State police union sues counties association for open records on jailer issue

Madison – Kicking up a storm between two groups that lobby lawmakers, the state’s largest police union sued the Wisconsin Counties Association on Wednesday alleging the group has violated the open records law.

The counties association contends it is not subject to the open records law.

If the Wisconsin Professional Police Association prevails, the lawsuit would make available a whole set of records that have never been seen by the public. The police union is seeking audits, financial records and a host of other data from the counties association.

The union sought the records as it fights efforts by counties to reclassify their jailers as general employees rather than protective service employees – a move that has the effect of … Continue reading

Media: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s to honor Jennifer Sebena

Group adds Sebena to fallen officers memorial

A nonprofit group voted Wednesday to add the name of a Milwaukee-area police officer to a national memorial honoring officers killed in the line of duty.

Responding to pressure from Wisconsin’s governor and others, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund agreed to add Wauwatosa police Officer Jennifer Sebena to the memorial in Washington, D.C. The 30-year-old officer was shot in the head multiple times on Christmas Eve as she conducted a routine solo patrol.

The memorial board initially ruled in March that Sebena would not be honored because her death appeared to be a case of domestic violence.

Gov. Scott Walker, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association and more than 16,000 signatures on … Continue reading

WPPA Celebrates Police Memorial’s Decision To Honor Sebena

(MADISON, Wis.) –The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) today applauded the decision by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) to honor slain Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena. The state’s largest law enforcement group, the WPPA has been spearheading the effort to have the police memorial honor Sebena, who was killed while on duty in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve in 2012. Her husband has been charged with her murder.

“Law enforcement officers and others from across the country have made their support of Jennifer Sebena known loud and clear,” said the WPPA’s executive director, Jim Palmer. “They all recognize that Jen’s service and sacrifice deserves the honor of being included on the national police memorial, … Continue reading