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
We are in the final year 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 a form to fill out any issues you feel should be addressed at Labor Management.
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
This is for for those members who have policies with PFIA. They are very reasonable. Contact Susan Libertz for more information at 215-327-4872 or clik here to email her.
For your upcoming tax preparations, your annual dues for 2015 totaled $567.06.
Non-Facebook contract suggestions
Here is a forum on the message board that can be used for those members that do not have Facebook or do not want to post on Facebook.
Click here to go to the message board. Only members who are logged in to the site can post and see other posts.
Attached is our flyer for our First Responders Program. Beatty Strength is offering a monthly training membership to use our training facility to all first responders (and their families). Coach Beatty also comes to the departments and will train groups on-site at their own facility. 100% of the first month's membership will be donated to the foundation for Coach Beatty's cousin that was killed in the line of duty last year in Orlando. Every month after will a have 20% continued donation into the foundation.
13323 W. Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL 33635
Beatty Strength (Member discount)
The next Labor Management Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 10th, 2015 at 9AM at HQ. Click here to leave any suggestions for the meeting.
The next Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17th, 2015 at 2pm at 1302 W Busch Blvd, the PBA building.
Any items to be included on either agenda must be presented no later than Thursday before each meeting.
Don't forget, here is an easy way to support the Tampa PBA Charity Fund. When shopping at Amazon, use Amazon Smile and choose Tampa PBA Charity fund. We only get a small portion of the sale but it all ads up.
Nationwide Retirement Rollover news
A new law went into effect this year which changes the age of when you can receive rollover distributions without penalty. Read the flyer and call Denny Davis at Nationwide. 813-973-8382, with any questions.
Click on the banner to shop Ranger Up through the PBA.
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.
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.
Click on the banner for more information this benefit.
Click here to read the latest Legal Bulletin regarding body cameras.
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.
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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