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Bucs Hero Appreciation Savings

HERO APPRECIATION SAVINGS

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are excited to offer this special savings opportunity to our local Law Enforcement and Fire Rescue Agencies.

To purchase your tickets, please contact Paris Perret at 813-870-2700 Ext. 2507 or email at pperret@buccaneers.nfl.com

Deadline to purchase: November 14, 2014


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*** Shift Bid Settlement ***

After months of negotiations, we are pleased to announce we have reached a settlement with the City.


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Open Enrollment

The City of Tampa Open Enrollment period has begun. Your last opportunity to select the City's insurance plan is November 10th. If you do not select insurance by November 10th you will NOT have health coverage for 2015.

The 2015 City of Tampa Benefits Booklet for Employees is now available. You should have already received your copy at your district. If you did not receive your copy please notify your supervisor.


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Life Scan Update

Please see the link below for an update on Life Scan.


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ARBITRATIONS

On September 27, 2013, former TPD Sgt Ray Fernandez was terminated for untruthfulness by the City.

The Tampa PBA stood by Sgt Fernandez’s side during the entire grievance process and subsequent arbitration. On June 3, 2014, Arbitrator John Popular heard both sides of the case. On September 20, 2014, Popular ruled in favor of the City, denying Sgt Fernandez’s grievance.

Please read the attached attorney’s brief and arbitrator’s decision.

Respectfully
Vinny Gericitano


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Home Safe Card

The Home Safe Card was founded by Perry Anderson, a Tampa, Florida, Police Officer, after his nephew was involved in an alcohol-related head-on collision. The Home Safe Card cannot be used for any other kinds of purchases, which ensures that it cannot be misused or abused. As a result, any investment in Home Safe Cards is guaranteed for intended purpose… Transportation Only.


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Board of Directors Election 2014

PBA Members,

The Board of Directors for the Tampa PBA is the governing body of the Association. The ten members that currently make of the Board of Directors are elected by the membership every three years. The current term expires Dec 31, 2014.

Polling Information:

Monday November 24th (B Cycle)
District 1- 8 am to 8 pm
District 2- 8 am to 8 pm
District 3- 9 am to 9 pm

Tuesday November 25th (A Cycle)
District 1- 8 am to 8 pm
District 2- 8 am to 8 pm
District 3- 9 am to 9 pm
Headquarters 6 am to 6 pm (Tuesday Only)


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Galls Offers Exclusive PBA Members-Only Discount

Galls  Galls is pleased to announce an exclusive discount on all products.

This discount is reserved for Tampa PBA members only. Sale items include over 500 brand new items and include 40 other exclusive promotions as well.

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Rolling Thunder Raffle

Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 11
2nd Annual Firearm Raffle

RTFL11 publicizes the POW/MIA issue and is currently petitioning to have a Missing Man Chair installed at all Tampa Bay Area Professional sports venues, as well as Government buildings. RTFL11 also donates proceeds to various local Veterans' charities, such as The Haley House, The Fisher House, My Warriors Place, and Liberty Manor for Veterans.


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Tampa's Finest Coaching Tampa's Kids

PAL Logo

The Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) is a registered non-profit 501c3 organization that is dedicated to providing affordable after school, summer and athletic opportunities to more than 500 Tampa Bay youth. P.A.L. has partnered with the Tampa Police Department to provide a safe, healthy environment for our community's children and teens. P.A.L.'s partnership with the police department provides mentorship as well as safety and crime prevention programs.

*** Calling All Tampa's Finest!***

PAL Needs You! Get Involved Today! YOU can make a difference in a kid's life!

Contribute by coaching Tampa's kids in Soccer, Basketball, Tackle Football or Cheerleading.

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For information on how you can help, please visit www.paltampa.org


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Your New Tampa PBA Office

The Tampa PBA is pleased to announce that it has reached a milestone. On Wednesday May 21st, the PBA purchased our own office building located at 1302 West Busch Blvd. As of July 1, 2014 all day to day official PBA business will be conducted there.

This achievement signifies our commitment and our investment in our city and to the membership of the Tampa PBA. Your PBA will continue to offer excellent services to its members in a location that the membership owns and can be proud of.

Congratulations to the Tampa PBA Board of Directors and our members.

Vinny Gericitano


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Upcoming Meetings

The next Tampa PBA Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18th at 2 PM. This meeting is held at the new PBA Office, 1302 West Busch Blvd.

The next Labor Management Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 28th at 10:30 AM at HQ.

Any items to be included on either agenda must be presented no later than Friday before each meeting.


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1st Responder's Golf Classic

What is the First Responders Golf Classic?

The inaugural First Responders Golf Classic is a meaningful way to give back to our law enforcement officers and fire fighters. All proceeds from the golf classic benefit Post Trauma Training Programs, which are held throughout the year at the Franciscan Center.

The Classic will be held Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 at the Carrollwood Country Club. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the scramble start will begin at 9 a.m.


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What Every Officer Should Know

LEO Bill of Rights & Garrity

A law enforcement officer is entitled to the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights whenever that officer is under investigation and subject to interrogation by members of his/her agency for any reason which could lead to disciplinary action, demotion, or dismissal.  Routine police inquiries ad reports are not subject to the bill of rights protection since the officer is not "under investigation."  Once the questioning or report becomes focused on the officer's conduct for disciplinary purposes, then compliance with Section 112.532, Florida Statutes, is required.

Every law enforcement officer has heard about the "Garrity Rule." Generally speaking, the Garrity Rule prevents "covered statements" from a law enforcement officer "obtained under threat of removal from office" from being used in any subsequent criminal proceeding. As explained by the US Supreme Court, a law enforcement agency, in the course of a disciplinary investigation, cannot compel an office to waive the immunity provided by the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination.

Remember, if you are involved in a police shooting, in-custody death or serious traffic accident:

  1. Stay calm
  2. Call the Tampa PBA at (813) 228-8900
  3. Ask to speak to a PBA Attorney
  4. Do not talk to anyone until you have consulted with your PBA attorney


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Benefits for Same Gender Marriage

Following recent federal court rulings and IRS announcements, public employee retirement systems are required to recognize a marriage between two persons of the same gender for pension and benefit purposes, as long as the marriage was performed in a state which recognizes same gender marriage.


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Tampa Police Special Memorial badge

Tampa Police Special Purpose Mourning Badge

Chief Castor has approved the restricted sale to active, retired or reserve officers only, of a special purpose Mourning Badge that will be commissioned for annual wear during the week of Police Officers Memorial Day, May 15, and for designated special occasions. The badge honors Tampa PD’s fallen with the names of the 31 members lost to date on the back of the badge.


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Tampa, FL 33612


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