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Ballots were counted at the DEA the afternoon of September 20, 2017. Of 621 ballots mailed, 200 were returned, ten had to be discounted, 147 votes went to Joe Tallarine (of Brooklyn North Homicide) and 43 went to Joseph Hickey (of the 77 Squad). The DEA thanks everyone who participated in the election process.

 

Det. Joe Tallarine is now the DEA Brooklyn North Welfare Officer.

The next contract raise will be 2.5% on January 1, 2018, and 3% on December 17, 2018.  The contract expires on March 31, 2019.

Inside and outside of the Department, there are many avenues for help:

 

POPPA (Police Organization Providing Peer Support) offers free, confidential assistance and counseling. Active members of the service call 1 (800) COPS-COP or (888) 267-7267 Retiree Hotline is 1 (800) 599-1085. To volunteer as a counselor call (212) 298-9111. POPPA now has a Military Support Group open to Active and Retired NYPD Officers with Military service, and it meets the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 hours at 32 Broadway.

 

POPPA hosts Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshops for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. A caregiver can be anyone: professional; paraprofessional; or concerned individual who is interested in reducing suicide. ASIST is a two-day (15 hours) intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. A certificate of completion will be issued. To learn about the ASIST program go to www.livingworks.net. All training will be held at the POPPA office located at 32 Broadway. Call POPPA at (212) 298-9111 for dates of workshops and to register.

 


The Police Self Support Group is at (718) 745-3345.

 

The Employee Assistance Unit of the NYPD is located at 90 Church Street, 12th Floor, Suite 1213 in Manhattan, at (646) 610-6730. A new, pilot program of the EAP offers family members of MOS — spouses and children — free, confidential counseling for stress, anxiety, depression, or other emotional issues and social service needs, alcohol and substance abuse, and other personal issues. Counseling will be available in person or over the telephone.  Citywide EAP counselors are available at (212) 306-7660.  The Citywide EAP office is located at 250 Broadway, 28th floor, Manhattan, but call first to arrange an appointment. 

 

Or email eap@olr.nyc.gov or visit their website at www.nyc.gov/eap  

 

The NYPD Counseling Service Unit (for alcohol/substance abuse related issues) has moved to a new location at 25 Elm Place in Brooklyn. Their phone number during regular business hours is now (718) 840-5535.

 

The Chaplain’s Unit of the NYPD is at (212) 473-2363. Crisis Text Line Text “Talk” to741-741; Life Line (800) 273-8255.

 

NYC Well www.NYC.gov/nycwell

 

Get more information by visiting www.NYPDnews.com/AreYouOk

 

There’s also a link to a video that can be shared on social media: https://youtu.be/6DwMmi3UGC8

The DEA, LBA, and CEA signed a letter of agreement regarding the body worn cameras and the use of the footage for disciplinary reasons. Each command will have two (2) 90-day periods of being exempt from discipline.

On July 21, 2017, the DEA, and other members of the Uniformed Contract Coalition filed a lawsuit in Supreme Court against the City of New York regarding the PBA differential. The City requested an extension until October 13th to file their response.

The polygraph is available to all Detectives and Specialty Units as an investigative tool for all types of cases, including homicide and asset forfeiture. It can be used on criminal subjects, witnesses, or complainants, used to locate evidence or missing persons, or to establish the credibility of informants. The polygraph is not admissible in NYS Courts, but any statements made pre-test or post-test are admissible in court. If you have any questions, please call Detective Todd Byrnes, Polygraph Examiner of the Major Case Squad at (646) 610-6910, or Fax him at (646) 610-6185.

The following procedures apply to active, off-duty Law Enforcement Officers from the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut), as well as retired Law Enforcement Officers from the same region with appropriate credentials, who wish to carry a concealed firearm into a Yankee Stadium event.

 

Active, off-duty Law Enforcement Officers must have a valid ID from their respective agency and present it to the NYPD Officer prior to entry.

 

Retired Law Enforcement Officers must present their retired NYPD ID and gun license.

 

Entry is allowed at any of the public entry gates up until 30 minutes after schedule first pitch (e.g., 1:35 p.m. for a 1:05 p.m. start, 7:35 p.m. for a 7:05 p.m. start). After this 30 minute period, the only entry point is the Yankee Stadium Lobby, adjacent to Gate 2. At the entry gates, the individual must identify his or herself as carrying a concealed firearm and a member of the NYPD Paid Detail will be summoned to perform the appropriate credential check.

 

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the DEA contract ballots were counted and the tally is as follows:

1,977 ballots were returned;

1,972 ballots were counted (5 ballots were voided);

1,567 members voted YES (80%);

405 members voted NO (20%).

The contract amendment passes. Thank you to all DEA members who participated in the voting process.

The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has changed its regulations for eligibility. While there are a few exceptions, it is now a requirement that all claimants have their WTC-linked illnesses certified through World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP).

 

Getting certified by the WTCHP has always been the fastest way to have the VCF find your conditions eligible for compensation, but now it is mandatory. You must seek certification for your 9/11-related condition(s) so that you can get the compensation that you deserve.

 

When Congress passed the 9/11 Zadroga Health & Compensation Act, it created both the World Trade Center Health Program and the VCF. The WTCHP is intended to treat and monitor responders, as well as volunteers, local residents, office workers, teachers and students. Anyone who was exposed to the toxic WTC dust, either on 9/11 or during the following eight months, is eligible for this medical program. Fortunately, there are clinical centers located throughout the United States. The certification process is free and the program offers benefits that may not be covered by your private health insurance. Furthermore, having your conditions certified is the best way to show the VCF that your injuries were caused by your 9/11 exposure.

If you prefer working with your current doctor, then stick with your own MD. It is not necessary that you be treated by a doctor from the health program. However, in order to get compensation from the VCF, you must enroll in the program and have your conditions certified.

 

You must request an application by either calling their national helpline at (888) 982-4748, or by downloading it by visiting the program’s website at www.cdc.gov/wtc/apply.html

Fill out the application and provide some evidence that you were exposed to the WTC toxins, and indicate approximately when and for how long. Upon approval, you will be assigned to a clinical center convenient to where you live. When you go for your appointment, bring your private medical records with you and ask them to certify your illnesses.

 

The following attorneys can assist you and provide more information:

 

For more information, Contact Barasch McGarry at (877) WTC-0911or visit their website atwww.post911attorneys.comOr consult Pitta & Baione LLP at (212) 658-1766 or visit their website at www.911benefits.com 

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