WPPA Executive Director Appears on WisconsinEye Program to Discuss the Statewide Smoking Ban

On July 5, smoking will be banned in taverns, restaurants, businesses and all public places across Wisconsin. The law was passed in 2009, but its effective date was delayed to give their businesses a chance to add outdoor smoking areas or make other changes. WisconsinEye is a private public affairs cable network that airs gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Wisconsin Legislature, including floor sessions, committee meetings and other programs of state interest such as panels, town halls, and programs about state history. The coverage is available live both on the cable network as well as through the WisconsinEye website.

In its Newsmakers show on May 26, the new smoking ban law was discussed by Maureen Busalacchi, executive director of SmokeFree Wisconsin; … Continue reading

The WPPA Endorses Tom Barrett for Governor

MADISON – Surrounded by law enforcement officers at a May 12th event, Tom Barrett received the endorsement of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association in his race to become the state’s next governor.

“The WPPA has a proud history of supporting candidates in a bipartisan manner, as evidenced most recently in our endorsement of J.B. Van Hollen for Attorney General. In the race for governor, Tom Barrett is the only candidate who has a proven track record of creating jobs and promoting educational opportunities while working to protect and improve public safety,” said WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer. “The facts speak for themselves. Most recently as Milwaukee’s mayor, Tom … Continue reading

The WPPA’s Police Protection Bill Signed into Law by Governor Doyle

Looking on as Gov. Doyle signed the Police Protection Bill into law on May 7 were Sen. Sullivan, Rep. Danou, Dane Co. Sheriff David Mahoney, Dane Co. Deputy Dale Vito, and WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer.

The WPPA is pleased to announce that two bills of great importance to its members have been signed into law by Governor Jim Doyle. The success of both bills was made possible by aggressive lobbying and the willingness of the members to come to testify at legislative committee hearings in Madison and to contact their state legislators.


Assembly Bill 269 will make it a felony if an officer is hurt in the … Continue reading

WPPA Launches Statewide Radio Campaign to Promote Police Week

MADISON — The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced today that it is launching a statewide radio campaign to promote National Police Week, which occurs this year from May 9 to May 15. The ads will appear on all 77 radio stations in the Wisconsin Radio Network.

“Police week is an important time to recognize the sacrifices made each and every day by the dedicated men and women of Wisconsin’s law enforcement community,” said WPPA Executive Director, Jim Palmer. “We hope our ads will draw attention to their service in keeping this state a safe place in which to live, work, and raise a family.”

With over 11,000 active and retired members, the WPPA is Wisconsin’s largest law enforcement group.

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