Why Total Compensation?

You may be wondering why Total Compensation is necessary.  There are lots of great reasons to support this legislation:

  • Most police officers will never receive social security.  The Municipal Police Officers’ Retirement System is the ONLY retirement income most officers will ever receive.
  • ALL other public employees receive Total Compensation except for Police and Firefighters.
  • Compensation is compensation, whether it is base pay or overtime.
  • Police Officers pay 9% of their salary in into their retirement fund – it is not something that is just given to them.  Under Total Compensation officers would pay the same 9% into their retirement fund on their overtime earnings.
  • Most police officers will pay for their own health insurance after retirement.
  • Policing is an extremely difficult, dangerous, 24/7 occupation that comes with mental and physical stresses.  Officers wear bulletproof vests for a reason, yet can still suffer injuries that will last a lifetime.
  • Total Compensation will actually improve the actuarial soundness of the current Municipal Peace Officers Retirement System.

Your Neighbor: Explained

Being a cop is a 24/7 job, yet police receive no compensation in their pensions for overtime or working during holidays. That’s at least 20 years of missing Thanksgiving and Christmas to keep our streets safe with no retirement benefit included!

Did you know that policemen aren’t entitled to social security benefits?

With the exception of police and firefighters, all public employees who work a holiday or overtime have compensation included in their pension.

Montana police and firefighters need your help! Tell your legislator to support HB 234 and vote in favor of Total Compensation.

Click here to find your legislator!

We’re your neighbors, and we need your support.

Seatbelt Ticket Saved Her Life

It’s a powerful thing when officers are reminded why they do what they do to keep the public safe – even when it’s not usually appreciated. Thanks to Courtney for calling in with this message!

Officer Honored for Special Olympics Work

Tribune Staff, Great Falls Tribune, November 29, 2012

Officer honored for his Special Olympics work
By Tribune Staff

Great Falls Police Lt. Jack Allen has received national and international recognition for his involvement with Special Olympics Montana over the years through the Montana Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Allen is the recipient of the 2012 International Law Enforcement Torch Run John Carion Memorial “Unsung Hero” award. He received the award at the recent international torch run conference in Indianapolis.

This award was created to honor the memory of Sgt. John Carion, of the Sterling Heights, Mich., Police Department and to recognize outstanding individuals who have contributed to the success of the torch runs on a local, state or community level.

Candidates are nominated from a pool of more than 85,000 law enforcement officers from 50 United States programs, 12 Canadian provinces/ territories, and 48 other countries who contribute to torch run efforts as Guardians of the Flame.

Allen became involved with the Montana Law Enforcement Torch Run in 1998. During his tenure, Allen has been a leg leader, special events coordinator and for the past seven years has been the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run director. Under Allen’s leadership, Special Olympics reports that the Montana torch run has raised more than $500,000.

Over the years, Lt. Allen has been instrumental in helping launch and implement new ideas that promote public awareness of the Special Olympics mission, sources of new funding, and increased opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

“As evidenced by the award, we are very proud of Lt. Allen’s pivotal role in our statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run program and the influence he has had on the global Torch Run program,” said Bob Norbie, CEO of Special Olympics Montana. “As the chief guardian of the flame, Lt. Allen ensures that every Special Olympics Montana athlete has opportunity to achieve their best, to be recognized and celebrated for their gifts and to be welcomed into our communities.”

Missoula Officer of the Year

Congratulations to Missoula police officer Rebekah Potter, who received a Peace Office of the Year award this month from the Missoula Family Violence Council for her work on local domestic violence cases.  Per the Missoulian:

Detective Jamie Merifield said that despite Potter’s short time on the force, “every once in a while, a cop comes along that just gets it.” Potter is that cop, she said.

Potter said the award provides reassurance that she’s doing her job right. “These are the cases that affect me the most,” she said of the domestic violence work.  (article)