AHPA Encourages Phoenix Voters to Vote No on Prop 487

October 15, 2014

Many of you have been hearing about the proposed pension reform and upcoming vote in the City of Phoenix, Prop 487. Early voting ballots were sent out yesterday, October 9th. The AHPA and Arizona Police Association is encouraging you and your family and friends that live in Phoenix to vote NO on Prop 487.   […]

Frontline DPS officers & civilians endorse Arizona gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey

October 1, 2014

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) today endorsed Doug Ducey for Arizona governor.   Their membership evaluated the gubernatorial candidates for their positions to discover who they thought would best contribute to a safer state and needs of the agency, including staffing, recruitment and officer safety.  The association will work with Mr. Ducey to ensure […]

Open Enrollment for Supplemental Life Insurance – Ends Sept. 30th!

September 6, 2014

ACT NOW BEFORE OPEN ENROLLMENT CLOSES! Delay & Pay More! We don’t limit you to a set time, but the State only gives you a narrow window to decide or you will be locked in paying for another year. Contact: Pacific Financial Design AHPA Insurance Advisor since 1996 Bob Jagus c: 480-320-9754 bobjagus@hotmail.com Click here […]

AHPA encourages continuation of the Law Enforcement Merit System Council

August 28, 2014

Dear members, Please find below a copy of the letter the AHPA board submitted to to the Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee for the continuation of the Law Enforcement Merit System Council (LEMSC).  Click here to download the PDF: AHPA LEMSC Support Letter “The current Law Enforcement Merit System Council is a direct […]

AHPA June 2014 Meeting Minutes

August 20, 2014

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July 2014 AELE Studies

August 12, 2014

You can view this bulletin in color, with live links, at http://www.aele.org/alert-email.html   1. New article: A Rational Foundation for Use of Force Policy, Training and Assessment. (recommended reading)   View at http://www.aele.org/START.pdf   2. Congressional research report: Body Armor for Law Enforcement Officers (May 2014).   View at http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43544.pdf   3. New AELE Monthly […]

ASU First Responder’s Night – ASU vs. UCLA (Benefiting AHPA & 100 Club)

August 12, 2014

Join us for First Responders Night when Arizona State University takes on UCLA on September 25, 2014.  It is a black-out game and all proceeds from the event benefit the Arizona Highway Patrol Association Charities (LE) and the 100 Club (Fire).  Discounted tickets for first responders can be found here:  ASU First Responders Night – […]

Arizona Blue Alert signed into law – AHPA bill sponsored by Rep. Justin Pierce

August 12, 2014

We are pleased to have initiated the discussion about the Arizona Blue Alert.  The National Blue Alert is a nationwide initiative to alert the public about an officer that has been killed or injured in the line of duty and the suspect is at large and poses a threat to the public and law enforcement.  […]

DPS Shortages & Competitiveness

August 12, 2014

OpEd piece from Representative Justin Pierce: CLICK HERE TO READ THE PDF – Pierce OpEd Rev DPS Shortages & Competitiveness Media related articles: Arizona Department Of Public Safety Faces Staffing Shortage KJZZ-Aug 8, 2014 Ariz. lawmaker says number of officers isn’t stacking up KTAR.com-Jul 29, 2014 OP ED: DPS Entering Period of Potentially Acute Staffing […]

AHPA’s 31st Annual Charity Raffle

August 4, 2014

Thirty-one years of making a difference in our community. Help continue the legacy & buy a raffle ticket. More Information: ahpa@ahpa.com 480-899-4675    

Force Science Study Update – Can cops avoid “extra” shots & resistance/UOF affect accuracy of sobriety testing

July 22, 2014

I. Can cops really avoid “extra” shots? A realistic research review A flashpoint of controversy in some officer-involved shootings is when officers do not immediately cease fire the moment a deadly threat ends and they are no longer in mortal danger. An officer’s ability to instantly stop pulling the trigger once a “stop shooting” signal […]

Reid 4 Day Training – Interview and Interrogation Technique

July 17, 2014

4-Day Interview and Interrogation Technique – Tempe, AZ Seminar Description:The 4 day combined program consists of our 3 day regular seminar followed by our 1 day advanced seminar. Seminar Notes / Schedule: > Register For this Seminar If you have any questions please call our Chicago office at 800-255-5747 ext 14 or ext 24. Fees: […]

AHPA 2014 Scholarship Recipients

July 11, 2014

Congratulations to AHPA’s 2014 Scholarship Recipients! Courtney McNichols – Skip Fink Memorial Scholarship In previous years I have learned that small gestures of kindness can bring hope to a person and remind them they are not alone through their heartache. I’m Courtney McNichols and I have made it my goal this past year to leave […]

Legal Defense Fund Visits with AHPA Members

July 11, 2014

At the June AHPA meeting, we had the pleasure to get the most up to date information on your premier legal services.  The Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is the plan we use to supply you with the best legal protection.  Mr. Edward Fishman, LDF Administrator and Officer Fred Rowbotham, Trustee of LDF and President of […]

AHPA May 2014 Meeting Minutes

July 8, 2014

Click the link below to download and view the minutes from the May 2014 monthly meeting. AHPA May 2014 Minutes PDF AHPA May 2014 Minutes WORD

Officer Seth Messke media reporting – How reports affect first responders & their families after critical incidents.

June 26, 2014

As first responders, few calls for service can scar us for life.  Some of us can become numb due to the amount of times we have viewed blood or mangled cars.  To civilians, like our families, the critical incidents officers see or read can be horrifying.  After an officer-involved shooting or a line of duty […]

2014 DPS/AHPA Christmas Ornament

June 23, 2014

$10.00 each Available starting Sept. 1, 2014 It is the Arizona Highway Patrol Association’s honor to bring you and your family this Department of Public Safety Christmas ornament. The commemorative piece not alone celebrates all the dedicated men and women at the DPS, but additionally reminds the fallen officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice. May […]

June 2014 AELE Studies

June 12, 2014

You can view this bulletin in color, with live links, at http://www.aele.org/alert-email.html   1. Law review article: The Constitutionality of Stop-and-Frisk in New York City, by David Rudovsky & Lawrence Rosenthal, 162 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 117 (2013).   View at http://www.pennlawreview.com/debates/index.php?id=49   Also see, “Investigative Contacts.”   View at http://le.alcoda.org/publications/point_of_view/files/W14_Contacts.pdf   2. New […]

Arizona Highway Patrol outraged at GOP District One Congressional candidate’s comments attacking peace officers

May 21, 2014

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA), who represent Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers and civilians that assisted in the 2011 Wallow Fire, and are outraged at comments made by GOP District One candidate Gary Kiehne in a recent interview.  According to Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic, an interview was conducted on Thursday […]

Support Rep. Justin Pierce with his Clean Elections campaign funding (Secretary of State)

May 19, 2014

Representative Justin Pierce is very close to getting the amount of $5 contributions he needs to receive Clean Elections funding for his campaign to be Arizona’s next Secretary of State.  AHPA needs to help support Representative Pierce and show that an endorsement by our organization means something.  It is not hard, does not take very […]

New study: “No fatal risk” in proning out violent resisters

May 1, 2014

New study: “No fatal risk” in proning out violent resisters In a new, broad-based study of violently resisting suspects, a prominent researcher has found that restraint in the prone position produces no fatal adverse effects, even when Taser shocks, weight on the subject’s back, and hobbling are employed by officers to gain control. “No method […]

Force Science Institute details reasons for delaying interviews with OIS survivors

May 1, 2014

Force Science Institute details reasons for delaying interviews with OIS survivors As you know, the Force Science Institute in its Certification Course (visit www.forcescience.org for more details) and in public statements advocates that officers who have been involved in shootings or other high-intensity events should be allowed a recovery period of at least 48 hours […]

May 2014 AELE case notes and publications alert

May 1, 2014

You can view this bulletin in color, with live links, at http://www.aele.org/alert-email.html   1. New PERF publication: The Police Response to Active Shooter Incidents (Mar. 2014).   View at http://www.policeforum.org/assets/docs/Critical_Issues_Series/the%20police%20response%20to%20active%20shooter%20incidents%202014.pdf   2. New NIJ publication: Body-Worn Cameras for Criminal Justice: Market Survey (Mar. 2014).   View at https://www.justnet.org/pdf/Body-Worn-Camera-Market-Suvey-508.pdf   3. New AELE Monthly Law Journal […]

DPS Clock – Only $40!

