October 25, 2020Paused
MAP Sentinel ProgramMAP Sentinel Program Announcement
We Live In UNPRECEDENTED Times
In the post-Minneapolis era, unwarranted negative attention upon law enforcement has increased with no end in sight. With real and political violence being wrought on us, there is no more crucial time than NOW to act in our own interest and not to gamble on what support may come forward to help us from outside our ranks.
You Spoke - We Listened
For the past several months, MAP has monitored the 24-hour news cycle, the political movements in Washington and Augusta and the concerns of our members. The prolific and opportunistic political machine in Augusta has published a narrative of their choice that affects you and your families; NEVER asking about or recognizing the things we know to be true: that for the past 25 years and MORE, Maine Law Enforcement has led the tradition of “As Maine goes, so goes the Nation,” in steadfast integrity in policing.
MAP’s leadership, its Office of Executive Director, President and Vice presidents, as well as Troubh Heisler, our law firm of over 50 years, have listened to those members who took the time to come forward with their concerns.
We have listened to the concerns on crucial matters such as protection for critical incidents, qualified immunity, and, most importantly, on who will have their backs when political constituencies attempt to eliminate due process rights for individual members and their families. We have listened and can say today: WE HAVE HEARD YOU!
To That End
Starting OCTOBER 1ST, 2020, MAP will be expanding the scope of its legal services program through a new effort to address the concerns you have brought forward through an initiative called the MAP Sentinel Program.
An Audio recording and informational sheet from this morning's Zoom rollout will be posted to the members-only area of the MAP website when it becomes available
Are the police racist? Do they disproportionately shoot African-Americans? Are incidents in places like Ferguson and Baltimore evidence of systemic discrimination? Heather Mac Donald, a scholar at the Manhattan Institute, explains.
We would like to take the opportunity to express our pride, concern and relief at the incredible and professional response by Maine Law Enforcement and public safety dispatchers throughout our state, including Bangor and Portland during contentious protests last night and into this morning. The professionalism and restraint in the face of sometimes withering verbal, physical and destructive behavior is indicative of the caliber of the men and women who serve as LEO's in MAINE. Along with our member units, we would also like to recognize our Sheriff's Departments as well as the Maine State Police, who joined to help many cities and towns; and most importantly-each other.
To our fellow citizens whose only intent was to stand up and peacefully have your voices and concerns heard; we also THANK YOU. We are proud to serve our citizens and it is important that you know that we and our families share your anger and disgust for the actions of any in our ranks that does not embrace the ethics and professionalism we are asked to uphold.
In your attempt at a peaceful dialogue you show respect not only for the countless good officers through this state and country, but our families who carry the concern on a daily basis, that their loved ones will not return from their shift. You also show that even in the tempest of misinformation and rhetoric, you will not be deterred from civil thought and discourse which we fight to protect everyday.
To those who's only intent was to create animosity, cause damage your own community and openly accost and threaten officers and their families; YOU only serve to widen the chasm between our police and communities. Even though many have seen fit to post their uninformed rhetoric, notice that we have not silenced you or removed your posts. We do this as it's a protection of our constitution, but more importantly you help us by exhibiting the same bias and institutional "racism" towards ALL law enforcement officers with the same brush of ignorance that you say is used by law enforcement in dealing with individuals based on their race, creed, nationality or orientation. We will not debate anyone who's sole intent is to provide only one sided, zero sum solutions to a larger and much more complicated issue.
To all those in the Maine Community who have taken the time to post messages of understanding and support, we thank you and want you to know that we are never as proud as we are now to serve the incredible community that is Maine.
To our members and our fellow LEO's throughout Maine and the United States; we hope for your safety and that of your families and loved ones. Each day is a reason to be proud in serving shoulder to shoulder together during this test of our metal; the largest test in decades.
The article below is spot on and we could not improve on it and is worth the read for all.
Stay safe and watch out for each other!
