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112th US Congress Update December 2011

February 3, 2012

The Southern States Police Benevolent Association is committed to keeping you informed of federal legislation that may affect your work-life, pay and benefits. The Governmental Affairs department will be providing periodic updates on the actions of Congress while in session. Included is a summary of bills of interest introduced during this past month, as well as updates on those reported in the previous report. Reporting of these bills are information purposes only, to you as a PBA law enforcement professional, and do not reflect the PBA's support or opposition on any specific bill.

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PBAGA Legislative Update - January 2012

January 31, 2012

The Second Term of the 2011-12 State Legislative Session began on January 9, 2012. This session may last up to 40 legislative days and is anticipated to end sometime in April. Any bill that did not pass in the First Term may be carried over to the Second Term.

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SSPBA Recruiting Department

January 31, 2012

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VAPBA Legislative Update 01-30-12

January 30, 2012

This week our efforts in Richmond at the General Assembly were met with some success. House bill 675 would raise the threshold amount of Grand Larceny to five hundred dollars, but would have also made it more difficult for our Conservation Police Officers to develop successful cases against wildlife violators selling animal parts. This bill failed to come out of the Criminal sub committee of the Courts of Justice Committee. The Senate bill on the same issue is SB71, this bill will pass out of the senate and will head to the House at crossover. We will watch to see if the House kills the bill as they did HB 675.

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Police Foundation Shift Length Study

January 30, 2012

Ever since the earliest police forces were established, the schedules and hours that police officers work have been an issue of concern to officers and chiefs. Driving these concerns have been issues of safety, health, performance, quality of life, fatigue, and efficiency. Traditionally, police departments have relied on a five-day, eight-hour scheduling framework with three standard shifts (day, evening, midnight) in each twenty-four-hour period. However, since at least as early as the 1970s, law enforcement agencies have adopted alternate schedule configurations. Compressed workweek schedules (CWWs), in which the workweek is shortened and the length of the day is extended, have indeed been popularized in the last several decades in many industries, including policing.

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Law enforcement officer deaths were on the rise in 2011

January 18, 2012

According to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement officers Memorial Fund, 173 officers have been killed during 2011 - up 13 percent from 153 line-of-duty deaths in 2010.

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Cary Chapter to Host 6th Annual Officer of the Year Banquet

January 1, 2012

The PBA has long held the reputation for educating the public about the daily work of law enforcement officers and the sacrifices they make to keep their communities safe. Through these education efforts many relationships with the community have led to partnerships that have benefited members of the PBA. The PBA also has an extensive history for creating solid and sustainable relationships with elected officials to effect positive change for their members.

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112th US Congress December Update

December 29, 2011

As 2011 comes to an end, take a look at some of the changes we have highlighted since the last update.

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Virginia Division has active and successful 2011 political screening season

December 13, 2011

The Virginia Division conducted political screenings across the state for local and state office elections held in November 2011. Our screening committees, made up of local chapter boards and members, met with over forty candidates. A total of twenty seven candidates were endorsed, twenty three of those candidates won their elections! Our screenings took place in Loudoun County, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Radford and Newport News.

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