April 28, 2014

This is an enlarged photo of an authentic, Arizona DPS shoulder patch.  It is adhered to ¾” plywood, with dark stain, and laminated with a bar top, scratch resistant, high gloss Kraft Kote resin.  This actually looks like a large laminated patch.  It has gold colored numbers with a Takane Mini Quartz movement (AA battery […]

DPS Pay – 2% Included in Final Budget

April 14, 2014

On the night of April 8, the Legislature passed a $9.23 billion state budget for fiscal year 2015, $426.4 million greater than last year’s budget.  Governor Brewer signed this budget on Friday, April 11.  Three weeks after the Senate introduced its budget proposal, the final budget package includes compromises in the areas of education funding, […]

CALL TO ACTION!! AHPA Members: Competitive Pay Action Plan: “We are DPS” Campaign

April 7, 2014

AHPA Competitive Pay Action Plan: “We are DPS” Campaign CALL-TO-ACTION 1. CONTACT THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE (See sample letter below – email via http://www.azgovernor.gov/Contact.asp or call 602-542-4331) 2. REGISTER ON www.AZVOICES.gov and vote in favor of budget bill H.B. 2703. **************************** UPDATE 04/01/14 The House and Senate have shown strong support for including DPS competitive pay in […]

AHPA/DPS FALLEN OFFICER MEMORIAL 2014

April 7, 2014

Find some of the media clips from the AHPA/DPS Fallen Officer Memorial & the memorial in Yuma: PHOENIX: 3tv – AZfamily.com 5/4/14: Arizona Highway Patrol Association honors 29 fallen officers. CBS 5 KPHO 5/6/14: “Pay it Forward” for DPS Officer Tim Huffman CBS 5 – KPHO Fox 10 Phoenix 5/5/14: Remembering officers killed in the […]

AHPA 2014 Comfort Bear Drive – Sponsored by Papa Murphy’s

April 7, 2014

Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) kicks off their annual Comfort Bear Toy Drive beginning April 1st through 30th. Designed to collect stuffed toys to help console children impacted by tragedy, the AHPA is urging those willing to help to drop off a new stuffed animal at any participating Phoenix, Tucson, or Yuma Papa Murphy’s Pizza location.  Donate and […]

AHPA proud to sponsor Supervisor Leadership Institute August 11-15th, 2014

April 1, 2014

AHPA is proud to sponsor the Supervisor Leadership Institute August 11-15th, 2014 in Tucson.  Find out more information below! Pictures from the event: CLICK HERE to download the PDF: AHPA Sponsored Supervisor Leadership Institute Aug 11-15 2014 CLICK HERE to download Powerpoint AHPA Sponsored Supervisor Leadership Institute Aug 11-15 2014

AHPA January 2014 Meeting Minutes

March 28, 2014

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AHPA December 2014 Minutes

March 28, 2014

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AELE April 2014 Training

March 27, 2014

You can view this bulletin in color, with live links, at http://www.aele.org/alert-email.html   1. AELE has a new Monthly Law Journal article: Civil Liability for the Use of Pepper Spray, Tear Gas, and Chemical Agents.   View at http://www.aele.org/law/2014-04MLJ101.html   2. The Apr. 2014 issues of AELE’s three periodicals have been uploaded.   The current […]

AELE March 2014 Training

February 26, 2014

You can view this bulletin in color, with live links, at http://www.aele.org/alert-email.html   1. IACP article: Police Licensing and Revocation, by Thomas Jurkanin, Ph.D. (Feb. 2014).   View at http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&article_id=3266&issue_id=22014   2.AELE has a new Monthly Law Journal article on Prisoners with HIV/AIDS. Part 2 focuses on privacy, discrimination, protection from assault and other issues. […]

AHPA PUSHES FOR ARIZONA BLUE ALERT

February 1, 2014

The Blue Alert Foundation, Inc., has developed the BLUE ALERT system to help Law Enforcement the means to speed the apprehension of violent criminals who kill or seriously injure local, state, or federal law enforcement officers. We are working with different organizations to get the word out Nationwide. Based upon the success of the Amber and Silver […]

President’s Message January 2014 – AHPA Legislative Priorities

January 23, 2014

President’s Message – January 23, 2014 Dear Members, As we enter Arizona’s 2014 legislative session, I’d like to remind our members that AHPA has three major priorities this year.  These main issues were set forth by the Board of Directors: DPS competitive pay & resources Arizona Blue Alert (H.B. 2323: http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=2323&Session_Id=112&image.x=0&image.y=0) Clarifying language to the […]

AHPA’s DPS Yearbook & Project Photographs

January 15, 2014

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) officially presented the idea for the yearbook project to Director Halliday and DPS Senior Staff in 2012 and received approval to oversee the effort with Retired DPS Officer Patrick Smith in the lead role and as photographer.  The project goal is to capture everything that makes DPS what it […]

Reminder to Members: DPS Competitiveness Pay Package & AHPA Response

January 14, 2014

Released to members on October 8th, 2013 On September 12, the AHPA President, Vice President and Lobbyist attended a meeting with the Director of the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, John Arnold. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the budget submitted by the agency for FY 2015, which includes a request […]

FREE Training for AHPA members: The Winning Mind by JD Buck Savage

January 9, 2014

APA sponsored “The Winning Mind” by Dave Smith and Associates on March 27 and 28, 2014 in Mesa is FREE for all AHPA members.  The registration site is http://apawinningmind.eventzilla.net Registration is now open for the event.  We have two days (8 hours each), which should allow many of our members to attend FREE OF CHARGE. […]

Congratulations to AHPA’s 20th Annual Raffle Winners!

January 2, 2014

Dear Members, It was the day of the December meeting and I was in knee deep in raffle tickets.  I wish everyone could win, but that just doesn’t happen.  But I am very excited for the winners. ◊1st prize winner $25,000.00, was Chuck Shumway, Badge #236, ticket won #236, the seller was Colleen Girard ◊2nd […]

FORCE SCIENCE (Your LDF Resource) New Study – Mental imagery boosts shooting accuracy under threat

December 19, 2013

I. New study: Mental imagery boosts shooting accuracy under threat A new study showing that simple mental imagery can help LEOs to keep their shooting skills from deteriorating in high-threat encounters has been reported by researchers in the Netherlands. At that country’s national police academy, university scientists in the disciplines of human behavior and human […]

AHPA November 2013 Minutes

December 19, 2013

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2nd Annual ASU Public Safety Basketball Game – Sun, Jan. 5th 4PM

December 17, 2013

Our 2nd Annual Public Safety Night is ready to go for the 2013/2014 Men’s Basketball Season! The date of the game is January 5th against the Washington State Cougars. The game starts at 4:00pm, but the festivities will begin at 2:30pm.   The promo code for this basketball game is “PUBLICSAFETY”. Tickets are available for […]

20th Annual AHPA Christmas Bear Hospital Visits

December 17, 2013

20th Annual Highway Patrol Christmas Bear Program Kicks-Off Throughout Arizona Hospitals Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) members are celebrating its 20th year of bringing Christmas joy to children receiving treatment in various medical centers across the state.  These dedicated Department of Public Safety (DPS) employees will begin delivering bears and holiday cheer December 18th through […]

Sgt. Manny Tapia Annual Highway Clean-Up

December 4, 2013

“IN REMEMBRANCE OF OUR FALLEN COMRADE, SGT TAPIA” Come and join us on January 11th, 2014 to remember Sgt. Manny Tapia #1409.  We will first start with a burrito breakfast on Rio Rico Drive, be shuttled onto I-19 for the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup and from there we will meet at his Memorial Site on North Grand […]

AELE December 2013 Training Publication

December 3, 2013

1. AELE was sent a 7-page article on the use of force by campus security officers. It was written by Dr. Matthew Stiehm, who is an AELE Certified Litigation Consultant.   View at http://www.aele.org/Stiehm_UoF.pdf   2. The Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths funded a study on the safety of the WRAP restraint system. […]

The Reid Technique of Interviewing & Interrogation – January 28-31, 2014

December 3, 2013

The Reid Technique of Interviewing & Interrogation January 28- 31, 2014 Gilbert AZ Seville Golf & Country Club 8:30 am – 3:30 pm (first day registration 8:00 am) http://www.reid.com   More About The Event: Learn More About The Reid Technique Meet the Instructor You Will Learn Event Fees More Available Training Power Point Presentations   […]

November 2013 Americans for Effective Law Enforcement Training Materials

November 20, 2013

November 2013 Americans for Effective Law Enforcement Training Materials 1. Articles, outlines and visual presentations from the annual conference of the IACP Legal Officers Section are on the AELE website.   View at http://www.aele.org/los2013.html   2. An ACLU Senior Policy Analyst has written a paper on the police use of body worn cameras.   View […]

AHPA OCTOBER 2013 MEETING MINUTES

November 20, 2013

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AHPA SEPTEMBER 2013 MEETING MINUTES

November 20, 2013

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AHPA AUGUST 2013 MEETING MINUTES

November 20, 2013

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AHPA JULY 2013 MEETING MINUTES

November 20, 2013

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AHPA JUNE 2013 MEETING MINUTES

November 20, 2013

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AHPA MAY MEETING MINUTES – NO MEETING

November 20, 2013

There was no meeting for AHPA in May of 2013, due to the line of duty death of Officer Timothy Huffman.  Please contact a board member if you have any questions.

