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Member Update

Recently we've seen a spike in members being assaulted. Our office recognized there has been a slow response from the time of the assault to us being aware of it. This has caused the attackers to get away with lesser charges or worse no charges at all. This has to stop.

We have identified four areas that needed immediate attention.

First is our member assault form on the website. Once filled out and submitted it was sent to an account that was not being monitored. We've addressed that issue. When you go on line and fill out the form it will now be sent immediately to all four officers by hitting the submit button. No need to fax it to the office.

Second is notification from the department themselves to us. On Monday we had a labor management meeting and the department agreed. They will be including us in the department emails they send to the Chiefs whenever a member is injured due to assault. They will omit all info necessary to remain HIPAA compliant. It will be another step in the chain of timely information. The department has already contacted us on Tuesday to inform us they have started that process. They are very willing to work with us.
That leads us to the next point.

Third is getting the member to  press charges. Both the union and the department want ALL assaults to be pressed forward. They showed us many Instances where the members declined to press charges. Again we understand there have been reversed situations where members wanted to press charges and got no support. That is going to change.

Fourth, We asked the department to support stickers for the ambulance similar to the MTA stickers that state assaulting an EMS worker is a felony. Not only did they agree but asked if we wanted it inside or out. We said both. We hope to have those soon.

This is the beginning step to a much wider public awareness campaign we want to implement. This will include radio spots, television interviews, with both union leadership and members. We have asked for the Departments support in putting pressure on Boro DA’s to prosecute and have received favorable a response. We have also been looking into the costs and benefits to a public relations firm to help with this.

As always we need your help to turn the time and energy spent by our local in changing legislation to make an assault on us a felony into actual arrests and prosecution. Together the city will learn there is a cost to harming us. You strike one of us you strike us all.

 

Be well and look out for each other.

Oren Barzilay   Mike Greco
President         Vice President