WPPA Submits Testimony To President’s ‘Task Force On 21st Century Policing’

State’s New Officer-Involved Shooting Law May Serve as National Standard
January 30, 2015

(Madison, WI) – A national task force established by President Obama to explore ways to strengthen the public’s trust in law enforcement has turned to Wisconsin’s largest law enforcement group for its insights. The only state organization to have been invited to provide testimony thus far to The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) used its opportunity to highlight a new state law mandating independent investigations of officer-involved deaths, and the group’s critical role in making that law possible.

“We are honored to have been asked to contribute to this critically important public dialogue on ways to foster strong … Continue reading

Why be a Cop?

By Dan Frei, President
Madison Professional Police Officers Association
These days it isn’t hard to feel like we are under attack. We have experienced the demonization of public employees in general by those that have bought into the myth that our benefits have somehow been at the expense of private employees who experienced losses, ignoring facts such as when the private sector was doing great they willingly traded high wages for the lack of benefits while public employees often did the opposite.

Our reputations are being attacked. In the aftermath of an officer involved-shooting in Ferguson Missouri, a day doesn’t go by without a story in the media that seems to start with the premise that the … Continue reading

Police union leader, basketball coach raising money for police museum

MADISON, Wis. — The leader of the state’s largest police union and Wisconsin’s basketball coach are teaming up to raise money for a new museum honoring police officers in Madison.

Wisconsin Public Radio reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1g8ACmI ) that Wisconsin Professional Police Association Executive Director Jim Palmer is serving as chief executive officer of the Law Enforcement Museum of Valor. Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan is serving as the museum’s honorary chairman.

“We believe that Bo Ryan has earned a reputation for hard work and dedication, and we think that those are traits he shares in common with law enforcement officers across the state,” said Palmer.

It likely will take $800,000 to get the museum off the ground and fund operations … Continue reading