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Halloween Safety Tips for the Spooky Season

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) is offering the public tips for friends and family to stay out of danger this Halloween. “Law enforcement reminds guardians not to be complacent, especially when violent crimes and domestic violence calls for service have increased in certain parts of the state,” says Sgt. Jimmy Chavez, President of the AHPA. It is important... 

October 30, 2014 | Read the story »
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Tour of Honor’s Arizona Heroes Run

Tour of Honor’s Arizona Heroes Run POLICE ◊ MILITARY ◊ FIREFIGHTERS Join us as we honor & remember ALL heroes that paid the ultimate sacrifice. DATE: November 22, 2014 TIME: 9 a.m – 12 p.m. LOCATIONS: ROUTE LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/GnQZA To honor all fallen police officers – 9:00AM to 9:15AM – Begin ride at Arizona Highway Patrol Association’s... 

October 23, 2014 | Read the story »
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AHPA Encourages Phoenix Voters to Vote No on Prop 487

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.   There has been much propaganda on this “pension reform” proposition,... 

October 15, 2014 | Read the story »
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Frontline DPS officers & civilians endorse Arizona gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey

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 DPS... 

October 1, 2014 | Read the story »
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Open Enrollment for Supplemental Life Insurance – Ends Sept. 30th!

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 to view the PDF’s: AHPA Supplemental Life... 

September 6, 2014 | Read the story »
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AHPA encourages continuation of the Law Enforcement Merit System Council

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 successor to the Highway Patrol... 

August 28, 2014 | Read the story »
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ASU First Responder’s Night – ASU vs. UCLA (Benefiting AHPA & 100 Club)

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 – ASU v UCLA 9.25.14  Read More →

August 12, 2014 | Read the story »
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Arizona Blue Alert signed into law – AHPA bill sponsored by Rep. Justin Pierce

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.  The public is then alerted to contact law enforcement if the suspect is... 

August 12, 2014 | Read the story »
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DPS Shortages & Competitiveness

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... 

August 12, 2014 | Read the story »
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AHPA’s 31st Annual Charity Raffle

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      Read More →

August 4, 2014 | Read the story »
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AHPA 2014 Scholarship Recipients

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 an impact upon others. My aim... 

July 11, 2014 | Read the story »
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Legal Defense Fund Visits with AHPA Members

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 the Chula Vista Police Department Association presented the membership... 

July 11, 2014 | Read the story »
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Officer Seth Messke media reporting – How reports affect first responders & their families after critical incidents.

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 death, officers and their families can never been prepared for the... 

June 26, 2014 | Read the story »
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2014 DPS/AHPA Christmas Ornament

Front View Back view $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 this... 

June 23, 2014 | Read the story »
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Arizona Highway Patrol outraged at GOP District One Congressional candidate’s comments attacking peace officers

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 May 15th, 2014, on National... 

May 21, 2014 | Read the story »
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DPS Clock – Only $40!

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 not included).  It measures 11″ wide and... 

April 28, 2014 | Read the story »
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DPS Pay – 2% Included in Final Budget

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, universities, and child protective... 

April 14, 2014 | Read the story »
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CALL TO ACTION!! AHPA Members: Competitive Pay Action Plan: “We are DPS” Campaign

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... 

April 7, 2014 | Read the story »
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AHPA/DPS FALLEN OFFICER MEMORIAL 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 line of dutyFOX 10... 

April 7, 2014 | Read the story »
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AHPA 2014 Comfort Bear Drive – Sponsored by Papa Murphy’s

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 receive... 

April 7, 2014 | Read the story »
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AHPA PUSHES FOR ARIZONA BLUE ALERT

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 Alerts and using the... 

February 1, 2014 | Read the story »
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President’s Message January 2014 – AHPA Legislative Priorities

AHPA President, Jimmy Chavez 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... 

January 23, 2014 | Read the story »
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AHPA’s DPS Yearbook & Project Photographs

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 is and display images and information... 

January 15, 2014 | Read the story »
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Reminder to Members: DPS Competitiveness Pay Package & AHPA Response

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 for a 4% across the board pay increase for... 

January 14, 2014 | Read the story »
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Congratulations to AHPA’s 20th Annual Raffle Winners!

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 prize $2000.00, went to Larry Kenyon, Badge #2068, ticket won... 

January 2, 2014 | Read the story »
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2nd Annual ASU Public Safety Basketball Game – Sun, Jan. 5th 4PM

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 purchase starting NOW!   You can purchase... 

December 17, 2013 | Read the story »
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20th Annual AHPA Christmas Bear Hospital Visits

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 17, 2013 | Read the story »
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Sgt. Manny Tapia Annual Highway Clean-Up

Sgt. Manny Tapia “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 Avenue for a small service.  Afterwards, we will... 

December 4, 2013 | Read the story »
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AHPA Christmas Items! Purchase them while supplies last!

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 mug made just for you. The perfect size for your favorite morning beverage... 

November 15, 2013 | Read the story »
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October 2013 President’s Message

AHPA President Chavez received recognition award from APA Director, Levi Bolton, & PLEA President, Joe Clure 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... 

October 8, 2013 | Read the story »
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DPS Competitiveness Pay Package & AHPA Response

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 increase for DPS employees.  While support was expressed... 

October 8, 2013 | Read the story »
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AHPA Sponsors Arizona Run for the Fallen

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  Read More →

September 5, 2013 | Read the story »
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ASU First Responders Game Benefiting AHPA – Wisconsin vs. ASU – Sept. 14th, 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 Wisconsin Badgers here at Sun Devil Stadium. AHPA will... 

