Both Chris and Christie were TPD dispatchers for several years. Christie went on to become an officer at Dade City PD, and 5 months ago she made the transition back to TPD. Chris left dispatch to become a FHP Trooper. He has been there about 2 years. Last February Chris was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He underwent treatment and was told he was in remission. He was going every 3 months for scans which supposedly all showed he was cancer free. A few weeks ago Chris was having pain from his gun belt and when he went to the hospital they found he was not in remission. Since they were being told the cancer was gone Chris missed out on lesser treatment options and is now undergoing an intensive chemotherapy program for stage 2 lymphoma. His treatment involves 5 treatments in 1 week, then 2 weeks with 1 treatment and it will cycle this way for 6 months.
Chris has insurance, however there is a deductible which must be met of $2500 by him and Christie. In addition, they will have to pay for all of his medication out of pocket. They are not sure what the cost will be for the medication since he has absolutely no immune system. It is estimated that it will be fairly pricy. Chris just had his first chemo treatment last week and has since developed some type of infection causing him to be hospitalized.
Luckily FHP has something similar to a sick bank and it looks like people have donated enough hours to cover his sick time for the next 6 months, although he has to submit a request for approval every month. Christie was just released from phase 4 of her training here at TPD and was assigned to dayshift in sector F on B cycle. She is now missing work to be with Chris in the hospital with very little sick and annual time to burn. They are having to temporarily rehome their 2 cats and 2 dogs for the next 6 months as well, and completely sanitize their house so Chris has a safe place to be.
Unfortunately, FHP does not have any planned fundraisers according to Christie so anything we can do would be very appreciated by them. - Officer Heather Hanson.
The next Labor Management Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at 9 AM at HQ. Click here to leave any suggestions for the meeting.
The next Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 at 2pm at the PBA office located 1302 W. Busch Blvd.
Any items to be included on either agenda must be presented no later than Friday before each meeting.
We are in the final 14 months of our contract. Click here to send us your suggestions for the upcoming negotiations. If you are looking at this on your phone, turn the mobile theme off and it will take you to the page.
Click here to go to our member forum for information about where to purchase the Supervisory book for the upcoming promotional exam.
We are pleased to announce a new benefit for members that are Retirees or Reserves and their Family and Friends. Click here to see the flyer from LifeScan.
Click here to go to a form to fill out any issues you feel should be addressed at Labor Management.
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 and 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:
- Stay calm
- Call the Tampa PBA at (813) 228-8900
- Ask to speak to a PBA Attorney
- Do not talk to anyone until you have consulted with your PBA attorney
Letter from Steph and Sandy Kocab
It was our pleasure. Thank you for your kind words. Vigils such as these remind us of the dangers of the job and keep the spirits alive of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for us.
Thanks Jason for taking the time to write this email. We were glad we could refurbish the memorial. And thanks to Nick Baez for taking time out of his day to help us.
From: Jason Tkach
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2015 10:47
To: Vincent Gericitano
Subject: District one fallen officer Memorial
Just a quick note to say it was awesome to see you guys out there giving your personal time and sweat to a memorial that was long forgotten and in need of attention. The district one fallen officer memorial became over grown and just something we just walked by without paying any attention too. Please pass along a personal Thank you to you and your work crew for honoring our fallen with your hard work and time.
Jason Tkach, Police Detective
Check out President Gericitano's first video message. Click here. You must be a registered user to see the video.
LifeScan and Wellness Duty Flex Time
Clarification: The Wellness 2 hours can not be used for days off visits. If you are a midnight or evening shift officer and need to visit the wellness center, make arrangements with your supervisor to flex up to 2 hours to use the Wellness Center for a visit within the same day.
Life Scan Update.
As per TPD Staff, all members interested in utilizing Life Scan / Florida Hospital will be authorized to do so on job time. Midnight and Evening Shift Members will be authorized to flex time for the exam. This time will be authorized by the member’s immediate supervisor pending personnel staffing requirements.
Be aware though, we have just learned that this time is considered "bad time" and you would lose overtime during the week. We are working on a solution for this issue.
Members who are logged into our site can click on the link below and get instructions on how to apply on online for the next promotional exam.
Online application for Promotional Exam
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At the monthly board meeting, the PBA Board of Directors awarded Sr. Det. Greg Stout with a Lifetime Member Award. President Gericitano presented Det. Stout with a plaque and PBA watch to thank him for his hard work and dedication to the Tampa PBA. Greg was part of a group that founded the Tampa PBA Charity Fund to assist families of fallen officers. He was also able to spearhead legislation that allowed members to buy back military and police time to enhance their pension. Thanks for everything you did to lead the Tampa PBA in the right direction Greg and good luck in your reitrement.
Tampa Police Special Memorial badge
MUST BE PURCHASED FOR ACTIVE, RETIRED OR RESERVE TPD MEMBER!
Tampa Police Special Purpose Mourning Badge
The Tampa Police Department 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.
TPD Special Purpose Mourning Badge
Click here to read the latest Legal Bulletin regarding body cameras.
Please read the Capitol Report for the final week of the 2015 Regular Session by Matt Puckett, Florida PBA Executive Director.
Florida PBA Capitol Final Week
Galls Offers Exclusive PBA Members-Only Discount
Galls is pleased to announce an exclusive discount on all products.
is reserved for Tampa PBA members only. Sale items include over 500
brand new items and include 40 other exclusive promotions as well.
Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration
Proudly presenting an EXCLUSIVELY discounted rate for PBA Union members.
$45/night during May and September
Tampa PBA T-Shirts are in stock
These shirts feature moisture-wicking technology and are available in gray with the black emblem or navy blue with white emblem. Available through the Tampa PBA.
Price: $12 each
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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.
Home Safe Card
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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