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Why is Congress Reforming a Program That Has No Funding?

Why is Congress Reforming a Program That Has No Funding?

The Asset Forfeiture Fund is self-financed from seizures of property owned by criminals and it helps law enforcement agencies pay for resources and officers, so why is Congress cutting it as part of a budget deal?

February 29, 2016

The Detroit Blues

The Detroit Blues

A force of 2,419 Detroit Police officers now provides law enforcement services to the shrinking city of just over 706,000 residents. Between 1990 and 2011, the city lost a third of its residents. Since 2003, the agency has lost a third of its officers. 

October 10, 2013

Caring for 9/11 Responders

Caring for 9/11 Responders

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced its recommendation on Sept. 9 that 50 forms of cancer coverage be included under the James Zadroga Act.

October 10, 2012

Pensions: Winning Hearts and Minds

Some citizens are quick to blame police officers themselves for pension funding issues, not understanding the underlying causes. This is why the prospect of citizens who are uninformed or misinformed voting on pension issues is worrisome.

October 17, 2011

Pensions: Defined Benefit vs. Defined Contribution

Public employees typically have access to a defined benefit pension, which may not include Social Security, or a defined contribution savings plan. Learn the difference between the two.

October 17, 2011

How Safe Is Your Pension?

How Safe Is Your Pension?

You can't turn on the television these days without hearing about the economic crisis that's affecting not only the U.S., but the entire world. So it stands to reason that many retirement funds are suffering as a result. Some public sector pension plans are relatively unaffected, while others were too fragile to weather the financial storm.

October 17, 2011

Officer Layoffs: Getting a Pink Slip

Officer Layoffs: Getting a Pink Slip

Law enforcement layoff stories are plentiful in fiscally hard-hit regions like the Rust Belt, but no area of the country is immune. Sworn officers from Sun Belt cities like Tulsa and Phoenix have also grappled with budget cuts. Some cities manage budgets by cutting overtime, contracting out internal affairs investigations, cutting civilian positions, and gutting special units.

August 5, 2011

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