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The issue of domestic abuse and the subsequent forced removal of children from the victim is reinforcing the abuse. Institutions that exist to help the victims such as the Social Services, Police and Judicial System are failing victims because of the sigma attached to being a victim of abuse.
The most common complaint from victims is one of feeling punished for being a victim rather than feeling empowered. The amount of hoops a victim has to jump thru in order to get her children back whilst her every move is scrutinised by social workers who have not received adequate training o recognise the dynamics of abuse is shocking.
No other institution could operate a viable service like this so hen why is the Social services being allowed to continue to abuse and misuse its powers and continue to remove children from mothers when their focus should be directed towards helping the mothers and children break that cycle.
I am just an ordinary person from the Netherlands helping a Japanese citizen. He is victim of many crimes but nobody is helping him. I stay now in Kagoshima, and I am trying to get help from the Police in Kagoshima. However they are not helping me. I am now also a victim of theft and the case has a lot to do with Masahiko Kobayashi but now we both don't get any help.
Please read our blogs and English/Japanese stories and check the proof yourself....
I have seen so many videos on Facebook that are most disturbing and upsetting. Videos that are reported are not always taken seriously and should be. Clicking 'I don't want to see this' does not stop the abuse that is happening to the children in the videos.
The justice minister Kenny MacAskill MSP stated “We know there is corruption within Scottish justice system” we find this is totally unacceptable.
The foundation of any democracy is its justice system and if parts of this system are corrupt, then we do not have real democracy.
Corruption undermines every aspect of our society and this campaign calls for compulsory random drug testing for anyone involved within the court system.
As in many other professions regular random drug testing is the norm in order to protect the public and the integrity of that profession, therefore we call for random drug testing to be introduced within specific sectors within the court system. This should include solicitors representing clients.
We believe that this will restore the public’s faith in the Scottish justice system. Therefore I hope you will sign our petition to introduce regular drug testing of those who work or earn their living from the Scottish legal system.
With an increase in crime in our area since November 2013, we the community feel that a community safety forum needs to be held in order to discuss the issues between Council, Police, Local Politicians and the local community and other stakeholders.
KEMPEN MENANDATANGAN MEMORANDUM "HUKUMAN ROTAN DAN PENJARA MANDATORI UNTUK PERAGUT"
Signature campaign for mandatory whipping and minimum 1 year jail sentence for ragut offences.
Thank you very much for signing! We must collect 500,000 to get signatures for ROTAN & JAIL for mat raguts.
Sri Lanka traffic police have prohibited full face helmets since today (07/11/2013).
We can not accept this as people.
Because safety is the best.
In 1922, the Queensland politicians of the day decided to disband the Legislative Council. The Upper House. The House of Review. It was not a decision of The People of Queensland, nor was it their will.
It was a political expedient to remove barriers to dictatorial control of the State of Queensland for the benefit of political parties and those who controlled them, i.e. companies, now more expressively known as corporations.
The passage of draconian laws recently by the Legislative Assembly, where one coalition of parties holds a huge percentage of the seats in that house, demonstrates that we need the Legislative Council as a House of Review to prevent further introduction of laws that remove the rights of The People.
The current "government" of Queensland is out of the control of The People and needs to be reined in and that can only be properly be done by a Legislative Council.
A permanent Police presence is needed in Kurri Kurri NSW. There is a population of around 20000 people and there is not enough Police presence protecting Businesses, Families and our community.
In the past month alone there has been one of the well known & respected takeaway food owners bashed in Barton Street and another business man & his wife were attacked by a gang of youth.
Lets lobby together to the Councillors of our local LGA to lobby to state government to get action.
WE NEED YOUR HELP.
In October 2012, Bedfordshire Police introduced new working practices, with officers starting and ending shifts in Luton or Bedford.
Recent crime statistics for Leighton-Linslade have shown a rise of 15.2% in April to June 2013 compared to April to June 2012.
This petition is being promoted by individual Town Councillors in Leighton-Linslade from all political parties.
Let's walk the Talk.
26 million Malaysians demand that we live our lives peacefully. And we can only have that by having laws to prevent crime.
Why are you foresaking your right to live peacefully and safely be being haunted by these criminals? Let's put them behind bars again!
