Verona Officers Overwhelmingly Vote to Join the WPPA

Through an election administered by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC), Verona’s police officers have elected to join the WPPA.  The officers overwhelmingly chose the WPPA, Wisconsin’s largest law enforcement group, over their long-time representative, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

The WPPA continues to grow because more officers recognize the superior services it provides to Wisconsin’s law enforcement community.  And given the many challenges facing that community, it’s clear that no one is more capable than the WPPA when it comes to protecting and promoting public safety, as well as the interests of the dedicated men and women that serve to provide it.

The WPPA welcomes the Verona officers and is eager to begin providing them with the representation they … Continue reading

Jim Palmer: Why police don’t shoot at arm or leg of threatening person

The loss of life is always a traumatizing event for those involved, their families and a caring community.

The officer-involved shootings in Madison that have occurred this year have understandably garnered a tremendous amount of attention and prompted a discussion about what should constitute an appropriate use of force.

It is important to appreciate that when an officer is forced to discharge his or her weapon, it is a split-second decision of last resort, made in the interest of protecting the public, as well as other responding officers. Life is extraordinarily precious, and officers of the law have no less appreciation of life than those whom they have sworn to protect.

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Tom Barrett’s call to expand Act 10 offensive

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association, which has strongly supported Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s campaigns for office in the past, is disappointed by the mayor’s comments in response to the rising tide of violence in the city.

In recent weeks, Barrett has staked out the untenable position that expanding the collective-bargaining restrictions in Act 10 to police officers and firefighters would somehow aid him in addressing what appears to be a growing epidemic. Regrettably, his comments ignore what is actually occurring in public safety employee contracts throughout the state. And he overlooks the key distinction between police officers and firefighters and other public employees whose duties do not confront them with the same daily threat to their personal safety.

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McCluskey Fund set up to support Onalaska K9 Police Officer and family after house fire

Dan McCluskey is the City of Onalaska’s K9 Police Officer and devoted husband to Megan (French), a Galesville native and local photographer with amazing talent. Megan owns Atypik Studio in La Crosse. Dan and Megan are proud parents of son Aidan, a freshman at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School.

mccluskeyfamilyIn April of this year, Megan was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and is currently in treatment. Prior to her diagnosis, she was a perfect match to donate a kidney to their only son Aidan, who is 14 and in renal failure due to complications as a newborn.

The cancer, chemotherapy, radiation and upcoming surgery … Continue reading