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  • WPPA Releases Statement on Behalf of Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny

    (MADISON, Wis.) – Following the decision by the insurance company for the city of Madison to settle the federal lawsuit filed against Police Officer Matt Kenny over the 2015 death of Tony Robinson, WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer issued the following statement on Kenny’s behalf: Given the fact that the tragic death of Tony Robinson was more exhaustively, independently, and transparently inve ...

  • September 2016
  • WPPA Statement on Behalf of Madison Officers Found Justified in High-Profile June Arrest at East Towne Mall

    September 1, 2016 (MADISON, Wis.) – Following today’s announcement that Madison Police Officers Richard Friday and Andrew Muir acted appropriately in the June 21 arrest of Genele Laird, Jim Palmer, the executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) and the officers' attorney, issued the following statement: "The extraordinary and exhaustive reviews conducted by thre ...

  • August 2016
  • WPPA Statement Regarding Violent Unrest in Milwaukee

    August 15, 2016 – In the aftermath of a weekend of violent unrest following an officer-involved shooting in Milwaukee, the executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), Jim Palmer, issued the following statement: We are deeply troubled and saddened by the events that followed an officer-involved shooting in Milwaukee. The violence that ensued, which resulted in ...

  • July 2016
  • WPPA Statement Regarding Protest at its Headquarters

    July 21, 2016 – In advance of a “National Day of Action for Black Lives” protest at the headquarters of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), the police group’s executive director, Jim Palmer, issued the following statement: The WPPA fully respects and supports the inalienable right of all Americans to engage in free speech. The ability to exchange diverse and opposing views c ...

  • March 2016
  • WPPA & Operating Engineers Join Forces to Launch ‘Safer Communities’ Radio & Billboard Campaign

    March 1, 2016 LISTEN TO THE RADIO AD HERE: (Madison, Wis.) – A dramatic majority of Wisconsin residents of all ages, ethnicity and community size say they value safe communities, a recent statewide poll found. In fact, 78 percent made it their top priority over improving education, protecting the environment and improving the local economy. The poll was commissioned by the Wisconsin Professio ...

  • May 2015
  • WPPA Launches Statewide 'Police Week' Radio Ad

    (MADISON, WIS.) – In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed the week of May 15 as National Police Week, a time during which our country annually recognizes those officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty. To raise the public awareness of this week’s importance, and to honor all those who serve in law enforcement, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) is going to the airw ...

  • WPPA Public Perception Study

    2015 Final Report Click here: WPPA 2015 POLL REPORT

  • February 2015
  • 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 Presiden ...

  • January 2015
  • 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 ...

  • May 2014
  • 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 o ...

  • Museum would honor Wisconsin law enforcement valor

    A new nonprofit organization announced this week is seeking to create a museum to honor Wisconsin law enforcement. The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Museum of Valor was founded after board members of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association voted to establish a separate organization to raise funds for an exhibition space. "We do appropriately memorialize officers when they die in the line o ...

  • State Law Enforcement Association Is Raising Funds For Police Heroes Museum

    Listen: Museum Would Be In Downtown Madison A group representing law enforcement in Wisconsin is trying to create the first museum for police heroes in the state. Currently, there is a Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol Square in Madison. A planned museum would likely be located nearby, says Jim Palmer, director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association and CEO of t ...

  • UW's Coach Bo Ryan Named Honorary Chair of Proposed 'Police Heroes' Museum

    New Organization Begins March Toward Making It Happen MADISON--A new and independent charitable organization announced today that it is launching an effort to establish Wisconsin's only museum devoted to memorializing law enforcement heroes, and that University of Wisconsin Basketball Coach Bo Ryan will serve as the organization's honorary chairman. The announcements come during National Police W ...

  • Police union chief: Outside agency best to investigate violent arrest

    An outside agency would be the best choice to investigate an incident like the recent downtown Green Bay arrest that spawned a controversy after a video was posted to YouTube, the head of the state's largest police union said Tuesday. "We would probably suggest that it be done by an outside agency," said Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association. He also sa ...

  • April 2014
  • Wisconsin bill mandates rules for officer-involved deaths

    Legislators in Wisconsin have passed what is likely the first statewide bill that requires police departments bring in investigators from outside their agencies when officer-involved deaths occur. Wisconsin Assembly Bill 409 requires at least two outside investigators--one of whom will lead the effort-- to look into such cases. Further, if district attorneys chose not to charge officers, the in ...

  • Officers, public back law on police shootings

    By Christena T. O'Brien Leader-Telegram staff More than 80 percent of state residents surveyed favor having an outside investigation of police officer-involved deaths, according to the results of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association's second statewide survey. Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Wednesday requiring law enforcement agencies to initiate criminal investigations whenever an ...

  • Police Union Happy with New Deadly Force Investigation Law

    Wisconsin's largest police union is happy that all police departments must now bring in outside investigators when officers use deadly force. During a visit to Eau Claire on Thursday, Wisconsin Professional Police Association Executive Director Jim Palmer said his group actively worked for the change, taking a leadership role in establishing a uniform requirement across the state. He says a ...

  • Professional Police Assoc. approves of new police investigation law

    MADISON, WI (WEAU) The Professional Police Association says a bill signed by Governor Walker will help build trust between police departments and the public. Wednesday, Walker signed a bill that would prohibit state police departments from investigating their own officer-involved shootings. The bill comes after several high-profile officer involved deaths across the state where no charge ...

  • WPPA supports law changing deadly force investigations

    Wisconsin (WKBT) -The state's largest law enforcement group is embracing a new bill that could change the way police shootings are investigated. Anytime there is an officer-involved death, like a shooting, it's investigated. But some departments investigate their own officers, leaving the door open for the perception that they are protecting their own. Assembly Bill 409 would require the inv ...

  • WPPA supports new national cyber safety campaign "Project iGuardian"

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in collaboration with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), is formally launching Project iGuardian, a first-of-its-kind national cyber safety campaign to give parents ...and kids tips on how to avoid falling victim to online sexual predators. Using super hero-style characters and trading cards developed expressly for t ...

  • March 2014
  • Most back outside review of custody deaths, Wisconsin poll says

    Hoping to rally support for a bill that would require outside review of police custody deaths, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association on Tuesday released results of a poll that indicates most residents support it. The bill, which has passed the full Assembly and the Senate Committee on Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs, has yet to be scheduled for a vote be ...

  • Overwhelming Support to Require Investigations of Officer-Involved Deaths

    WPPA Statewide Poll Shows Overwhelming Public Support for Bill to Require Independent Investigations of Officer-Involved Deaths (Madison, Wis.) – As the Wisconsin State Senate considers whether to pass important legislation to mandate that outside investigators review law enforcement officer-involved deaths, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), which supports the measure, today ...

  • January 2014
  • Officer Sebena’s Family In Need of Help After Enduring Another Tragic Loss

    On December 24, 2012, Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena was shot and killed while on duty. At that time a Memorial Fund was established and was subsequently used to pay for Officer Sebena's funeral expenses. A long and difficult legal process has yet to yield any financial benefits for the family. On December 24, 2013, Jen's brother Jacob Wemitznig took his own life. This is notifica ...

  • December 2013
  • Sauk County Deputies Elect to Join the WPPA

    Through an election administered by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC), the deputies in Sauk County have elected to join the WPPA. The deputies chose the WPPA, Wisconsin’s largest law enforcement group, over their current representative, AFSCME Council 40. The WPPA continues to grow because more officers recognize the superior services it provides to Wisconsin’s law enforceme ...

  • Palmer Decides Against Independent Run For Wisconsin Attorney General

    Today I am announcing that I will not be entering the race for Wisconsin’s Attorney General. For more than a decade, I've served as an advocate for Wisconsin's law enforcement community. Click to watch statement or download. I've worked diligently with lawmakers from both political parties to protect the ability of our state's law-enforcement officers to keep our communities safe ...

  • October 2013
  • Officers from Both Hartford and Hurley Vote Overwhelmingly to Join the WPPA

    Through separate elections administered by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC), the police officers in both Hartford and Hurley have elected to join the WPPA.  The officers almost unanimously chose the WPPA, Wisconsin’s largest law enforcement group, over their long-time representative, AFSCME Council 40. The WPPA continues to grow because more officers recognize the superi ...

  • September 2013
  • Evansville Officers Seek Help for Family that Lost Newborn Child

    Evansville Police Officer Jeremy Schmidt and his family suffered a tragic loss recently when their son passed away only four days after being born. Given that the family would only have been eligible for benefits had their newborn child lived for 19 days, they are in dire need of financial assistance to help them cover their funeral expenses. The Evansville Police Association is leading an effor ...

  • Wisconsin Dells Officers Vote Unanimously to Join the WPPA

    Through an election administered by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC), Wisconsin Dells’ police officers have elected to join the WPPA.  The officers unanimously chose the WPPA, Wisconsin's largest law enforcement group, over their long-time representative, AFSCME Council 40. The WPPA continues to grow because more officers recognize the superior services it provides to Wiscon ...

  • August 2013
  • 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 i ...

  • 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 di ...

  • 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 firefighter ...

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

    Courtesy: WXOW.com 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. In April of this year, Megan was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and ...

  • July 2013
  • State's largest police group responds to Gov. Walker's suggestion on expanding Act 10 to police & fire unions

    (Madison, Wis.) – Responding to statements made yesterday by Gov. Scott Walker before the Governmental Research Association Conference in Milwaukee that he would consider signing legislation to expand Act 10 to include police officers and fire fighters, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association's executive director, Jim Palmer, issued the following statement: "Upon the introduction of his A ...

  • Appleton Police Officers Vote Unanimously to Join WPPA

    The WPPA is pleased to announce the addition of the Appleton Professional Police Association (APPA) as new full-service members. After years of utilizing a private attorney to represent its members’ labor and employment interests, the APPA’s officers overwhelmingly elected last night to join the ranks of the WPPA, the state’s largest law enforcement group. The WPPA continues to grow because more ...

  • WPPA Wins Case for Deputy Jailers in Court Of Appeals

    In a landmark decision, the Wisconsin District IV Court of Appeals today issued a ruling in favor of the WPPA and on behalf of the jail deputies in Douglas County. After nearly two years of litigation, the Court ruled that county jailers who are classified by their employers as having “protective occupation participant” status constitute “public safety employees” with collective bargaining rights ...

  • June 2013
  • Arbitrator: Deputy wrongly fired in Jennings death; Stratman to be reinstated

    A former La Crosse County Sheriff’s deputy fired after she killed a Holmen teenager in a 2010 crash has won her job back. Trisha Stratman In a ruling released Monday, an arbitrator ordered Trisha Stratman be returned to duty with back pay of about 20 months. Stratman was responding to a call for help at a Holmen bar fight in the early morning of Jan. 18, 2010, when she drove through a re ...

  • More police officers injured as suspects flee to avoid arrest

    Gerard Phillips Sr. fled from police before. La Crosse officer Dan Ulrich didn’t expect him to cooperate this time either. Wanted on four warrants, Ulrich was pursuing Phillips during the evening commute July 3. They wove through busy residential areas before Phillips lost control of his Chevy Impala on Ninth Street when it hopped a curb. Phillips bailed. His Impala barreled backward, forcin ...

  • Julie Christensen Walk/Run/Bike Benefit - August 3, 2013

    Officer Injured in Line of Duty Walk/Run/Bike 5k Start/5k Return/Total 10k (Participant may choose whichever they prefer) on the Mountain Bay Trail, Weston, Wisconsin Saturday, August 3, 2013 Registration 9:00am at: Dale's Weston Lanes 5902 Schofield Ave, Schofield WI 54476 (MAP) Phone: 715-359-8488 Web: http://www.westonlanes.com Hamburger and Hot Dog meals will be sold ...

  • May 2013
  • Several Eau Claire police officers honored by state organization

    MADISON (Press Release) – Tragedy often breeds heroes. Such is the case this year in Wisconsin where law enforcement officers have responded to unspeakable events, saved lives and lost some of their colleagues in the line of duty. These are the officers the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) recognized May 19 at their annual convention in Wisconsin Dells. The list of honorees i ...

  • Craig Birkholz Scholarship Award

    John Primising, a Fox Valley Technical College Police Science student, was recently awarded the first annual Craig Birkholz College Scholarship. The recipient was awarded the $3000.00 scholarship on 12-27-2012 at the Fond du Lac Police Department. Presenting the award Front row (holding check) was Ashley Birkholz and John Primising, Back row (left to right) Lt Robb Duveneck, Gay Birkholz, William ...

  • Eight Oak Creek officers to meet President Obama

    OAK CREEK - The first eight police officers who responded to the Sikh Temple massacre are set to travel to Washington, DC this week to meet President Obama and receive top honors from the National Association of Police Organizations. Many of the Oak Creek officers receiving the 'Top Cop' award have not spoken publicly about what happened on Aug. 5, 2012. Officer John Finco's wife dropped off ...