Support the Preventive Laws. It is not logical that the Preventive Laws been taken away/removed. And as a result Malaysians from all walks of life live in fear and anxiety.
Sign the petition today and Support Preventive Laws. Put the criminals back in jail where they belong!
Whereas, citizens of Greensboro want, need, and will support a police department that provides for public safety, crime prevention, and acts within the rule of law; and
Whereas, citizens of Greensboro want and expect police department employees to be racially and ethnically diverse and to be well trained to ensure equal protection of the law for all people regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, economic status, immigration status, sexual orientation, or religious orientation; and
Whereas, allegations of Greensboro police unaccountability, unprofessionalism, discrimination, abuse of power, and excessive use of force have been raised for decades and such allegations are currently reflected in the existence of 45 pending lawsuits, several Title VI federal discrimination complaints, and the termination under questionable circumstances of five upstanding police officers; and
Whereas, our State Constitution reads: “All political power is vested in and derived from the people; all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole;” and
Whereas, citizen police oversight bodies exist in approximately 80% of the large cities in the U.S., including Charlotte, Durham, and Winston-Salem; and
Whereas, it is in the best interest of our city and all people for there to be public confidence in the independence and integrity of investigations and resolution of complaints against employees of the police department;
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Urgent action on this petition is required.
TODAY IT IS MY CHILDREN AND MY FAMILY TARGETTED AND ABUSED BY UK AUTHORITIES, BUT TOMORROW IT COULD BE YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR FAMILY. Act now please and sign the petition to save your families. It is not the question of status or nationality, but it is the question of families and children.
We, as professionally teachers in the United Kingdom and parents of 3 children, have taken the initiative to bring to light the injustice and disrespect shown towards vulnerable families by certain members of the Judiciary and other organisations. Time has elapsed since people suffered in silence and allowed themselves to be discriminated and humiliated, nowadays, we have the right to speak and to express our opinions with regards to our freedom of living peacefully as a family without the interference of the State. Being unrepresented legally is a factor for the powerful members of society to cause degrading treatment and abuse the process. Being vulnerable can be another factor or simply because one has raised their voice against injustice. We request Justice FOR ALL. A justice which prevails in the United Kingdom but which has been abused by certain individuals to achieve illegitimate aims. It is time to eliminate this injustice and protect our families, as today, we are suffering but tomorrow it can be you. Please share your views against injustice and sign this petition to support our campaign against injustice towards vulnerable families with children
We are writing this letter in order to petition against the high level of corruption and abuse of power which exists in the UK Judiciary and other organisations such as The Secretary of State for Home Department, Local Authorities and other organizations which deal with complaints procedures (Office for judicial complaints, Judicial Appointments commission, …) based on the following grounds:
I am a mother of three children and the wife of a disabled asylum seeker in the United Kingdom. I am a UK qualified teacher who has worked in the UK for years and in this capacity, I am preparing this petition to be considered by the European Parliament. My children and myself are dependants of my husband’s asylum claim which has been refused and rejected to be decided by any court in the UK. We have submitted an application tot the European Court of Human Rights in 2011, but this has also been struck out without reasons. We are confirmed with evidence that there is a high level of corruption inside the UK Judiciary with regards to our lives and this has extended until the ECHR.
We have been deprived fair access to justice and no trial has been provided, this has been a severe violation of our Article 6 Convention Rights, Article 13 – Right to Effective Remedy and we have been provided with inhuman and degrading treatment in a country where we have sought protection.
The UK Judiciary and other associations have attempted to harm us in several ways, by preventing access to medications, assaults, manhandled, and most importantly imposed Extended Civil Restraint orders. Today we have been served with a General Civil Restraint orders which prevent us to have access to courts in order to look for a redress.
There has been use of high level of corruption, payments have been made to government agents and other organizations. Police officers have also been sent to threaten me when I was heavily pregnant last May 2012. I have also been deprived of further treatment and medication after delivery.
In 2011, an article entitled Asylum Seekers Pay for us to have a Hol was published in The Sun Newspaper without our prior knowledge or consent. The Court provided certain information to the newspaper and the Secretary of State for Home Department has also contributed to the article. This has harmed us with regards to our private information being breached and our character defamed. The legal representatives were also threatened by UK Judiciary members and left our cases.