August 12, 2013 | Read the story »
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AHPA August 2013 Executive Board Message

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 it is one we have to prepare for.  As a member and employee of... 

August 6, 2013 | Read the story »
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Highway Patrol: Law reminders & driving tips to stay safe over 4th of July holiday

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, injury and fatal... 

July 3, 2013 | Read the story »
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C.O.P.S. Inaugural 5K Walk/Run/Ruck to Remember

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 serving... 

June 27, 2013 | Read the story »
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AHPA SUCCESS! Overtime Bill Signed Info Law May 8, 2013 by Governor Brewer

AHPA Lobbyist Testifying on Behalf Of AHPA Members 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... 

May 20, 2013 | Read the story »
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AHPA Legislative News – May 21st, 2013 Update

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 hiring freeze as well... 

May 20, 2013 | Read the story »
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President’s Message: May 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 Huffman #5430 are still being investigated. What we do know is that the driver of the commercial... 

May 19, 2013 | Read the story »
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AHPA Mourns the Loss of DPS Officer Tim Huffman

Officer Timothy Huffman 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 he loved his job,”... 

May 8, 2013 | Read the story »
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May 6th, 2013: AHPA to Honor 28 DPS Officers Killed in Line of Duty with Memorial Ceremony

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 the line of duty. The Annual DPS Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony... 

April 30, 2013 | Read the story »
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Coming soon! DPS/AHPA Christmas Ornament

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 that protect and serve our... 

April 30, 2013 | Read the story »
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AHPA VP Sends Letter Supporting District 18 Representatives

District 18 Map 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, like many... 

April 8, 2013 | Read the story »
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Governor Brewer Signs into Law Public Safety Spousal Benefits Bill – H.B. 2204; Families of fallen officers & firefighters not forgotten

Governor Brewer Signs into Law Public Safety Spousal Benefits Bill – H.B. 2204 Families of fallen officers & firefighters not forgotten AHPA & APA Representatives with Gov. Brewer and Representative Robson, sponsor of H.B. 2204 House Bill 2204 helps to continue health care benefits to families that have lost a police officer, firefighter, or corrections officer in... 

April 8, 2013 | Read the story »
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AHPA Comfort Bear Toy Drive

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 new stuff animal at any Valley Famous Dave’s... 

March 8, 2013 | Read the story »
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AHPA Call-to-Action: Anti-Union Bills

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 used to aid you with this communication.... 

March 4, 2013 | Read the story »
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AHPA Dues Change: Money back in your pocket!

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 a more cost-effective and efficient level, ultimately... 

February 21, 2013 | Read the story »
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AHPA Responds to Gov. Brewer’s Budget Plan : Proposal does not include pay increase for DPS employees

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... 

February 18, 2013 | Read the story »
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AHPA Supports Spousal Benefits Bill – H.B. 2204; Families of fallen officers & firefighters not forgotten

HB 2204 - Representative Bob Robson, Sponsor 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)... 

January 31, 2013 | Read the story »
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17th Annual Bob Martin/Mark Brown Memorial Mile Clean Up Feb. 16th

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 a traffic stop southbound on State Route... 

January 25, 2013 | Read the story »
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COPS Walk Southwest 2013 on February 23 and 24

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, Retired Sgt. Badge 3064... 

January 24, 2013 | Read the story »
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ASU Basketball Benefiting AHPA – Jan. 26th

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... 

January 13, 2013 | Read the story »
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AHPA Secretary Featured in Latino Perspectives January 2013 Issue

AHPA Secretary, Lisa Campoy 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 Secretary... 

January 7, 2013 | Read the story »
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January 2013 President’s Message

AHPA President, Jimmy Chavez 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 more cognizant than ever about how fleeting life can truly be. Our... 

January 7, 2013 | Read the story »
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Phoenix Suns Law Enforcement Appreciation Night – Jan 2nd

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 you care about our first responders... 

December 31, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA’s 19th Annual Christmas Bear Hospital Visits – 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... 

December 24, 2012 | Read the story »
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IPEM for the Captain Promotional Process

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... 

December 18, 2012 | Read the story »
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DPS Budget/Pay Plan

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 is funding over the next... 

December 17, 2012 | Read the story »
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REMEMBRANCE OF OUR FALLEN COMRADE, SGT TAPIA

Sgt. Manny Tapia 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 will meet at Officer Ibarra’s residence for... 

December 6, 2012 | Read the story »
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PSPRS’ AHPA Meeting Presentation

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... 

November 30, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA 29th Annual Raffle

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

November 27, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA Scholarship Recipient Visits Members

Dr. Perkins, Scholarship Recipient, and AHPA President Jimmy Chavez 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... 

November 16, 2012 | Read the story »
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Highway Patrol: Law reminders & driving tips to stay safe over Thanksgiving Holiday

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 fatal... 

November 16, 2012 | Read the story »
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How did AHPA endorsed candidates do in the election?

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... 

November 14, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA 2012 Candidate Endorsements-General Election

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 made an endorsement.  AHPA has not made... 

October 26, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA November Meeting Date Changed – Nov. 20th!

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  Read More →

October 17, 2012 | Read the story »
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DPS 2014 BUDGET REQUEST

2014 DPS Budget Request Quick Reference PDF 2014 DPS Budget Request Quick Reference WORD DOC  Read More →

October 16, 2012 | Read the story »
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Open Enrollment NOW – Supplemental Life Insurance

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 may save you more money if you qualify.  AHPA does not limit... 

