Investigative Analyst/Opioid Crisis/Baltimore:

If you know of anyone who may be interested in applying for an Investigative Analyst position in the Baltimore office, please pass the following OPM vacancy announcement to them at the link below.  The announcement is open to all U. S. citizens and specifically for non-status individuals, which means applicants do not have to be federal employees to apply.  The announcement closes upon receipt of the 50th application or on the closing date of 7/19/19, whichever occurs first.

Investigative Analyst/Opioid Crisis/Baltimore:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/539715100

C.O.P.S. Lucky Ladder Drop

Try your luck in this 50/50 fundraiser for C.O.P.S. Only 500 numbered golf balls are up for grabs at $10 each, or 5 balls for $45. At the C.O.P.S. National Golf Tournament, all purchased balls will be dropped from the top of Mid-County’s fire truck ladder onto the putting green. 50% of the proceeds go to cash and prizes! 50% goes to help Concerns of Police Survivors continue its mission!

Date of event: August 4, 2019
Location: Old Kinderhook Golf Club
Time: Ball Drop at 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 = One Ball or Five Balls = $45

50/50 PRIZE PACKAGE
1st Place Receives up to $2000
2nd Place Receives up to $500
3rd Place Receives up to $200

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN.

University Police officer II

The University of Baltimore is recruiting for a police officers.  Please share our attached vacancy announcement.  It can also be viewed at University Police Officer II (Multiple Vacancies) – University of Baltimore.

Last month, we posted and filled a Police Officer vacancy.  Now, we have additional vacancies to fill, and we appreciate your help with our efforts to do that.

Thank You,

Patrice Mason

Recruitment Leader, Human Resources, University of Baltimore

pmason@ubalt.edu

410.837.5498

Current Vacancies at UB

Baltimore County Police Hiring For August 2019 Lateral Class

Integrity, Fairness, and Service are the values followed by over 1,800 Baltimore County police officers. Are you up to the challenge of being a part of one of the most professional law enforcement agencies in the country?

If you are a current or recently retired police officer, you can apply with the Baltimore County Police Department. We are now hiring lateral police officers.  Our officers enjoy competitive benefits, 25-year retirement, and significant career advancement opportunities. To learn more about our Lateral Entry Police Officer requirements and to apply, go online here.

The Baltimore County Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

Supreme Court won’t review Baltimore County back pay ruling

An appellate opinion finding Baltimore County owes more than a decade of back pay to some of its employees will stand after the Supreme Court declined to review the case Monday.

The county has been in litigation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for years over the higher contribution rates for employees 40 and older.

The county changed its policy in 2007 and employees hired after the change paid the same rate regardless of age. The parties and unions involved agreed to a plan that gradually equalized contribution rates for those on the old plan, but the EEOC pursued damages for the employees affected.

A U.S. District judge denied the request, but on appeal the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held the Age Discrimination in Employment Act requires back pay. The county petitioned for review in the Supreme Court and was denied.

The case will be remanded to the trial court for a determination on the amount of back pay owed. The county has not made any recent estimates about the potential cost but claimed in its petition to the Supreme Court that the 4th Circuit’s decision failed to “recognize the havoc it will cause to the County’s pension plan administrators.”

The county estimates 12,000 beneficiaries are affected by the decision.

County spokesman T.J. Smith said Monday that the county will continue to defend the interests of taxpayers but pointed to the time and expense that complying with the court’s decision will require.

“Moving forward, it will, undoubtedly, take longer and will use a considerable amount of money and personnel to determine the damages,” he said.

The EEOC declined to comment Monday.

The EEOC first issued notices of charges of age discrimination in 1999 and 2000 but did not pursue the case until 2006, when it issued a letter determining discrimination occurred and filed suit the following year. On appeal, the agency agreed the delay was not reasonable and said it would not pursue damages for the years between the initial notice and letter of determination.

4th Circuit

The county argued in its petition to the Supreme Court that the 4th Circuit’s ruling was in conflict with precedent over monetary relief in pension cases and its conclusion had not been reached by any other federal court.

The EEOC replied that there was no conflict because no court has ruled, as the county argued, that back pay awards under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act are discretionary.

In its published opinion, the 4th Circuit panel determined back pay was mandatory under the ADEA because the law incorporated the remedy provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“Because Congress adopted the enforcement procedures and remedies of the FLSA into the ADEA, we construe the ADEA consistent with the cited statutory language in and judicial interpretations of the FLSA,” the three-judge panel concluded. “Back pay is, and was at the time Congress passed the ADEA, a mandatory legal remedy under the FLSA.”

The case is Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Baltimore County et al., No. 18-781.

FOP Members Participate in the SOLD OUT PAR Fund Golf Tournament

Members of Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4 Attend the 3rd Annual CIT Maryland Conference in Annapolis.