  • Oak Creek Police Officers’ Heroics To Be Honored By President Obama At Rose Garden Ceremony

    National Police Organization to Recognize ‘TOP COPS’ (MADISON, WI) – Last August, two officers rushed into a life-threatening situation, became targets and ultimately saved the lives of dozens of Sikh worshipers. Oak Creek Police Lieutenant Brian Murphy was shot 15 times before fellow officer Sam Lenda shot the perpetrator. Chosen from hundreds of nominations from all across the country, t ...

  • April 2013
  • 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 ...

  • 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 Washing ...

  • 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 ho ...

  • March 2013
  • WPPA’s Palmer gets seat at table for Critical Sebena National Memorial Vote Wednesday

    (MADISON, Wis.) – The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) has designated Jim Palmer to act on its behalf in a special board meeting of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) on April 3 to decide whether to add the name of Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena to its police memorial in Washington, D.C. Palmer is the executive director for the Wisconsin Prof ...

  • Officers search for the ticket to the ‘big picture' on gun control

    If Wisconsin is going to enact gun control laws, it must be a comprehensive approach and not deal with the issue on a piecemeal basis, an official with a state police officers union said Tuesday. "We've always struggled with this as an organization. Our members have been really divided by this," James Palmer II, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, said during an ...

  • Board to meet again to discuss placing Wauwatosa officer's name on memorial

    The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will meet April 3 to once again consider adding slain Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena to its memorial wall, according to the Wisconsin Professional Police Association. The memorial fund first said it would not include Sebena, apparently because she was killed in a domestic violence incident. Last week, it announced it would delay the ...

  • Board to reconsider decision not to put Jen Sebena's name on memorial wall

    MILWAUKEE -- The Wisconsin Professional Police Association tells CBS 58 the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is moving up the date on a new decision. The NLEOM originally postponed their decision to include Wauwatosa Officer Jen Sebena's name on the wall until 2014. The NLEOM will make a final decision on honoring fallen Wauwatosa Police Officer Jen Sebena during a board meeting sched ...

  • FOX6: Meeting on April 3rd to determine whether to include Sebena’s name on memorial

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (WITI) — The Wisconsin Professional Police Association announced on Monday, March 25th the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is set to meet on April 3rd to reconsider whether to include slain Wauwatosa Officer Jennifer Sebena’s name on a national memorial for fallen law enforcement officials. This, after the group initially said it would hold off on reconsidering its ...

  • WISN-TV: National police memorial board to reconsider Sebena decision next week

    MILWAUKEE —The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is going to meet next week to reconsider its decision to place fallen Wauwatosa police Officer Jennifer Sebena's name on the memorial. The group has called a board meeting for April 3 in Washington, D.C., according to the Wisconsin Professional Police Association. "Just this morning we received word they had scheduled another me ...

  • WPPA Gratified That National Police Memorial Will Reconsider Jen Sebena Decision on April 3

    Group plans to continue to urge supporters to reach out to board members (Madison, WI) ----The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) – the group that recently spear-headed the effort to get Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena honored on the National Memorial this year – is pleasantly gratified with today’s development to re-consider their decision to add Sebena to the national m ...

  • WPPA Learns That National Memorial Has Honored Officers Like Sebena In The Past

    Group renews call to immediately approve adding her name to its walls (Madison, WI) The group spearheading the aggressive crusade to urge the resistant leaders of the national police memorial to add the name of a Wisconsin officer killed by her husband while on duty has learned that the memorial has honored officers in the past killed under almost identical circumstances. Wauwautosa Police ...

  • WPPA Outraged At National Memorial’s Delay On Decision Regarding Officer Sebena

    Group to re-visit decision in 2014 (MADISON, Wisconsin)—The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) expressed its frustration and dismay over today’s action by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to delay until 2014 a final decision on whether to add Wauwautosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena to its walls later this year. Since learning earlier this week that the memoria ...

  • La Crosse Talk with Mike Hayes radio discusses poll results with WPPA

    On March 20, 2013, La Crosse Talk with Mike Hayes on WIZM-AM 1410-La Crosse interviewed WPPA's Jim Palmer regarding recent results from the recent statewide poll conducted by St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute. Source ...

  • Lacrosse television news interview regarding the WPPA's recent poll

    Source : News8000.com news story from La Crosse on the WPPA's recent poll regarding gun-control and how the public feels that public safety should be the government's top priority. ...

  • Officers United In Support Of Wauwatosa Officer Sebena’s Name Added To National Memorial

    Officers outraged by snubbing of officer killed while on duty (MADISON, Wis.) – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association is actively engaged in reversing a highly controversial decision by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund not to include a slain Wauwatosa police officer on its memorial wall. The group has tentatively decided not to include police officer Jennifer Sebena o ...

  • DC memorial refuses to add Wauwatosa police officer's name

    MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin official on Wednesday asked a nonprofit group to reconsider its decision to omit the name of a fallen police officer from its Washington, D.C., memorial because the slaying was believed to be an act of domestic violence. It shouldn't matter that the suspect in Wauwatosa police Officer Jennifer Sebena's death is her husband, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen wrote in a ...

  • Extend to Jennifer Sebena the honor she deserves

    The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is expected Thursday to reconsider its decision not to include a slain Wauwatosa police officer on its memorial wall. It should do that and reverse the decision. Not including her name is an insult to her memory and to her dedicated service. The initial decision not to include Jennifer Sebena has spurred widespread outrage, and rightfully so. ...

  • A-G, police groups upset Sebena not considered for Officer Memorial

    MADISON, WI (WSAU) -  A decision to exclude a murdered Wauwatosa police officer from the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial has Wisconsin’s top law enforcers upset. Wisconsin’s Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is one of them. The Attorney General believes the Memorial Committee is wrong to exclude any officer that died while on duty, regardless of who committed the crime. “Domestic vio ...

  • Editorial: Data help decide police priorities

    The Wisconsin Professional Police Association wanted to know what people thought about public safety, so it did something interesting: It asked. The organization, which represents police across the state, recently commissioned a statewide poll conducted by the St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute. The Daily Herald Media Editorial Board recently met with WPPA Executive Director Jim P ...

  • WPPA Endorses Justice Pat Roggensack For Supreme Court

    Madison, WI - This week, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) endorsed Justice Pat Roggensack for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Following in-depth interviews of both candidates in this race, the endorsement decision was made by the group’s elected board of directors, which consists of rank-and-file officers from across the state. “Justice Roggensack has proven herself as a fai ...

  • New Poll Shows WI Residents Strictly Divided On Gun Control

    A poll conducted by Wisconsin's largest police group reveals Wisconsinites are deeply divided on the issue of gun control. The Wisconsin Professional Police Association, or the WPPA, poll shows 47% of the public favors stricter gun laws, while 43% says the laws should be kept the same. The Executive Director of the WPPA, Jim Palmer, says the results of this survey will play a crucial role in ho ...

  • State's Largest Police Group Polls Wisconsin Residents About Stricter Gun Laws

    Results signal a deep divide in the state Tuesday, March 5, 2013 (MADISON, Wis.) – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association was curious about state residents' opinion on stricter gun laws, so it asked the question in a recent poll conducted by St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute. The statewide survey found nearly half (47%) of the public thinks that laws covering the sale of ...

  • February 2013
  • Adams Co. Deputy Sheriffs Ass'n. Establish Fund to Help Wounded Officer and His Family

    February 26, 2013 On the evening of February 19, an Adams County deputy sheriff and Rome police officer responded to a complaint of suspicious activity in the town of Big Flats, Wisconsin. The officers made contact with someone inside a residence and shots were fired. Adams County Deputy Todd Johnson was shot and wounded in the incident, and was urgently airlifted to a trauma facility. Deput ...

  • January 2013
  • WPPA Wins Case on Definition of "New Hire" for Purposes of Mandatory Pension Contributions

    January 31, 2013 On the heels of two circuit court victories which overturned decisions issued by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC), the WPPA's in-house legal staff has achieved yet another triumph. In this critical case, the WPPA challenged a city's application of new collective bargaining laws which mandate newly hired police officers to pay more for their pensions. The dec ...

  • Wisconsin Remembers Wauwautosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena

    In the early morning hours of December 24th, 2012, 30 year-old Wauwautosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena was shot and killed while on duty. Jen joined the Wauwatosa Police Department in January of 2011 after graduating from the police academy at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. Extraordinarily active in her community, Jen volunteered for the Hunger Task Force and was deeply involved with Elmb ...

  • November 2012
  • 2012 General Elections in Review

    In addition to hosting the reelection of President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, the upset victory of Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin over long-time governor Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate, and other races for the U.S. House of Representatives, the 2012 election cycle also decided the races for the state assembly and half of the state senate. The 2012 elections for the U.S. House of Representative ...

  • October 2012
  • The WPPA Wins Major Appeal On Ability Of Police To Bargain Share Of Insurance Deductibles

    On October 25, 2012, for the second time in less than a week, the WPPA's in-house legal staff achieved another major appeal victory overturning a recent decision by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC). This latest ruling confirms that Wisconsin's new collective bargaining laws allow public safety employees to negotiate with their employers over the share or allocation of costs of ...

  • WPPA Wins Appeal for Protective Status Jailers

    In a landmark ruling, the WPPA has won its appeal of a decision by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) over the issue of whether protective status county jailers constitute "public safety employees" with collective bargaining rights under new laws enacted in 2011. These laws eviscerated the rights of most public employees to bargain over wages, benefits, and working conditions. Th ...

  • The Fallen Heroes Survivor Income Tax Exemption

    The Fallen Heroes Survivor Income Tax Exemption (PDF)

  • September 2012
  • Parts of Act 10 Unconstitutional: What Does It Mean For You?

    On Friday, September 14, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas ruled that substantial parts of Act 10, otherwise known as the contentious "Budget Repair Bill," that largely eliminated the collective bargaining rights for most public employees in 2011, violates both the Wisconsin and U.S. Constitutions' guarantees of free speech and freedom of association. In short, the judge held that the sec ...

  • August 2012
  • New Richmond Police Elects to Leave LAW and Join the WPPA

    In an election conducted by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, the New Richmond police officers have elected to leave the Labor Association of Wisconsin (LAW) and join the ranks of the WPPA, Wisconsin's largest law enforcement group. The WPPA continues to grow because more groups recognize the superior services it provides to its members. The WPPA welcomes the New Richmond officers and ...

  • June 2012
  • 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 ...

  • 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 b ...

  • May 2012
  • The WPPA's Senate Recall Election Endorsements

    The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) has endorsed the following candidates in the State Senate Recall Elections that will be held on June 5. The WPPA's board of directors, which is comprised of active law enforcement officers from all across the state, overwhelmingly chose to support these individuals after carefully evaluating all of the candidates and their records. LORI COMPAS ...

  • April 2012
  • 2012 WPPA Pistol Shoot Rules Meeting

    The Marathon County Deputy Sheriff's Association is hosting the 2012 Pistol Shoot. There will be a rules meeting on June 1, 2012 at 11:00 am. The meeting will take place at the VFW Post, 388 River Drive, Wausau. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Millhousen or Randy Albert, 715-261-1065. Anyone is free to attend the meeting.

  • Update on IRS Rule on Normal Retirement Age for Governmental Plans

    Department of Employee Trust Funds April 11, 2012 The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), which administers the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), continues to track an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulation regarding the definition of “normal retirement age” (the age at which one can retire with an unreduced benefit) for governmental plans. The regulation is effective January 1, 2013 ...

  • We Remember Michael Duerr

    Janesville Police Detective Michael Duerr passed away peacefully on April 1, 2012. He joined the Janesville PD in 1984. In 1992, Michael was promoted to school liaison officer and in 1995 to the rank of detective. He received the Police Officer of the Year Award in 1994 and the Exemplary Service Citation in 2006.Michael loved the game of golf and every chance he had, he was perfecting his ...

  • Upper MIchigan Training Conference

    Upper Michigan Training Conference (PDF)

  • February 2012
  • Run for Election to the WPPA Board of Directors

    If you are an Active Member of the WPPA who holds an elected position within his or her local association (including the position of WPPA Delegate) and wish to run for election to the Board of Directors, or the LEER, CERD, or SORD Committees, send your letter, no later than April 5, 2012, to: WPPA Secretary, Elections, 660 John Nolen Dr. Suite 300, Madison, WI 53713. In your letter, please incl ...

  • Taking Aim at the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)

    Taking Aim-WRS Feb 2012 (Powerpoint) Taking Aim WRS Feb 2012 (PDF)

  • November 2011
  • WPPA Scores Critical Victory for State's Law Enforcement Community in Oconto County

    Pension Contribution Arbitration Case Benefitting law enforcement officers all across Wisconsin, the WPPA prevailed in an arbitration case in Oconto County in which the employer attempted to force the deputies to pay the same pension contribution as other public employees without bargaining for it. The WPPA successfully argued that the interests and welfare of the public are best served when well ...