October 4, 2012 | Read the story »
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New Hire & Gap Retirement Health Insurance – “A full coverage solution to a short-term insurance gap!”

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 provide can affordable safety net. Benefits... 

October 4, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA Attends National Troopers Coalition Conference – New Orleans, Louisiana

Lousiana Lt Governor Mitch Landrieu NTC 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... 

October 4, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA Attends Harvard Law School Leadership Seminar

Harvard 2012 Labor & Worklife Program Graduating Class 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... 

October 4, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA Membership Message – September 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 increasing presence of ADOT enforcement officers... 

September 3, 2012 | Read the story »
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Make Your Vote Count, August 28

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 and Legislative districts... 

August 27, 2012 | Read the story »
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40 Years Later AHPA Remembers DPS Officer Alan Hansen: E.O.W. 7/19/73

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 our fund. Learn more by contacting us (phone: 480-899-4675, email: ahpa@ahpa.com)... 

August 14, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA Donates to Operation 10-90: Serving Those Who Serve

AHPA President, Jimmy Chavez, Presenting Check to Operation 10-90 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. ... 

August 2, 2012 | Read the story »
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AZ Highway Patrol Association Endorses Amanda Aguirre (D) for Congress

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 who spent eight... 

July 26, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA Hosts Matt Salmon Fundraiser – August 1

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  Read More →

July 25, 2012 | Read the story »
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Arizona Highway Patrol Association Charities Receives Walmart Award

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 can carry-out... 

July 24, 2012 | Read the story »
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KTAR: Remaining portion of SB 1070 takes effect soon (APA Comments)

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

July 17, 2012 | Read the story »
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July 2012 President’s Message

AHPA President, Jimmy Chavez 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... 

July 17, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA Proudly Sponsors G.R.E.A.T. Graduation

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 program... 

June 11, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA President Featured in Latino Perspectives

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 Jimmy Chavez Latino Perspectives June 2012  Read More →

June 11, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA Endorses Matt Salmon for Congressional District 5

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... 

May 23, 2012 | Read the story »
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Personnel Reform Signed- Gov. Brewer’s Release HERE

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. The measure,... 

May 10, 2012 | Read the story »
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14th Annual AHPA Fallen Officer Memorial

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 of duty. The Annual DPS Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony... 

May 7, 2012 | Read the story »
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CBS KPHO: State Agencies Absorbing Workload Despite Open Positions

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, it comes down... 

May 6, 2012 | Read the story »
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“We are DPS” – AHPA President’s Editorial

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 are manipulating... 

April 25, 2012 | Read the story »
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“We are DPS” – Members Get Active!

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 opposed to these proposals.... 

March 21, 2012 | Read the story »
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“We are DPS”: Highway Patrol employees start educational campaign for legislators and the public

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... 

March 21, 2012 | Read the story »
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Personnel reform update 3/14/2012

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 on 3/12, “The council shall affirm the agency’s... 

March 14, 2012 | Read the story »
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President’s Message: Personnel Reform Update

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... 

March 12, 2012 | Read the story »
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Personnel Reform Update 3/9/12

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 the... 

March 11, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA on Arizona Public Media – Personnel Reform

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... 

March 6, 2012 | Read the story »
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Personnel Reform: Members get active! “We are DPS”

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 opposed to these proposals.... 

February 20, 2012 | Read the story »
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BODY ARMOR ALERT!

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 response to concerns of a potential vest... 

February 19, 2012 | Read the story »
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Personnel Reform Update 2/19/12

Jimmy Chavez's Testimonial Regarding Personnel Reform 02.16.2012 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... 

February 19, 2012 | Read the story »
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Personnel Reform: Law enforcement civilians want same standards as officers

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 the language... 

February 13, 2012 | Read the story »
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ACT NOW! Oppose House Bill 2103

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 their stockholders perform such... 

February 2, 2012 | Read the story »
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Take Advantage of Your PSPRS Cancer Benefit!

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... 

January 30, 2012 | Read the story »
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AHPA endorses Kyrsten Sinema for Congress

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 elected officials. ... 

January 23, 2012 | Read the story »
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AZ Republic: Let us now praise an exceptional man

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 done) exactly what Deputy Coleman was asked to do... 

January 19, 2012 | Read the story »
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Book: “The Arizona Highway Patrol as I Disremember It” – Paul E. Palmer, Jr.

The Arizona Highway Patrol as I Remember It 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... 

January 15, 2012 | Read the story »
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2012 Arizona Legislative Session Begins

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... 

January 10, 2012 | Read the story »
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Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Up 13% – Officers Continue to Protect and Serve

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 to serve their public. “Any... 

January 10, 2012 | Read the story »
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DPS authors his second book titled “In the Shadow of the Shield”

Book Cover 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 delivery options for DPS employees to eliminate... 

December 22, 2011 | Read the story »
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2011 AHPA Raffle Winners! Congratulations!

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 wife Sylvia, ticket #1098, sold by Colleen... 

December 21, 2011 | Read the story »
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18th Annual Highway Patrol Christmas Bear Program Kicks-Off Throughout Arizona Hospitals

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 an... 

December 10, 2011 | Read the story »
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Jan. 7th, 2012: “REMEMBRANCE OF OUR FALLEN COMRADE” SGT. MANNY TAPIA

Sgt. Manny Tapia “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 on North Grand Avenue for a small service.... 