The information about my husband was provided to Sri Lankan authorities. Subsequently, access to court was deprived which at all material times were against the Geneva Convention 1951 and against the International EU Law.
Our children were not heard by any court which was a severe violation of EU Convention on the Exercise of the Rights of the Child. There was no trial in the UK.
Our petition makes references to the following supporting documents:
1. The General Civil Restraint order
2. The Order of LJ Goldring
3. The letter sent to the court after the Civil restraint order
4. The ECHR grounds
5. The judgment of Lord Justice Laws
6. OT Assessment of Mr ismail
7. Pre protocol letter of Judicial review sent to Master Yoxall.
The circumstances surrounding our petition are:
Mr Ismail sought asylum in 2010 in the UK. His asylum application was refused, he was pressurized to withdraw the appeal and when he refused, he proceeded with the appeals to the tribunal. On January 2011, his appeal was refused and the comments of the judge were: “Mr Ismail has only cut his palm rather than his wrists”… The judge commented as such despite knowing that Mr Ismail was a mentally ill patient and therefore provided suicidal techniques to him. Complaints were made but there were no investigations. As a consequence, Mr Ismail cut his wrists in January 2011.
In July 2011, a defamatory article entitled Asylum seekers: Pay for us to have a Holiday appeared in the Sun Newspaper, online and republished by several websites and newspapers.
The Court, Queen’s Bench Division shared the information on a particular of claim to the media and divulging our private and confidential information, thus breaching our Article 8 ECHR – Right to private and family life. We were shunned and our characters were spoilt. We were ridiculed by the society.
A defamation claim was launched in the Queen’s Bench Division, High Court, and subsequently, in October 2011, the case file for the UKBA’s human rights claim was stolen from the court. Until today, our confidential documents are missing as the file has not been recovered.
IN January 2012, we were represented by Thomas Goodhead, a counsel. He discussed privilege matters with Adam Wolanski, the Sun newspaper’s counsel. They agreed between themselves to withdraw pleas of malice and breach of private information, which thus rendered the case to be struck out by Justice Eady and subsequently by Lord Justice Laws. There was subsequent abuse of powers and corruption involved in public offices by the Sun Newspaper (Newsgroup Newspapers Limited) usual methods of covering up issues.
The UKBA – Home Office also commented on the article. They were engage din corruption by sending several letters or threats for us to be moved outside London, in an area where we do not have any relatives or connections, despite knowing that our children are schooling and therefore disregarding their best interests.
Extended Civil restraint orders were imposed on us in April 2012 when Mrs Ismail was heavily pregnant. In August 2012, we were forcefully and violently evicted from our family home. Mr Ismail’s neck was squeezed by bailiff officers from Bow County Court, children were beaten and thrown out as soon as they woke up from the bed by police officers, and Mrs Ismail with the baby of 2 weeks were put out. She was not recovered from a third degree tear and recent delivery. We asked for some time to take our things/belongings, but were refused and we were out on the streets, without our belongings. The Civil restraint was issued by Rabinder Singh QC, the Home Office’s usual counsel. In May 2012, police officers attended the home to threat Mrs Ismail, who was heavily pregnant. They advised her that the UK Government know people in ECHR and despite launching cases in this court, nothing will happen. Our case sin ECHR will always be struck out without consideration.
With the Civil restraint order, the Court refused to provide us with injunctions or any support, despite cases was pending. We were thrown out form the court with 3 minor children. The Children’s services, despite knowing that the children will be homeless, did not do anything. We wandered on the streets until 6 pm on 7 August 2012 and then went to the Children services in person in Beckton London. We were then provided with a temporary accommodation in which we are currently living in as the home Office did not provide us with appropriate dwelling (OT Assessment).
Subsequently, every single application we make to the court is refused despite evidences were provided. The administrative staffs hold the application and preventing it to be decided by judges. We were sent threatening letter by the Newsgroup Newspapers Limited, their solicitors, the Home office and the court. Until yesterday 6 June 2013, we were served with a General Civil Restraint order. This order prevents us from seeking redress or remedy for any injustices caused to us. We have approached several complaints organisations but was discriminated and rejected.
