Nationwide Retirement Solutions Webinar

The FOP has been in discussions with the County Deferred Compensation provider and has asked them to host a webinar to answer questions relating to deferred compensation and retirement. We have arranged for the webinar to be on 3 different dates and times to accommodate different schedules. Please register in advance.

Whether you’re a few months or a few years from your retirement date, you may already be thinking about what you should be doing to prepare.  Knowing how you want to live in retirement can help you determine: 

  • How to arrange retirement plan payouts
  • Whether your resources will provide enough income
  • How to help your 457(b) account catch up with your dreams

Let us help you understand your options so you can bring your retirement plans to life.

September 15, 2020  @1000 hours   Sign up here

September 17, 2020  @1700 hours   Sign up here

September 23, 2020 @ 1100 hours  Sign up here

Community Conversation and Reference Guide Part 1, 2 & 3

The Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 has developed a Community Reference Guide. There are many national areas of interest that have garnered attention due to recent events. We have gathered information to communicate the facts to members of the community in a professional easy to read reference guide. These will be posted weekly for the next several weeks and disseminated on social media.

Part 1 is the Introduction and Overview of the Baltimore County Police Department. This issue will communicate the demographics of the agency, calls for service, arrests, uses of force, assaults on officers and citizen complaints.

Part 2 speaks to the Education and Training requirements needed to be hired as a Baltimore County Police Officer. The training required in the academy and the yearly continuing education and training requirements to maintain certification by the Maryland Police Training Standards Commission.

Part 3 is a document that talks about the Maryland Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights (LEOBR). It explains the purpose for the creation of the bill and guides you through the different sections of the LEOBR. It will show the bills limitations and give facts to dispel the misinformation that has been spoken about in different media, social media and political formats.

Community Conversation and Reference Guide – Part 1  Introduction and Overview

Community Conversation and Reference Guide – Part 2- Education and Training

Community Conversation and Reference Guide -Part 3 – Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Message – Meeting with Chief Hyatt

On Thursday July 2, 2020 I met with Chief Hyatt to discuss the concerns of the members that were raised at the June 29, 2020 General Membership meeting. To view a the topics that were discussed please click on the link below.

President’s Message – Meeting with Chief Hyatt

 

Contract Ratification Results

The amended 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. The ratification process was done electronically via department email and a secured voting system through Election Buddy for 5 days in an effort to provide the opportunity for as many members as possible to vote. The ballots were tallied after voting closed at 0800 hours on June 15, 2020.

The voting totals were as follow: FOR Ratification – 712  AGAINST – 67

This Memorandum of Understanding is for July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Thank you to all of those who participated.

President’s Statement – Baltimore County Police Reforms

Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 stands ready to engage in meaningful, collective conversations on the future of policing in Baltimore County.

Read the full statement below.

President’s Statement – Baltimore County Police Reforms

The Professionalism of Baltimore County Police Officers

In light of current national events I felt it was necessary to communicate the facts regarding the work our members do everyday under extraordinary circumstances.

Please take a few moments to read the statement below  and see how our members’ conduct over the last decade does not reflect the  narrative currently being cast on law enforcement.

Click on the link below:

The Profesionalism of BaltimoreCounty Police Officers

Dave Rose
President

 

Settlement of EEOC Class Action Lawsuit

This suit was brought forward 20 years ago by 2 correctional officers and the EEOC.

Please direct any question to Rust consulting.

The link below is to the Baltimore County Retirement Office web page.

There is a section referring to the class action lawsuit “Notice of Class Action Lawsuit“.  This PDF file describes the eligibility for the suit and lists those deemed by the EEOC, Baltimore County and the Federal Court to be eligible for damages.

You may contact Rust Consulting at 1-800-760-6408 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday, should you have any questions.

 

 

 

Motion from Executive Board Meeting on May 18, 2020

There was a motion from the Election Process committee  to spend up to $3700.00 for the process to set up the voting for the next election process. This came from committee unanimously and the motion was 2nd by Brother Franks.

Total:   Yes Votes_18__                     No Votes _0__            Abstentions __0_

This was the only motion that came before the board. The entire board participated in the meeting. The above motion passed unanimous.

 

Statement from President Rose – Re: FOP 2020 Contract

President’s Statement – FOP 2020 Contract Modifications

July 1, 2020 Tentative Settlement Agreement

On May 14, 2020 the Negotiation Committee made a recommendation to the Executive Board of Directors to approve the modifications to the July 1, 2020 Tentative Agreement out for the membership for ratification. The motion passed unanimously.

Details on the ratification process will be forthcoming.

Thank you,

Dave Rose

 

Baltimore County agrees to pay $5.4M to settle suit

Motions from the FOP Lodge #4 Board of Directors Meeting April 20, 2020

The FOP Lodge #4 Board of Directors Meeting was held on April 20, 2020.

This meeting was through Zoom and 18 members of the board did participate. Brother Tom Scally did attempt to join in the meeting two times but was unable to join in.

Legal Counsel Mike Davey also joined the meeting.

There were two motions made at the meeting. The motions are listed below.

Motion: Brother Franks made a motion that Lodge #4 send up to 5 members of the peer group to the Concerns of Police Survivors’ National Conference held in Oklahoma City November 6-8, 2020. The cost would be $5500.00 for the 5 members. This motion was seconded by Sister Kraemer. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: Under Donation review Brother Franks informed the board that 2 of the donations that were passed in March are not being made now due to COVID-19 cancellations of the events. They were the Md. Law Officer’s Hockey tournament and the Saving Our Young Baltimore law enforcement football camp.

Brother Franks did advise that the $1,000 donation to the Baltimore County COVID-19 Response Fund, which is working with the MD Food Bank and local venders to deliver food to families throughout Baltimore County passed last month. After this donation was made there was further discussion as to Lodge #4 making additional donations during this crisis.

VP Massey made a motion to make another $1,000.00 donation. The motion was seconded by Sister Patterson. The motion passed unanimously.

Brother Caskey asked if the lodge received any public recognition for the donation. Brother Don Patterson advised that President Rose has been sending information out in emails and also through our social media and this donation was included in one of the March posts. President Rose advised that this will be included in our future social media post.

If there are any objections to the above motions please contact the lodge to discuss the issue.

Correction to the newsletter under bereavements, Jean Ather was the mother of Bro. Tracy Ather.

Fraternally,

Ken Schubert
Chairman

 

 

 

 

Contract Ratification Results

On April 15 and 16, 2020 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. The ratification process was done electronically via department email and a secured voting system through Election Buddy for 2 days in an effort to provide the opportunity for as many members as possible to vote. The ballots were tallied after voting closed at midnight, April 16, 2020.

The voting totals were as follow: FOR Ratification – 870  AGAINST – 89

This Memorandum of Understanding is for July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Thank you to all of those who participated.

Tentative Settlement Agreement & Ratification Explanation

Tentative Settlement Agreement Effective July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

The above link is the settlement agreement between FOP Lodge #4 and the Baltimore County Administration. Please read it carefully and contact a member of the negotiations committee or Executive Board for any questions you may have.

Voting will take place from Wednesday, April 15th at 8:00am through Thursday April 16th at 12:59pm. For the first time we will be doing the ratification electronically. You will receive an email in your department email address From the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police. Only eligible members will be able to vote. Retirees and the Executive Corps have been removed from the email list. Your email will contain a link from a proven third-party election company, Election Buddy. You will click on the link and you will be able to see the agreement and a selection to cast your vote.