  • September 2011
  • Victory in Colfax

    Arbitration Award (PDF)

  • The Officers in Medford Leave LAW for the WPPA

    The WPPA is proud to announce that the Medford police officers have decided to leave the Labor Association of Wisconsin (LAW) and join the ranks of the WPPA. The addition of the Medford officers is further proof that the WPPA continues to grow because groups recognize that we provide superior services. The WPPA welcomes the Medford officers and is eager to begin providing them with the representat ...

  • August 2011
  • We Remember James Kumlien

    WPPA member, James M. Kumlien passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. After graduating from Milton High School, Jim attended UW Oshkosh where earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Jim started his law enforcement career as a correctional officer for the Rock County Sheriff's Department and in 1995 was hired by the Beloit Police Department as an officer. In addition to his p ...

  • The WPPA Endorses Jim Holperin for Reelection

    MADISON–The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced today its endorsement of Jim Holperin in his reelection campaign to represent the 12th State Senate District. The WPPA's board of directors, which is comprised of active law enforcement officers from all across the state, overwhelmingly chose to support Holperin after closely evaluating his record against that of his challenger ...

  • The WPPA Endorses Jessica King for State Senate

    MADISON–The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced today its endorsement of Jessica King in her campaign to represent the 18th State Senate District.  The WPPA’s board of directors, which is comprised of active law enforcement officers from all across the state, overwhelmingly chose to support King after closely evaluating her record against that of the incumbent, Randy Hopper. ...

  • The WPPA Endorses Jennifer Shilling for State Senate

    MADISON–The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced today its endorsement of Jennifer Shilling in her campaign to represent the 32th State Senate District.  The WPPA’s board of directors, which is comprised of active law enforcement officers from all across the state, overwhelmingly chose to support King after closely evaluating her record against that of the incumbent, Dan Kapa ...

  • The WPPA Endorses Fred Clark for State Senate

    MADISON–The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced today its endorsement of Fred Clark in his campaign to represent the 14th State Senate District.  The WPPA’s board of directors, which is comprised of active law enforcement officers from all across the state, overwhelmingly chose to support Clark after closely evaluating his record against that of the incumbent, Luther Olsen. ...

  • June 2011
  • The Officers in Pleasant Prairie Unanimously Elect to Leave LAW for the WPPA

    The WPPA is proud to announce that the Pleasant Prairie police officers have voted unanimously to leave the Labor Association of Wisconsin (LAW) and join the ranks of the WPPA. The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission announced the results of this election earlier today. The addition of the Pleasant Prairie officers is further proof that the WPPA continues to grow because groups recognize tha ...

  • The New Bargaining Laws and Their Impact on You

    Updated: 9/13/11 A new law that drastically eviscerates Wisconsin's collective bargaining statutes went into effect on June 29. In addition, the state budget bill has now become the law as well, and it further changes the collective bargaining laws that we have known. This page briefly summarizes these new laws and their impacts on you. The key statutory changes impacting “general employees” ...

  • WPPA Endorses Vicki Selkowe for State Assembly

    MADISON–The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced today its endorsement of Vicky Selkowe in her campaign to represent the 48th State Assembly District. "In a crowded field of outstanding candidates, Vicky Selkowe's experience and expertise are second-to-none," said WPPA Executive Director, Jim Palmer. "Vicky will hit the ground running on day one. She is the best candidate ...

  • The WPPA Scores an Arbitration Win in Altoona

    Another employer has learned, the hard way, that regardless of time and expense, the WPPA will not simply allow any benefit to be rescinded on a whim! Represented by Staff Attorney Roger Palek and Business Agent Gary Gravesen, the WPPA prevailed in a recent grievance arbitration case against the City of Altoona. Under the police officers' contract, the City was required to pay the health insura ...

  • 2011 WPPA State Golf Tournament

    Sponsored by the Kenosha Professional Police Association August 8, 2011 This year's tournament will be at Bristol Oaks Country Club 16801 75th Street, Bristol, Wisconsin REGISTRATION The entry fee will be $100.00 per golfer, which includes: 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, and banquet. If you register before July 8, the fee is $90.00. Guests are welcome to attend the banq ...

  • WPPA State Pistol Shoot 2011

    La Crosse Rifle Club to Host The La Crosse Rifle Club invites you to join us for the 2011 WPPA State Pistol Shoot. The Shoot will take place on Monday, August 22, 2011, at the Club's rifle-pistol range on North Chipmunk Road in Stoddard, Wisconsin. Directions can be obtained from the website, lacrosserifleclub.com. There will be a traditional Pistol Match and an Action Shoot. Practice will be hel ...

  • GOP Plan Aims to Cut Police Benefits and Services

    Only days after the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance released new statistics showing that assaults on law enforcement officers have increased by 224% in the last five years, the Republican-controlled budget committee moved on Thursday and early Friday to provide reduced benefits to newly hired police officers and to allow for deep spending cuts in law enforcement services. WPPA Executive Dir ...

  • May 2011
  • Assaults on Police Grew 224% in Last 5 Years

    MADISON—Each year, law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin report the number of officers assaulted in the line of duty. According to new preliminary statistics from the Office of Justice Assistance, 1,588 Wisconsin officers were assaulted in 2010. Part of a growing trend, the 2010 statistics represent an astonishing increase of 224% over the 492 assaults recorded in 2005. In response to this troubli ...

  • Come Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run

    Since 1986, the Law Enforcement Torch run for Special Olympics Wisconsin has raised more than $16.8 million for the athletes with more than 1,000 law enforcement officers participating annually. Please join us in 2011 to celebrate each and every law enforcement officer who has helped to keep the flame burning bright for 25 years. 2011 Summer Local Events Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Oly ...

  • 2nd Annual Andrea Rose Garcia Memorial Pistol Shoot for Special Olympics

    A fun handgun shooting event to help raise money for charity. All proceeds will be donated to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Andrea Rose Garcia was killed in a tragic automobile crash on May 15, 2009. Andrea volunteered at fundraising events for Special Olympics. *Please visit justiceforourchildren.net for more information about Andrea. Date: Sunday, July ...

  • Bill to Provide Health Insurance for Spouses and Dependents of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in Action is Approved by the State Senate

    On May 17, legislation to provide health insurance coverage for spouses of law enforcement officers who are killed in the line of duty was passed by the State Senate. Though infrequent, some officers make the ultimate sacrifice in their efforts to keep us safe. Most recently, Fond du Lac police officer Craig Birkholz paid the ultimate sacrifice on March 20. In the wakes of these tragedies, a fa ...

  • Birky 67 Challenge 67 Mile Bicycle Ride!

    From the Desk of Chief Tony Barthuly Birky 67 Challenge 67 Mile Bicycle Ride! June 4, 2011 8 AM WHO: Everyone is invited WHAT: "The Birky Challenge", a 67 mile memorial bicycle ride to honor fallen Fond du Lac Police Officer Craig Birkholz, badge #67. (This course also has a shorter loop of 40 miles) WHERE: Start and finish at Grace Christian Church in Fond du Lac WI, located on the c ...

  • April 2011
  • 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 t ...

  • 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 c ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 a ...

  • The Milwaukee Bucks and KAPCO to Honor Fond du Lac Police on April 11

    KAPCO HOMECOURT HERO NIGHT WITH THE BUCKS Monday, April 11th, the Milwaukee Bucks and Kapco will be honoring the Fond du Lac Police Department for their heroic efforts on Sunday, March 20th. Be a part of this special event by attending the Bucks game and showing your support during the presentation of the award in the 2nd quarter! $24 Tickets Discounted to ONLY $10 $63 Tickets Di ...

  • WPPA Executive Director Calls on Lawmakers to Restore Funding for Critical Law Enforcement Tool

    Neglecting To Do So Will Cost Money and Compromise Public Safety MADISON—For a majority of law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin, officers' traffic citations are transmitted electronically from in-squad computers to the Department of Transportation, as well as the appropriate court and district attorney offices. The budget bill recently introduced by Governor Walker strips the program of its fu ...

  • Message from Capitol Police Chief Charlie Tubbs

    TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, ALL EMERGENCY AND SUPPORT AGENCIES Within hours of Governor Walker’s release of the budget repair bill on February 11, I suspected that the days following his announcement would be unlike any I had experienced during my tenure as the Chief of the Wisconsin Capitol Police. In the month that followed, hundreds of thousands of people visited the Capitol to express their support ...

  • Sporting Clays Fundraising Shoot

    Sporting Clays Fundraising Shoot It's all about kids and dogs! Saturday, June 9, 2012 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Woods & Meadow Sporting Clays Event Details: Over $3,000 in raffle & door prizes! Two 50-target sporting clays courses Lunch Kids 15 and under eat free Free bow and .22 rifle shooting for youth instructor led Canine Demonstrations Specia ...

  • March 2011
  • Officer Williams Coming Home

    (03/25/11) The Fond du Lac Police Department is very happy to report that Officer Ryan Williams will be discharged from Theda Clark Regional Medical Center sometime this afternoon. We have not received the official time at this point. Officer Williams has released the following statement: "I would like to thank everyone for their constant support throughout this ordeal. I regret that I cannot s ...

  • Update on Officer Williams and K-9 Grendel

    The condition of Fond du Lac Police Officer Ryan Williams has been upgraded to serious condition at Theda Clark Medical Center. Physicians stated that Officer Williams is making remarkable progress in his recovery. His breathing tube has been removed and he has been able to sit up for short periods of time. A fund has been established at Fox Valley Savings Bank, 51 East 1st Street in Fond du La ...

  • We Remember Craig Birkholz

    On Sunday, March 20, Fond du Lac Police Officer Craig Birkholz, 28, paid the ultimate price for his duty to his community. After graduating from UW Oshkosh with a criminal justice degree, Craig served in the United States Army 511th Military Police Company, 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum NY, and obtained the rank of sergeant. He served five years in Afghanistan and Iraq and received ma ...

  • The New Bargaining Law and Its Impact on You

    UPDATE: On March 18, a Dane County Circuit Court judge granted a temporary restraining order blocking the publication of this collective bargaining bill. Due to this development, the implementation of this law has been put on hold, and the effective dates herein do not immediately apply. Please check this page frequently for additional updates. Governor Walker recently signed legislation into ...

  • January 2011
  • SECOND Update Regarding Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

    WPPA mailed a notice last week regarding the wrong date for the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial and WPPA Pancake Breakfast.  We learned today that the original date of May 6 is the correct date. The Pancake Breakfast will start at 9:00 am and the procession to the Capitol for the Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will leave promptly at 11:45 am.  Please see the April issue of the Wisconsin P ...

  • The WPPA Congratulates Eight Wisconsin Officers Nominated for the Annual Top Cops Award®

    Launched by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) in 1994, the TOP COPS Awards® pay tribute to outstanding law enforcement officers across the country for actions above and beyond the call of duty. The WPPA is proud to congratulate eight Wisconsin law enforcement officers recently nominated for this year’s TOP COPS Awards®.  These officers were nominated by their fellow office ...

  • December 2010
  • Continuing Coverage from the Wisconsin Radio Network on the Growing Number of Assaults on LEOs

    On Thursday, December 16, WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer appeared on the Wisconsin Radio Network to talk about the tremendous increase in the numbers of assaults on law enforcement officers and officer-involved shootings statewide. The Wisconsin Radio Network has 74 stations across the state affiliated with its news service. According to the Office of Justice Assistance, the number of assau ...

  • November 2010
  • We Remember Erich Strausbaugh

    It is with a collective heavy heart that the membership of the WPPA mourns the loss of Kenosha police officer Erich Strausbaugh. A 10-year veteran, Erich was a member of the Gang Unit and the Tactical Response Team. He leaves behind a wife and two young children. We extend our deepest sympathies to Officer Strausbaugh's family, friends, and fellow officers, and we know that he will be sorely misse ...

  • October 2010
  • The Officers in River Falls Unanimously Elect to Leave LAW for the WPPA

    The WPPA is proud to announce that the River Falls police officers have voted unanimously to leave the Labor Association of Wisconsin (LAW) and join the ranks of the WPPA. The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission announced the results of this election earlier today. In 2009, the WPPA was the only labor organization in Wisconsin that grew its membership and had a winning interest arbitratio ...

  • 2010 Political Endorsements

    WPPA ANNOUNCES REMAINING STATE ENDORSEMENTS On October 11, the WPPA announced its remaining endorsements for the upcoming state legislative elections.  These endorsements are determined by the WPPA’s board of directors, all of whom are active members, and include membership input, the results of its cumulative legislative report cards, as well as the candidates’ responses to its questionnaire.  T ...

