourself, and your local, short.

A case in point is the following. In 2003, the members of my local decided to band together … Continue reading

New Law Gives Off-Duty Officers Arrest Authority Outside Their Jurisdictions

by State Representative Peggy Krusick

Three gunshots, a suspect running from a shop across the street and a victim lying on the sidewalk.

That’s what off-duty Brookfield Assistant Police Chief Dean Collins heard and witnessed on a Saturday morning in 2004 as he stepped out of his car in the parking lot of a Milwaukee pharmacy. (Assistant Chief Collins retired from the Milwaukee Police Department as an Inspector of Police in 2002 after 32 years of service.)

Dean pursued the fleeing suspect down several alleys and made repeated commands to stop, but the gunman had a sufficient lead and was able to escape in a waiting car driven by an accomplice.

During his pursuit, Dean seriously contemplated shooting the … Continue reading

Convention 2007 – Celebrating 75 Years Of Service

The WPPA’s 75th Anniversary Convention will be held May 19-21, 2007 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, one of the greatest vacation destinations in the United States.

The WPPA was formed in 1932 and its first convention was held in Racine. We have accomplished a lot since then, becoming Wisconsin’s largest law enforcement group and a prominent labor organization for public employees.

Our convention planning committee is busy working to put together an extraordinary event to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the WPPA. A complete agenda and registration materials will be mailed out to local presidents the first week of March, and will be published in the April issue of the Wisconsin Police Journal.

Why should … Continue reading

U.S. Sen. Kohl Introduces Bill to Restore C.O.P.S. Funding


WASHINGTON — Citing recent FBI statistics that show a sharp increase in violent crime in many U.S. cities, including Milwaukee, U.S. Senator Herb Kohl today joined Senator Joseph Biden in introducing a bill to provide $1.15 billion to resuscitate the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program and hire more than 50,000 new police officers across the country. The legislation also includes funding for the School Resource Officer program, which is aimed at combating violence in schools.

“Year after year, we see a concerted effort by this Administration to end the COPS program and gut funding for juvenile justice and prevention programs. Virtually everyone in the law enforcement community will agree that this has been a major contributing factor … Continue reading