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What you need to know when you need legal assistance

 

YOUR MEMBERSHIP MUST BE ACTIVE
In order to receive PBA coverage, an officer must be an active PBA member, must have been so at the time of the incident, and must have maintained uninterrupted membership. This underscores the importance of keeping your dues payments up to date.
 
In addition, officers must remember that it is necessary to be employed in law enforcement to be covered. If an officer resigns his employment, he is ineligible for PBA service.
 
YOU SHOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH YOUR CHAPTER'S LEADERSHIP
PBA assistance with disciplinary and grievance procedures begins at the chapter level. An officer wishing to appeal a disciplinary action or to file a grievance should contact his chapter leadership for assistance. The chapter board of directors will assess the situation and will vote on whether to provide assistance. The SSPBA legal department will become involved, if necessary, at the final level of appeal.
 
LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE NAMED IN A LAW SUIT
Contact the PBA legal department immediately if you are named in a lawsuit, and provide our office with a copy of the suit once you are served. If the incident is duty-related and is not vicarious, PBA will assign eligible members an attorney to monitor the case.
 
A SHOOTING OR AN ACCIDENT…
NO ONE LIKES TO THINK ABOUT IT!
It can happen to any law enforcement officer at any time. There’s a shooting or a serious accident…someone is hurt…you’re involved. As a PBA member, you’re not alone. PBA is here to protect your rights.
 
IF IT HAPPENS TO YOU
  • Don’t Panic! Calm down and compose yourself.
  • Don’t rush into making a statement.
  • If you are asked to make a statement, call the PBA Hotline:  1-800-233-3506
  • PBA will provide you with an attorney prior to making a statement - either on the scene or wherever needed.
  • Wait until you talk to a PBA attorney before making any statements, oral or written.
 
 
BE PREPARED!
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS BEFORE A DISCIPLINARY ACTION ARISES
Be familiar with your departmental policies so that you know how to proceed if adverse action is taken against you.
 
1. Know if the disciplinary action is grievable  
2. Know your department’s procedure for grievances  
3. Know how many levels of appeal are available  
4. Know the time and date deadlines for grievances

   The PBA is serious about protecting you!

 

Southern States PBA News
115th US Congress Update October 2018

November 5, 2018

The Southern States Police Benevolent Association is committed to keeping you informed of federal legislation that may affect your work-life, pay and benefits.

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115th US Congress Update September 2018

October 2, 2018

The Southern States Police Benevolent Association is committed to keeping you informed of federal legislation that may affect your work-life, pay and benefits.

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The Police Benevolent Foundation Set to Aid Officers and Their Families Affected by Hurricane Florence

September 14, 2018

The Police Benevolent Foundation and the Southern States Police Benevolent Association are ready to help law enforcement officers and their families that may be affected by Hurricane Florence. Unlike most, a police officer?s job can never really be put on hold when disaster strikes. They are required to work through the worst conditions and be ready and able to help others.

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