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John O'Donnell was Nassau's No. 1 earner in 2013 with $554,038 in total wages, including $122,759 in base pay; $53,425 in overtime and $313,341 in termination pay. Retired Lt. James McHale ranked second with $533,592 in total pay, including $144,977 in base salary, $41,812 in overtime and $339,072 in termination pay. Retired Capt. Alvin Johnson was third with $529,381, including $156,724 in base pay, $4,515 in overtime and $356,406 in termination pay. O'Donnell declined to comment, according to union president Brian Hoesl, and efforts to reach McHale and Johnson were unsuccessful. Hoesl said the termination pay is "earned, and I wholeheartedly believe they are entitled to it both contractually and morally." Tim Hoefer, executive director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, which promotes free market principles, described the retirement packages received by Nassau cops as a "prehistoric benefit" that should have been rescinded years ago. "These are benefits that no longer really exist in the private sector world," Hoefer said. PBA president James Carver said the termination pay policy "saves the county money" by allowing officers to store up sick and vacation time. If they had to use it as they earned it, other officers could have to fill in for them on overtime, he said. The report comes as the wages of about 7,000 full-time Nassau employees remain frozen by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, a state monitoring board that controls the county's finances. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href='' rel='nofollow'></a>

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The three-year cap took effect in 2011 and ran until March 31. It was designed to rein in police and firefighter salary increases that were routinely in the area of 4 to 5 percent a year. Police and firefighter unions won these awards through an arbitration system that was skewed. As long as a bargaining unit in one town won an annual salary increase of, say, 4.5 percent, that award served as a guide for other units in the area. While no one questions the dedication and commitment of police and firefighters, such awards often prompted municipalities to make other cuts in services or personnel. That can certainly happen again, especially when you consider that the state's overall 2 percent cap on property taxes remains in effect. Keeping tax increases to a maximum of 2 percent when police salaries theoretically could rise by twice that amount is difficult. The most frustrating aspect of this debate is that agreement to extend the 2 percent arbitration cap was reached last week between the governor and the state Senate, which, like the Assembly, is controlled by Democrats. The Senate quickly approved extending the cap last week, but the Assembly didn't. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href='' rel='nofollow'></a>

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05 Apr 2014

However, those who work in the field claim there's nothing to be afraid of. "First you have to take a civil service exam, which you have to pass with a 70 percent or higher before you then take a physical fitness test which is actually pretty easy," Pocatello P.D. training coordinator Sgt. Tim Dillon said. After the physical fitness test, applicants have to go through a series of medical and psychological exams. Once everything is successfully completed, the dept. performs background checks on the applicants. "The field is really only one percent physical," Dillon said. The other 99 percent, he said, is verbal. "We've done a pretty good job hiring women, but we're definitely disproportionate. There are a lot more men working here than women." Currently, there are only six women working at the Pocatello Police Dept., since it has been a struggle to get more women to apply. Officer Shannon Bloxham was one of two women recently hired on to the force, and she said in her test group of about 50 people, only five of them were women. Luckily, she said she doesn't get too many comments herself, but she knows other female officers who struggle with the daily comments from the civilians they come into contact with.
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New Mexico law enforcement to learn street survival tactics

They came up with a street survival class, teaching law enforcement life-saving tactics. During the class, officers watch lapel video, dash cam and act out scenarios. They talk about situations that have really happened in New Mexico, and learn how to better deal with the situation. Jim McGrane, the program's founder and Deputy McGrane's father, told Action 7 News the 2014 class is the largest they've ever seen. He's not sure why there are so many people registered, but he said it's important they take the class especially with all of the recent officer-involved shootings. He mentioned the North Valley shooting that injured several Albuquerque police officers and seriously hurt a BCSO deputy. Jim McGrane said every time he hears of an officer-involved shooting, he thinks about his son and feels the same concern he felt back in 2006. When asked if there was anything else he'd like to include, McGrane said that the community needs to get behind and support law enforcement more.
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25 Mar 2014
 file photo SOUTH BRUNSWICK The South Brunswick Police Department expects heavy traffic around the high school on Monday when the township holds a test to become a police officer. More than 1,130 candidates submitted applications to take the written test at the high school, on Ridge Road. Parking and traffic could be a problem; doors open for the test at 4:30, and congestion could last until 9. "The announcement of the test drew a tremendous response," South Brunswick Police Department Chief Raymond Hayducka said in a news release. 'Applicants have come from all across New Jersey and three other States. The number of candidates reflects the positive image of our community and professionalism of our agency." The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police will administer the test. It's one of the largest municipal exams in recent memory, according to the association. Additional South Brunswick police officers along with school staff will be on hand to manage traffic or parking issues, police said.
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UPSC Civil Services Mains 2013 written exam results declared

A detailed list of roll numbers of candidates short listed for Personality Test (Interview) has been released. Candidates will be called for the Personality Test for selection to Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and other Central Services of Group A and Group B. The Personality Test will cover matters of general interest and judge the overall suitability of the candidate for a career in the Public Services. View the roll numbers of short listed candidates at: The short-listed candidates will be required to submit original certificates regarding proof of age, educational qualifications, and category certificates if applicable at the time of Personality Test. In addition Questionnaire, Attestation Form and TA Form are also to be duly filled and brought to the Personality Test. The Personality Tests are likely to begin from April 7, 2014 at the Office of the Union Public Service Commission at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069. The candidates will be informed individually about the date and time of their respective Personality test. UPSC will release the mark sheets of the candidates who have not qualified on the UPSC website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result (after conducting Personality Test) and will remain available on the website for 60 days. The Personality Test is the last step in the Civil Services recruitment process; eligible candidates first attempt the Civil Services Preliminary exams, then the Civil Services Mains exams and finally the Personality Test.
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15 Mar 2014

