MASTER DESIGNATIONS & DTOs PROGRESS MADE ON LABOR MANAGEMENT FRONT
May 17, 2013
On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, President Owensby and I attended a meeting with the Director of Public Safety regarding the pending contractual matters related to the Master Designations and the Detective Training Officer program.
I am happy to report we made significant progress as a result of this meeting. As you are aware, an agreement was previously reached with the City to create and fund the Master Patrol Officer and Master Detective designations. This was part of the package that was voted upon and accepted by our membership for the current labor agreement 2011-2014. In addition, a newly formed Detective Training Officer (DTO) program was also created within the contract. However, through various administrations within DPS and the Chief’s Office, these provisions have not come to fruition.
Fortunately, with Director Riggs’ leadership and his commitment to agreements made in good faith the department is now moving forward with these provisions. As a result, the Director has ordered DPS and IMPD Executive Staff to form an efficiency team to complete the final work on the Master Designations with the following requirements:
- Review the provisions agreed upon in the current labor agreement with FOP Lodge #86
- Implement the master designations no later than the 3rd quarter 2013
Secondly, the Director has ordered DPS and IMPD Executive Staff to review the provisions of the DTO contractual clause and complete all necessary work by August 1, 2013.
The FOP Labor Management Committee was immediately notified of this development and we will continue to participate in the review and implementation phases of both programs. This is a great example of labor and management working together. Although these components have been significantly delayed, a satisfactory conclusion appears to be on the horizon.
I want to thank all of those who have contacted the FOP regarding these matters. Your patience and commitment to honoring our contract is appreciated. Finally, we should all extend our gratitude to the FOP Labor Management Committee for their diligence and tenacity regarding this matter.
Fraternally, Rick Snyder, 1st Vice President