AHPA Christmas Items! Purchase them while supplies last!

November 15, 2013

AHPA – DPS Coffee Mug This is not your typical MUG! As opposed to the one color mug with a one color imprint of color, this coffee cup is full-color and guaranteed to make sure you are distinctive amongst the masses! Start your day off right with a Department of Public Safety & AHPA coffee […]

October 2013 President’s Message

October 8, 2013

AHPA Members, Our department has been faced with tragedy and numerous close calls this year.  Just recently, an AHPA member in Payson was shot at three times by a criminal.  We are all thankful that he was wearing his vest and lived through a situation no officer wants to be faced with.  He is a […]

DPS Competitiveness Pay Package & AHPA Response

October 8, 2013

On September 12, the AHPA President, Vice President and Lobbyist attended a meeting with the Director of the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, John Arnold.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the budget submitted by the agency for FY 2015, which includes a request for a 4% across the board pay […]

AHPA Sponsors Arizona Run for the Fallen

September 5, 2013

AHPA is proud to sponsor the Arizona Run for the Fallen.  The event takes place October 18th to the 20th.  For more information on how to participate, go to their website at: http://www.azrunforthefallen.org

30th Annual AHPA Raffle

August 21, 2013

ASU First Responders Game Benefiting AHPA – Wisconsin vs. ASU – Sept. 14th, 2013

August 12, 2013

Sun Devil Football is entering the 2013 season and would like to invite back all of the First Responders to Sun Devil Stadium this fall. Please join Sun Devil Athletics, and your respective business partners, in supporting the 100 Club of Arizona and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association, as your Sun Devils take on the […]

AHPA August 2013 Executive Board Message

August 6, 2013

Dear AHPA members, Between recent line of duty deaths and critical incidents, public safety professionals never seem to catch a break.  It has been a sobering reminder that we do not get to choose when bad things can happen. Disaster will happen again and we have to be vigilant. The topic is not pleasant, but […]

Sworn Members, Win $500 worth of 5.11 Tactical Gear from California Casualty

August 1, 2013

Highway Patrol: Law reminders & driving tips to stay safe over 4th of July holiday

July 3, 2013

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) has some advice for all drivers over the 4th of July holiday- BE CAREFUL!  According to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), one crash occurs every five seconds.  Because of budget cuts and less overtime, fewer officers are on the road responding to increased holiday calls for service. “Historically, […]

C.O.P.S. Inaugural 5K Walk/Run/Ruck to Remember

June 27, 2013

AHPA is proud to support and sponsor C.O.P.S. Inaugural 5K Walk/Run/Ruck to Remember On September 21, 2013, the Arizona Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), is hosting The Arizona Department of Public Safety Inaugural 5K Walk/Run/Ruck to Remember.  This Memorial event will honor those Arizona Department of Public Safety officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while […]

AHPA SUCCESS! Overtime Bill Signed Info Law May 8, 2013 by Governor Brewer

May 20, 2013

After hard work from our lobbyist, Kelsey Lundy, President Jimmy Chavez and many civilian members, AHPA is happy to report that H.B. 2303 was signed into law by Governor Janice Brewer May 8th, 2013. The law now expands overtime for law enforcement personnel that directly assist police officers. Read more about the new law and […]

AHPA Legislative News – May 21st, 2013 Update

May 20, 2013

Legislative news: With budget negotiations appearing to move forward, AHPA is making sure the agency receives adequate appropriation for the increased employer contributions into the retirement system.  The agency will need $6.3 million in the next fiscal year to account for those increases.  If not fully funded, the agency would likely have to impose a […]

President’s Message: May 2013

May 19, 2013

As we all know by now, May 6th was a troubling day for the agency.  On the very day we honored the lives of 28 DPS Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, another of our brothers was taken from us as he patrolled the highway. The circumstances that took the life of Officer Tim […]

AHPA Mourns the Loss of DPS Officer Tim Huffman

May 8, 2013

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) members are saddened to hear the loss of Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officer Tim Huffman.  The nearly fifteen (15) year veteran was killed in the line of duty after a traffic collision near Wellton on May 6th, 2013. “Officer Huffman was very quiet, however, everyone knew how much […]

May 6th, 2013: AHPA to Honor 28 DPS Officers Killed in Line of Duty with Memorial Ceremony

April 30, 2013

AHPA to Honor 28 DPS Officers Killed in Line of Duty with Memorial Ceremony Annual event will take place on Monday, May 6th (Phoenix, AZ) –The men and women of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) will pay their respects to the 28 Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers who have been killed in […]

Coming soon! DPS/AHPA Christmas Ornament

April 30, 2013

It is Arizona Highway Patrol Association’s honor to bring you and your family this Department of Public Safety Christmas ornament.  The commemorative piece not alone celebrates all the dedicated men and women at the DPS, but additionally reminds the fallen officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  May this token remind you of all the heroes […]

AHPA APRIL 2013 MINUTES

April 30, 2013

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April 30, 2013

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AHPA FEB 2013 MINUTES

April 30, 2013

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Force Science News: Dramatic shooting of a car thief…and persistent Hollywood myths

April 12, 2013

Dramatic shooting of a car thief…and persistent Hollywood myths Note: The staff at the Force Science Institute of late has noticed “a definite uptick” in the number of inquiries being received regarding shooting at moving vehicles, according to operations vice president Scott Buhrmaster. From their various field locations, some Force Science instructors are reporting a […]

AHPA VP Sends Letter Supporting District 18 Representatives

April 8, 2013

Dear District 18 residents, Public safety is not a partisan issue, as it is the most important function of government. Few elected officials understand this better than Representative Bob Robson, Representative Jeff Dial and Senator John McComish. I work with the dedicated and professional men and women of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  I, […]

Governor Brewer Signs into Law Public Safety Spousal Benefits Bill – H.B. 2204; Families of fallen officers & firefighters not forgotten

April 8, 2013

Governor Brewer Signs into Law Public Safety Spousal Benefits Bill – H.B. 2204 Families of fallen officers & firefighters not forgotten House Bill 2204 helps to continue health care benefits to families that have lost a police officer, firefighter, or corrections officer in the line of duty.  Sgt. Jimmy Chavez, the Arizona Highway Patrol Association […]

AHPA Comfort Bear Toy Drive

March 8, 2013

Highway Patrol Comfort Bear Toy Drive to help children involved in tragedies Maricopa County, AZ – Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) kicks off their yearly Comfort Bear Toy Drive from March 11, 2013 through April 7, 2013 to help console kids impacted by tragedy.   AHPA is asking those willing to help by dropping off a […]

AHPA Call-to-Action: Anti-Union Bills

March 4, 2013

Several bills in the legislature will have a significant impact on AHPA and its members.  These bills, referred to as “anti-union” bills, seek to diminish your ability to belong to AHPA.  The Association needs your help and is asking you to email your respective legislator.  Attached to this message are two examples that can be […]

AHPA Dues Change: Money back in your pocket!