Eventually cornered, the gunman, Bjorn Gunn, smashed his car into Sgt. McPolins patrol car and careened into a home on Hillside Avenue, where he was finally apprehended. In 1988, as an ESU officer, he helped save a seriously hurt worker who had fallen precariously on the Outerbridge Crossing, using a special basket hoist to retrieve him. Another worker died. And he loved to tell the story of rescuing a bearded man on a tiny raft in the Narrows who claimed he was sailing to Europe. He was twice named Staten Island Advance Police Officer of the Month in the same year. He received two commendations from the NYPD, and was cited seven times for excellent police duty, and six times for meritorious police duty. Sgt. McPolin was forced to retire on full disability in 1995 when he suffered a line-of-duty injury while subduing a suspect in Bay Terrace. But injury, retirement and a worsening heart condition did not deter Mr. McPolin from jumping on one of the first Staten Island ferryboats to carry rescuers to Ground Zero on the morning of Sept.
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How Police Tracked Down Steve Jobs' Stolen iPads

Jobs introducing the original iPad Tied with information from AT&T U-verse about the Internet connection, investigators were led to an address in Alameda, on the east side of San Francisco Bay. At that address Kariem McFarlin, the suspect in the case, was paying for AT&T Internet service, according to investigators. While police were building their case there was more activity on the stolen devices. Over a five-day period, Apple investigators recorded activity on McFarlin's iTunes account linked to the iPad that originally connected to restore its operating system, a second iPad stolen from the Jobs' home and an iMac computer that was also missing, according to police. One of the iPads later connected from a Comcast Internet connection in Alameda using a different iTunes account. Investigators say they searched McFarlin's Facebook page and discovered their suspect and the owner of this new iTunes account were friends. Before investigators made their move there was one final check that had to be made. They traveled to the Alameda address where McFarlin lived and swept the immediate area for Wi-Fi signals. Police wanted to determine whether there was an open Wi-Fi network that perhaps was being used without the owners' permission. If the AT&T Internet address was tied to an unsecured connection, it could complicate the case because anyone could have used it. Finding only secured Wi-Fi signals, investigators could argue it was being used by the person paying the bill or those with permission. Caught With Stolen Goods On August 2 police entered McFarlin's apartment and discovered one of the stolen iMac computers on his kitchen table, according to the police report.
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05 Mar 2014

The claimants contended that the exam was contrary to Section 19 (5) of the Police Service Regulations 2006. The court order was served on the Commissioner of Police yesterday morning. Head of the Police Social and Welfare Association Anand Ramesar noted that there had been a previous compromise whereby persons were exempted from the written exam. He said there had been a conundrum of unfortunate events surrounding the promotion of police officers. However, there were diverse views within the Service on the matter and some police officers held a different view to officers who filed this action. It appears that the association would have to take all the issues before the court, he said. Ramesar said the association had sought to place some of the possible solutions before the Commissoner to consider, but he appeared steadfast and adamant in his position. It is clear that nothing but a court decision would move him to change his mind, Ramesar stated.
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Dayton throws out written police exam scores, will rely on oral interviews only

The panel will then score the applicants answers and the process will be completed in early June. Those who pass the oral exam must then pass a polygraph test and psychological and physical exams before being ranked on a hiring list. Moore disagreed the hiring change was meant to circumvent the citys hiring rules mandated in its charter. But when asked if this creates more wiggle room to subjectively hire candidates, Moore said, that might very well be the case. We are reacting to the consent decree which states that we are not to engage in a selection process that has a disparate impact on a certain race, he said. The Department of Justice sued Dayton in 2008, claiming its hiring practices for police and fire positions discriminated against minorities, mainly blacks. Dayton has since spent more than $500,000 settling terms of the lawsuit, which included new civil service exams and paying some black applicants who failed the 2006 test that was found to be invalid. The city last month agreed to lower the passing scores on the two-part written exams to allow 258 additional people into the passing pool after the DOJ rejected the citys first passing score proposal.
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New Hinsdale police sergeants sworn in

19, 2014 8:37 a.m.CST Caption Hinsdale Village President Tom Cauley (left) conducts the swearing in ceremony for Officer Steven Ruban of the Hinsdale Police Department to sergeant at the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday. (Danny Ciamprone - Caption Hinsdale Village President Tom Cauley (left) conducts the swearing in ceremony Tuesday for Officer Thomas Yehl of the Hinsdale Police Department to sergeant at the Board of Trustees meeting. (Danny Ciamprone - By DANNY CIAMPRONE - HINSDALE Two Hinsdale Police Department officers were appointed to sergeant by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners and sworn in Tuesday at the Hinsdale Board of Trustees meeting. Officers Thomas Yehl and Steven Ruban were promoted following an "intensive" promotional process, which included an orientation session, written test, initial oral interview, assessment center and final interview. "I know it's a difficult process to go through and we really appreciate your service to the village and look forward to working with you as sergeants," Village President Tom Cauley said. Yehl is a 25-year veteran of the Hinsdale Police Department and was most recently assigned to the patrol division. He also served as a firearms instructor, breath test operator and use of force instructor, Cauley said. Ruban, a 14-year veteran of the department, started his career with the village as a 911 dispatcher in 1989. In 1999, he tested and was hired as a patrol officer, Cauley said. Several offices as well as family members were in attendance Tuesday for Yehl and Ruban during their swearing in ceremony as Cauley recognized the camaraderie among the officers.
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23 Feb 2014

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