December 9, 2011 | Read the story »
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Reminder: What to do when involved in a critical incident

Dale Norris, AHPA Attorney 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... 

December 1, 2011 | Read the story »
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December President’s Message

AHPA President, Jimmy Chavez 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 alone.   State budgets... 

December 1, 2011 | Read the story »
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Auditor General’s Report on PSPRS

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  Read More →

November 18, 2011 | Read the story »
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ABC 15: PUBLIC SAFETY PENSION FUND LOST $1.6B-ONE MAN TO BLAME

President Jimmy Chavez Testifying at SB 1609 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 –... 

November 2, 2011 | Read the story »
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FLAT – 3” WALLET BADGE

Example of a wallet badge 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 a clip on the back so they do not... 

October 31, 2011 | Read the story »
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25% off at Cabela’s Nov. 10th & 11th

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 free to forward this to friends and family who qualify.... 

October 26, 2011 | Read the story »
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President’s Message – 10.11.11

AHPA President, Jimmy Chavez 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 AHPA Board of... 

October 11, 2011 | Read the story »
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Win a Harley with California Casualty

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

September 29, 2011 | Read the story »
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28th Annual AHPA Raffle

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

September 29, 2011 | Read the story »
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President’s Message – Update from Adminstrative Meetings

AHPA President, Jimmy Chavez 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 shifts instead of requiring... 

September 19, 2011 | Read the story »
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9/11 Memorial & Challenge Coins

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 YOUR story in the... 

September 12, 2011 | Read the story »
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Pension Update – 09.06.11

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 the past several months, preliminary advice indicates... 

September 6, 2011 | Read the story »
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Arizona DPS Centennial Badge Approved

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 the badge.  It will be available... 

September 5, 2011 | Read the story »
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President’s Message – DPS Officers back to work on ADOT projects!

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 two agencies are putting the finishing touches on the agreement... 

August 17, 2011 | Read the story »
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President’s Message – August 2011

"V for Vendetta" movie mask commonly used by hackers 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... 

August 12, 2011 | Read the story »
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President’s Update on Adminstration Meeting – 08.11.2011

AHPA President, Jimmy Chavez 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.  I have received... 

August 11, 2011 | Read the story »
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Change your passwords

"V for Vendetta" movie mask commonly used by hackers 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... 

July 1, 2011 | Read the story »
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AHPA Statement: Safety Compromised After Hackers Release Confidential DPS Info

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... 

June 23, 2011 | Read the story »
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AHPA:Officer acted appropriately after suspect uses his car as a weapon

Suspect's Vehicle Lodged into the AHPA Member's Home 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... 

June 23, 2011 | Read the story »
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EV Tribune: Already ‘bare bones’ DPS faces $8M budget crunch

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 hole this year, said Jimmy Chavez, president of the Arizona... 

June 22, 2011 | Read the story »
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President’s Message – 06.07.2011

AHPA President, Jimmy Chavez Over the past 14 months, I have had regular monthly meetings with Director Halliday.   These meetings have been typically one-on-one.  On a few of the most recent meetings, Bob Gilbert accompanied me.  The purpose of these meetings has been to not only maintaining a working relationship between AHPA and management, but also to discuss issues... 

June 7, 2011 | Read the story »
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AZ Capitol Times: Public safety employees eying possible pension reform lawsuits

Public safety employees eying possible pension reform lawsuits by Jeremy Duda Published: June 6th, 2011 Unions representing police officers, firefighters and other public safety employees worked with lawmakers for months on the Legislature’s marquee pension reform bill, but that may not stop them from suing the state over it anyway. Several public safety unions are contemplating... 

June 7, 2011 | Read the story »
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2012 Legislative Agenda

With June now upon us, it is time to start working on our legislative agenda for 2012.  In an effort to work collectively with our partners in the APA, I am asking anyone with legislative ideas to submit them to the Board of Director so that they can be discussed and decided on over the next two months.  We need to have our legislative agenda agreed upon by the end of our... 

June 3, 2011 | Read the story »
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Personnel Reform – History & Facts

Governor Jan Brewer An Arizona State personnel reform measure has been discussed over the last few months by politicians and our Governor, however, no action has been taken and little information has been available to the public. You will probably remember the language used when Governor Brewer introduced her “Four Cornerstones of Reform” policy agenda that addressed this... 

May 17, 2011 | Read the story »
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Health Care Insurance Carve Out Plan – FAQ’s and More!

Issue Over the last several years, two major issues relative to healthcare benefits have continued to plague DPS employees.  The first is the ever-increasing costs, especially to retirees.  The second is the exclusion of DPS employees from participation in DOA controlled health coverage decisions that directly affect us. Solution In looking for viable solutions to these problems,... 

May 10, 2011 | Read the story »
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2011 DPS Fallen Officer Memorial – May 2nd

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April 25, 2011 | Read the story »
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Law Enforcement Officers Now Have Whistleblower Protection

Whistleblower Today’s signing of SB 1235 into law by Governor Jan Brewer signaled a new day for law enforcement officers throughout the state.  A late amendment to this bill provides that a law enforcement officer from municipalities can be protected under the state’s whistleblower law from disciplinary action by their department or city personnel director should they... 

April 25, 2011 | Read the story »
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Common Questions Reference SB 1609:Current and Retired Members of PSPRS

PSPRS PSPRS changes start on page 34 of the bill and continue through page 58. Retirement Calculation For current employees – The best 3 year calculation remains in effect. Employee Work Week Employee Work Week remains the same (40 hours).  If tough economic times remain causing furloughs, an officer can remain in the system as long as they work, on average, at least... 