February 21, 2013

Money back in your pocket! The Arizona Highway Patrols Association steps up for membership.  The AHPA is proud to announce their recent decision to reduce active membership dues. For the past several years, DPS employees have been asked to do more with less.  It is only reasonable that AHPA evaluate ways to conduct business on […]

AHPA Responds to Gov. Brewer’s Budget Plan : Proposal does not include pay increase for DPS employees

February 18, 2013

As most of you know, Governor Janice Brewer introduced her 2014-1015 state budget proposal in late January. (Read Governor Brewer’s budget proposal here: http://azgovernor.gov/dms/upload/PR_011813_Budget.pdf) After clarification and further information, AHPA learned that the budge proposal did not include the salary adjustment requested by the agency back in October. That request was for $10.8 million per […]

AHPA Supports Spousal Benefits Bill – H.B. 2204; Families of fallen officers & firefighters not forgotten

January 31, 2013

AHPA Supports Spousal Benefits Bill – H.B. 2204 Families of fallen officers & firefighters not forgotten House Bill 2204 helps clarify language that provides health care benefits to families that have lost a police officer or firefighters in the line of duty.  Sgt. Jimmy Chavez, the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) and Arizona Police Association […]

The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation: April 23-26, 2013

January 31, 2013

John E. Reid & Associates, Inc. World Leader in Interviewing and Interrogation Training The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation April 23 – 26, 2013 Mesa AZ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (first day registration 7:45 am) Cosponsor and Location Mesa Police Department 3260 N. 40th Street 4 Day Combined 3 Day Seminar 1 Day […]

AHPA January 2013 Minutes

January 29, 2013

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17th Annual Bob Martin/Mark Brown Memorial Mile Clean Up Feb. 16th

January 25, 2013

Bob Martin/Mark Brown 17th Annual Memorial Mile Clean Up February 16, 2013 The annual Bob Martin Memorial Highway Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday February 16, 2013.  The event commemorates Department of Public Safety Officer Robert K. Martin #474 who gave his life in the line of duty on August 15, 1995.  Officer Martin had conducted […]

COPS Walk Southwest 2013 on February 23 and 24

January 24, 2013

The Concerns of Police Survivors is holding their COPS Walk Southwest 2013 on February 23 and 24 (Saturday/Sunday)and are in desperate need of walkers for this event. The registration deadline is February 1 (there is no fee to register). Go to http://www.nationalcops.org/copswalksw.htm to learn more about the walk and how you can register. Marie Dryer, […]

ASU Basketball Benefiting AHPA – Jan. 26th

January 13, 2013

Arizona Highway Patrol recognizes heroes involved in a recent cancelled Amber Alert (Tempe, Arizona) – It was Public Safety Day during Arizona State University’s basketball game on January 26th, where first responders received discounted tickets and were recognized during the game.  Firefighters and Highway Patrol officers faced-off in a three point shoot-out, where AHPA outscored […]

AHPA Secretary Featured in Latino Perspectives January 2013 Issue

January 7, 2013

Agency, Title: Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZ DPS), Police Communication Dispatcher Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA), Recording Secretary Years of service: (please list first assignment): I have been in law enforcement for 10 years and have spent the last five and a half years at AZ DPS.  I have also been serving as the […]

January 2013 President’s Message

January 7, 2013

Happy New Year… This is the time of year when we take the occasion to pause and reflect upon the year that was; the year to come; and to resolve to find ways to better ourselves and those around us. And with the Connecticut tragedy still so fresh in our minds, we are this year […]

AHPA December 2012 Meeting Minutes

December 31, 2012

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AHPA November 2012 Meeting Minutes

December 31, 2012

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AHPA October 2012 Meeting Minutes

December 31, 2012

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Phoenix Suns Law Enforcement Appreciation Night – Jan 2nd

December 31, 2012

The Phoenix Suns invite all public safety officers from city, county, state and federal agencies to come out to US Airways Center to celebrate our first responders. This special ticket package is available to all sworn and non-sworn employees of any law enforcement, fire, EMT or DHS agency, their family members, friends and supporters. If […]

AHPA’s 19th Annual Christmas Bear Hospital Visits – 2012

December 24, 2012

19th Annual Highway Patrol Christmas Bear Program Visits Arizona Hospitals Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) members are celebrating its 19th year of bringing Christmas joy to children receiving treatment in various medical centers across the state.  These dedicated Department of Public Safety (DPS) employees will be delivering bears and holiday cheer from December 18th through […]

IPEM for the Captain Promotional Process

December 18, 2012

With the start of a promotional process for Captain, the agency is using the Individual Promotional Evaluation Matrix (IPEM).  This process was used in the recent Sergeant promotional process.  As stated, the IPEM is an assessment tool “designed to objectively evaluate an individual candidate’s verifiable Experience, Education, and Training as they relate to promotional opportunities.”  […]

DPS Budget/Pay Plan

December 17, 2012

A few months ago, the Department completed and submitted its FY 2014 and 2015 budget requests to the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting (OSPB).  The request included the annual salary survey, which shows the average DPS salary would require a 20.5% increase to equal the market. The Department’s priority within the budget request […]

REMEMBRANCE OF OUR FALLEN COMRADE, SGT TAPIA

December 6, 2012

Come and join us on January 12th, 2013 to remember Sgt. Manny Tapia #1409.  We will first start with a burrito breakfast on Rio Rico Drive, be shuttled onto Interstate 19 for the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup and from there we will meet at his Memorial Site on North Grand Avenue for a small service.  Afterwards, we […]

PSPRS’ AHPA Meeting Presentation

November 30, 2012

Jim Hacking, Administrator of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS), attended AHPA’s November 2012 meeting.  Mr. Hacking presented the following reports: Public Safety and Corrections Officer Local Board Secretaries and Finance Departments 2012 Actuary Reports FY 2012 Financial Report 2012 System Consolidated Reports 2012 Actuarial Reports By Employer From the links above, members can […]

Reid Technique of Interviewing & Interrogation: Jan 29-Feb 1, 2013

November 29, 2012

January 29 – February 1, 2013 Phoenix AZ Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel 8:30 am – 3:30 pm (first day registration 8:00 am) More information at: www.reid.com You Will Learn How to assess the credibility of statements. How to structure the interview to maximize the flow of information. How to use behavior provoking questions in the […]

AHPA 29th Annual Raffle

November 27, 2012

Click here to download the informational PDF Flier: AHPA 2012 RAFFLE 11X17 POSTER/INFO FLIER

AHPA Scholarship Recipient Visits Members

November 16, 2012

Vaughn E. Perkins III, D.M.D., son of Ret. Vaughn Perkins, Jr., visited AHPA members in order to thank everyone for the scholarship he received from the association. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity.  I am living proof that it works and so thankful for the opportunity.  I can’t express enough how grateful I am,” said […]

Highway Patrol: Law reminders & driving tips to stay safe over Thanksgiving Holiday

November 16, 2012

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) has some advice for all drivers over the Thanksgiving holiday- BE CAREFUL!  According to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), one crash occurs every five seconds.  Because of budget cuts and less overtime, fewer officers are on the road responding to increased holiday calls for service. “Historically, injury and […]

How did AHPA endorsed candidates do in the election?

November 14, 2012

Did you know that 95% of the candidates AHPA endorsed won their election?  AHPA thanks all of our PAC contributors for supporting those candidates that support public safety.  Our endorsements continue to be influential!  Read below the results, as of November 14th. *************************************** Arizona Highway Patrol Association 2012 Candidate Endorsements General Election (winning candidates are […]

AHPA 2012 Candidate Endorsements-General Election

October 26, 2012

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association has endorsed numerous candidates running for the Arizona Legislature, U.S. Congress and local offices that have shown to be strong supporters of public safety.  Below is a list of all the candidates that have been endorsed by the AHPA.  We have only listed the districts in which the AHPA has […]

AHPA November Meeting Date Changed – Nov. 20th!