  • The WPPA Launches TV Ad and Billboard Campaign to Support Jim Sullivan

    MADISON – The political action committee for the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced on October 4 that it is running a television ad supporting incumbent Senator Jim Sullivan in his reelection bid for the state senate. Representing the vast majority of law enforcement officers working in Wisconsin's towns, villages, cities and counties, the WPPA hopes that the ad will shed l ...

  • September 2010
  • WPPA Launches TV Ad Supporting Both Barrett and Van Hollen

    MADISON – On September 28, the political action committee for the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced that it will be running a television ad supporting both Tom Barrett for Governor and J.B. Van Hollen for Attorney General. Representing the vast majority of law enforcement officers working in Wisconsin's towns, villages, cities and counties, the WPPA hopes that the ad will ...

  • The Officers in Prairie du Chien Elect to Leave CWA for the WPPA

    The WPPA is proud to announce that the Prairie du Chien police officers have voted to leave the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and join the ranks of the WPPA. The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission announced the results of this election on September 7. In 2009, the WPPA was the only labor organization in Wisconsin that grew its membership and had a winning interest arbitration re ...

  • August 2010
  • The WPPA Welcomes New Members from St. Croix County

    The WPPA is proud to welcome the men and women of the St. Croix County Deputy Sheriffs Association (SCCDSA) to its ranks! After most of the members of this group signed confidential authorization cards to have an election to leave LAW and join the WPPA, LAW withdrew its representation. At the request of the SCCDSA, the county has voluntarily recognized the WPPA as the group's sole and exclusive ba ...

  • The WPPA Announces Its Early State Endorsements

    On August 20, the WPPA released its first round of endorsements for the upcoming fall elections for the state assembly and state senate. These early endorsements include those lawmakers who scored the highest on the WPPA's legislative report card rankings. The WPPA supports candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to addressing the fiscal challenges confronting this state while protecting the ...

  • The WPPA Tops Government Lobbying Report Yet Again!

    Wisconsin law requires every business or organization that employs a lobbyist to register with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) and to report to the Board each bill and rule number, budget subject, and topic on which a lobbying communication is made. As reported in the most recent GAB report on the last legislative session, the following is a summary of the WPPA's lobbying effor ...

  • We Remember Jennifer Sellers

    Two members of the Waukesha County Professional Correctional Officer and Telecommuncation Association were involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, August 8, 2010. Jennifer Sellers, 32, of Butler Wisconsin died at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota. Cheryl Pederson, co-worker and friend, was the passenger on the motorcycle and is hospitalized at the Rapid City Regiona ...

  • July 2010
  • The Officers in Sturgeon Bay Elect to Leave AFSCME for the WPPA

    The WPPA is proud to announce that the Sturgeon Bay police officers have voted to leave AFSCME and join the ranks of the WPPA. The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission announced the results of this election on July 19. In 2009, the WPPA was the only labor organization in Wisconsin that grew its membership and had a winning interest arbitration record. In fact, for law enforcement arbitrati ...

  • The WPPA Releases its 2009-2010 Legislative Report Cards

    MADISON – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) today announced the results for its report cards for the 2009-2010 legislative session. During each session, the WPPA governmental affairs staff identifies legislation that impacts the WPPA's membership. Preliminary positions on those bills are made by the WPPA governmental affairs staff and the executive director. Those positions a ...

  • WPPA Executive Director Appears on Syndicated Radio Program

    On June 29, WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer appeared on "Lunch Pail Logic," a statewide syndicated radio program dedicated to the working families of Wisconsin, and hosted by John "Sly" Sylvester. Palmer's interview followed a Wisconsin State Journal front page story about the current movement amongst the Madison Metro Transit employees to dump their current union, Teamsters Local 695, to j ...

  • June 2010
  • U.S. High Court Addresses Personal Texting on Publicly-Owned Electronic Devices

    by Roger W. Palek, WPPA Staff Attorney On June 17, 2010, the United States Supreme Court gave a very clear warning to public employees who use employer-provided phones and pagers for personal use: If you don’t want your employer to read your texts use your own phone! The case, City of Ontario v. Quon, No. 08-1332, involved an officer who used a pager issued to him by the police department ...

  • WPPA Names Legislators of the Year

    Sen. Jim Sullivan, Jim Palmer, & Rep. Chris Danou MADISON – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) today announced that it has named State Senator Jim Sullivan and State Representative Chris Danou as the group’s 2009-2010 "Legislators of the Year." After thoroughly reviewing their legislative records to protect and promote public safety and the interests of those who provide i ...

  • May 2010
  • WPPA Executive Director Appears on WisconsinEye Program to Discuss the Statewide Smoking Ban

    On July 5, smoking will be banned in taverns, restaurants, businesses and all public places across Wisconsin. The law was passed in 2009, but its effective date was delayed to give their businesses a chance to add outdoor smoking areas or make other changes. WisconsinEye is a private public affairs cable network that airs gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Wisconsin Legislature, including floor sessio ...

  • The WPPA Endorses Tom Barrett for Governor

    MADISON – Surrounded by law enforcement officers at a May 12th event, Tom Barrett received the endorsement of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association in his race to become the state’s next governor. “The WPPA has a proud history of supporting candidates in a bipartisan manner, as evidenced most recently in our endorsement of J.B. Van Hollen for Attorney General. In the race for governor ...

  • The WPPA's Police Protection Bill Signed into Law by Governor Doyle

    Looking on as Gov. Doyle signed the Police Protection Bill into law on May 7 were Sen. Sullivan, Rep. Danou, Dane Co. Sheriff David Mahoney, Dane Co. Deputy Dale Vito, and WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer. The WPPA is pleased to announce that two bills of great importance to its members have been signed into law by Governor Jim Doyle. The success of both bills was made possible by aggressive ...

  • WPPA Launches Statewide Radio Campaign to Promote Police Week

    MADISON — The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced today that it is launching a statewide radio campaign to promote National Police Week, which occurs this year from May 9 to May 15. The ads will appear on all 77 radio stations in the Wisconsin Radio Network. “Police week is an important time to recognize the sacrifices made each and every day by the dedicated men and wome ...

  • April 2010
  • WPPA Endorses Van Hollen for Attorney General

    MADISON – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association announced today its endorsement of J.B. Van Hollen for reelection as the state’s attorney general. “When J.B. Van Hollen ran for attorney general four years ago, he was the most qualified candidate who pledged to reach out to Wisconsin’s law enforcement community to work together, and to confront tough issues like the backlog of DNA cases ...

  • The WPPA's Police Protection Bill Heads to Governor Doyle

    Appearing with Rep. Chris Danou (left) and Sen. Jim Sullivan (right), WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer spoke at a press conference on August 20 to support the Police Protection Bill. he WPPA is pleased to announce that two bills of great importance to its members have been approved by both houses of the legislature and are headed to Governor Doyle’s desk for his signature. The success of both ...

  • February 2010
  • IRS Pushes Back Enactment of Normal Retirement Age Rules

    On October 28, 2009, in response to the concerns raised by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), the WPPA, and other public employee organizations, the IRS announced its decision to push back the enactment date of the normal retirement age regulations from January 1, 2011 to January 1, 2013. Please see IRS Notice 2009-86 below announcing the extension for governmental plans or c ...

  • January 2010
  • WPPA Pushes Bill to Hold People Accountable for Injuring Police Officers

    Appearing with Rep. Chris Danou (left) and Sen. Jim Sullivan (right), WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer spoke at a press conference on August 20 to support the Police Protection Bill. The WPPA is supporting legislation that would make it a felony if an officer is hurt in the line of duty because of a suspect’s resistance or attempt to flee. At a news conference on August 20, WPPA Executive Dir ...

  • WPPA Speaks Out On National Health Care Debate

    Herb Kohl Letter Health Care Reform

  • September 2009
  • Efforts to help the family of Winnebago County Sheriff's Office Detective Tom Makurat

    On September 11, 2009, one of Detective Makurat’s 13 year old twin sons, Kyle, collapsed during gym class, stopped breathing and became pulse-less. School staff performed CPR until paramedics arrived. Kyle was later flown by helicopter to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, where he remains. On September 12th, Kyle’s heart stopped a second time and hospital staff performed CPR. He ...

  • Waukesha Deputy Sheriff's Associations 21st Annual Make-A-Wish Benefit

    On Sepember 12th 2009 the Waukesha Deputy Sheriff's Association is proudly sponsoring its 21st Annual Make-A-Wish Benefit at Sussex Park in the Village of Sussex. From 9am until 10pm we will be having a softball tournament, silent auction, craft sale and motorcycle ride ( starting at Wisconsin Harley in Oconomowoc at 10am). We will also be selling raffle tickets for a four wheeler, scooter and man ...

  • August 2009
  • WPPA Pushes Bill to Hold People Accountable for Injuring Police Officers

    Appearing with Rep. Chris Danou (left) and Sen. Jim Sullivan (right), WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer spoke at a press conference on August 20 to support the Police Protection Bill. The WPPA is supporting legislation that would make it a felony if an officer is hurt in the line of duty because of a suspect’s resistance or attempt to flee. At a news conference on August 20, WPPA Executive Dir ...

  • June 2009
  • Pewaukee Police vs. Pewaukee Fire Dept. Softball Fundraiser In Memory of Bryce Dempsey

    AUGUST 22, 2009 11:00 to 5:00 VILLAGE PARK in PEWAUKEE 325 E CAPITOL DR 3 Games @ 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 Game 1-Police vs. Fire, Game 2-Friends & Family vs. Police & Fire Game 3-TBD ALL MONEY TO BE DONATED TO THE HERMA HEART CENTER AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CELEBRITIES FOOD AUCTION SOFTBALL TAE KWON DO DEMO FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT KYLE OR SUE DEMPSEY @ (262) 695-3085 or ...

  • WPPA Seeks Help for Wausau Officer and His Family

    On May 29, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Bill and Jessica Taylor and their 16-year-old son lost their home to a fire. Their home and its contents are almost a total loss. Bill is a seven year veteran of Wausau Police Department. Bill is assigned to patrol, a member of the WPPA, a firearms instructor, and a member of the Marathon County SWAT team. Bill also served in the United States Marine Corps for eigh ...

  • May 2009
  • WPPA Recognizes Correctional Officers Week, May 3–9, 2009

    During the week of May 3–9, the WPPA proudly thanks correctional officers for the jobs they do. It is a time for us to think about the correctional officers in Wisconsin and across the nation that serve their communities as well as those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Few Americans have a more difficult or less publicly visible job than the brave men and women who work in our co ...

  • April 2009
  • NAPO's April 2009 Washington Report and Scorecard

    Dear Members, Please find attached NAPO's latest Washington Report and Legislative Scorecard with updates on the current issues and legislation on which NAPO is working. Included in this issue of the Washington Report: Attorney General Addresses Big 50 Leadership COPS Hiring Recovery Program Update House Passes COPS Improvements Act NAPO Meets with White House Counterterrorim & ...

  • Governor Doyle Announces $30 Million Investment in Public Safety

    PDF: Governor Doyle Announces $30 Million Investment in Public Safety

  • March 2009
  • Letter from Department of Corrections - Governor Doyle's 2009-11 Budget Details

    PDF: Raemisch Letter

  • 2008 WRS Annuity Adjustments

    PDF: 2008 Annuity Adjustment

  • February 2009
  • NAPO VICTORY! - COPS Hiring Funds Can Be Used For Officer Retention

    NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE ORGANIZATIONS strongest Unified Voice for America's Law Enforcement Washington, D.C - Today, the COPS Office announced the availability of the $1 billion stimulus funding under the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) In addition to providing full funding for the hiring of new, full-time sworn officers, the CHRP grants can be used to retain officers who are schedule ...

  • 2009 WPPA Bowling Tournament Registration

    Hosted by Clark County This tournament is open to all active and retired WPPA members and non-members of law enforcement and related fields. The annual WPPA Bowling Tournament will be held on March 21 and 22, 2009, at Haines Strike Time Lanes, 11 S. Grand Avenue, in Neillsville Wisconsin, www.striketimelanes.com. Haines Strike Time Lanes is a 12 lane family owned facility with automatic scorin ...

  • January 2009
  • WPPA Wins Overtime Dispute Arbitration in Florence County

    County Board Reversal of Sheriff’s Proper Decision Proves Costly by Andrew Schauer, WPPA Staff Attorney Association members in Florence County will continue to have their seniority rights respected and be offered overtime pursuant to a “call-in” procedure as provided for by their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Arbitrator Dennis McGilligan wrote a 14-page decision in favor of the Associ ...