FOP Lodge #4 statement on the verdict in the murder trial of Officer Amy Caprio

The Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #4 extends its condolences to the family of our member, Sister Amy Caprio.  This past week and year have been difficult for all members of her family, the community and members of the FOP.  The pain of losing our friend and colleague is immeasurable.

The FOP would like to thank the prosecutors from the State’s Attorney’s Office, as well as the jurors who listened to the testimony and reviewed all of the evidence.

The FOP will continue to support Officer Caprio’s family and colleagues, particularly through the adjudication of additional defendants.

As we move into the month of May and prepare for our local, state and national memorial services to honor the lives of fallen officers, we are reminded of the risks officers take in serving. We appreciate the support the community has extended us and ask for your prayers for the safety of our members.

Contract Ratification Results

On April 23 and 24, 2019 the tentative settlement agreement between the Baltimore County Administration and Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 (FOP) was presented to the membership for ratification. Members of the FOP were at every precinct, headquarters and training at various hours on both days in an effort to provide the opportunity for as many members as possible to vote. The ballots were counted at the close of business on Wednesday April 24, 2019.

The voting totals were as follow: FOR Ratification – 1,000    AGAINST – 14
This Memorandum of Understanding is for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Thank you to all of those who participated.

Watch Video Testimony in the State Senate of the FOP Opposition to HB1382-Changes to LEOBR

Members of the Maryland State FOP testify in front of Senate Judicial Proceedings in opposition of HB1382 sponsored by Delegate Luke Clippinger.  The FOP OPPOSES this bill as written. This legislation would Make significant changes to the LEOBR by requiring the entire unedited audio recording of a hearing board made available to the public.

In addition, it would require the “findings of fact”, sustained charges and disciplinary action be released.

These are employment actions between an employer and employee. They not required to be made public for other public employees.

This bill passed in the House Judiciary Committee 19-1. It passed the House 117-21.

It is now in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Please contact the committee members and urge them to  vote “no” for HB1382. Significant changes were made to the LEOBR in 2016 HB1016 and you are opposed to this or any other changes.

Video of testimony in Senate JPR

The sponsor begins at approximately 17:20
The FOP begins at approximately 24:45

Watch Video Testimony of the FOP Opposition in the House of Delegates to HB1382-Changes to LEOBR

Members of the Maryland State FOP testify in front of House Judiciary in opposition of HB1382 sponsored by Delegate Luke Clippinger.  The FOP OPPOSES this bill. This legislation would Make significant changes to the LEOBR by requiring the entire unedited audio recording of a hearing board made available to the public.

In addition, it would require the “findings of fact”, sustained charges and disciplinary action be released.

These are employment actions between an employer and employee. They not required to be made public for other public employees.

This bill passed in the House Judiciary Committee 19-1. It passed the House 117-21.

It will now go the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Please contact the committee members and urge them to vote “no” for HB1382. Significant changes were made to the LEOBR in 2016 HB1016 and you are opposed to this or any other changes.

Video of testimony

 

Pc 12 Challenge Coin

Challenge Coin

Attached is an image of a challenge coin that has been designed for Precinct 12. An initial order has been placed with an anticipated delivery date in mid-April. If anyone is interested in purchasing them they are $10/coin! Feel free to contact me for further details.

Sean P Casey
scasey@baltimorecountymd.gov

Watch Video Testimony of the FOP in Opposition of of SB834 and SB843

Members of the Maryland State FOP testify in front of House Judiciary in opposition of SB834 and SB843, sponsored by Senator Jill Carter.  The FOP OPPOSES these bills. This legislation would remove the expungement provision from the LEOBR, make the Baltimore City Civilian Review Board have jurisdiction over any officer, from any agency working in the city and the right to appeal discipline to the Circuit Court if in disagreement with any Chief of Police.

Senator Carter’s testimony begins approximately at the 2:48 mark.  Chairman Zirkin questions a member of her staff about the provisions at approximately the  3:03:30 mark. The city mayor’s, and new police commissioner’s attorney speaks against the bills at approximately the 3:10 mark. FOP testimony begins at approximately the 3:13 mark.

Committee Video

Watch Video Testimony of FOP Lodge #4 in Support of HB 1382

Watch 2nd VP Dave Rose and Maryland State FOP members  testify in front of House Judiciary in support, with amendments HB 1382. The FOP does not support Section (K) (3) which authorizes the official record of a hearing board to be made public upon request.
The testimony begins approximately at the 2:26 mark and the FOP testimony begins at approximately the 3:33 mark.

Committee Video

Watch Video Testimony of FOP Lodge #4 Opposition to HB 983

Watch 2nd VP Dave Rose and members of the Maryland Police Chief’s Association testify in front of House Judiciary in opposition of HB 983.
The first 15 minutes is the sponsor of the bill. The Chiefs  Association and the FOP start at around the 15 minute mark.

Committee video