From the desk of the PBA President
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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