  • December 2008
  • WI Supreme Court Expands Police Search Authority

    “Here, Pepin police conducted a classic search incident to arrest,” says Van Hollen. “I’m pleased that the Wisconsin Supreme Court recognized the need to protect both officer safety and the possible destruction of evidence.” MADISON – It is lawful for police officers to search inside any container found inside the passenger compartment of a vehicle when any of the occupants is arrested, as a ...

  • November 2008
  • Eric Holder To Be Named Attorney General

    PDFHolder named AG

  • Letter to Participants and Employers

    A statement from ETF and SWIB on market volatility and the effects on the WRS: Market Volatility Letter

  • October 2008
  • The WPPA Launches Legislative Billboard Campaigns

    MADISON, (Wis.) – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association’s Political Action Committee has launched several billboards in a number of legislative races. The group’s endorsements were the result of membership input, the results of its legislative report card rankings, as well as the candidates’ responses to its questionnaire. “The WPPA has a proud history of supporting candidates that can ...

  • September 2008
  • WPPA Announces Remaining Legislative Endorsements

    MADISON – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) has released its remaining endorsements for the upcoming fall elections for the state assembly and state senate. These endorsements are the result of membership input, the results of its legislative report card rankings, as well as the candidates’ responses to its questionnaire. The WPPA supports candidates who can demonstrate a commit ...

  • WPPA Named 2008 Friend of Education

    MADISON—On Thursday, September 18, the WPPA was recognized as a 2008 Friend of Education by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In a ceremony at the State Capitol, WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer received the award on behalf of the hundreds of law enforcement officers who participate each year in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Braving the heat, h ...

  • Manitowoc: A Study of Legal Chaos

    By Robert West, WPPA Consultant It is not unusual for local police officers to have working difficulties with supervisors, the chief of police or sheriff. It is unusual when these difficulties become giant legal matters costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Manitowoc has become the poster child for misdirection of a simple dispute. Around 2004 or 2005, Manitowoc police officers were begi ...

  • Group Insurance Board Announces Single Digit Premium Rate Increases

    MADISON, (Wis.) – Health insurance premium rate increases for the majority of members covered under the state’s Group Health Insurance Program will average approximately 7% next year, according to a Group Insurance Board (Board) announcement. This marks the fifth straight year the program has held cost increases to single digits. The program covers more than 230,000 state and local government empl ...

  • August 2008
  • The WPPA Announces its First Round of Endorsements of Candidates for State Office

    MADISON –The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) has released its first round of endorsements for the upcoming fall elections for the state assembly and state senate. These early endorsements are largely the result of membership input and the results of its legislative report card rankings. The WPPA supports candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to addressing the fiscal challe ...

  • WPPA Releases its Legislative Report Cards

    MADISON – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) has released the results for its report cards for the 2007-2008 legislative session. During each session, the WPPA governmental affairs staff identifies legislation that impacts the WPPA’s membership. Preliminary positions on those bills are made by the WPPA governmental affairs staff and the executive director. Those positions are ...

  • Sun Prairie Officers Receive Minimum Court Appearance Pay

    Arbitrator Tom Yaeger issued a decision on August 7, 2008 awarding minimum court appearance pay to two City of Sun Prairie (City) detectives. A grievance was filed on behalf of the officers alleging that the City violated the contract between it and the Sun Prairie Professional Police Association (SPPA) when it refused to pay the officers for testifying in court while off-duty. A grievance arbitra ...

  • REPORT: DA Staff at 1987 Levels

    Meghann Olson Hometown News Group Regional Reporter During its Tuesday, Aug. 19 meeting, the Dane County Public Protection and Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Dane County Board Supervisors Melanie Hampton and Dianne Hesselbein that urges the state of Wisconsin to fully staff District Attorney (DA) offices throughout the state. Hampton advised that the r ...

  • WPPA Endorses Jim Huff for State Assembly

    MADISON –The WPPA is pleased to announce its endorsement of Jim Huff for the 64th State Assembly District. Huff is vying for the seat that was vacated by State Representative Jim Kreuser upon his election as the Kenosha County Executive. Jim Huff and WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer “Jim Huff is a proven leader who has served his community for more than 30 years as a police officer and 10 ye ...

  • The WPPA Announces its First Round of Endorsements of Candidates for State Office

    MADISON –The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) has released its first round of endorsements for the upcoming fall elections for the state assembly and state senate. These early endorsements are largely the result of membership input and the results of its legislative report card rankings. The WPPA supports candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to addressing the fiscal challe ...

  • WPPA Releases Its Legislative Report Cards

    MADISON – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) has released the results for its report cards for the 2007-2008 legislative session. During each session, the WPPA governmental affairs staff identifies legislation that impacts the WPPA’s membership. Preliminary positions on those bills are made by the WPPA governmental affairs staff and the executive director. Those positions are ...

  • Sun Prairie Officers Receive Minimum Court Appearance Pay

    Arbitrator Tom Yaeger issued a decision on August 7, 2008 awarding minimum court appearance pay to two City of Sun Prairie (City) detectives. A grievance was filed on behalf of the officers alleging that the City violated the contract between it and the Sun Prairie Professional Police Association (SPPA) when it refused to pay the officers for testifying in court while off-duty. A grievance arbitra ...

  • July 2008
  • Do you think your employer should be able to change your health insurance without your agreement?

    The State Legislature actually considered legislation to allow just that.  Although this bill has not yet become law, it and other bills limiting your ability to bargain with your employer will be considered next year by your elected officials. The upcoming elections will directly impact you and your family. The WPPA Political Action Committee will soon make its endorsements in races all across ...

  • The WPPA Welcomes Two New Groups from Monona

    MADISON—The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) is pleased to welcome both the police officers and dispatchers from the City of Monona into its ranks. In elections conducted today by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC), both groups unanimously voted to leave the Teamsters Local Union No. 695 in order to benefit from the WPPA’s wide variety of programs and services. As ...

  • WPPA Wins Grievance Arbitration on Overtime Pay for Switched Regular Days Off

    As the result of a successful grievance arbitration, the members of the Madison Professional Police Officers’ Association (MPPOA) will be fairly paid for the extra hours they put in to supervise and contain the annual Mifflin Street Block Party and Halloween celebration. Madison Police Department’s patrol officers, like many across the state, work a “6-on 3-off” color coded schedule as negotiat ...

  • Recent Arbitration Victories

    Buffalo County (Police) The WPPA prevailed in this arbitration in which the primary issue was wages. The County had proposed a 2% raise in each year of the two year agreement. The Association proposed 2% with an additional 1% on each July 1. The comparables were mixed and the County relied on a slight internal pattern and argued local economic conditions. Two other bargaining units were also in ...

  • June 2008
  • 2009 Wisconsin Retirement System Contribution Rates Announced

    MADISON, (Wis.) – On June 27th, the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) Secretary David Stella announced that required Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employer and employee contribution rates that fund WRS benefits will slightly decrease next year for most employee categories. The 2009 rate changes, recommended by the WRS consulting actuary and approved by the ETF Board, will: decrease ...

  • January 2008
  • President’s Message

    By Dennis J. LeCaptain Comments and letters can be sent to President LeCaptain at WPPA 340 Coyier Lane, Madison, WI 53713, or e-mail dlecaptain@wppa.com. While the temperature is cooling down all across Wisconsin, the same is not true at the WPPA, where things have heated up considerably as of late. For starters, the state budget process has finally come to a close. Surrounded by WPPA members, ...

  • Executive Director’s Message

    By James L. Palmer, II Comments and letters can be sent to Executive Director Jim Palmer at WPPA 340 Coyier Lane, Madison, WI 53713, or e-mail palmer@wppa.com. On a prefatory note, I want to express my gratitude for the efforts of Tom Bahr, who recently retired from the WPPA as our executive director, and who unquestionably worked harder than more people will ever fully realize. President LeCap ...

  • Protect Your Rights To Your Retirement Benefits: The Wisconsin Retirement Board Rules In Favor Of WPPA Members

    By Attorney Nicholas E. Fairweather Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP All Wisconsin counties, except for Milwaukee County, participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (“WRS”). Many municipalities also participate, depending on whether they have elected to do so. Your benefits under the WRS depend upon the amount of time during which your employer reported you to the State Department of Emp ...

  • Attorney General’s Report

    By J. B. Van Hollen, Attorney General When I became Attorney General on January 1, 2007, I made it a priority to put law enforcement and public safety first at the Department of Justice (DOJ). I believe strongly that the Department of Justice exists to assist local law enforcement. Thus, it has been my focus to find ways that the Department of Justice, through its resources, can help local law en ...

  • News from the Upper Peninsula

    by Emil Kezerle Business Agent/Coordinator, Upper Michigan Office 328 Superior Avenue, Crystal Falls, Michigan 49920 906-875-4990; 800-361-1269 Greetings! I am pleased to report that the UMLEA political action contribution and collection process continues to move forward. If you have any questions about this, please call me. If the mailing you received about it is still left laying in a dra ...

  • 2008 WPPA Bowling Tournament

    Hosted by the Dane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association This tournament is open to all active and retired WPPA members, and non-WPPA members of law enforcement and related fields! The annual WPPA Bowling Tournament will be held on April 5 and 6, 2008 at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes, 2121 E. Springs Drive, in Madison, Wisconsin (www.bowlavard.com). Bowl-A-Vard Lanes is a 40-lane facility with fully automat ...

  • WPPA Golf Tournament - August 11, 2008!

    The annual WPPA Golf Tournament will be held Monday, August 11, 2008. The event is being planned and hosted by the Portage County Deputy Sheriff's Association. The smoker will be held the night prior to the tournament with the time and location to be determined. The tournament will be held at the Stevens Point Country Club. Information about the course can be found at www.stevenspointcountryclu ...

  • False Refund Schemes: A Criminal Matter For Those Who Promote Them

    By Special Agent Janet Oakes Public Information Officer IRS Criminal Investigation Division St. Paul Field Office It’s that time of year again – time to start thinking about filing tax returns. Each year during filing season, the Internal Revenue Service has put out a summary of scams that have been seen in various parts of the country as a heads-up to taxpayers about what to watch out for. ...

  • Wisconsin Association of Women Police Annual Training Conference

    Self-Preservation March 3-4, 2008 Country Springs Hotel Waukesha, Wisconsin Program DOJ Training Credit Given Sunday, March 2 6:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting 7:00 p.m. Early Registration 8:00 p.m. Meet and Greet (Water Park/Arcade) Monday, March 3 7:30 a.m. Registration 8:30 a.m. Conference Opening / Welcoming Remarks Wauk ...

  • Special Olympics Wisconsin Law Enforcement Torch Run® Volunteer Of The Year Award

    Past Inductees 2007 – Deputy Jerry Frank, Vernon County Sheriff’s Department 2006 – Officer Bob Roeske, Rothschild Police Department 2005 – Officer Greg Koentopp, North Fond du Lac Police Department Purpose The Special Olympics Wisconsin Law Enforcement Torch Run® Volunteer of the Year Award was created to recognize outstanding officers who have committed themselves to the mission of Sp ...

  • Wisconsin Investment Board Reports 2007 Returns

    While the US stock market experienced its worst fourth quarter performance in recent years, the Core Retirement Fund ended 2007 with a positive preliminary return of 8.8%, according to the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB). The Core Fund is the larger of the two trust funds of the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) and has diversified holdings in domestic and international stocks, bonds, l ...

  • The WPPA Wins Case Involving Retiree Health Insurance Benefits

    After an extensive briefing schedule and oral arguments, the WPPA is pleased to announce that it recently received a favorable decision for a member in West Bend regarding retiree health insurance benefits. The grievant, Detective Randy Kessler, was employed by the City of West Bend in its Police Department. Detective Kessler left the Department on September 23, 2005 because of a duty-related i ...

  • August 2007
  • 2007 Wisconsin Professional Police Association State Pistol Shoot

    Hosted By: Marathon County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Date: August 19-20, 2007 Time: August 19 - Practice @ 12 p.m. / August 20 - Shoot @ 8 a.m. Shoot Location: Frank Hanousek Sr. Range, 2175 Rifle Rd., Mosinee, Wisconsin Awards Banquet: Stoney Creek Inn, 1100 Imperial Ave., Rothschild, Wisconsin Registration Fee: $70.00 per shooter, includes Shoot and Action ...

  • 2007 WPPA State Golf Tournament

    Sponsored by the Dane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association August 13, 2007 The Dane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association invites you to the 2007 WPPA State Golf Tournament. This year’s event will be held at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove on Monday, August 13, 2007. REGISTRATION Registration is limited to the first 144 GOLFERS. The entry fee will be $90 per golfer, which includes: 18 hol ...

  • June 2007
  • 2008 WRS Contribution Rates to Remain Level

    MADISON – On, June 22, the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) announced that required Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) contribution rates will not change next year. The ETF Board (Board) approved the consulting actuary’s recommendation to keep next year’s rates at 2007 levels. ETF Deputy Secretary David Stella said a small rate increase had been expected for next year, but better-than-an ...