Paul Gaspar; MAP Executive Director
The Maine Chiefs, Maine Sheriff's, and maine Department of Public Safety have put together a joint informational docuemnt outlining the many how Maine has, and continues to outpace the national effort to address the challenges in addressing police, public and race relations. You can read the report HERE
Maine Warmline for First Responders and Healthcare Workers
Free Peer to Peer Support App from the All Clear FoundationGo To: https://responderrel8.com/
We know First Responder wellbeing is important to you, so we want to be sure you are aware of ResponderRel8 – the peer-to-peer app for First Responders that enables them to connect, commiserate and celebrate anonymously (if they choose).
As you know, the complexities and stressors of response work are higher than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic so, thanks to generous donations from All Clear Foundation’s supporters, we’re currently providing subscription-free access to ResponderRel8. First Responders can share information, stressors and experiences anonymously with their colleagues – without fear, stigma or politics getting in the way.
First Responders can access the app directly and chat with peers who have “been there, done that” – no association or organizational commitments required. It’s great for rural and volunteer responders who have very little access to resources as well as those in metro areas where it can complement in-person resources.
Cops were murdered after Massachusetts ‘bail reform’. Maine is about to pass its own.
Special Announcement from the MAP Board of Directors;
Given the most recent developments, as well as directives from both Federal and State Authorities, the board of directors has directed that the Annual Local Member Unit Meeting scheduled for this Friday, March 20th, be POSTPONED. Taking into account emerging issues, the board has TENTATIVELY postponed the annual meeting to FRIDAY, JUNE 12th, 2020.
The board will be holding a regular meeting in place of the annual meeting for the purpose of further deliberation, planning and response to the emerging COVID-19 crisis. Please keep current by following the MAP Facebook page, website and email announcements for further information.
Thank you and stay safe.
DOJ announces how benefits will be determined when officers die from Coronavirus
Selected PSA MAP Has "Your SIX"We are proud to invite our members and supporters to the inaugural Maine Association of Police Podcast; "YOUR SIX"! This is the culmination of a long process of planning, technical assistance and hard work to bring a new level of communication and access to our members throughout the state.Your SIX will provide our members with topical and current issues affecting our law enforcement profession, including; legal, labor, family and all things related to our fraternal concern. We will be using both audio and video casts with a myriad of guests and topics.
We are very honored to have Randy Sutton, a national speaker, subject expert, and former Las Vegas Metro PD Lieutenant as our first guest. We will be talking about Randy's new national initiative - "The Wounded Blue" and MAP being one of the first to partner and support the effort!
YOUR SIX debuted at NOON TODAY on our Facebook page as well as our website, with the first episode open for public viewing . After this first viewing, this will become a member only accessible service for our loyal members. You can also now view our first episode using the link below.
Stay safe and we have Your SIX!for more information about Rany Sutton & The Wounded Blue, go to;
Listen to MAP Friends and Supporters Turquoise Willie Honor First Responders"Over the last several years we have spent time traveling around the country performing from coast to coast. During our time we have gotten to know many first responders and have to become quite close. Thanks to these friendships we have been given a glimpse into their lives and the sacrifices they make every day without question. There have been several tribute songs written throughout the years, but we wanted to take their stories and connect them into a piece of work that acts almost as a mission statement to convey the pride and camaraderie that exists in this international fraternity."
TO ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DO THE JOB;, THANK YOU!
Blog Topics From The Bridge
Officer.com Connection Failure: This usually happens when the news feed URL is entered incorrectly.
UnionActive Police Newswire Join the Newswire!
Updated: Oct. 25 (12:00)
Funeral Services for Retired Officer Phil G. Mendoza El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association Seattle Times Endorses Save Our Sheriff Campaign KCPOG Iowa City Council approves El Paso's Dustin Liston as the city's new police chief El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association Dustin Liston appointed Iowa City Police Chief unanimously by city council El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association ELECTION FOR EPMPOA TREASURER - Voting Underway El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association Ronald McDonald House Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #17