From the desk of the PBA President
FYI* If ever questioned by a supervisor, ask, if this discussion could in any way lead to your being disciplined, terminated, or affect your working condition, you have the right to Union representation. Realize you do have to request it though...
There is a group of Police Officers in from Australia staying downtown. They're here for Police Week, traveling to/from DC. Any courtesies are appreciated.
Was a moving ceremony. Mike Laun and Chris Mordino put together a really nice event.
We'll be attending the Police Memorial Ceremony this morning at 1000, over at St Joes Cathedral. It is a tribute to those Officers killed in the line of duty and their surviving friends and families.
We're meeting with the City on Wed for negotiations.
The annual PBA Awards Ball is behind us. Congrats to all the award winners of 2018 ! The Hyatt did a great job putting on this event. Obed, Rob, Tina, Tracy, Jen, Dana and Emily did a tremendous job as well !! Thanks to them along with Pete, Melinda and the rest of the awards committee put together a great program ! Great to see everyone having a very enjoyable evening !!
This week we have the Board of Directors mtg on Monday. On Thursday at 1300 we have the General Membership mtg. Wed we have informal disciplinary and IOD hearings with Arbitrator Rinaldo.
Officer Hassett was charged and subsequently found NOT GUILTY in the criminal trial. By just reading the WIVB headline it appears as though he did something wrong, he didn't.....ridiculous! At this time our legal counsel is investigating the matter.
I saw the police chief down in Hempsted was inticted for a ticket fixing scheme... will be watching to see how that turns out.
The PBA awards ball has 440 attending. That is the largest we've ever had ! There is a great deal of planning that goes into it. Many thanks to Tina, Tracy, Obed and Rob !!! Also the awards committee !!! Couldn't be done without them !!
I was stunned to hear that the narcotics arrest from Tacoma st involved a City Parking Enforcement officer and a Buffalo School Teacher !!??!! And that was a large haul... I wonder if the media would have failed to disclose this had it been a Bflo Cop ???
Officer Joelle Bence is heading a team of PBA/department members in forming a new BPD Explorer Chapter #638. There will be information forthcoming as to when these informational events will take place. The first being at HQ, an open house, right here at 68 Court St. 7pm May 7th, in an effort to put out info and possibly recruit some new Explorers. More to follow...
Happy Dyngus day to those of polish heritage !!
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter !! Bring on the nice weather !!
On a good note, the BPD Hockey team, led by Vinny Judge (according to him), won the Harbor Center Police and Fire Hockey Tournament for 2019. Nice work !!
Heading to the Blitman and King Labor seminar on Monday. Tues/Wed/Thurs we have Discipline/Contract/IOD triage arbitration with arbitrator Selchick. The office will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday.
To hear the harrowing account of what Matt and Vinny went through, they are very lucky to be alive ! Thankfully the suspects/parolees were apprehended...Hopefully they go back in for decades !!!
Good to hear Jared and K9 Lehner are ok.
AB 392 - there is a bill out in California that would change the language for use of force incidents. It removes the word "reasonable" and replaces it with "necessary". This greatly narrows the justification for using deadly force. We would vehemently oppose this change in NY. No officer seeks to put themselves in a deadly use of force scenario. It is a consequence that comes with the job...
So there is language in the budget that will require us to report/document any time we draw our weapon, pull out our cap spray, baton or ASP and one day hopefully sooner than later, pull out a Tazer. There should be no objection to us putting in an OT slip to complete this once this is enacted, Jan 1. 2020.
Protesters were out in Albany, angry over the 50a bill which keeps our disciplinary records private. They would rather have the officers disciplinary record the focal point of a suspects trial rather than the evidence against the perp....
Please remember Charles "Skip" McDougald. 22 years have passed since he was murdered.
Great to hear McBride has been apprehended !
Heading to Albany for the monthly PCNY meetings.
Thanks to all that came out yesterday ! Turnout was tremendous ! Thanks go out to Tommy Cowan and the staff from Doc Sullivans, they did a great job !!! CK is grateful as well !!
Cops get shot at, 12 yr old tragically killed, another shooting victim in grave condition...the Dept has to get a handle on this...District Cops overwhelmed with calls, not enough cars for officers to patrol in...The City's limited resources being wasted on body-cam's...the Dept needs a serious infusion of cash, an across the board upgrade, it has been neglected far too long and the citizens are feeling the ill effects.
This week we have Board of Directors on Monday. Meeting with the City on Tues. Informal Disciplinary hearings on Wed. Thursday is the General Membership mtg, 7pm Bison City...
Congrats to Traffic PO Tom Strohlein who has retired !! Great guy, we wish him the best !!
Couple more people shot Fri night. They will live according to reports..
Great to return the lost dog to it's owner !! Luckily the local News outlets ran the story, which directly resulted into her successful return...