  • Military Service Credits Bill Update – Committee Approves Actuarial Study Funding

    Under current law, employees participating in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) who began their public employment after serving in the military do not receive WRS credit for their military service if it occurred after 1974. Assembly Bill 43 and Senate Bill 19 would eliminate the arbitrary 1974 limitation and credit military service that occurs at any time. This legislation is not retroactive, ...

  • May 2007
  • GOP Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Bargaining Over Health Insurance

    Under a bill introduced recently by Republican lawmakers, public employees would be prohibited from bargaining over the selection of a health care coverage plan in certain circumstances. Authored by Rep. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwautosa), Assembly Bill 110 would also alter the law governing local public labor relations by allowing any employer to unilaterally change its employees’ heath care plan. Eff ...

  • Firefighters – but not police – deserve the same rights as other employees

    MADISON – Firefighters – but not police officers – should have the same disciplinary options as other public employees, the Legislature’s budget committee decided in a hearing on May 30. In his budget bill, Governor Jim Doyle had recommended that unionized police officers and fire fighters outside Milwaukee get the option of taking disciplinary matters to arbitration. The Joint Finance Committee r ...

  • Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Military Service Credits Bill

    MADISON – On May 23, 2007, the Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology and Financial Institutions unanimously voted to approve Senate Bill 19. Under current law, employees participating in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) who began their public employment after serving in the military do not receive WRS credit for their military service if it occurred after 1974. SB 1 ...

  • Reps. Kind and Kagen Vote to Put More Cops on the Streets

    House Restores Highly Successful COPS Program, Would Add Nearly 90 Officers in Western Wisconsin Alone Washington, D.C. – Legislation supported by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind and U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen to put 50,000 more police officers on our nation’s streets passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. H.R. 1700, the COPS Improvements Act of 2007, passed with a bipartisan majority on a vote of 381-3 ...

  • Wisconsin to Honor the Memory of its Fallen Law Enforcement Officers in Capitol Ceremony

    The 17th Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held at noon on Friday, May 18 at the State Capitol in Madison. The names of four Wisconsin law enforcement officers will be added to the memorial during the ceremony: Deputies Carl “Cully” Johnson and Fred W. Scott of the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department killed in a shootout with a robber on June 17, 1939. Deputy Charles H ...

  • February 2007
  • The WPPA Endorses Judge Ziegler for Supreme Court

    MADISON – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced today its endorsement of Washington County Circuit Court Judge Annette Ziegler in her bid for the Supreme Court. The WPPA made its endorsement after soliciting the input of its membership and interviewing the candidates. The upcoming February 20 primary election and April 3 general election will decide who will fill the vacan ...

  • Governor Doyle Announces $15 Million Increase in Shared Revenue for Wisconsin Counties and Municipalities

    Also Announces Funds for Court Support, Transportation, and Child Support Collection, and Youth Aids MADISON - Governor Jim Doyle today announced a multi-year effort to increase county and municipal shared revenues by $15 million in his budget. Specifically, the state will increase its shared revenue commitment to counties by $2.7 million over the next two fiscal years to help equip counties wit ...

  • Executive Director’s Message

    By Thomas W. Bahr As we ring in the New Year, I hope that this edition of the Wisconsin Police Journal finds all our members and friends in good health. It was extremely encouraging for me to see the results of our state and local elections, and they renewed my faith in our ability to bring our members’ issues to the attention of those who aspire to hold an elected office. By actively supporti ...

  • Norway Recall Update

    By Emil Kezerle Business Agent/Coordinator, Upper Michigan Office 1342 U.S. Highway 2, Crystal Falls, Michigan 49921 906-875-4990 – 800-361-1269 In recent articles, I have kept you informed regarding the effort to recall the mayor of the city of Norway. The primary purpose revolved around the mayor’s interests in eliminating the Norway Police Department. Although an exceptional effort was p ...

  • THE 2005-2007 STATE BUDGET

    July 25, 2005 Governor Jim Doyle formally signed the 2005-2007 state budget earlier today.  Surprising many, the governor did not veto entirely the Republican property tax freeze, which was a three year plan limiting local governments from increasing their levies by more than their rate of growth in new construction. The levy freeze signed into law by the governor is a two-year plan which li ...

  • January 2007
  • Political Action: You Can’t Just Sit Around And Expect Change

    by WPPA Director Dale Marsolek President, Arcadia Professional Police Association “How can we make a difference?” “We are just a small agency.” “We don’t have any political pull with our elected officials.” “I don’t want to get involved.” “They just have no idea what we do and what we need to do our job!” These are just a few of the comments that I hear on a regular basis from WPPA members co ...

  • New Law Gives Off-Duty Officers Arrest Authority Outside Their Jurisdictions

    by State Representative Peggy Krusick Three gunshots, a suspect running from a shop across the street and a victim lying on the sidewalk. That’s what off-duty Brookfield Assistant Police Chief Dean Collins heard and witnessed on a Saturday morning in 2004 as he stepped out of his car in the parking lot of a Milwaukee pharmacy. (Assistant Chief Collins retired from the Milwaukee Police Departme ...

  • Convention 2007 – Celebrating 75 Years Of Service

    The WPPA’s 75th Anniversary Convention will be held May 19-21, 2007 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, one of the greatest vacation destinations in the United States. The WPPA was formed in 1932 and its first convention was held in Racine. We have accomplished a lot since then, becoming Wisconsin’s largest law enforcement group and a prominent labor organization fo ...

  • U.S. Sen. Kohl Introduces Bill to Restore C.O.P.S. Funding

    (1/24/2007) WASHINGTON -- Citing recent FBI statistics that show a sharp increase in violent crime in many U.S. cities, including Milwaukee, U.S. Senator Herb Kohl today joined Senator Joseph Biden in introducing a bill to provide $1.15 billion to resuscitate the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program and hire more than 50,000 new police officers across the country. The legislatio ...

  • December 2006
  • Gov. Doyle Announces $1.1 Million in Grants to Put More Police on the Streets in Nine Cities

    12/1/2006 On December 1, 2006, Governor Jim Doyle announced that nine Wisconsin cities will receive $1.1 million to put more police on the streets to fight crime. Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Janesville, Beloit, Kenosha, Wausau, West Allis, and Stevens Point will receive Office of Justice Assistance (OJA) ‘Beat Patrol’ grants to put more police on the streets to identify and prevent criminal ...

  • October 2006
  • President's Message

    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by David J. Mahoney Another Summer Come And Gone And A Political Season Well Underway! As this issue of the Wisconsin Police Journal reaches each of our members, we find ourselves yet again entering a new fall season of changing colors, changing temperatures and, for many of our children, the return to school. At the WPPA, we have tried to initiate some changes to better ...

  • Executive Director’s Message

    by Thomas W. Bahr As I write this article, the day after the Primary elections, I am again reminded of the importance of the relationships we build with elected officials and how those relationships affect each and every member of the WPPA. Those elected to serve the people of this state, whether in the legislature, the Department of Justice, or the Governor’s mansion, can affect our members’ abi ...

  • U.S. Supreme Court Explains What Actions May Constitute Workplace Retaliation

    Attorney Linda A. Harfst Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP On June 22, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway v. White, Docket No. 05-529. The case involved a retaliation claim brought by a female railway employee who worked in the very non-traditional position of a track laborer. The court's decision answers the question of what kinds ...

  • Political Action At Work

    By Emil Kezerle Business Agent/Coordinator, Upper Michigan Office 1342 U.S. Highway 2, Crystal Falls, Michigan 49921 906-875-4990 – 800-361-1269 The Norway Police Officers Association is currently experiencing a situation that, in the future, could become a trend that may potentially impact more of our smaller locals in the Upper Peninsula. Here is a brief synopsis of the circumstances. T ...

  • July 2006
  • Wisconsin Association of Women Police

      An organization of women and men committed to furthering the advancements of women in law enforcement. The Wisconsin Association of Women Police (WAWP) is a professional organization created by women in the law enforcement profession. As a professional organization, this Association is governed by a set of by-laws and is managed by a Board of Directors, representative of all sections of the ...

  • WPPA Service Awards

      INSTRUCTIONS Please write a short essay on why your nominee should be considered for a 2012 WPPA Service Award. This essay should be composed specifically for consideration of a WPPA Service Award on a separate sheet of paper. Remember to be as specific as possible with references to dates, events, etc. In addition, you will need to complete the following form and attach it to your ess ...

  • False Forms And Fictitious Obligations Lead To Criminal Convictions

    By Special Agent Janet Oakes Public Information Officer IRS Criminal Investigation St. Paul Field Office Financial fraud schemes come in many forms and can show up in unlikely places. One common thread is the intent to deceive, most often at the expense of others who are innocent and unsuspecting. IRS Criminal Investigation has seen the resurgence of a financial fraud scheme that involves fili ...

  • Convention 2006 Highlights

      The WPPA held its 74th Annual Convention at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on May 20-22, 2006. Over 200 members representing 54 local associations gathered to adopt resolutions on state legislation, discuss the legal rights of law enforcement officers, and hear from prominent speakers on law enforcement issues. The theme of Convention 2006 was “WPPA’s Response t ...

  • Keeping Everyone You Know Safe

    By Graham King Thank you to everyone who took the time at the WPPA Convention in May to stop and talk with us at the KEYS table. I hope many of you will speak about the KEYS program at your local association meetings. We would love to have local associations join us in the battle against impaired driving. There are only positive things that will come from having your association take part. J ...

  • WPPA Awards Scholarships To 14 Wisconsin Students

    This is the seventeenth year of the WPPA Scholarship Program. A total of $10,000 was awarded to 14 students who plan to enter the field of law enforcement. The students were chosen from 139 applications. Jason Lee Punke Jason is a senior at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire majoring in Criminal Justice. This is the fourth year that WPPA has awarded a scholarship to Jason, who graduated ...

  • May 2006
  • WPPA Presents Awards At Convention 2006

      The WPPA presented awards to five officers and one youth at the 74th Annual Convention banquet on Sunday evening, May 21. The WPPA recognizes law enforcement officers and citizens annually for heroism and contributions to their communities. Award for Valor The 2006 Award for Valor was presented to Oneida County Deputy Sheriff Bradley Fogerty for his actions when responding to an incident ...

  • WPPA Recognizes Oneida County Dispatcher Kelly Kiewert

      The WPPA recognized Oneida County Dispatcher Kelly Kiewert at the Annual Convention in May for the role she played in resolving the two Oneida County incidents, for which service awards were presented to four Oneida County deputies. President David Mahoney, in his recognition of Kiewert at the Awards Banquet on Sunday, May 21, said: In addition to presenting the annual Service Awards this ...

  • WPPA Convention Hosts Forums for Attorney General and Gubernatorial Candidates

    On May 21, 2006, the annual WPPA convention at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells hosted forums for the individuals running for the offices of Wisconsin’s governor and attorney general.  Participating in the gubernatorial event were Governor Jim Doyle, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, U.S. Congressman Mark Green.  The candidates responded to questions submitted ...

  • WPPA To Present Service Awards At Annual Convention

    Madison - The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), the state’s leading law enforcement association, will hold its 74th Annual Convention at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on May 20-22, 2006. WPPA's Annual Convention attracts members from around the state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, who gather each year to adopt resolutions on stat ...

  • State Senate Rejects Constitutional Spending Limits

    (05/05/2006) Efforts in the Legislature to amend Wisconsin’s Constitution to control state government spending died in the Senate on May 4.  On a 20-12 vote, the Senate killed a constitutional proposal to limit state spending to increases in inflation and population growth.  More than 10 such proposals have been floated in recent weeks.  Similarly, by a margin of 21-11, the State Senate voted to ...

  • April 2006
  • Capitol Commentary

    James L. Palmer, II WPPA Assistant Executive Director & Director of Governmental Affairs New Law Allows Local Law Enforcement to Retain Drug Money On January 4, Governor Jim Doyle signed a bill allowing local law enforcement agencies to retain the money they seize in drug cases. Under the statutes prior to the enactment of this new law, any money seized in a drug case had to be deposite ...

  • The Inquest: A Search For The Truth Or A Trap? An Officer’s Dilemma

    By Jordan C. Loeb Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP Jordan C. Loeb An inquest is a popular tool utilized by a District Attorney when an officer is involved in a fatal shooting. Some DAs have a de facto policy that whenever family members of the individual killed asks for an inquest they will conduct one. This automatic response by the prosecutor puts the involved officers in a ...

  • Be Our Guest: Onalaska President Promotes Political Action

    By Chris Danou President, Onalaska Professional Police Association By in large, police officers in Wisconsin have been slow to embrace the concept of political action. Perhaps it is because we are so tired at the end of our shifts that we just want to return home to our families and enjoy our time off. It is hard to go from dealing with conflicts on the streets while working to dealing with the ...

