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Locust Club

Locust Club

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RochesterPoliceLocustClub,Inc.
MICHAELO.MAZZEO,PresidentRALPH
J.
GAGLIANO,ExecutiveVicePresidentJOHNR.FIORICA,SecretaryTHEODOREG.CORIDOI,TreasurerADAM
J.
DEVINCENTIS,Chairman,HouseCommittee1425LEXINGTONAVENUEROCHESTER,NY14606TEL:585-254-5410FAX:585-647-3545E-mail:police@rocustclub.org
April5,2012ChiefJamesM.SheppardRochesterPoliceDepartment185ExchangeBoulevardRochester,NewYork14614
RE:SmartphoneAPP
ChiefSheppard:TheonlypointoftheentirearticleonyournewSmartphoneAPPtechnologythatIagreewithisthemessagethatyouaresimpleandconsistent.Ifthatreferstoyourphilosophyofcommunicatingwiththosewhoserveunderyou,thenyouarecorrect.YouhaveconsistentlyfailedtohaveanyopencommunicationwiththeUnionthatrepresentsthosewhoserveunderyou,andyourdisrespectforusIsaninsulttoeveryprofessionalpolleeofficerwhoworksInthisCity.TimeaftertimethosethatserveunderyouareleftinthedarkwhileyoumakeeveryeffortonyourparttoensurethatyourreputationastheChiefonthestreetIspromoted.Weareaccustomedtoself-servingChiefs.Wehavealonghistoryofdealingwiththem.WearedisappointedthatyouhavechosenthatroutetotakewhenasimpleandconsistentapproachwouldhavebeentohaveabalancebetweenyourimageandarelationshipwiththosethatyouleadastheirChief.Youneverlikeourcriticisms,butthatisyourfaultforneverlistening,hearingwhatisbeingsaidandmakingatleastagoodwillefforttorespondtoourconcerns.TheLocustClubhassoughttoimprovecommunityrelationslongbeforeyoubecameChief.
It
istheAdministrationsthathaveledthisDepartmentthathavecausedadisconnectwiththecommunitybyridiculousre-organizations,abolishingyouthofficers,anddestroyingthewholesupervisoryprocessoftheDepartmentbyviolatingCivilServicelawsonadailybasiswithactingassignments.Ifyouwanttotalkaboutconsistency,talkaboutwhatthisUnionhasdoneforthiscommunitybyallowingrelieftovariousarticlesofthecollectivebargainingagreementtoallowyoutofunctioninanausterityenvironmentforceduponyoubyCityHall.
UnionofProfessionalPoliceOfficersMemberofMonroeCountyPoliceBenevolentAssociation,UpstateNewYorkPBAandNationalAssociationofPoliceOrganizations.Inc.
 
RochesterPoliceLocustClub,Inc.
ChiefSheppardRE:SmartphoneAPPAprilS,
2012
Page
2
AsaUnion,wehavegivenyou,apoliticalappolntee,theabilitytosurvive.Yet,youcanonlyrepayusforourbenevolencebyyoursimpleandconsistentphilosophyoftreatinguswithdisrespect.Youmentionthatyourfirstmessagewas"wehaveyourback."Ialsorememberyourfirstmessageasbeing"people
flrst."
Foolishly,thosethatserveunderyouthoughtthisincludedthemaswell.Whatisironicisthat
a
CityCouncilmemberhighlights"ZeroTolerance"asafactorleadingtostrainedpoliceandcommunityrelations,aninitiativethatoriginatedbyanotherself~servingPoliceChief.YettheonlyoneswhoareconsistentlychastisedoverZeroTolerancearethehardworkingrankandfilePoliceOfficerswhospilltheirbloodinthestreetsonlytobeaccusedofmakingtoomuchovertimeandbeingoverlyaggressive.Therankandfilehadnoinputwhatsoeverintheimplementationofthatinitiative.WefeelthesamewaywithyourPISSandAPPinitiatives
as
well!Whenyouwanttohave
an
openandtruedialog,wewillbe,as
always,
ready-youwon'tfindusinabarbershopgettingourhaircut.Wewillbeoutonthestreetdoingourjob!Sincerely,
~/~
Michael
D.
MazzeoPresidentRochesterPoliceLocust
Club,
Inc.
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I
DMjms
 
InstructionsforthenewRPDAPP
BrothersandSisters,WithallthenewAPPsonthemarketthesedays,itisimportanttoalsoincludestep-by-stepinstructionsfortheiruse.PleasedownloadthenewRPDAPPtoyourSmartphoneandfollowthebelowlistedinstructionsonhowtouseit.
1.
Everydaypleasesendoneormoremessagesontheoutstandingjobyourbrotherorsisterofficerwhoisworkingalongsideofyouisdoing.2.UtilizeyourSmartphonecameratophotographanynegativeactionsthatyouobserveamemberoftheappointedstafftakingpartin.Thiswouldincludeandnotbelimitedtosomeofthefollowingincidents:wheretheirassignedorpersonalvehiclesareparked,locationsthatappointedmembersarefrequenting,individualswhotheymaybeassociatingwith,andanyconductthatmaypreventthemfromrespondingtoanemergentneed(useofalcoholorotherdebilitatingsubstances).3.IwouldalsorecommendtakingtbesameactionswiththeDirectorofProfessionalIntegrity,Councilmembers,theMayor,andanyoneelsewhoisquicktojudgeus!4.Technologyisagreatthingandweneedtouseitinthesamemannerthatthoseagainstusseektouseit!Meanwhile,asaunion,wewillreachouttoAT&TtoseeifwecanobtainanyuniondiscountsforthoseofyouwhohavenotalreadyobtainedSmartphonetechnology!WewillalsorequestthatLamarOutdoorAdvertisingofferusfreebillboardsliketheyhaveprovidedtotheDepartment!
!
r
InSolidarity,Mike

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