Currently, the above circumstances have prevented us to have access to justice. Our lives are being interrupted and interfered by the UK authorities, they are controlling our lives. Our freedom of movement is controlled. The freedom to exercise and acquiring redress and justice has been deprived. Currently, we are unable to access to basic healthcare. We cannot acquire fee remission to seek justice. Children as innocent members of society have been given degrading treatment. We have been intimidated and humiliated. We are unable to fulfill our basis needs.
We have been forbidden to work and earn. We have been deprived of catering for our family and lead a normal family life. Day by day, we fear that someone will put us out on the streets or throw us out. If we go to court, we have been warned that we will end up in imprisonment (Article5), we are unable to approach the court for any violation or urgent circumstances.
The UK has abused the CPR 3C – Civil restraint, this CPR is incompatible with the convention obligations. They have abused and used this as a trump card to harm and cause maximum damages to Asylum seekers’ families or others in the UK who have brought legitimate and lawful clams with merits.
The Children despite being British born (since 6 years) have no identity. They have been kept as stateless for 6 years (elder), 4 years (second), and 10 months.
As a result of this situation of being victim of corruption and degrading and inhuman treatment on us as asylum seekers with 3 children, we would appreciate your approval of our petition.
The Uganda Argus, the first newspaper in Uganda, was founded in 1955 as a British colonial government publication. The 1962 Dr. Milton Obote kept the name until 1971 when Idi Amin Dada assumed power through a coup d'état and renamed it Voice of Uganda.
The 1979 Milton Obote II government renamed it Uganda Times. 1986 the National Resistance Movement (NRM) of Yoweri Museveni changed it to The New Vision which has been published since then. The Daily Monitor, The Red Pepper, The Observer, The Sunrise, The Independent, The Kampala Sun, Bukedde, Kamunye etc all came after 1986. By May 2012 Uganda had 250 licenced radios and 44 televisions.
In the last few years, however, torture of journalists and general intimidation of media practitioners has made hell the working environment of a journalist.
In 2012 freelance photographer Edward Echwalu was beaten by police as he covered the arrest of Dr. Kizza Besigye. Other journalist victims in the Besigye saga included Isaac Kasamani (Daily Monitor), William Ntege (WBS) and Nicholas Mwesigye (Red Pepper). Several others have bean tortured by the Police in separate incidents – and early this year journalist Musaazi Namiti was manhandled for taking a photograph of a policemen on duty. He and his companions missed their flight and had to part with more money to travel after their release from Police cells.
Now Police have besieged premises of Daily Monitor and Red Pepper apparently for publishing stories on Gen. David Sejusa who is reportedly out of the country. Dembe FM and KFM, both managed by Nation Media Group, have been switched off air. Is Gen. Sejusa a rebel? How do journalists now know what to cover and not to cover?
The mayor's proposed budget would include $700,000 in one-time "bridge funding" to allow for the bureau to reduce its strength through attrition, and not by laying off the bureau's most recent, more diverse hires.
The mounted patrol unit now consists of six full-time officers, one sergeant, two stable attendants and one horse trainer and costs about $1.2 million. The city budget office recommended it be eliminated "in light of current fiscal constraints,'' the office analysis said.
Over two years ago, YouTube, under pressure from lawmakers and the music industry created a "copyright school" and released a video along with it.
Jodie Griffin of Public Knowledge writes that those YouTube users who are "alleged to have violated copyright law must watch a video discussing some of the basics on copyright law...pass a quiz or risk having their account deleted" and the "school" is one-sided as "users accused of infringing copyright must take the course, but copyright owners accused of making false or fraudulent infringement claims don't." (http://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/my-first-day-youtube-copyright-school) Additionally, Raymond J. Dowd writes on his blog that the video doesn't "mention the public domain...[and] is indoctrinating children into fear of quoting materials by authors living and dead by showing images of corporal punishment meted out by judges."
Additionally, Dowd notes that "YouTube's video doesn't mention copyright law's grounding in the US Constitution, nor the purpose of copyright law." (http://copyrightlitigation.blogspot.com/2011/04/fair-use-fridays-youtube-flunks.html) Let us unite together and stop this copyright school.
The Liberia National Police (LNP), acting on behalf of the Government of Liberia, arrested journalist Darlington C. Pelenah on July 29, 2012 and charged him, along with Benjamin Bokie Gbar and William Randolph, with the crimes of criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.