  • WPPA Lauds Signing of Public Safety Legislation

    WPPA LAUDS SIGNING OF PUBLIC SAFETY LEGISLATION On April 6, 2006, Governor Doyle signed several public safety bills into law.  Among the WPPA-backed initiatives was Assembly Bill 708, which will increase the maximum prison sentence for repeat sex offenders to life imprisonment without parole.  Also signed into law was Assembly Bill 291, which will allow a property owner to evict a tenant if a sta ...

  • How WPPA Members Can Submit Questions to State Candidates for May Convention Forum

    As many WPPA members already know, 2006 is an election year.  With nearly 11,000 members from over 375 local associations, the WPPA plans to actively support those candidates deemed to best represent the values of our membership.  In doing so, we hope to improve the ability of Wisconsin to remain a great place to live, work, and raise a family. On May 21, 2006, the WPPA Annual Convention will h ...

  • New Taxpayer Protection Amendment To Cap Public Employees’ Pay & Benefits

    (Assembly Joint Resolution 77) Approved by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee on April 12, 2006, the Taxpayer Protection Amendment (TPA) would limit spending by cities, counties and large villages to the lesser of inflation or the statewide change in personal income (generally around 3 percent), plus two-thirds of the percentage growth from new construction in their communities.  Local govern ...

  • State Assembly Passes Constitutional Spending Measure

    April 28, 2006 Early this morning, the Wisconsin State Assembly approved a constitutional limit on state spending by a vote of 50-48. The measure would limit growth of the state government's general fund - its single biggest account, to 90% of the average growth in personal income over the previous three years. Nine Republicans joined all 39 Democrats in voting against the amendment. As approv ...

  • March 2006
  • Convention 2006 Workshops

    Sunday, May 21 3:35 to 4:25 p.m. JAMES L. PALMER, II CANDIDATES FORUM FOCUS GROUP JAMES L. PALMER, II WPPA Assistant Executive Director & Director of Governmental Affairs On Sunday, May 21, 2006, we will host two one-hour candidate forums for those individuals running for governor and attorney general, all of whom have been invited. Following the two forums, Mr. P ...

  • February 2006
  • WPPA Announces 2006 Endorsements

    The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) is pleased to present its endorsements for the 2006 election cycle. DOYLE FOR GOVERNOR Despite the fact that the WPPA has enjoyed a good relationship with Rep. Mark Green as a member of U.S. House of Representatives, the WPPA chose to endorse Jim Doyle in his bid for reelection. Governor Doyle has demonstrated his support for law enforcement a ...

  • The Taxpayer Protection Amendment

    The Taxpayer Protection Amendment (02/21/06) On February 9, 2006, Republican legislative leaders unveiled a 2,500-word constitutional amendment that would tie state, school, and local goverment tax collections to factors ranging from inflation to population growth, and, for cities and villages, to new construction. The complex, nine-page proposal is based largely on the taxpayer's bill of rights ...

  • Concealed Carry Legislation Update

    Concealed Carry Legislation Update (02/02/06) On January 31, the Wisconsin State Assembly failed to override Governor Doyle's veto of legislation that would have allowed Wisconsinites to carry concealed weapons. The Assembly fell two votes short of the 66 required to override a gubernatorial veto, with State Representatives Terry Van Akkeran (D-Sheboygan) and John Steinbrink (D-Pleasant Prairie) ...

  • Governor Doyle Signs the WPPA's Inquest Bill Into Law

    On Wednesday, December 21, 2005, Governor Jim Doyle formally signed the WPPA's inquest bill into law.  Act 73 requires public employers to reimburse law enforcement officers and other public safety employees for reasonable attorneys fees when they are exonerated by inquests into their on-duty conduct.  Introduced by State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield) and State Representative Brett Davis ...

  • January 2006
  • President’s Message

    By David Mahoney Comments and letters can be sent to President David Mahoney at 340 Coyier Lane, Madison, WI 53713, or e-mail mahoney@wppa.com As the first issue of the Wisconsin Police Journal in 2006 reaches each of our members, we find ourselves closing out 2005, a year that has brought unbelievable tragedy and catastrophe to many regions of our country, and to many men and women who share o ...

  • Hempel v. City of Baraboo: The Supreme Court Of Wisconsin Limits Access To Records Involving Internal Investigations By Government Agencies

      by Attorney Nick Fairweather Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP Nick Fairweather On July 13, 2005, the Wisconsin Supreme Court once again changed the contours of the State’s Open Records Law. They did so with their decision in the case of Hempel v. City of Baraboo. The case involved Hal Hempel, a City of Baraboo police officer, who was accused by a co-worker of having sexuall ...

  • Governor Doyle Signs Bill Allowing Local Law Enforcement to Retain Drug Money

    On January 4, 2006, Governor Jim Doyle signed a bill allowing local law enforcement agencies to retain the money they seize in drug cases. Under the statutes prior to the enactment of this new law, any money seized in a drug case had to be deposited in the school fund. Under Act 91, a law enforcement agency that seizes money in a drug case may retain 70 percent of any amount that does not exceed $ ...

  • The WPPA Awards Committee Invites Nominations for Service Award

    The WPPA Awards Committee invites you to send in your nominations for WPPA service awards. Individuals may be nominated for deeds or actions that occurred between January 1 and December 31, 2005. The committee will meet in February to review nominations and select the award recipients. Send a letter of nomination identifying the individual or individuals, the date of the occurrence, and describ ...

  • News From The Upper Peninsula

    By Emil Kezerle Business Agent/Coordinator, Upper Michigan Office 1342 U.S. Highway 2, Crystal Falls, Michigan 49921 • 906-875-4990 – 800-361-1269 GOGEBIC COUNTY GRIEVANCE SIGNIFICANT The WPPA, on behalf of the Gogebic County Deputy Sheriff's Association, has initiated a grievance action regarding an issue that very well could impact other Sheriff's Departments that have Tribal Police Depart ...

  • December 2005
  • The WPPA’s Inquest Bill Heads to Governor Doyle

    THE WPPA’S INQUEST BILL APPROVED BY WISCONSIN STATE ASSEMBLY The bill must be approved by Gov. Doyle to become law On Tuesday, December 6, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed the WPPA’s inquest bill on a voice vote. Senate Bill 132 would require public employers to reimburse law enforcement officers and other public safety employees for reasonable attorneys fees when they are exonerated by inqu ...

  • July 2005
  • The WPPA's Inquest Bill to Get a Vote in the WIsconsin State Assembly

    With the leadership of Assembly Speaker John Gard (R-Peshtigo) and Assembly Majority Leader Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem), the Assembly Rules Committee has voted to give the WPPA’s inquest bill a vote on the floor of the Wisconsin State Assembly on Tuesday, December 6.  Senate Bill 132 would require public employers to reimburse law enforcement officers and other public safety employees for reasonab ...

  • June 2005
  • THE WPPA’S ARBITRATION OF DISCIPLINE BILL PASSED BY STATE ASSEMBLY

      June 15, 2005 On June 14th, the WPPA’s arbitration of discipline bill, or Assembly Bill 185, passed the Wisconsin State Assembly in an impressive demonstration of bipartisan support. 69 legislators voted to support AB 185 and only 25 voted against the bill. Of those legislators voting to support AB 185, 39 were Republicans and 30 were Democrats. Introduced by State Representative ...

  • PROTECTIVE STATUS FOR JAILERS UPDATE

      June 2005 On May 18, the Assembly Committee on Corrections and the Courts conducted a hearing on Assembly Bill 225.  Introduced by State Representative Stephen Freese (R-Dodgeville) and State Senator Dave Zien (R-Eau Claire), AB 225 would specifically classify county jailers as protective occupation participants for purposes of the Wisconsin Retirement System. County jailers in Wi ...

  • May 2005
  • THE WPPA’S ARBITRATION OF DISCIPLINE BILL TO GET A VOTE IN THE WISCONSIN STATE ASSEMBLY

      May 2005 Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker John Gard has agreed to place our arbitration of discipline bill on the June legislative calendar for a vote on the floor of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Assembly Bill 185 would provide municipal law enforcement officers with the opportunity to appeal the disciplinary decision of a police and fire commission to an arbitrator, rather than to ...

  • April 2005
  • WPPA ANNOUNCES ANNUAL CONVENTION AND SERVICE AWARDS

    April 2005 Madison - The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), the state’s leading law enforcement association, will hold its 73rd Annual Convention at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on May 14-16, 2005. WPPA's Annual Convention attracts members from around the state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, who gather each year to adopt reso ...

  • Attorney General’s Report: Wisconsin Meth Initiative And Drug Endangered Child Programs

    By Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager             Wisconsin law enforcement officials know better than most citizens the costs and increasing dangers of the growing methamphetamine problem. I've had the opportunity to travel around the state and meet with many of you to discuss how to better serve you as we fight this problem together. The Wisconsin Department of Justice Methamphetamine Initi ...

  • March 2005
  • New 2005 Wisconsin COPS And WLEM Fund-Raising Event

    By Brian L. Willison, Chair Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc.             The Wisconsin Concerns of Police Survivors (WI COPS) and Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc. (WLEM), law enforcement charity organizations, have combined with Charter Communications and a statewide bowling group, Community Entertainment Centers, to establish a month-long bowling tournament during weekends in J ...

  • News From The Upper Peninsula of Michigan

    By Emil Kezerle Business Agent/Coordinator, Upper Michigan Office 1342 U.S. Highway 2, Crystal Falls, Michigan 49921 • 906-875-4990 • 800-361-1269 Political Action and the Upper Michigan Law Enforcement Association How many times over the course of your career as a public sector employee have you had cause to say to yourself and others, “If only our Association had a friendly face on the Boa ...

  • February 2005
  • Do you think your employer should be able to change your health insurance without your agreement?

    The State Legislature actually considered legislation to allow just that. Although this bill has not yet not become law, it and other bills limiting your ability to bargain with your employer will be considered next year by your elected officials. The upcoming elections will directly impact you and your family. The WPPA Political Action Committee will soon make its endorsements in races all acro ...

  • New 2005 Wisconsin COPS And WLEM Fund-Raising Event

    By Brian L. Willison, Chair Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc.             The Wisconsin Concerns of Police Survivors (WI COPS) and Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc. (WLEM), law enforcement charity organizations, have combined with Charter Communications and a statewide bowling group, Community Entertainment Centers, to establish a month-long bowling tournament during weekends in J ...

  • 2005 WPPA State Golf Tournament

    Sponsored by the Wood County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association The WCDSA invites you to the 2005 WPPA State Golf Tournament at The Ridges Golf Course, located on the south side of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Date: Monday, August 8, 2005 Cost: The entry fee will be $90.00. This is a package deal and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range, lunch, banquet, and the “Smoker.” There will be some beve ...

  • Local Police Associations: Finding The Right Balance With Fund-Raising And Donations

    By Carol Grob, Cullen, Weston, Pines & Bach A local police association in Wisconsin recently had the unexpected good fortune of receiving a substantial gift from one of the citizens its members serve. The money, however, came with conditions. The unexpected contribution raised a number of questions for the local association, such as: can the association accept a donation, especially with cond ...

  • Understanding The Wisconsin Public Records Law

    By Richard Thal, WPPA General Counsel Under the Wisconsin Public Records Law there is a presumption that the public has access to a public record. But access may be denied if the custodian of the record determines that disclosure will harm the public. This article provides you with information that you may use if you would like to receive a copy of a public document. It also addresses what your e ...

  • Law Enforcement Officers Cannot Hold Public Offices Incompatible With Their Law Enforcement Positions

    By Richard Thal, WPPA General Counsel Recently three WPPA members asked if they could run for city council in the city where they work. All three knew that under the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights they were entitled to engage in political activity and to be a candidate for any elective public office. And all three were disappointed when city attorneys told them, "Yes, you can run. But i ...

  • January 2005
  • Executive Director’s Message

    By Thomas W. Bahr, Executive Director             As we enter the New Year, we all look forward to many different things: some of us to the serene snowy fields of winter, others to the comforting knowledge that it is not long until the warm weather will return. Then there is the “unique” group of people who participate in the Special Olympics Wisconsin Polar Plunge™: nothing like a little mid- ...

  • President’s Message

    By David Mahoney Comments and letters can be sent to President Mahoney at WPPA, 340 Coyier Lane, Madison, WI 53713, or e-mail mahoney@wppa.com. As the first issue of the Wisconsin Police Journal in 2005 reaches each of our members, we find ourselves closing out 2004 with year-end celebrations and entering yet another New Year. Before we move ahead in this New Year, let’s reflect on the gifts w ...

