State’s Largest Police Group Endorses Steve Doyle for the State Assembly

MADISON–The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced today its endorsement of Steve Doyle in his campaign to represent the 94th State Assembly District. The WPPA’s board of directors, which is comprised of active law enforcement officers from all across the state, overwhelmingly chose to support Doyle after closely reviewing his responses to their candidate questionnaire, which the group sent to both candidates. The race to fill the legislative seat vacated by Mike Huebsch will be decided in a special election held on May 3rd.

“Steve Doyle understands and appreciates the vital role that law enforcement plays in promoting the outstanding quality of life in Wisconsin,” said WPPA Executive Director, Jim Palmer. “His responses to the WPPA’s questionnaire, considered along with … Continue reading

Assembly to Hold Hearing on Eliminating Public Safety Spending Protections

In the 2009-2010 state budget bill, the legislature adopted a new law that imposes a funding penalty to a local government if it reduces certain expenditures related to emergency services below a certain level. The WPPA was an integral supporter of this legislation to protect against cuts to public safety, which seemed appropriate given that the same budget also created a new telephone surcharge called the “Police and Fire Protection Fee.” This fee generates $100 million every biennium and is used to supplement funding to local units of government.

Assembly Bill 14 would eliminate the public safety spending protections while doing nothing to change the “Police and Fire Protection Fee.” In short, the state will no longer continue to prioritize … Continue reading

Thank you Telecommunicators and Correctional Officers

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is April 10 – 16.  This week, celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to citizens.

Telecommunicators are unseen heroes. When someone calls 911 because they have a fire, they are thinking they are calling the fire department. When they need a police officer, they call 911 and they think they are calling the sheriff’s office or police department. A telecommunicator is often the first contact in a crisis, and it is his/her judgment and professionalism that facilitates the necessary emergency response.

Through their direct interventions, telecommunicators undoubtedly save lives, reduce the potential for increased injuries, and ease … Continue reading

WPPA Executive Director Slams Walker Threat to Slash the Number of Local Prosecutors by 20 Percent

MADISON—The head of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association slammed Governor Walker’s administration today after it threatened the state’s assistant district attorneys with layoffs and substantial benefit changes if they refuse to agree to take six additional furlough days by June 30 of this year. Local prosecuting attorneys are covered under a contract with the state in which they already agreed to accept 10 furlough days.

“Due to the invaluable role that assistant district attorneys play in keeping our communities safe, they haven’t been subject to the same furlough requirements as many other public employees,” said WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer. “It’s unfortunate that Governor Walker has instead opted to resort to bullying tactics that will only make it more difficult … Continue reading