The three were charged based on a complaint by an alleged victim Weeks Thomas that he and two others were held at gun point by the defendants and robbed of US$17,000.00. Weeks Thomas reported that one of his boys, Edwin Thomas was shot in the head by journalist Pelenah on the night of the alleged armed robbery.
Journalist Pelenah and the others were subsequently indicted by a grand jury on 12 counts and have been in detention at the Monrovia Central Prison since their arrest in July 2012.
Since the arrest and detention of journalist Pelenah and co-defendants, their trial has been suspended and postponed several times on flimsy excuses. Many people, including media practitioners, the defendants, and family members believe the repeated suspension and postponement of the trial is a deliberate violation of the right of the defendants to a fair and speedy trial in keeping with due process of law.
The action by the state puts the lives of journalist Pelenah and co-defendants at risk, as armed robbery is a capital office punishable by life imprisonment or death based on its degree.
Journalist Pelenah, Benjamin Bokie Gbar, and William Randolph are now in prolonged detention, crying out for freedom and justice.
Every single document and statement that the police and prosecution have issued so far in relation to the case lacks consistency, relevance and reliability. None of the defendants was arrested on the alleged crime scene. There are no forensic reports or on-the-scene photographs linking the defendants to the commission of the crimes for which they’ve been charged.
Accounts by the alleged victims, which formed the basis for the charges brought against journalist Pelenah and co-defendants, have also been grossly inconsistent.
Since journalist Pelenah’s arrest in July, 2012, the Government of Liberia has had many opportunities to prove its case beyond every reasonable doubt but have failed miserably. The government has employed every known legal trick to delay his trial, ranging from unexplainable postponement and suspension to disbandment of trial jury. By so doing, the Government of Liberia continues to deny him the right to a fair and speedy trial in keeping with due process of law.
Journalist Pelenah and co-defendants have all denied the charges and pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime. And, from all indications, the Government of Liberia does not have a case against and will go to great length to apply every known legal trick to delay their trial and keep them in detention for the rest of their lives.
As the government continues to fail to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubt, we request the unconditional release of journalist Pelenah and co-defendants.
Please help petition for a new police station to cover the areas of Morningside, East English Village, and Morningside. I am Scott A. Hastings, who moved to Morningside 25 years ago from Farmington Hills to live in a diverse, racially mixed, middle-class neighborhood.
Unfortunately foreclosures have devastated our neighborhoods. The 48224 zip code – MORNINGSIDE – has been the hardest hit in the United States declining property values up to 99%. Driving through Morningside, East English Village, and Cornerstone, nobody would imagine that areas in Metro Detroit have a housing shortage.
A police station would stabilize the neighborhoods, increase property values, and repopulate our area. Some say we cannot afford a new police station or more police officers, but it is obvious we cannot afford NOT to have them.
A police station would stabilize the neighborhood and stop crime. In twenty-five years of living in Morningside my exterior doors have been stolen, my copper piping has been taken, my built-in mail boxes have been ripped from their brick foundation and I have been held and gun point… (My friends have advised me to move for many years, but my eternal optimism and efforts to help have always trumped that issue).
For these reasons many contractors have stopped restoring homes, realtors cannot put signs in front of homes or hold open houses, and banks have stopped lending to buyers.
A police station would increase property values by giving residents a sense of safety and stop the blight. My property value is 90% less than the insurance replacement cost. The replacement cost is $410,000 and the property value is $41,000; these numbers are appalling… I think it is shocking that an 850 sq. ft. Wood frame home on a slab in Royal Oak is selling for near $100,000 while a 1,850 sq. ft. Brick Tudor in our area with a basement is selling for $1,000 and others are torn down. Many of the homes are selling for less than they did 80 years ago at the time of their construction. The reason is crime, Detroit residents have complained for decades…
A police station would greatly help to repopulate this devastated area. The main reason people have left and plan to leave is the lack of police officers and police enforcement. The nearest police station in Detroit is 10 miles from my home. The police officers are working 12 hour shifts and cannot keep up with 911 calls. If there were enough officers police response time would be minutes rather than hours, officers could constantly walk the neighborhoods like in Washington D. C., New York, and other major cities and quality of life would improve. More officers would drastically reduce crime, encouraging middle-class families to move back and build large brick homes once again.