April 18, 2011 | Read the story »
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Pension update: SB 1609 on to Senate (04.14.2011)

The Arizona House of Representatives voted to pass SB 1609 (your pension bill) to the Senate.  WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.  Below is the ammended bill (that the AHPA and Arizona Police Association (APA) had input into) that the Senate should be voting on Monday (04.18.2011).  AHPA will keep you updated on any information we receive.  Read Jimmy’s comments to the Capitol... 

April 15, 2011 | Read the story »
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Pension and Budget Update 4/11/2011

President’s Message – AHPA President Jimmy Chavez Pension Update – SB 1609 On Friday, April 8, I was invited to another meeting in the Governor’s office for further discussion on Senate Bill 1609.  A select group of representatives were in attendance, including House and Senate Staff.  The purpose of the meeting was to hear a counterproposal to the Public Safety... 

April 11, 2011 | Read the story »
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SB1609 UPDATE – April 4, 2011

SB1609 passed out of House Rules Committee with a 4-2 vote (Reps. Weiers and Campbell voting “no”).  It will now continue through the process, going to Caucus then to Committee of the Whole.  At this point, the public safety proposal has not been accepted.  Kelsey Lundy and I will be meeting with members throughout the week in an effort to convince them to vote... 

April 4, 2011 | Read the story »
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AHPA Letter to Governor: Veto Budget Bill

This letter was sent on behalf of AHPA members today related to the budget bill that was introduced this morning, April 1st.  ————————————————————————————————- April 1, 2011 Honorable... 

April 1, 2011 | Read the story »
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President’s Message – Pension Update 04.01.11

President Jimmy Chavez Testifying at SB 1609 This week (March 28-31), Kelsey Lundy and I have been meeting with legislative members about SB1609.  Many of those members have expressed concerns with the process in which SB1609 has been put together and the provisions in the current version.  They have also been interested and receptive to the proposal offered by the public... 

April 1, 2011 | Read the story »
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Respond4AZPolice.com

After the pension bill passed the committees last week, Arizona Police Association (APA) members groups agreed that the solutions we (police and fire organizations) proposed to sustain the retirement fund fell on deaf ears. We have taken every step to be proactive in sustaining PSPRS, and be a part of a solution.  APA affiliates voted last week to roll-out a campaign in order... 

March 29, 2011 | Read the story »
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SB1609 UPDATE AND INFORMATION 3/25/2011

President Jimmy Chavez Testifying at SB 1609 On Tuesday, March 22, SB1609 passed out of the House Committee on Employment and Regulatory Affairs by a 6 to 3 vote.  The 41-page Robson amendment (authored by Sen. Yarbrough and Rep. Adams) was attached to the bill, which essentially melds HB2726 (Adams’ pension bill) to this one. As mentioned earlier, this bill is problematic... 

March 25, 2011 | Read the story »
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SB1609 IN HOUSE COMMITTEE 3/22 – ACTION NEEDED!

At a “stakeholders” meeting this after noon (3/21) in the Senate, details of SB1609 were shared.  All of us in attendance learned that an agreement had been worked out between the House and Senate and as a result, the Senate bill would be the bill that continues to move through the legislative process.  The bill will be heard tomorrow afternoon in the House Committee... 

March 22, 2011 | Read the story »
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SB1609 Update (Senate Pension Reform Bill)

SB1609 will be heard in the House Committee on Employment and Regulatory Affairs (ERA) on Tuesday (3/22) afternoon.  To this point, none of the options provided by the law enforcement groups have been accepted.  This bill continues to contain language that is problematic for employees and retirees of PSPRS. Contact the following ERA committee members and let them know you... 

March 21, 2011 | Read the story »
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Legislative Report – Week of March 7th

DOWNLOAD THE WORD DOCUMENT HERE – LEGISLATIVE REPORT MARCH 7TH Weekly Report for the Week of March 7, 2011 Date: March 14, 2011 Weekly Overview For a second consecutive week, committee activity in both legislative chambers was rather light as bills continue to make their way over to their opposite chamber (House bills to the Senate; Senate bills to the House). Once again,... 

March 16, 2011 | Read the story »
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AHPA’s Spring Break Advisory to the Public

Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association urge Spring Breakers to use caution if traveling to Mexico Cartel-related Violence of Special Concern for Travelers to Mexico  As many college students gear up for the spring break holiday in the coming weeks, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA)... 

March 15, 2011 | Read the story »
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Why employee pensions aren’t bankrupting states

Source: McClatchy Newspaper A close look at state and local pension plans across the nation, and a comparison of them to those in the private sector, reveals a more complicated story. However, the short answer is that there’s simply no evidence that state pensions are the current burden to public finances that their critics claim. Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/03/06/109649/why-employee-pensions-arent-bankrupting.html#ixzz1GiIWAQq7  Read More →

March 15, 2011 | Read the story »
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Call to Action – MRSA Bill

MRSA The Arizona Police Association (APA) and AHPA helped craft and support a bill, extending the time to report MRSA. HB 2476 helps officers who contract the disease to get treatment and makes it a compensated industrial injury. The bill will be heard tomorrow (March 15th) afternoon at 2 pm in the senate (Banking and Insurance Committee). It is the last committee hurdle for... 