October 17, 2012

Due to Thanksgiving, AHPA has changed the next general membership meeting to November 20th, 2012.  Same location and start time! 9am Phoenix Mountain Preserve 1431 E Dunlap Ave Phoenix, AZ 85020

DPS 2014 BUDGET REQUEST

October 16, 2012

2014 DPS Budget Request Quick Reference PDF 2014 DPS Budget Request Quick Reference WORD DOC

New Study: Tasers & deaths: Not a simple relationship, researchers argue

October 8, 2012

A research team that includes members with law enforcement experience has taken the most comprehensive look yet at the circumstances surrounding Taser deployments where suspects end up dying. The findings “demonstrate the complexity of these incidents,” the researchers report, citing drug use and mental illness, persistent suspect resistance, and a “wide array of force options […]

September 2012 Meeting Minutes

October 8, 2012

CLICK HERE TO READ THE WORD DOCUMENT: AHPA September 2012 Minutes CLICK HERE TO READ THE PDF: AHPA September 2012 Minutes

Open Enrollment NOW – Supplemental Life Insurance

October 4, 2012

Active and retired members are eligible for supplemental life insurance that can be CHEAPER than what the State of Arizona can provide.  Open enrollment (from the State of Arizona) has started and members must act now in order to compare benefits.  You have the ability to lock in a rate with a different plan that […]

New Hire & Gap Retirement Health Insurance – “A full coverage solution to a short-term insurance gap!”

October 4, 2012

New Hire & Gap Retirement Health Insurance “A full coverage solution to a short-term insurance gap!” AHPA is pleased to announce a new benefit for members and retirees.  Health insurance is now available for those transitioning to a new job with DPS or retirees that have not reached the age of 65.  Short-term policies can […]

AHPA Attends National Troopers Coalition Conference – New Orleans, Louisiana

October 4, 2012

Who said highway patrol does not know how to deal with natural disaster?  In the mist of Hurricane Isaac, the National Troopers Coalition (NTC) said “the show must go on” and hosted the national conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu welcomed the group to New Orleans and personally thanked Troopers from […]

AHPA Attends Harvard Law School Leadership Seminar

October 4, 2012

The AHPA President and Vice President recently attended the Law Enforcement Associations Leadership Seminar at Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program (www.law.harvard.edu/programs/lwp). The prestigious conference is held annually, but the first that focused on state level law enforcement issues.  Attendees included representatives from across the country and Canada. The week conference had some of […]

August 2012 AHPA Meeting Minutes

September 19, 2012

Click here to read: AHPA August 2012 Minutes PDF AHPA August 2012 Minutes Word Doc

AHPA Membership Message – September 2012

September 3, 2012

As the summer is a great time for many to take a hiatus, the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) has been conducting “business as usual” for its members.   While some issues come up and are solved quickly, others have prolonging obstacles with solutions in sight. For the past two years, DPS Officers have noticed an […]

Make Your Vote Count, August 28

August 27, 2012

Make Your Vote Count AHPA Endorsements Make your vote count and go out and vote in the primary elections next Tuesday, August 28th.  The Arizona Highway Patrol Association has endorsed numerous candidates running for the Arizona Legislature, U.S. Congress and local offices that have shown to be strong supporters of public safety.  In many Congressional […]

Trauma via 911: the forgotten first responders

August 15, 2012

Dispatchers can be the forgotten first responders when it comes to departmental concerns about the psychological well-being of service personnel. Yet they experience many of the same traumatic reactions to critical incidents and cumulative stress as police officers. Dr. Michelle Lilly and research associate Heather Pierce of Northern Illinois University have conducted what is believed […]

40 Years Later AHPA Remembers DPS Officer Alan Hansen: E.O.W. 7/19/73

August 14, 2012

CLICK HERE TO READ THE KPHO CBS 5 REPORT Thank you to AHPA members Gregg Girard and Steve Lump for remembering DPS’ hero. If the general public wants to be a part of the creation and preservation of an AHPA fallen officer memorial marker, one is encouraged to become an associate member or donate to […]

July 2012 Meeting Minutes

August 14, 2012

Click the links below the read: AHPA July 2012 Meeting Minutes WORD DOC AHPA July 2012 Meeting Minutes PDF

AHPA Donates to Operation 10-90: Serving Those Who Serve

August 2, 2012

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association, with its members, are proud to support “Operation 10-90″.  This new program was developed to support and express gratitude to deployed DPS employees and family members. As of today, DPS has 14 employees serving our country through military efforts.  These heroes are positioned all around the world; some deployed multiple […]

Excited Delirium Syndrome (ExDS) PowerPoint presentations

July 30, 2012

Excited Delirium Syndrome (ExDS) PowerPoint presentations The PPT includes a voiceover adding interesting information to the bullet points and videos.  Dr. Antevy and asked if I could forward this information.  He said, “I am convinced that the prevention of deaths in the field will only be accomplished if all agencies work together. Truthfully I feel […]

AZ Highway Patrol Association Endorses Amanda Aguirre (D) for Congress

July 26, 2012

AZ Highway Patrol Association Endorses Amanda Aguirre (D) for Congress PHOENIX, AZ—Congressional Candidate Sen. Amanda Aguirre was endorsed by the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) today.  Sen. Aguirre is a Democrat running in District 3 for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The AHPA is proud to endorse former State Senator Amanda Aguirre […]

AHPA Hosts Matt Salmon Fundraiser – August 1

July 25, 2012

Read more about Matt Salmon’s Campaign for Congressional District 5 from his website: http://www.salmonforcongress.com or CLICK HERE TO READ AHPA’S ENDORSEMENT

Reid Technique of Interviewing & Interrogation: Aug 20-23 Reid Technique of Interviewing & Interrogation:

July 24, 2012

The Reid Technique of Interviewing & Interrogation August 20 – 23, 2012 Gilbert AZ Seville Golf & Country Club 3 Day Interview and Interrogation Seminar and/or 1 Day Advanced You Will Learn… How to assess the credibility of statements How to structure the interview to maximize the flow of information How to use behavior provoking […]

Arizona Highway Patrol Association Charities Receives Walmart Award

July 24, 2012

Thanks to AHPA member, Bryan Jackson, a Volunteerism Always Pays “VAP” grant was recently awarded to ARIZONA HIGHWAY PATROL ASSOCIATION CHARITIES. The VAP program awarded a $250 grant when an associate, like Bryan, volunteers at least 25 hours with an eligible organization. A check for $250 was issued on 07/19/2012 to AHPA Charities!  Our organization […]

KTAR: Remaining portion of SB 1070 takes effect soon (APA Comments)

July 17, 2012

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE Arizona Police Association comments on this report.

July 2012 President’s Message

July 17, 2012

Dear AHPA members, For the past several years, it seems AHPA goes a full twelve rounds with the Arizona Legislature or the agency.   Employees fight to create safe, productive work environments, while decision-makers only seem to be steadfast for the bottom-line on a budget line item.  Though our organization and members have been prosperous in […]

Force Science: What Force Science still teaches about BART case, despite court ruling

July 15, 2012

In the nation’s highest-profile case of weapons confusion, the California Court of Appeal has ruled that a jury verdict of involuntary manslaughter was reasonable and a two-year prison sentence was warranted for former officer Johannes Mehserle, who swore that he thought he was deploying his Taser when he actually drew his pistol and fatally shot […]

JUNE 2012 MINUTES

July 6, 2012

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AHPA’S JUNE 2012 MEETING MINUTES (WORD DOC) CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AHPA’S JUNE 2012 MEETING MINUTES PDF

AHPA Proudly Sponsors G.R.E.A.T. Graduation

June 11, 2012

READ THE LAKE HAVASU NEWS ARTICLE HERE On May 16, 2012, Detective David Stopke of the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s, State Gang Task Force, Mohave County G.II.T.E.M. Unit held a graduation ceremony for 130 students who successfully completed the elementary and middle school components of the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education And Training) curriculum. The […]

New study: Detecting deception via Cognitive Interviewing

June 11, 2012

New study: Detecting deception via Cognitive Interviewing The Cognitive Interviewing process that can enhance the memories of witnesses and involved officers during use-of-force investigations has now been modified to make it a useful tool for also detecting possible deception when questioning suspects about crimes. The modified protocol includes 2 unexpected requests that seem especially effective […]

AHPA President Featured in Latino Perspectives

June 11, 2012

AHPA President Jimmy Chavez was featured in June 2012′s edition of Latino Perspectives.  Read the article here: “Those that Serve”  with AHPA President Jimmy Chavez – Latino Perspective June 2012

AHPA Endorses Matt Salmon for Congressional District 5

May 23, 2012

RELEASE SEND OUT BY SALMON’S CAMPAIGN May 23, 2012 Law Enforcement Backs Matt Salmon for Congress Receives endorsements from state and municipal police associations EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 5th congressional district Matt Salmon today announced the endorsements from the following statewide and local law enforcement associations: Arizona Police Association Arizona […]