Please help make a new police station in our area a reality by signing a petition.
In February 2013, a group of Nepalese policemen brutally killed a dog who had bitten a number of people, using a gun and bamboo sticks. Despite the fact that humane solutions like Animal Birth Control/Anti Rabies have been introduced in Nepal a decade ago, authorities continue to kill dogs inhumanely using strychnine poison, guns or sticks.
A video of the cruel killing can be viewed here:
Our boy got serious injury in car accident close to Sochi, Russia. Drunk driver Prikhodko called his friend policeman Panarin and he falsificated all the case, lokal judges did not punish driver. Insted Panarin became a head of local Road Police and Sochi is gone to become a capital of Olympic Winter Games 2014.
So finally we knew that all these bandits are supported by Mr.Grin, vice Prokuror of Russia who is on the Magnitsky list. And many other members of list invest in the Sochi olimpiade. So this sport event is unsafe for international sportsmen and visitors, controlled by mafia and should be cancelled!
21. Arm School Staff
Stop blaming the NRA and blaming the responsible gun holders... stop trying to take our second amendment constitutional rights away.
Deputize all willing school teachers and staff, training them in proper defensive handgun procedures. Run them through a course at the local sheriff or police station.
Add a volunteer police station/office in every school.
The Australian public are sick of seeing police kill people with the use of unnecessary force and violence. In recent years the Australian Police have killed at least 5 people with tasers alone.
In the U.S.A police have killed over 500 people with the use of tasers. The United Nations Committee Against Torture said in 2007 that “TASER electronic stun guns are a form of torture that can kill”. Police already have a great array of weapons at their disposal, and another, more deadly weapon in unsafe hands is a recipe for disaster.
This petition has been started with an aim to remove all tasers from Australian police forces and to encourage retraining with less violent, less lethal methods.
Tasers cause unnecessary deaths and wounding that can easily be avoided. Help remove these dangerous weapons from Australian streets in all forms.
On June 16th, 2012, The canadian government passed the omnibus budget bill, which allows U.S. law enforcement officers to come across the border and arrest canadians. This is not right. As a canadian, I feel that with this bill passed, civil rights will be breached and our very sovereignty in danger.
Furthermore, the Government of Canada did not take in the opinions of the people, who for the most part are infuriated with this bill. Although I do believe that criminals crossing borders to escape U.S. authority is a problem, those criminals are CANADIAN citizens and should be handled by CANADIAN authorities.
If we allow this to pass, Canada's future will be no better than if we lost the War of 1812.
A 25-year-old pregnant woman has been killed and another female injured following a shooting incident involving a policeman in Yallahs, St Thomas.
The two women were shot during a scuffle which broke out after a policeman attempted to prosecute one of them for using indecent language.
Chavis Carter was a 21 year old black male stopped with two other white males in Jonesboro, Arkansas. When officers stopped the vehicle, they smelled marijuana. At this time Carter was handcuffed and searched TWICE! During the search, officers found a dime bag of marijuana, but are claiming to have missed a gun. Carter called his girlfriend and told her that he would call her once he got to jail.
The two other men were allowed to leave... and somewhere something went far left. Despite being left handed, handcuffed, searched two times and placed in the back seat of the car, police and Jonesboro authorities are claiming that Carter committed suicide by shooting himself with his own gun in the right side of his head. The officers on the scene claim they thought the gun shot was a piece of metal in the street that got ran over and that they found Carter's body in the back seat. Authorities have recently released a video showing how this could happen and have ruled his death a suicide.
There are so many questions that need answers...how was the gun missed during two searched? How did he manage to get the gun to shoot himself in the right side of his head, being handcuffed? Being left handed, why was he shot in the right side of his head? If he was going to commit suicide, why call his girlfriend and tell her he would be phoning her once he got to jail? How did the officers not know that that was a gun shot when it was that close to them?
Sign the petition showing Jonesboro Police that we don't believe their investigation findings and will not let the issue go. There are questions that need answers and we demand them. When is enough enough?
Within the next month the Titusville City Council is going to cut 14 police officers from the department. They are also going to put the remaining officers on a 1 or 2 day per week furlough. Not only do the citizens need the officers, the officers need their pay.
