Continuing Coverage from the Wisconsin Radio Network on the Growing Number of Assaults on LEOs

On Thursday, December 16, WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer appeared on the Wisconsin Radio Network to talk about the tremendous increase in the numbers of assaults on law enforcement officers and officer-involved shootings statewide. The Wisconsin Radio Network has 74 stations across the state affiliated with its news service.

According to the Office of Justice Assistance, the number of assaults on law enforcement officers in 2009 was 180% greater than in 2005. During that same period, the number of sworn officers employed in Wisconsin was relatively unchanged, failing to keep pace with the state’s population growth. Additionally, in 2010 alone, the WPPA has assisted its members in more than 23 critical incidents, … Continue reading

We Remember Erich Strausbaugh

It is with a collective heavy heart that the membership of the WPPA mourns the loss of Kenosha police officer Erich Strausbaugh. A 10-year veteran, Erich was a member of the Gang Unit and the Tactical Response Team. He leaves behind a wife and two young children. We extend our deepest sympathies to Officer Strausbaugh’s family, friends, and fellow officers, and we know that he will be sorely missed.

While a memorial fund has been established at Johnson Bank at 7500 Green Bay Road in Kenosha, donations may be made at any Johnson Bank branch in the name of the Erich Strausbaugh Memorial Fund.

Anyone with questions may contact Jim Kendall at 262.605.5272 or John Petersen at 262.914.5520.

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The Officers in River Falls Unanimously Elect to Leave LAW for the WPPA

The WPPA is proud to announce that the River Falls police officers have voted unanimously to leave the Labor Association of Wisconsin (LAW) and join the ranks of the WPPA. The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission announced the results of this election earlier today.

In 2009, the WPPA was the only labor organization in Wisconsin that grew its membership and had a winning interest arbitration record. In fact, with respect to law enforcement arbitrations, the WPPA was undefeated. The results of the River Falls election are further proof that the WPPA continues to grow because people recognize that we provide superior services.

The WPPA welcomes the River Falls officers and is eager to begin providing them with the representation they deserve.

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2010 Political Endorsements


On October 11, the WPPA announced its remaining endorsements for the upcoming state legislative elections.  These endorsements are determined by the WPPA’s board of directors, all of whom are active members, and include membership input, the results of its cumulative legislative report cards, as well as the candidates’ responses to its questionnaire.  The WPPA has a proud record of supporting candidates on a bipartisan basis who can demonstrate a commitment to addressing the fiscal challenges confronting this state while protecting the services that Wisconsinites hold most dear.

As Wisconsin’s largest law enforcement group, the WPPA represents more than 11,000 members from nearly 400 local associations statewide.  With over 70 years of service to law … Continue reading