Paralyzed Fort Worth officer fights to work from home
by TODD UNGER
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Posted on May 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM
Updated today at 8:23 PM
•Disabled Fort Worth officer fights for equal access
FORT WORTH –– The city of Fort Worth is weighing whether to allow a paralyzed police officer to work from home so she can log enough hours to keep her city benefits.
Lisa Ramsey is required to work 40 hours to remain full time with the department. Twenty of those are covered by a worker’s comp type assistance –– the other 20 come from her job performing background checks on new police recruits at the training academy, as she’s done since 2007 when she returned to work.
The problem is that recently Ramsey hasn’t been able to work her typical weekly shifts. In November, she once again became sick and couldn’t go into work.
She is now proposing to work those hours from home.
“I would have a laptop, cell phone and fax,” she said. Read More »
Dallas Police Association furious over bill restricting cellphone tracking
A bill that would ban police from tracking cellphones without probable cause won preliminary approval by a cheering Texas House on Monday, angering police across the state who were fighting the provision they say will strip them of a valuable life-saving and crime-fighting tool.
“It’s going to kill people,” said Frederick Frazier, political action committee chairman and first vice president of the Dallas Police Association.
The bill had 108 House sponsors but died when it ran up against a deadline for passing House bills, and was tacked on instead to a technology privacy bill by Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas.
It’s part of a broader effort by the House to rein in technology in favor of the 4th Amendment.
Word is that amendment will send the bill into a conference committee, where it could get stripped. Read More »
Fort Worth considering new pay arrangement for injured officer
Posted Wednesday, May. 22, 2013
By Scott Nishimura and Deanna Boyd
FORT WORTH — The city is considering withdrawing “extended leave” pay for a police officer who remains paralyzed after being shot on the job more than 10 years ago, a move that would effectively force her into medical retirement and pare what she makes today, the officer and the president of the Fort Worth Police Officers Association said Tuesday.
Officer Lisa Ramsey, 50, was shot Jan. 2, 2003, while undercover as a narcotics officer trying to arrest a drug suspect. After two years, she returned to a position in the police gang unit in a wheelchair.
Ramsey said she learned of the city’s plans Monday. Read More »
Fort Worth police chief fires his former chief of staff
Posted Thursday, May. 16, 2013
By Deanna Boyd
FORT WORTH — FORT WORTH Paul Henderson, former chief of staff for Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead, was fired Thursday following an internal affairs investigation into his December arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
“I’ll be filing Paul’s indefinite suspension appeal tomorrow,” said Craig Driskell, his attorney with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas.
Henderson, who had already been demoted from major to captain and stripped of his chief of staff position shortly after his Dec. 1 arrest, was informed of the chief’s decision during a meeting Thursday afternoon. Read More »
By Dave Montgomery
AUSTIN — Law enforcement officers would be prohibited from asking victims and witnesses in criminal investigations about their immigration status under legislation approved by the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday.
Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, the bill’s sponsor, described the measure as “a law and order bill” that would encourage illegal immigrants, many of whom fear deportation, to report crimes and help officers in criminal investigations.
The bill, approved 8-4, exemplifies what appears to be a shift on immigration issues this session after divisive debates in 2011 over a voter ID bill and a “sanctuary city” measure that would have authorized local police to inquire about immigration status. Read More »
Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 7:27 pm
AUSTIN – On Friday, House Bill 1009, the Protection of Texas Children Act, was passed by the Texas House of Representatives. The legislation, authored by Rep. Jason Villalba (District 114), creates a new subset of law enforcement officer, called School Marshals, who will serve as the last line of defense should an armed attacker threaten the lives of children in public schools. The School Marshal program will be optional – providing for a rigorous standard of training and certification to expand law enforcement into schools – should a school district choose to participate.
“School safety is a concern for every parent and a challenge faced by all school districts,” said Villalba. “I have a daughter currently attending a public school in Dallas and soon my other daughter will follow in her footsteps. I am comforted knowing that Dallas ISD schools have the resources to employ a police department to protect our schools, but not all districts have that level of resources. This legislation provides school districts with a cost-effective school security option that includes robust training tailored to protect children in schools during an active shooter situation. I am honored that my colleagues in the Texas House of Representatives considered this legislation and agreed that the School Marshal plan is a thoughtful and responsible school security option for Texas school districts.” Read More »
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Anthony Drahos , President of the Snyder POA announced a portion of this year’s Run for Heroes will go to Officer Leann Snyder of Longview. Officer Snyder was terminated by the city of Longview on the twelve month anniversary of her horrific on duty accident with a drunk driver, even though the city knew she was within weeks of returning to full duty.
Each year the SPOA holds the event to recognize our heroes.
By STEVE THOMPSON and GARY JACOBSON
Published: 04 April 2013 10:36 PM
Dallas police packed a meeting Thursday to ask how their retirement savings are being managed by the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System.
The meeting came nearly two months after The Dallas Morning News reported on the fund’s huge investment bet on real estate, including downtown’s controversial Museum Tower, and several weeks after a fund board member resigned, saying he had lost faith in the fund’s leadership.
The article “raised a lot of questions in the minds of our members, and so we wanted to be out here to answer those questions,” assistant fund administrator Don Rohan told members of the Dallas Police Association, which played host to the meeting Thursday morning. Read More »
Fort Worth council expected to approve new contract for police
Posted Sunday, Mar. 24, 2013
BY SCOTT NISHIMURA
FORT WORTH — City Council members appear set Tuesday to approve a four-year contract covering 1,525 police officers that gives pay raises but retains control over Fort Worth’s underfunded pension plan.
Council members interviewed said they believe the contract, ratified by 83 percent of Fort Worth Police Officers Association members voting, is fair and modest and won’t have a significant impact on the general fund budget, which faces a $50 million shortfall going into 2014.
“It is a tough budget environment, but what we settled on is fair and balanced, and now we know exactly what our expenses are for the next three years,” Mayor Betsy Price said.
“It’s nice to know what you’re facing. And it’s highly unlikely we would ever get to anything [with the police talks] without some pay raises,” Price said. Read More »