March 14, 2011 | Read the story »
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Legislative Report – March 4th, 2011

DOWNLOAD THE WORD DOCUMENT HERE: Weekly Report Feb 21 and Feb 28 To: Jimmy Chavez From: KELSEY LUNDY Subject: Weekly Report for the Weeks of February 21 and 28, 2011 Date: March 4, 2011 Overview of the Week at the Capitol Week of February 21 Since last week only two additional bills have been brought forward bringing the 46th day of session total bills to 1337, still with only... 

March 9, 2011 | Read the story »
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Pension Reform Update – March 3, 2011

Today  (March 3), SB1609 passed out of the Senate with a 21-5 vote.  All Republicans in the Senate voted for the bill.  The bill now moves to the House and we will continue to seek a resolution to the issues within this bill as well as HB2726.  Both pension bills, if passed as written, will have a significant impact on current employees and retirees.  Under no circumstances... 

March 4, 2011 | Read the story »
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Urgent Pension Action for Members, Friends & Family – SB1609

URGENT! I need everyone to e-mail all senators ASAP and ask them to voice their opposition to SB 1609.  This is Sen. Yarborough’s pension bill.   Here is proposed e-mail language.  Thank you for your assistance. Brian L. Livingston Executive Director,  Arizona Police Association 1102 West Adams Street Phoenix, Arizona 85007 Office Phone:  (602) 249-4358 Cell Phone: ... 

March 2, 2011 | Read the story »
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Pension Update – SB 1609 – Heard 02.23.2011

SB 1609 is another bill attempting to change our pension systems (PSPRS, EORP & CORP).  The bill passed out of the Senate Finance Committee with a 3-1 vote and three (3) amendments were adopted. CLICK HERE TO READ THE BILL AND ITS STATUS. On February 23rd, AHPA and APA spoke against SB 1609, as it was written.  Below are the major highlights of this bill: Positives -Continues... 

February 25, 2011 | Read the story »
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AZ Republic Article – State push for police rights under way

State push for police rights is under way by Lisa Halverstadt – Feb. 20, 2011 08:12 PM The Arizona Republic Arizona police officers are seeking more protections from internal investigations prompted by residents and fellow officers. Most Valley police unions now have contracts that spell out procedures for investigations of officers accused of misconduct. The Glendale... 

February 21, 2011 | Read the story »
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Legislative Weekly Report 02/14/2011

Legislative Weekly Report for the Week of February 14, 2011 February 17, 2011 Overview of the Week at the Capitol This week wraps up the last week to hear bills in the house of origin (meaning House bills in the House and Senate bills in the Senate) and as such it was a frenzied week at the Capitol.  40 days of session and a total of 1335 bills have been introduced, 6 passed,... 

February 21, 2011 | Read the story »
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Pension Update – 02.17.2011

BRIAN LIVINGSTON, AZ POLICE ASN. DIRECTOR Yesterday (02.17.2011), the House Employment and Regulatory Affairs Committee voted 5-4 for HB 2726, a bill attempting to reform our pensions systems.  CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE HEARING.  The general consensus from the remarks from committee members during and after the vote took place were that there was still a lot of... 

February 18, 2011 | Read the story »
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Pension Reform Update – 2/16/11

Thanks to the action of you, the members, the House Employment & Regulatory Affairs Committee pulled HB2726 from yesterday’s agenda.  The fight is not over.  The bill will still be heard tomorrow, Thursday February 17, at 2:00 in a special meeting of the same committee.  If you have not done so, please contact the committee members and your legislator and ask them... 

February 16, 2011 | Read the story »
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Legislative Weekly Report – 02/07/2011

Legislative  Weekly Report for the Week of February 7, 2011 Date:                     February 14, 2011 Overview On day 32 of session there have been a total of 1334 bills dropped and 5 passed.  Senator Kyl announced this week that he will not be seeking another term saying that there is more to life than being in the United States Senate, and that he would... 

February 15, 2011 | Read the story »
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Member Action – Pension Bill 02.15.10

Dear AHPA Members, Arizona House Representative Kirk Adams has released his bill to “fix” several Arizona pension systems, including CORP and PSPRS. Read HB 2726 (Note: 58 pages long, a summary is below). HB 2726 will be heard in the House Employment & Regulatory Affairs Committee in House Hearing Room 3, located at 1700 W. Washington, tomorrow (02/15/2011)... 

February 15, 2011 | Read the story »
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AHPA Legislative Report – Weeks of January 24 and 31, 2011

  MEMORANDUM   To:                          Jimmy Chavez From:                    Kelsey Lundy – R & R Partners Subject:               Weekly Report for the Weeks of January 24 and 31, 2011 Date:                     February 7, 2011 Overview Week of January 24, 2011: The Governor took a bold... 

February 8, 2011 | Read the story »
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SB 1584 – Health Care Carve Out Bill

Thanks to the hard work of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association, Senator John Nelson has sponsored AHPA’s health insurance carve out bill.  The bill number is SB1584.  To follow the bill, go to www.azleg.gov. AHPA’s membership, over the years, has supported the idea of a health insurance bill, like SB1584.  With membership direction and feedback from current DPS retirees,... 

February 4, 2011 | Read the story »
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Police Officer Line of Duty Deaths Up 500% in Arizona; 40% Nationwide

Police Officer Line of Duty Deaths Up 500% in Arizona; 40% Nationwide Statistics show increased dangers in law enforcement from 2009 to 2010   2010 became one of the deadliest years in law enforcement, where the United States lost 160 police officers. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), officer line of duty deaths increased 40% over... 