  • Attorney General’s Report The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Of 2004 (H.R. 218)

    By Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager The Wisconsin Department of Justice has received many questions about how the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (H.R. 218) is being implemented in Wisconsin. The primary concern is related to firearms training and qualification standards for retired law enforcement officers carrying concealed weapons. The actions contemplated in H.R. 218 are not ...

  • WPPA Assistance Enables Waukesha County Member To Keep His Job

    By Linda L. Harfst Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP             In June 2001, Steve Urso, then WPPA Executive Assistant, telephoned attorney Linda Harfst of Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP for assistance because of a rapidly-developing situation involving Waukesha County corrections officers. It appeared that some corrections officers assigned to the jail and the Huber facility were being r ...

  • Executive Director’s Message

    By Thomas W. Bahr, Executive Director             As we enter the New Year, we all look forward to many different things: some of us to the serene snowy fields of winter, others to the comforting knowledge that it is not long until the warm weather will return. Then there is the “unique” group of people who participate in the Special Olympics Wisconsin Polar Plunge™: nothing like a little mid- ...

  • President’s Message

    By David Mahoney Comments and letters can be sent to President Mahoney at WPPA, 340 Coyier Lane, Madison, WI 53713, or e-mail mahoney@wppa.com. As the first issue of the Wisconsin Police Journal in 2005 reaches each of our members, we find ourselves closing out 2004 with year-end celebrations and entering yet another New Year. Before we move ahead in this New Year, let’s reflect on the gifts w ...

  • Attorney General’s Report The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Of 2004 (H.R. 218)

    By Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager             The Wisconsin Department of Justice has received many questions about how the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (H.R. 218) is being implemented in Wisconsin. The primary concern is related to firearms training and qualification standards for retired law enforcement officers carrying concealed weapons. The actions contemplated in H.R. ...

  • Capitol Commentary

    James L. Palmer, II WPPA Legislative Lobbyist Election Wrap-Up As you all know, the 2004 election cycle has come to a close. During this last election season, the WPPA Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsed a total of 79 state candidates, of which 40 endorsements went to Republicans and 39 went to Democrats. In the State Assembly elections, 33 Democrats and 32 Republicans were endorsed by ...

  • WPPA Assistance Enables Waukesha County Member To Keep His Job

    By Linda L. Harfst Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP             In June 2001, Steve Urso, then WPPA Executive Assistant, telephoned attorney Linda Harfst of Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP for assistance because of a rapidly-developing situation involving Waukesha County corrections officers. It appeared that some corrections officers assigned to the jail and the Huber facility were being r ...

  • WPPA Legislative Scorecard — How Legislators Will Be Scored

    Points Co-sponsoring legislation which we support 1 Co-sponsoring legislation which we oppose -2 Committee votes for legislation which we support 1 Committee votes against legislation which we support -2 Committee votes for legislation we oppose -1 Committee votes against legislation we oppose 1 Floor votes for legislation which we support 2 F ...

  • November 2004
  • Executive Director’s Message

    By Thomas W. Bahr, Executive Director Bargaining season is in full swing, the summer is winding down, and the WPPA continues forward. During the past several months the WPPA has been busy on several fronts. Let me begin by saying that I was honored when the WPPA Board of Directors offered me the position of your Executive Director. Since 1932, the WPPA has led the cause for many issues which ...

  • President’s Message

    By David J. Mahoney, WPPA President Comments and letters can be sent to President Mahoney at WPPA, 340 Coyier Lane, Madison, WI 53713, or e-mail mahoney@wppa.com. Where did the summer go? As this issue of the Wisconsin Police Journal reaches each of our members, we find ourselves entering a new fall season of changing colors, changing temperatures, and for many of our children, a change in ...

  • WPPA Service Awards

    The WPPA Awards Committee invites you to send in your nominations for WPPA service awards. Individuals may be nominated for deeds or actions that occurred between January 1 and December 31, 2004. The committee will meet in February to review nominations and select the award recipients. Send a letter of nomination identifying the individual or individuals, the date of the occurrence, and describ ...

  • Capitol Commentary

    James L. Palmer, II WPPA Legislative Lobbyist The following is an excerpt of testimony presented to the State Senate Select Committee on State and Local Government Relations in a hearing held on August 31, 2004. *   *   * Mr. Chairman and Distinguished Members of the Committee: As Wisconsin’s largest law enforcement organization, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association appreciates ...

  • H.R. 218, The “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act” Frequently Asked Questions

    This new federal law exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officers from local and state prohibitions on the carrying of concealed firearms while off duty across state lines. Who is eligible to carry concealed firearms under this law? A qualified active or retired law enforcement officer who is carrying the proper identification may carry a concealed firearm across state lines ...

  • Resolution On Concealed Carrying Of Firearms (H.R. 218) NAPO National Convention

    August 9, 2004 WHEREAS, After continuous lobbying by this Association for more than twelve years and thirteen sessions of Congress, law enforcement officers have finally won the right to carry their concealed firearms nationwide; WHEREAS, The legislation granting this right, H.R. 218 by Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham of California, has passed the Congress and been signed into law by ...

  • Looking Ahead To Convention 2005 — Building Your Support Network

    When you schedule your days off for 2005, don’t forget to schedule time to attend the WPPA’s 73rd Annual Convention May 14 through May 16, 2005. Once again, the Kalahari Resort in “The Dells” will be our host hotel. And, 2005 will mark the first year that the Annual Convention will begin on a Saturday and end at noon on the following Monday. We hope that this shift in Convention dates will allow m ...

  • Resolution Concerning Maintenance Of Benefits For Those Law Enforcement Officers Killed In The War On Terror NAPO National Convention

    August 9, 2004 WHEREAS, The law enforcement officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department and the New York City Police Department who selflessly laid down their lives that others might live on the morning of September 11, 2001 were our brothers and sisters in this Association; WHEREAS, Other brother and sister officers have since laid down their lives in the ong ...

  • 2004 WPPA Golf Tournament Hosted by Madison

    by John Radovan This year’s WPPA Golf Tournament was held on August 9 at Hawks Landing Golf Club in Madison and hosted by the Madison Professional Police Officers’ Association (MPPOA). This was the first time in many years that the MPPOA has hosted this event. Our goal was to put on a competition where golfers from all skill levels could participate and have a fun time. We also decided to donat ...

  • President’s Message

    By David Mahoney The Annual Convention was a huge success for our members and families! My thanks to our host locals, Dane County and Madison, for your outstanding work and organization. As well, I would like to thank the entire WPPA staff who, as always, did an excellent job at registration, providing workshops, and overseeing the needs of all attendees. If you were unable to attend the Con ...

  • WPPA Directors Adopt Public Affairs Platform

    At the 2004 WPPA Annual Convention, the Board of Directors formally adopted a public affairs platform for the next year. The public affairs platform is the declaration of legislative principles and policies that the legislative staff will pursue on behalf of WPPA members. This platform will also be used to develop an annual report card of legislators’ votes on bills of importance to the law enf ...

  • 2004 WPPA State Shoot Hosted By Eau Claire

    by Director Gary Burns, WPPA State Shoot Chairman The 2004 WPPA State Pistol Shoot was held in Eau Claire and sponsored by the Eau Claire Police Benevolent Association. The event attracted 90 shooters from around the state. While many shooters’ score sheets and spirits were dampened by the rain, other shooters’ expertise continued to prevail as if they were not at all affected by the heavy down ...

  • October 2004
  • 15th Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Ceremony Will Honor Two Fallen Heroes

    By Brian L. Willison, Chair Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc.             The 15th Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Ceremony will honor two Wisconsin law enforcement heroes on Friday, May 20, 2005. The ceremony, which will begin at noon and is held at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial on the State Capitol grounds, will remember and honor Special Agent Jay ...

  • July 2004
  • Capitol Commentary

    James L. Palmer, II WPPA Legislative Lobbyist Over the course of the last few months, the WPPA legislative staff has been busy voicing our opposition to the “Taxpayer Bill of Rights,” or TABOR. TABOR is a proposed constitutional amendment designed to control state and local government spending permanently, and would require that spending increases be approved by voters in a referendum. In addi ...

  • Executive Director’s Message

    By Thomas W. Bahr, Interim Executive Director This past May, the WPPA held its 72nd Annual Convention at the Kalahari Resort in Lake Delton. I am pleased to report the convention was well attended by our members and delegates representing their respective locals from across the state and Upper Michigan. This was the first year that the WPPA held its annual convention at the Kalahari Resort, ...

  • Legislative Report

    By Steve Werner WPPA Legislative Representative All of us at the WPPA have been working hard at fighting legislative measures like the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, the tax freeze, or any other measure that might affect our ability to give our various jurisdictions the utmost in police protection. We have also been bombarded on a daily basis with inquiries regarding the upcoming elections and the ...

  • Questions And Answers About Recent Changes To Wisconsin’s Open Records Law

    by Attorney Nicholas E. Fairweather Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP As discussed in the Wisconsin Police Journal’s July 2003 issue, the Wisconsin Legislature this past year attempted to “fix” some of the uncertainty surrounding the State’s open records law, Wisconsin Statutes, section 19.31, et seq. This article highlights some important sections of the new law. You should already know t ...

  • President’s Message

    By David Mahoney The Annual Convention was a huge success for our members and families! My thanks to our host locals, Dane County and Madison, for your outstanding work and organization. As well, I would like to thank the entire WPPA staff who, as always, did an excellent job at registration, providing workshops, and overseeing the needs of all attendees. If you were unable to attend the Con ...

  • WPPA Directors Adopt Public Affairs Platform

    At the 2004 WPPA Annual Convention, the Board of Directors formally adopted a public affairs platform for the next year. The public affairs platform is the declaration of legislative principles and policies that the legislative staff will pursue on behalf of WPPA members. This platform will also be used to develop an annual report card of legislators’ votes on bills of importance to the law enf ...

  • February 2004
  • You Work Hard For Your Money —— So Make Sure You Get Paid

    By Attorney Tamara B. Packard Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP If you ever find yourself in a dispute with your employer over your wages and hours, your first resort should be to the WPPA, of course. There may be occasions, however, when your union is unable to assist you, such as when the dispute is over an occurrence that happened too long ago (many collective bargaining agreements (“CBAs” ...

  • The Nuts And Bolts Of Duty Disability Claims

    Lester A. Pines Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP Introduction Section 40.65 of the Wisconsin Statutes sets out a unique benefit for law enforcement officers and other participants in the Wisconsin Retirement System who come under the definition of "protective occupation participants." In a nutshell, sec. 40.65 provides for payment to a law enforcement officer who (1) has suffered a work r ...

  • What Every Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officer Needs To Know To Protect Him Or Herself When A Citizen Complaint Is Filed

    By Gordon E. McQuillen, WPPA Director of Legal Services It is bound to happen in every officer's career – some citizen files a complaint against the officer, alleging that he or she did something wrong to the citizen. Most officers – even the most experienced – can find these kinds of complaints to be very disconcerting. However, a knowledge of what will ensue following the filing of a complaint ...

  • Employee Trust Funds = Self Service, Toll-Free Telephone Systems, Internet Site Provide Quick Access to Information and Brochures

    Need information from the Department of Employe Trust Funds on calculating your retirement benefit? How about a brochure on buying creditable service? Options for contacting Employe Trust Funds C including a new Self Service Line, the department=s Internet site, and a Telephone Message Center C have made access to dozens of important forms and brochures easier than ever. In all cases, these option ...

  • Time Spent Caring For Dogs Is Compensable Work

    By Richard Thal WPPA General Counsel It is now well known that law enforcement dog handlers must be paid for all hours worked, and that Ahours worked@ includes time spent caring for canines outside scheduled working hours. But despite this knowledge, many dog handlers are not being fully compensated for time spent feeding, exercising, training, grooming and performing other dog-handling tasks. ...

  • Moonlighting: Know The Risks - Know Your Rights

    By Mark Hollinger, WPPA Staff Attorney Before you consider taking any second job there are several factors you should first consider. Unless your second job is also a job where Employe Trust Funds treats you as a "protective occupation participant" eligible for duty disability benefits, as provided for under section 40.65, Stats., an injury or disease sustained while performing this second job th ...

  • Probationary Periods for Newly-Promoted Police Officers: Antisdel v. City of Oak Creek Police and Fire Commission et al.

    By Mark Hollinger In an opinion written by Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, the Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals in the above-referenced case on May 2, 2000. The only issue in this case was whether the Oak Creek Police and Fire Commission erred when it denied Antisdel a just cause hearing under Wis. Stat. §62.13 (5) (em). The Supreme Court held ...

  • Contract Interpretation: How do you know what your contract means when the language is ambiguous?

    By Richard Thal, WPPA General Counsel In order to enforce your contract, you must know what provisions it contains. Once you know what is in your contract, you will know when to file a grievance over employer violations of clear contractual language. Amending or eliminating contractual provisions that are clear and unambiguous can only be done in bargaining. Clear language cannot be changed throu ...

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