Police, Fire Unions Issue Local Endorsements

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, Tallahassee Democrat – Published 3:28 p.m. ET July 9, 2018 | Updated 4:55 p.m. ET July 9, 2018

The Big Bend Chapter of the Florida Police Benevolent Association and the Tallahassee Professional Fire Fighters announced the candidates they’re endorsing in the August primary.

It turns out both organizations are backing the same candidates. And while the groups conducted separate candidate screenings, they announced them together in a joint press release Monday.

The unions endorsed County Commissioner John Dailey for mayor, Bob Lotane for City Commission Seat 5, Lisa Brown for City Commission Seat 3, Rick Minor for County Commission District 3 and Jasmine Ali-Mohammed for County Commission District 1.

The PBA also endorsed David Frank for circuit judge and Monique Richardson for county judge. The firefighters union endorsed Frank as well.

“These candidates have shown an understanding of the important and unique issues facing local law enforcement officers,” said Steve Slade, president of the Big Bend PBA. “We ask that voters consider this when making their choices at the polls on Aug. 28.”

Only one of the seats in question, County Commission District 1, has an incumbent, Commissioner Bill Proctor, vying for re-election.

The Big Bend PBA represents nearly 500 law enforcement officers from Gulf to Madison counties. The firefighters association represents 240 members.

Contact Jeff Burlew at jburlew@tallahassee.com or follow @JeffBurlew on Twitter.

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Tallahassee Police 2015 & 2018 Surveys

Tallahassee Police Department Officers Opinion Survey March 2015

This survey was conducted by the Florida Police Benevolent Association on behalf of the Big Bend Chapter to assess the general attitudes and opinions of members and non-members within the Tallahassee Police Department on a number of issues within the Department (see survey instrument, Appendix A).

A direct mail survey method was chosen because of the need for the confidentiality and security of law enforcement officers and their families and the belief that we would get more honest responses with this method versus a phone survey. The survey was direct mailed to the 321 member officers and hand delivered to 18 FOP member officers around February 2, 2015. Of the surveys mailed, 109 were returned by the extended deadline for a response rate of 32.2 %, which is a fair rate of return for a mail survey. The deadline was extended due to issues with the Post Office returning the postage paid survey envelopes.

Because the nature of direct mail surveys tend to be biased toward those individuals who feel strongly about an issue, we are reluctant to draw conclusions regarding the total population within the Department. However, we can conclude that the views expressed herein are reflective of almost one-third of the officers within the Department.

Click here to view/print 2015 Tallahassee Police Department Officers Opinion Survey

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Tallahassee Police Department Officers Opinion Survey March 2018

This survey was conducted by the Florida Police Benevolent Association on behalf of the Big Bend Chapter to assess the general attitudes and opinions of members and non-members within the Tallahassee Police Department on a number of issues within the Department (see survey instrument, Appendix A).

A direct mail survey method was chosen because of the need for the confidentiality and security of law enforcement officers and their families and the belief that we would get more honest responses with this method versus a phone survey. The survey was direct mailed to the 320 member officers January 30, 2018. 151 were returned by the extended deadline and 9 were picked up and returned to the PBA office for a response rate of 50%, which is a good rate of return for a mail survey. The deadline was extended due to issues with the Post Office returning the postage paid survey envelopes and officers not receiving the survey.

Because the nature of direct mail surveys tend to be biased toward those individuals who feel strongly about an issue, we are reluctant to draw conclusions regarding the total population within the Department. However, we can conclude that the views expressed herein are reflective of half of the officers within the Department.

Click here to view/print 2015 Tallahassee Police Department Officers Opinion Survey

Breaking News, Florida PBA enhances Heart Fund benefits

From John Rivera, Florida PBA President

In keeping with our solemn duty to care for our fallen heroes, the Florida PBA has enhanced the following survivor benefits covered by our Heart Fund Charity.  

 As of today, if a member is killed in the line of duty, his or her survivor will receive a $50,000.00 lump sum benefit from our Heart Fund.  This enhancement is increasing the benefit from $30,000 to $50,000.

 Additionally, if a member is catastrophically injured in the line of duty, the member will receive a $30,000.00 benefit from our Heart Fund.  This enhancement is increasing the benefit from $20,000 to $30,000.

 It is our obligation to never forget the sacrifices of those heroes we have lost.  We must always remember.  May God bless you.

 Sincerely,

 John Rivera

President