Personnel Reform Signed- Gov. Brewer’s Release HERE

May 10, 2012

Governor Jan Brewer Signs Sweeping Personnel Reform into Law Package Updates Personnel Rules for State Workforce, Mirrors Private Sector CLICK HERE TO READ THE OFFICIAL PDF RELEASE PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer today signed into law a historic reform governing the State workforce, modernizing the way in which State government manages, hires and fires employees. […]

APRIL 2012 MINUTES

May 7, 2012

CLICK HERE TO READ AHPA April 2012 MINUTES – WORD DOCUMENT CLICK HERE TO READ AHPA April 2012 MINUTES – PDF

14th Annual AHPA Fallen Officer Memorial

May 7, 2012

AHPA to Honor 28 DPS Officers Killed in Line of Duty with Memorial Ceremony 14th Annual event – Monday, May 7th (Phoenix, AZ) –The men and women of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) will pay their respects to the 28 Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers who have been killed in the line […]

CBS KPHO: State Agencies Absorbing Workload Despite Open Positions

May 6, 2012

PHOENIX (CBS5) – According to Jimmy Chavez, the president of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association, the Department of Public Safety hasn’t hired a new officer since 2008. “We’ve gone about four years since we put a new officer through the Academy,” Chavez said. Chavez said DPS is down at least 100 officers. “Plain and simple, […]

“We are DPS” – AHPA President’s Editorial

April 25, 2012

Dear Police Supporter, We love this great state.  We love our profession.  We feel supported by the citizens we serve. However, Arizona is becoming the next victim of a nationwide movement.  Out-of-state and foreign entities are dictating what type of police services local residents should receive. Police employees are in disbelief that big, wealthy corporations […]

Should civilian shooters get the same treatment as OIS survivors?

April 25, 2012

Should civilian shooters get the same treatment as OIS survivors? Ray Meyer, a retired sergeant of the California Highway Patrol, emailed this note to Force Science News: Don’t jump to conclusions on what I believe, but here’s a question. We always treat the officer involved in an OIS as if it’s a good shooting. Assume […]

%$!# the pain: Latest research on the benefit of foul language

April 25, 2012

%$!# the pain: Latest research on the benefit of foul language Swearing can help you better tolerate physical pain, provided you don’t do much of it in your ordinary daily life. That conclusion comes from a British research team reporting its latest findings on the analgesic benefit of cussing in The Journal of Pain, the […]

AELE: Beware the legal risks of spreading gory scene photos

April 25, 2012

AELE: Beware the legal risks of spreading gory scene photos You wouldn’t do it, but let’s say an officer of your acquaintance uses his personal cellphone camera to record the gore of a fatal traffic smashup and emails the bloody photos to some buddies and from there they eventually get posted forever on the internet. […]

New study confirms health/safety dangers of LEOs’ poor sleep

April 25, 2012

New study confirms health/safety dangers of LEOs’ poor sleep Union reps, trainers, and human behavior experts who have been campaigning to get police fatigue recognized and addressed as a critical professional and public safety problem have been given an armory of ammunition for their battle by a comprehensive and complex new study of cops and […]

Is prone positioning really riskier for suspects? No, says new study

April 25, 2012

Is prone positioning really riskier for suspects? No, says new study An exaggeration of the sudden in-custody death problem is generating “persecution and prosecution” of LEOs and their agencies and is resulting in “reactionary changes in policy and procedure that may well be based in conjecture rather than fact,” according to new findings by a […]

AELE analysis: When force against the mentally disturbed is justified

April 25, 2012

AELE analysis: When force against the mentally disturbed is justified The scenario is one that’s often in the headlines and ultimately in the courts: A distraught and frightened family calls for help in controlling a mentally disturbed or suicidal relative. When cops respond, the confrontation escalates and the subject ends up injured or dead from […]

Force Science: Study on Vascular Neck Restraint

April 25, 2012

Vascular neck restraint: Reprieve for a bum-rapped technique For the first time, a scientific research team has used modern technology to confirm just how a vascular neck restraint works to produce unconsciousness. The findings emphatically refute assertions that this valuable control technique is inherently dangerous and potentially lethal. “With the majority of subjects [in the […]

MARCH 2012 MINUTES

April 22, 2012

CLICK HERE TO READ AHPA March 2012 MINUTES – WORD DOCUMENT CLICK HERE TO READ AHPA March 2012 MINUTES – PDF

“We are DPS” – Members Get Active!

March 21, 2012

A striker amendment to HB 2571 was introduced in efforts to reform due process within the various personnel systems within the state, including the Law Enforcement Merit System Council (LEMCS).  The proposed language would remove DPS civilian employees from LEMCS and put them into the newly modified state personnel system.  AHPA and its members are […]

“We are DPS”: Highway Patrol employees start educational campaign for legislators and the public

March 21, 2012

Per Governor Brewer, the legislature is hearing House Bill 2571 in efforts to reform due process for state employees.  During recent Senate and House Committees, the members of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) heard misconceptions about the similarities between how private business and police operate.  In response, AHPA members and their families are rolling […]

Personnel reform update 3/14/2012

March 14, 2012

Today, an amendment was offered to HB2571 as the bill was submitted to the House Committee of the Whole. The main changes within the amendment are as follows: LEMSC would remain in statute and covering only sworn employees at DPS. LEMSC authority would be altered. To quote the updated information posted on the DPS Intranet […]

February 2012 Minutes

March 14, 2012

Click here to download the Word document: AHPA February 2012 Minutes WORD Click here to download the PDF document: AHPA February 2012 Minutes PDF

Jan 2012 Minutes

March 14, 2012

Click here to download the Word Document of AHPA Jan 2012 Minutes Word Document Click here to download the PDF of AHPA Jan 2012 Minutes PDF

President’s Message: Personnel Reform Update

March 12, 2012

On Tuesday (March 6th), I participated in a stakeholders meeting with the Governor’s office regarding personnel reform (HB 2571).  I was joined by fellow law enforcement and fire associations, legislative liaisons, Representatives Justin Olson (sponsor of the bill) and Justin Pierce, Director Halliday and the Governor’s staff to discuss issues with the current state of […]

Personnel Reform Update 3/9/12

March 11, 2012

On Tuesday March 6th, I participated in a stakeholders meeting with the Governor’s office regarding personnel reform (HB 2571). I was joined by fellow law enforcement and fire associations, legislative liaisons, Representatives Justin Olson (sponsor of the bill) and Justin Pierce, Director Halliday and the Governor’s staff to discuss issues with the current state of […]

AHPA on Arizona Public Media – Personnel Reform

March 6, 2012

Watch AHPA’s President, Jimmy Chavez, on Arizona Public Media speaking about Personnel Reform. Download “Arizona Week 03/02/2012″as Widescreen HRHD (960×544) <object width=”480″ height=”282″ data=”http://media.azpm.org/ondemand/swf/fp3/flowplayer.commercial-3.1.5.swf” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash”><param name=”movie” value=”http://media.azpm.org/ondemand/swf/fp3/flowplayer.commercial-3.1.5.swf” /><param name=”allowfullscreen” value=”true” /><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always” /><param name=”flashvars” value=’config={“width”:617,”height”:372,”key”:”#$c3492e48e9da60b0777″,”clip”:{“url”:”mp4:master/video/2012/3/2/hrhd/030212_Arizona_Week_960x544.mp4″,”provider”:”rtmpvod”,”scaling”:”fit”,”autoPlay”:false},”canvas”:{“backgroundImage”:”http://media.azpm.org/master/swf/fp3/clicktoplay480.gif”},”plugins”:{“rtmpvod”:{“url”:”http://media.azpm.org/ondemand/swf/fp3/flowplayer.rtmp-3.1.3.swf”,”netConnectionUrl”:”rtmp://fms.azpm.org/vod/”},”controls”:{“url”:”http://media.azpm.org/ondemand/swf/fp3/flowplayer.controls-3.1.5.swf”,”bufferGradient”:”none”,”timeBgColor”:”#666666″,”buttonOverColor”:”#728B94″,”borderRadius”:”0px”,”sliderColor”:”#000000″,”progressGradient”:”medium”,”buttonColor”:”#6E95BE”,”sliderGradient”:”none”,”durationColor”:”#ffffff”,”tooltipColor”:”#6E95BE”,”progressColor”:”#112233″,”bufferColor”:”#666666″,”backgroundColor”:”#AAAAAA”,”volumeSliderGradient”:”none”,”backgroundGradient”:[0.6,0.3,0,0,0],”tooltipTextColor”:”#ffffff”,”timeColor”:”#FFFFFF”,”volumeSliderColor”:”#000000″,”timeBgHeightRatio”:0.9,”height”:24,”opacity”:1}},”logo”:{“url”:”http://media.azpm.org/master/img/fp_bugs/azpm.org.png”,”top”:”5″,”right”:”5″,”opacity”:0.5,”fullscreenOnly”:false,”displayTime”:0,”fadeSpeed”:0,”linkUrl”:”http://www.azpm.org”},”playlist”:[{"url":"mp4:master/video/2012/3/2/hrhd/030212_Arizona_Week_960x544.mp4","provider":"rtmpvod","autoPlay":false}]}’ /></object>