January 23, 2011 | Read the story »
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Governor’s Budget Proposal 01.14.11

Below is a link to Governor Brewer’s budget plan for this upcoming fiscal year.  You must have Powerpoint to view this document.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a board member. Governor’s Budget Plan Presentation 01-14-11  Read More →

January 17, 2011 | Read the story »
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17th Annual Highway Patrol Christmas Bear Program Kicks-Off Throughout Arizona Hospitals

Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) members are celebrating its 17th 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 16th through Christmas Day. The mission of the program is to carry out an activity... 

December 23, 2010 | Read the story »
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Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett Budget Presentation

Arizona Secretary of State, Ken Bennett, attending AHPA’s annual meeting in Prescott last month and presented a clear way to understand the state’s budget.  The “Tissue Box” demonstration (as it has been coined) was found to be particularly helpful to those that were at the meeting.  Mr. Bennett has allowed it to be shared with the rest of our members.  Please click... 

December 17, 2010 | Read the story »
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7th Annual Run To Remember

7th Annual “Run to Remember” – Honoring our Fallen Law Enforcement Heroes 1 mile fun Run/Walk & 5K Fun Run/Walk Tumbleweed Park, Chandler, Arizona Sunday, January 9, 2011 7:30 Registration, 8:30 Start Time All proceeds of the run/walk will go to the families of officers that will be honored at National Police Week in May of 2011 and   to the Arizona... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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AHPA Helps Teens & Parents Understand Distracted Driving

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in America, and the most frequent causes are distracted and reckless driving. To put the brakes on the high number of young casualties, the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) and Impact Teen Drivers, a public awareness and education program focusing on distracted and reckless driving, partnered with NASCAR’s... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Wish comes true for Chino Valley teenager

By Linda Stein The Daily Courier Trains have enthralled Evan Johnson since he was a small boy. On Saturday the 14-year-old Chino Valley teenager suffering from a life-threatening heart condition will fly with his family to Alaska to ride a train and see a glacier courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona. “I never thought it would happen,” Evan said... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Passing of former AHPA lobbyist Ed Wren

Former AHPA lobbyist, Edward James Wren, passed away, surrounded by those he loved, on July 31, 2010. He was 68. Born in Syracuse, NY, to Edwin Francis and Helen Beatrice Wren, Ed grew up in NY and Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 1964. After graduation his work would take him from Florida to our nation’s capital, and in 1975 landed him in Phoenix,... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Please keep in your thoughts our Fallen Chandler Officers; Ledesma #600 EOW: 7/28/10

Detective Carlos Ledesma, #600 End of Watch: 7/28/10 Please pray for the two Chandler Detectives that underwent surgery and are listed at this time in stable condition. Message from our brothers and sisters from Chandler Law Enforcement Association (CLEA): In this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of our fellow officers and our brothers and sisters... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Legal Defense Fund (LDF) Expert on Discovery Channel

Force Science, a resource used by the Legal Defense Fund that covers you, was featured on the Discovery Channel. Dr. Bill Lewenski and his scien- tists reenacted common scenarios officers are faced involving weapons. The reenactment shows an assailant on the ground firing a gun from underneath their body. Force Science uses the study to analyze time and best law enforcement... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Memorial Day Weekend Travelers – Be Safe

As many travelers gear up for Memorial Day weekend, the Arizona Highway Patrol Association reminds the public to be careful.  Americans have a choice when traveling, and the AHPA urges them to protect themselves if they do choose to travel anywhere in or outside of the United States.  Here are some security tips for Arizonans when traveling anywhere outside the country: As... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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AHPA Officer Cooks Up His Favorite Meal for Sonoran Living

Sgt. Bill Rogers’ 20-year DPS career has taken him all over the state. Arizona Highway Patrol officers patrol 6,000 miles of our state. Throughout his travels he has had the opportunity to get a taste of all the regional flavors Arizona has to offer. This is one of his favorite recipes, which he says is an extremely easy meal to fix, making it great for a working... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Highway Patrol Thanks Voters for Voting Yes on Prop 100

In times when the economy has hit many families negatively, voters showed Arizona that public safety is a priority.  The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) thanks voters who supported Proposition 100. The temporary sales tax will allow Department of Public Safety (DPS) to operate at its current levels. “Arizona Highway Patrol Association is thankful  people... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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AHPA in Final Push for Yes on 100!

Voters go to the polls today (May 18th) to decide the fate of many state agencies.  AHPA continues to be on the forefront in educating the public on why it is so important to vote Yes on 100.  Voting yes saves hundreds of DPS jobs, and keeps us at our current service levels.  View and read below what AHPA is doing to help inform Arizona voters. As Seen on Fox Read... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Legislative Report for AHPA – April 19th, 2010

Take a moment to view this extensive report on legislative news important to AHPA members.  This report has been compiled by R&R Partners on behalf of AHPA. Week of April 19th in Review Today marked the 103rd day of the legislative session. This week, the Committees of the Whole in both the Senate and the House continued their push to hear and vote on as many bills... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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DPS, AHPA and FOP Hold Press Conference About Prop 100

AHPA President Jimmy Chavez and FOP President John Ortelano joined Director Halliday to speak about what could happen if Prop 100 does not go through. Director Halliday expressed that if Prop 100 does not pass, the agency will not be the same, and could lose up to 100 officers and many civilians. AHPA President Chavez spoke in support of Prop 100 while explaining what... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Vote Yes on 100! Find Out How to Get the Word Out!

