The WPPA to Sponsor Black Youth Career Police Academy in Dane County

Partnering with several Dane County law enforcement agencies and the Boys & Girls Club, the WPPA is sponsoring an outstanding educational opportunity for 7th and 8th graders interested in learning more about the law enforcement profession. This youth academy’s mission is to provide students an interactive introduction to police work with real police officers as their teachers and mentors. The classes offered cover important skills not only necessary for law enforcement, but for any profession. Class sizes will be small and officers will have time to make meaningful connections with students.

The Youth Academy is free and students will receive a t-shirt, class supplies, and a daily lunch and snack.

WPPA Scores Major Court Victory for Jailers & Dispatchers

After months of litigation, Marquette County Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Wright issued a declaratory ruling on June 14, 2012, and held that Marquette County’s jailers and dispatchers constitute “deputy sheriffs,” and as such, they fall under the “public safety employee” exemption under Wisconsin’s new collective bargaining laws. This ruling means that these members are entitled to continue to bargain contracts with the County to the same extent as other law enforcement employees.

Under new bargaining law changes that went into effect last year, most public employees maintain very few collective bargaining rights. Those new laws provide an exception, however, for “public safety employees,” which includes any individual employed as a “deputy sheriff.”

Earlier this year, Marquette County took the … Continue reading