Personnel Reform: Members get active! “We are DPS”

February 20, 2012

A striker amendment to HB 2571 was introduced in efforts to reform due process within the various personnel systems within the state, including the Law Enforcement Merit System Council (LEMCS).  The proposed language would remove DPS civilian employees from LEMCS and put them into the newly modified state personnel system.  AHPA and its members are […]

BODY ARMOR ALERT!

February 19, 2012

On November 26, 2011, Phoenix Police Department Officer Anthony Daley #9190, was shot and seriously wounded while on-duty. Although Officer Daley was wearing a ballistic vest, a .40 caliber round penetrated the full thickness of the Kevlar material approximately 3/8 of an inch (20mm) above the lower left front panel edge of the vest. In […]

Personnel Reform Update 2/19/12

February 19, 2012

HB2571 was heard in the House Employment and Regulatory Affairs committee Thursday night.  During my testimony opposing the bill, I emphasized to the committee members that the current Law Enforcement Merit System Council (LEMSC) is no broken and splitting up the employees of DPS creates issues that are in no way addressed in the bill.  […]

Personnel Reform: Law enforcement civilians want same standards as officers

February 13, 2012

Personnel reform bill impacts police employees & services Law enforcement civilians want same standards as sworn officers Arizona – Per Governor Brewer, the legislature will be hearing a striker amendment to House Bill 2571 on Thursday in efforts to reform due process for state employees.  The members of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) oppose […]

ACT NOW! Oppose House Bill 2103

February 2, 2012

Update: HB 2103 is a consolidated anti-union bill that is flying through the legislature. The bill will require that each association member reaffirm in writing every year their desire to have association dues taken out of their paychecks.  This is another attempt to weaken all public employee unions.  No business entity is required to have […]

Take Advantage of Your PSPRS Cancer Benefit!

January 30, 2012

Cancer is a disease that has touched many lives, especially those in the law enforcement community.  From radar guns to Arizona’s scorching sun, police officers are faced with hazardous duty and the continued likelihood of encountering cancer.  The Arizona Police Association (APA) and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) worked hard in helping pass legislation […]

AHPA endorses Kyrsten Sinema for Congress

January 23, 2012

Dear Kyrsten, As an elected official who has always had an open door policy for the frontline police officers and civilians that serve the public, the Arizona Highway Patrol Association understands the importance of that longstanding relationship.  When our nation is losing police officers at record rates, law enforcement needs to speak one-on-one with our […]

AZ Republic: Let us now praise an exceptional man

January 19, 2012

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE by E.J. Montini, Arizona Republic Columnist (Column for Jan. 13, 2012 Arizona Republic) Maricopa County Deputy Sheriff William Coleman was an exceptional man. But he was not the exception. At his funeral today there will be hundreds of men and women in uniform who would do (and perhaps have […]

Book: “The Arizona Highway Patrol as I Disremember It” – Paul E. Palmer, Jr.

January 15, 2012

While providing amusing portrayals of the men and women he worked with, the author relies on slightly exaggerated real life experiences to depict the wonderful, wild and wacky people who made up the Arizona Highway Patrol.  The book provides an unforgettable look at the humorous side of law enforcement through the eyes of one of […]

AHPA December 2011 Minutes

January 13, 2012

December 2011 minutes: Click here to download the WORD document: December 2011 AHPA MINUTES Click here to download the PDF document: December 2011 AHPA Minutes

2012 Arizona Legislative Session Begins

January 10, 2012

Arizona’s Centennial Legislative session began yesterday (1.09.12) with introductions and the Governor’s State of the Union address.  As discussed in our meetings, the Department of Public Safety and all state employees have another year of challenges.  One of our biggest obstacles was mentioned in Governor Janice Brewer‘s reform agenda entitled “The Four Cornerstones of Reform: […]

Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Up 13% – Officers Continue to Protect and Serve

January 10, 2012

2011 is again one of the deadliest years for police across the nation.  According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), law enforcement deaths are up 13% over last 2010 nationwide to date.  However, the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) reminds the public that officers remain committed to their duties, and will continue […]

DPS authors his second book titled “In the Shadow of the Shield”

December 22, 2011

Chaplain Harms has authored his second book titled “In the Shadow of the Shield”. Chaplain Harms has offered to donate $5 of every book sold with Code 5790 when you order, to the AHPA 501 (C) 3 (charities) organization. The book sells for $19.95 plus $4.95 shipping and handling, arrangements can be made for other […]

2011 AHPA Raffle Winners! Congratulations!

December 21, 2011

T’was the day of the December meeting, and all through the room, the board members were busy preparing for the Great Raffle Boom. While Santa drew the tickets, all the Reps held their breath……… The winners of this year’s raffle are as follows: $25,000.00 1st place winner was Retiree Bill Crook #783 and his lovely […]

18th Annual Highway Patrol Christmas Bear Program Kicks-Off Throughout Arizona Hospitals

December 10, 2011

Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) members are celebrating its 18th year of bringing Christmas joy to children receiving treatment in various medical centers across the state.  These dedicated Department of Public Safety (DPS) employees will begin delivering bears and holiday cheer December 19th through Christmas Day. The mission of the program is to carry out […]

Jan. 7th, 2012: “REMEMBRANCE OF OUR FALLEN COMRADE” SGT. MANNY TAPIA

December 9, 2011

“REMEMBRANCE OF OUR FALLEN COMRADE” SGT. MANNY TAPIA Come and join us on January 7th, 2012 to remember Sgt. Manny Tapia.  We will first start with the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup and will be meeting on Rio Rico Drive and be shuttled onto Interstate 19 for the cleanup.  From there, we will meet at his memorial site […]

November 2011 Minutes

December 6, 2011

Click below to download AHPA’s November 2011 minutes: November 2011 AHPA MINUTES WORD DOC November 2011 AHPA MINUTES PDF

October 2011 Minutes

December 6, 2011

Click below to download the October 2011 meeting minutes: October 2011 AHPA MINUTES WORD DOC October 2011 AHPA MINUTES PDF

Reminder: What to do when involved in a critical incident

December 1, 2011

CRITICAL INCIDENT REPRESENTATION By Dale F. Norris Law Office of Dale Norris, LLC Since becoming an attorney in 2000, I have represented police officers in approximately 100 critical incidents involving use of force, in custody deaths, serious traffic accidents, and criminal allegations. The decision to make a statement to a criminal investigator is always the […]

December President’s Message

December 1, 2011

I hope this message finds all of our members safe.  It has been a busy few months for AHPA.  In September, AHPA attended the National Troopers Coalition (NTC) conference after rejoining the organization back in May.  Mark Haughey and I participated in the discussions, and, frankly, it felt good to know that WE are not […]

Reid Technique of Interviewing & Interrogation: Jan. 31st – Feb. 3rd

December 1, 2011

The Reid Technique of Interviewing & Interrogation January 31 – February 3, 2012 Gilbert AZ Seville Golf & Country Club 3 Day Interview and Interrogation Seminar and/or 1 Day Advanced You Will Learn… How to assess the credibility of statements How to structure the interview to maximize the flow of information How to use behavior […]

Auditor General’s Report on PSPRS

November 18, 2011

Please find PDF links below to the Arizona Auditor General’s report on PSPRS. Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Auditor General’s Full Report Auditor General Executive Summary Reptort Highlights Auditor General’s Report PSPRS Response Signed Version LINK TO ABC 15 REPORT – 11.17.2011