First weekend of half way decent weather and we have 3 murders in the city.... Can't really be that surprised when the city won't even purchase enough police cars to adequately equip the department. Amazingly they have money to spend on body cameras. Talk about priorities ??? If you were forming a police dept what is the first thing you would do ? Purchase body cameras or police cars ??? Ridiculous...On that note, you're wasting money on attempting to get a state accreditation that gets you what ??? While every police stationhouse has deterioration issues... PESH will be in this week...fecal matter isn't suppossed to seep into lineup rooms...
We've got triage arbitration this week. Tues, Wed and Thurs...Contract, Discipline and IOD.
Just remember to shut off your body camera when you come in the PBA Office.
Contrary to what was reported there were arrests at the parade on Sunday...
Once enough money gets to the politicians we will see the legalization of weed and sports betting. That is the way it works in NYS. The excuse of "it's complicated" is pure BS...
We are seeing a great deal of IAD statements/charges lately.
We're happy to see DA John Flynn exonerated Officer Meli in that incident. We look forward to Joe returning to the streets !
Range PO Lori Kimidowski is having a send off Thurs at 5 at Can you Digg it. No tix, just money on the bar...
We were in Albany the last few days for PCNY seminar. Critical Incidents were discussed in depth. Atty Richard E Mulvaney who is the General Counsel for the NYSP spoke at length. Also Dr Lewinski from Force Science spoke on the effects of critical incidents on officers.
Had a great time at Paddy O's retirement pty, lot of good people, old and new !!
Your shifts hours can't be changed to accomodate a function. That is what overtime is for. Shift hours can be changed for legitimate training purposes. That's it. If you are told to come in early to attend an event, those are hours outside your shift and constitute overtime. Let us know if this has occurred so we can file a grievance and expose this problem.
Why won't the Admin put out a General Order or even a Special Order regarding their "Don't arrest unless there is a supporting deposition, or a previous Domestic report" policy ?
If your arrest is kicked back at Central Booking, to cover your ass, notify radio of your attempt and fill out the arrest refusal form and get a copy down to the PBA Office. In their attempts to show a decrease in arrests and minimize court time for Detectives, Buffalo will be a place where criminals thrive...
With the roll out of the Body Cams, I hope the public realizes discretionary calls, or warnings for infractions, will be minimal. Since the Feds have deemed that somehow a sinister cover up, people will go to jail or get that ticket they would normally get a warning for.
Friends of Paddy O are getting together Fri at 6 over at Sidelines to send him into retirement !! Certain to be a great time !!
This week we have the Board of Directors on Monday, and the General Membership Meeting on Thursday at 1300 hours.
Tonight, Sat, there are send offs for LT Vicky Smith and Insp Gregg Blosat, both of whom I had the pleasure of working with. Great people, Congrats !! I am unable to attend on account of illness. Cold that won't quit ...
Can't believe it's been a year since Tommy Moran left us....
Congrats to recent retirees Det Patrick O'Rourke, PO's Chauncey White, Lori Kmidowski and Mike Bauer !! You all made it !!
We are going to PERB Thurs and Fri. These hearings are regarding the Sheriffs K9 dogs working last years Allentown Art Festival, while ours were not called in. The other is regarding the City hiring private security for our Police Headquarters.....
Attended very nice parties for Capt Jim Fagan and Mike Bauer, great guys, we wish them well !!
Spectrum and the Buffalo news have erroneously reported that the PBA has paid for all of Corey's legal bills. I don't know where they got that info. It is not true. While we have assisted as our by laws provide. Corey has incurred substantial legal bills for his defense.
The federal jury found Corey not guilty on 3 of the counts against him. They were deadlocked on the 4th. There will be future hearings to determine if the Govt will procede with a another trial on that 4th charge. We appreciate the jury's time and effort. Also, a huge thank you to ATTY's Terry Connors, Nick Romano and Herb Greenman who did a great job pointing out inconsistancies in the Govts case!!! As well the assistance of Rod Personius helped greatly.
The support at the trial has been tremendous.
Diedre Carswell withdrew her PERB charge against the PBA.
The Judge charged the jury with an Allen charge, basically asking them to try harder to come to a unanimous decision.
Jury is out through Monday....
Capt Jim Fagan is having a retirment send off this Sunday the 24th out at Strikers Lanes, 50 Michael Rd. West Seneca. Runs from 2-6pm, $30 incl beer and food. Certain to be a great time !!
No decision from the Fed Jury today, back at it Thurs morning...
We have IOD Arbitrations with arbitrator Selchick on Wed.
PBA Office will be closed Monday for Presidents Day. Enjoy the weekend !!
Congrats go out to PO's Debbie Perry and Mary Beth Billings on their retirements !! Wishing them the best !!!
This no arrest policy is ridiculous. We had an arrest reversed because, although the individuals were apprehended trespassing/burglarizing a house, there was no complainant (owner lives in NYC). So, the individuals were unarrested. On another occassion there was a domestic in which one sliced the other across his nose. She confessed to the responding officers that she did it, but he was refused to press charges. Because of this, the arrest was kicked back at Central Booking and she went home. 10 hours later there is a domestic call at the same address....thankfully neither party was murdered. What if they had been? Would our Administration have been culpable? The Officers? The only reason for this is to attempt to fool the public into thinking that crime is down in the city. After having 57 murders in the city in 2018....