Florida Today article:
TITUSVILLE — Police chief Tony Bollinger will leave the department he has lead for the past 12 years on Friday.
Bollinger, who is in the Deferred Retirement Option Program, informed City Manager Mark Ryan of his plans to resign and start his retirement.
The police chief cited difficulties "double-dipping" while the department was facing furloughs and pay cuts, according to an e-mail Bollinger sent to police personnel and city council members.
"I found it increasingly more difficult to look at each of you knowing your struggles and also knowing that my departure could save money that could be redirected to help offset and alleviate some of your financial troubles," Bollinger stated in the e-mail.
Florida today article
Mayor: Pensions might bankrupt titusville
TITUSVILLE — Negotiations between Titusville and unions representing its police officers, firefighters and other employees have broken down, with the mayor warning residents the city could go bankrupt without reform of its pension program and other retirement benefits.
“We have an unfunded liability in our pension program of approximately $46 million,” Mayor Jim Tulley said. “We don’t know how big the risk is. We know there are cities, particularly in California, that have gone bankrupt.”
But police and firefighters fear that the solution the city seeks will be a reduction in pension benefits for workers, who accepted lower pay now on the promise of a better pension when they retire.
“When we were hired, the city told us we won’t make a lot of money on the front side, but we are going to get a decent pension when we retire, they will take care of us then,” said Scott Andrews, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 170 in Titusville.
According to the city’s latest comprehensive annual financial report, the unfunded liability in the Police Officers and Firefighters Retirement Trust had reached almost $25 million as of October 2010; the unfunded liability in the General Employee’s Retirement Trust was about $19 million.
Beyond the pensions, the annual report shows another substantial unfunded liability — another $44 million — to cover other post-retirement benefits, such as retirees’ health insurance.
While there was $72.5 million in assets in the two pension trusts as of October 2010, there was just $725,752 in assets assigned to cover those other post-employment benefits for all city employees.
“The fact that there are some actuarial assets at all is a positive sign,” said David Matkin, an assistant professor of public budgeting and financial management at Florida State University and pension researcher for the LeRoy Collins Institute.
Titusville does not face an immediate risk of default, but the city must stop the growing pension liability, Titusville finance director Bridgette Clements said.
I will be closing this petition tomorrow night after the local election.
The City of Titusville, FL is threatening employees with a 10% pay cut through furloughs and pay reduction, no pay raises, rising health costs and a reduction in 50% of their pensions. The city has paid these employees lower than average salaries for years compared to other municipalities their size in Central Florida.
These employees have been retained with a promise of decent pensions at retirement. These employees have not had pay raises in five years nor cost of living allowances, their health costs have increased and they have to pay into their own pensions. The City is willing to reduce services to the citizens of Titusville by enacting furlough days which means closing city offices for two days a month.
The city has $20M in the Water Department and over $5M in a "Rainy Day Fund" to shore up the budget but refuse to do so and want their 433 employees to shoulder the difference. Police and Fire fighters have paid 6.5% of their pay into their own pensions since 1994 and general employees pay 2.5% of their pay into their pensions.
This petition is to lobby TPAV to do more to protect its members who report inappropriate workplace behaviour, especially against senior officers including bullying and, protect those who suffer recriminations and reprisals as a result of reporting those behaviours.
Valletta is a stunning city. For years we have been waiting for it to wake up in the evenings and at night. We want to sit outside and sip a drink, talk to friends local or not, enjoy a lovely meal in our amazing capital city and go back home happy that we have done so.
We are tired of all the negativity surrounding being in Valletta no matter what time of day or night it is. We are tired of coming out the theatre or a lovely meal and find a ticket slapped to our windscreen for too many reasons to mention. We are tired of hearing, and saying, 'Valletta is impossible - let's go somewhere else'. This is OUR CAPITAL CITY and as such, it belongs to all.
We the undersigned are proposing the following:
Gwent Police have announced, without consultation, that 17 Police Stations in the Gwent Police Force area will be inaccessible by members of the public from July 2012.
Three of these Police Stations are in the Blaenau Gwent Parliamentary Constituency - Abertillery, Brynmawr and Tredegar.