ABC 15: PUBLIC SAFETY PENSION FUND LOST $1.6B-ONE MAN TO BLAME

November 2, 2011

ABC 15 in Phoenix completed a two-part series on the public safety retirement system.  Earlier this year, members of the Arizona Police Association (APA) and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) spoke out about the $1.6 BILLION dollar loss to your retirement fund (Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement Fund – PSPRS).  The APA uncovered the […]

FLAT – 3” WALLET BADGE

October 31, 2011

The badge can be ordered as an Arizona Department of Public Safety or Arizona Highway Patrol type badge, and it can be ordered with or without the leather wallet (PLEASE SPECIFY IN THE FORM). These are ordered from the same company that makes badges for the department.  (These badges are full breast badge size with […]

25% off at Cabela’s Nov. 10th & 11th

October 26, 2011

Cabela’s is saluting our hometown heroes and inviting you to celebrate with us! Our Hometown Hero sale is November 10 & 11 and we are proud to extend to you our employee discount (up to 25% discount, depending on manufacturer and yes, firearms and ammo are included). All Hometown Heroes are invited, so please feel […]

President’s Message – 10.11.11

October 11, 2011

As all of you may know by now, Director Halliday formed a Morale Survey Committee to address employee quality of life and morale concerns.  The Committee was chaired and facilitated by Marcus Aurelious and met first on August 4, 2011.  The Committee included six DPS employees of which two were AHPA Representatives selected by the […]

John E. Reid & Associates, 3 Day Interview and Interrogation Seminar and/or 1 Day Advanced

October 7, 2011

John E. Reid and Associates, Inc. 3 Day Interview and Interrogation Seminar and/or 1 Day Advanced WHEN: November 15 – 18, 2011 WHERE: Mesa AZ Cosponsor Mesa Police Department REGISTER ONLINE 3 Day Seminar $420 per person 1 Day Advanced $175 per person 4 Day Combined $595 per person For Further Information Contact dplese@reid.com 888-255-1635

Win a Harley with California Casualty

September 29, 2011

Go to http://go.calcas.com/harley for more information!

28th Annual AHPA Raffle

September 29, 2011

If you have not got your raffle tickets already, NOW is the time!  Be sure to contact one of the AHPA representatives below.

President’s Message – Update from Adminstrative Meetings

September 19, 2011

On September 6, Bob Gilbert and I met with Director Halliday to follow up on some items from previous meetings. Work schedules continue to be topic AHPA discusses with the agency.   The AHPA had approached the agency regarding two issues; allowing work groups who work 4 ten-hour shifts during a holiday week to keep those […]

9/11 Memorial & Challenge Coins

September 12, 2011

View more information at their website by CLICKING HERE 1.  Think About YOUR Story: Where were you when you heard about the attacks?  What emotions did you feel?  Answers to these questions are YOUR story. 2.  Preserve & Publish YOUR Story: Through MPI’s online Story Builder, you can create a striking 5″x7″ tri-fold that displays […]

Pension Update – 09.06.11

September 6, 2011

During the August meeting of the Arizona Police Association, held on the 26th, the APA Board voted to focus efforts on “fixing” two very key issues of SB1609 (pension reform bill) through the legislative process.  While the thought of filing a lawsuit as a result of the pension system changes has been discussed heavily over […]

Arizona DPS Centennial Badge Approved

September 5, 2011

In a partnership between the AHPA and FOP Lodge 32, employees and retirees will soon be able to order a recently approved badge commemorating Arizona’s centennial.  Director Halliday has authorized the badge to be worn by sworn employees during 2012. Order forms will be arriving shortly.  Any DPS employee and retiree is eligible to order […]

President’s Message – DPS Officers back to work on ADOT projects!

August 17, 2011

I was recently briefed by DPS leadership and confirmed with ADOT that DPS officers will be back to work in construction/work zones starting October 1. As many of you know, this has been a priority for AHPA for several years. ADOT Director John Halikowski has been receptive to the idea since his appointment. Now the […]

President’s Message – August 2011

August 12, 2011

Within seconds, sensitive information about individual DPS employees and the agency were released by scrupulous hackers.  I think all of us have reflected on the incident and were reminded how important it is for law enforcement officials to protect their identities.  The agency has been able to answer some questions about the recent hackings and […]

President’s Update on Adminstration Meeting – 08.11.2011

August 11, 2011

On Monday, August 8, I met with Director Halliday.  We revisited some of the issues that were raised during our last meeting.  Additionally, I sought and received some positive response on issues that would help DPS support staff. The first of those deals with those who work four 10-hour shifts during their normal work week.  […]

July 2011 Minutes

August 11, 2011

Click here to download the WORD document: July 2011 AHPA MINUTES Click here to download the PDF document: July 2011 AHPA MINUTES pdf

Social Media: Information you should know…

August 2, 2011

Department policies, laws and issues are ever evolving with social media. Below is an assortment of resources you should consider before engaging in social outlets.  Need help? Contact AHPA’s social media guru, Stacey Dillon at stacey@psamedias.com or 480-225-4809. IACP Policy & Background (PDFs for Download): IACP – Concepts and Issues Social Media Paper IACP – […]

June 2011 Minutes

July 27, 2011

DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE: AHPA June 2011 MINUTES DOWNLOAD THE WORD DOCUMENT HERE: AHPA June 2011 MINUTES

May 2011 Minutes

July 27, 2011

DOWNLOAD THE PDF DOCUMENT HERE: AHPA May 2011 MINUTES DOWNLOAD THE WORD DOCUMENT HERE: AHPA May 2011 MINUTES

April 2011 Minutes

July 27, 2011

DOWNLOAD THE PDF DOCUMENT HERE: AHPA April 2011 MINUTES DOWNLOAD THE WORD DOCUMENT HERE: AHPA April 2011 MINUTES

Force Science: What can you do to stay safe?

July 15, 2011

It’s a bloody year for cops so far. At the end of June, total duty-related fatalities in the U.S. are up 8 percent compared to the same time last year, according to preliminary figures from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Officer murders from gunfire are spiking an alarming 38 percent increase. If trends […]

Change your passwords

July 1, 2011

In light of recent hackings targeted at Arizona police officers, we encourage all members to change their passwords and be cautious of what you transmit over emails and the internet.  DO NOT email passwords to yourself or other people.  When creating new passwords, think Gibberish!  Your password should be at least six characters and not […]

AHPA Statement: Safety Compromised After Hackers Release Confidential DPS Info

June 23, 2011

Officer Safety Compromised After Hackers Release Confidential DPS Information Association wants individuals prosecuted to the highest degree of the law Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) was made aware that hackers, that identify themselves as LulzSec, released confidential information from the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS).  AHPA is concerned that the files […]

AHPA:Officer acted appropriately after suspect uses his car as a weapon

June 23, 2011

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) supports the actions of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officer after a critical incident this morning (06.23.2011) at his Phoenix residence.  It is the position of AHPA that the officer acted appropriately after a suspect used his vehicle as a weapon and intentionally rammed it multiple times into […]

Win a Sea Doo from California Casualty!

June 22, 2011

EV Tribune: Already ‘bare bones’ DPS faces $8M budget crunch

June 22, 2011

Already ‘bare bones’ DPS faces $8M budget crunch Tuesday, June 21, 2011 3:31 pm By Mike Sakal, Tribune After experiencing a $4 million budget cut last year and a lack of pay raises since 2008, employees of the Arizona Department of Public Safety are going to be at least another $8 million deeper in the […]

Does caffeine affect shooting performance?

June 7, 2011

Does caffeine affect shooting performance? Have there been any studies on the reaction time and accuracy of a shooter while under the influence of caffeine or energy drinks? I warn my firearms students before their qualification test day that they might want to stay off of coffee, soft drinks, and energy drinks since these could […]

Force Science – Police Fatigue Update

June 7, 2011

Just posted on the Force Science website, you’ll find a new article by a fitness expert detailing practical steps you can take to overcome dangerous fatigue on- and off-duty. Click here or visit: www.forcescience.org/fatiguepaper.pdf. “Combating Police Officer Fatigue” grew out of training provided to the Greeley (CO) PD by author Reece Towle, a certified strength […]

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