As your Director, I routinely attend roll calls throughout the city. It is always a pleasure to meet hardworking officers, listen to their concerns and address their problems and issues. I recently attended roll call in Harbor Area where Watch 5 supervisor, Sergeant Chris Carson, made some very special presentations. Sergeant Carson dedicated the roll call to honoring his officers for their hard work.
As we enter the last third of 2017, we continue to see crime increase in the City of Los Angeles and resources stretched far too thin throughout our Department. As your League continues to push the Department to place more resources in operations and to put officer safety first, I want to share information from the 2017 mid-year report of the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund on Line-of-Duty Deaths.
As your Director, many issues come to my attention regarding various Department systems and functions, as well as adherence to policies and procedures. One issue that arises frequently is the Department’s use of the Training Evaluation and Management System (TEAMS) II. I encourage you to review the Department Manual Sections relevant to TEAMS II and to familiarize yourself with the various report views available and under what circumstances these reports can be used.
July 9, 2017, marks the third of four pay raises for employees working under our current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) contract. I want to take this time to encourage our members to apply for all California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certificates they have earned and are eligible to receive. Possessing the POST Intermediate and/or Advanced Certificates means more money in your paycheck; however, you have to apply for the certificates from POST.
Sweat equity is the contribution to a project or enterprise in the form of effort or toil. It can be most closely described as putting your body and your heart behind something you’re passionate about.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which the day falls as National Police Week. The purpose of Police Week is to honor law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. In 1997, the Police Unity Tour was born to bring awareness of these officers who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their communities. Members of the Police Unity Tour ride bicycles approximately 250–300 miles through various routes into the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during Police Week. The motto of the Tour is “We Ride For Those Who Died.”
When was the last time you did something you were really proud of? Did you score the game-winning touchdown? Maybe you finished your master’s degree. Or maybe you completed a very complicated assignment at work that took days or weeks or maybe even months to complete. Whatever it was, you took pride in the work you put in and the result that came because of it.
A free press, but with what responsibility?
“With great power, comes great responsibility.” That’s the famous quote from the Spider-Man comics that succinctly sums up the feeling most of us have regarding any individual or institution that holds a position of power. With the rise of by-the-second news reporting, this is particularly relevant to today’s modern media companies.
As many of you are aware, your LAPPL Directors are assigned to the various geographic and traffic areas throughout the Department to liaise with you and to help with any issues that arise affecting our members and requiring LAPPL attention. There are currently nine Directors who serve more than 9,000 sworn employees at the rank of lieutenant and below.
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