Corey's jury deliberations resume on Tues the 19th at 9am.
We had informals today (Wed), no surprises. Corey's trial resumes Thurs at 9:00. Have to say, I can't believe this case is in federal court. It is much about nothing. I'm disgusted that the US Atty is entertaining this nonsense. It was interesting to hear that our former Commissioner, Dan Derenda, initiated this federal action, surpassing our own IAD Bureau...
Spoke with DA John Flynn, 1st Deputy DA Mike Keane and Deputy DA Joe Agro regarding the added supporting deposition requirement.....THE DA'S OFFICE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. THERE WAS NEVER AN ISSUE FROM THEIR END..... I believe this is simply an attempt to further complicate the arrest process in order to decrease the number of arrests and claim crime is down in our city...I don't know how keeping violent offenders on the streets makes city residents any safer...This is a ridiculous procedure.
Just a note, once you extinguish your unit/division/districts manpower list for OT, you can call in anybody you can get. Only in Cell Block do you have to call B-Dist officers first.....Other than that there are no exclusions from whom you may call....
Obed and Rob put together a fantastic retirement party last night. Thanks to Jen, Lori, Tina and Tracy as well !! It was great to see all the retirees come out and enjoy themselves !! Templeton Landing did a great job as well !!
So Rod Watson doesn't like the Thin Blue Line organization....have to wonder if it is because the organization helps families of fallen officers ? C'mon Rod, you can come up with something better than that. And as far as the woman from the Bflo Chapter of Black Lives Matter, the incidents noted were all investigated and the officers involved were exonerated....By the way, years ago Rod wrote an article accusing officers of planting evidence, myself included. I contacted him and told him what actually happened and offered to meet him and walk him through the arrest. He wouldn't, nor did he ever write a follow up article....not a credible, responsible reporter in my estimation.
We are in Albany for the annual "Lobby Day". This years issues, hoping to protect our disciplinary jackets (50a) as well attempting to keep bail for offenders in place. Uphill battles with the Democrats controlling the Assembly and Senate....
Congrats to LT Robin Thomas (D), PO's Mike DeVito (Traffic) and Lori Kmidowski (Range) on their retirements! We wish them nothing but the best !!
Corey's trial starts the 28th. It is over at federal court. Stop by when you can to witness the US Attys office attempt to crucify a hard working officer. (100 arrests annually) Watch to see the lengths they will go to in an attempt to try and convince a jury that he is a terrible, corrupt cop who should be incarcerated. Ridiculous !
Fri 1/25 there is a retirement party for D Dist PO Mike Davis. 6-11pm at the Metropolitan, 1670 Main St Bflo. $30 incl beer, food and music !!
I will not be available for the next week, please call the Office with any questions or concerns. Back on Feb 4th.
If you are ordered/notified to go to a training, say radar, and you are WV, save the OT denial slip, we'll need it for the grievance. As well as, if you get your shift changed on successive days...bring the P-3's that demonstrate that down.
Saw an interesting piece on how municipalities are ditching the body cam's because of costs associated......Seems the personnel the depts have had to hire are too big of a drain on their finances. They need people to edit and produce the video, and it isn't cheap. This is over and above the cost of the storage itself....interesting to say the least.
The office will be closed Monday in observance of the MLK holiday. Open Tues morning at 8am.
There's a get together for retired Traffic PO Oscar Barretto on Sat night. J's White Elephant, 7-11pm- $25 includes food/booze.
We have 56 functioning vehicles amongst our 5 patrol districts. Comparably, Rochester has 225......
Wed we have Step 3's...
Today, Tues, we are heading over to the Common Council mtg. Police Oversight is meeting at 2:00pm. Topic of discussion will be the changing of the Det's shifts, as well, shorting A Dist a Capt position. We will enlighten them about the horrendous vehicle situation as well.
Joe M is extremely grateful for all the support he has received....
Keeping our fellow firefighter in our prayers.
Busy week, had Board of Directors on Monday, Tues and Wed we were in Albany for PCNY. Thursday was our monthly meeting and promotional ceremony, congrats to all that have been promoted !!!
Lt Rickey Lark and Det Mike Mordino had very nice send offs respectively. We wish them nothing but the best !!
Two more Narcotics detectives have been cut, as well another from Homicide.....
AIU PO John Petricca was given a warm send off last evening. Solid guy, wish him a long healthy retirement !!
Capt Phil Serafini had a very nice send off last evening. Great guy, we wish him the best !!!
We are still settling in to the new office. Phones are still being worked on, hopefully this is resolved soon.
I had to laugh when I saw the body camera stories on the news. Newsflash - we aren't going to/ don't have cars to get to the calls to create footage. There were 7 functioning police cars in E dist the other night. To run the overlap we need 21 for patrol officers alone. This must be a purposeful attempt to decrease the number of arrests, if cops can't get to calls then they can't make arrests...
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