A temporary revenue source is a must for our state because core government responsibilities, like public safety, must be funded adequately.  Otherwise, the state would be forced to deal with 2010 crimes, 2010 prison counts at 2004-era funding levels.  If Prop 100 fails, DPS is expecting another $10.9M cut from our 2011 budget and lay-off hundreds of officers and support... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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AHPA Honors 28 DPS Officers Killed in Line of Duty with Memorial Ceremony

The men and women of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) will paid their respects to the 28 Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers who have been killed in the line of duty. The Annual AHPA Police Officer Memorial Ceremony is took place Monday, May 3rd at 9 A.M. During this years’ ceremony, a special part of the program recognized Officer Christopher... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Budget Update From President Chavez

This e-Blast is to answer some of the questions regarding the position of AHPA on the budget-imposed furloughs.  After the passage of the budget during the 7th Legislative Special Session, I met with Director Halliday to inform him of the official position of AHPA regarding the furloughs.  As you recall, the budget imposed six furlough days in each of the next two fiscal... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Lt. Eric Shuhandler Act Now Law, Protecting Police Officers from Felons

Protecting Police Arizona House Bill 2062 was signed into law — making it a more serious felony to assault a police officer. HB 2062 makes it a Class 5 felony to assault a peace officer, and makes it a Class 4 felony to commit aggravated assault that results in injury to a peace officer. Many officers feel that the tragic death of Lt. Shuhandler could have been prevented... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Aviation Cuts to DPS

Northern Arizona will have air units removed from Flagstaff and Kingman.  Flagstaff Mayor Sara Presler spoke with the media on the state’s budget cuts they are seeing in Northern Arizona, including less DPS air units responding to emergencies.  AHPA urges members and the community to vote for Prop 100.  We do not want to see other DPS resources removed, or layoffs,... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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DPS furloughs

AHPA Members: On the morning of March 25, Kelsey Lundy and I met with Brian McNeil of the Governor’s Office.  The purpose of the meeting was to get more insight and understanding of the process by which furloughs would be implemented or exempted based on the recently passed budget for FY2011 and FY2012, which was signed by the Governor on March 18.  As explained earlier,... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Spring Breakers Beware – Be Safe Traveling to Mexico

As many college students gear up for the spring break holiday next week, the Arizona Highway Patrol Association reminds our young adults to be careful when traveling to Mexico.  Increased violence in Mexico has caused concern for law enforcement, and they are reminding students about safety when traveling. “There is no doubt law enforcement has seen an increase in... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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AHPA Talks With Public About Prescription Drugs Usage

Sgt. Bill Rogers from the Arizona Highway Patrol Association speaks to the public on prescription drug usage and how law enforcement is dealing with its escalated use. Article written by/or information provided by AHPA  Read More →

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Tells Us Why You Want to Protect Education and Public Safety

Since the Yes on 100 campaign to protect education and public safety launched a few weeks ago, tens of thousands of Arizonans have signed up to support our efforts. They know that Proposition 100 is a responsible solution for Arizona at this time. We want to know why you support Prop 100, the campaign to protect education and public safety in Arizona. You can make your voice... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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14th Annual Officer Bob Martin Mile Clean-Up

The family and friends of Officer Robert K. Martin, a DPS officer who was shot to death during a traffic stop on August 15, 1995, get together yearly to remember him and his service.  The Beeline Highway, where a memorial for Officer Martin remains, is kept beautiful in his honor.  The Arizona Highway Patrol Association’s 14th Annual Officer Bob Martin Mile Clean-Up... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Up 31% – Officers Continue to Protect and Serve

Arizona – The month of January 2010 was one of the deadliest months for police across the nation.  According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), law enforcement deaths are up 31% over last January 2009 nationwide.  However, the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) reminds the public that officers remain committed to their duties, and... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Highway Patrol Supports Temporary Sales Tax to Assist Funding to Public Safety

Arizona is experiencing unprecedented budget issues, and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) is supportive of measures that would encourage revenue to assist public safety. In light of recent police tragedies and department cuts, the AHPA is supportive of Governor Brewer’s proposal for a temporary sales tax to continue funding support to the Department... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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AHPA reminds drivers about staying safe in rainy weather

spoke with Fox viewers about driving in dangerous weather.  On January 21st, Governor Jan Brewers declared a state of emergency for the State of Arizona.  Though the public still has get around, AHPA was able to provide tips to folks that need to drive.  View the video below to hear some of these safety points and the effects of what happens during a roll over accident... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Governor Proposes 5% Pay Cut for All State Employees – No DPS Lay-Offs

Governor Jan Brewer announced her plan last Friday to help resolve the current Arizona budget deficit.  The plan includes a 5% pay reduction for all state employees for 2010 and 2011, along with service cuts for state departments.  The proposal did not include further operating cuts to the Department of Public Safety (DPS). The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA)... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Highway Patrol Officers and Civilians Welcome New Director

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) welcomes the announcement of their new Department of Public Safety (DPS) director, Robert C. Halliday. “We thank Governor Brewer for choosing someone who has a tremendous insight into our department, as well as passion and commitment to our profession,” states Sgt. Jimmy Chavez, President of the AHPA. Director Halliday... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Click it or Ticket

Many Arizona law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Public Safety, have received grant money to specifically enforce seatbelt safety.  The “Click it or Ticket” laws have many parameters that any driver or passenger should know about.  The Arizona Highway Patrol Association is providing seatbelt safety tips to the public that goes beyond the... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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AHPA’s Safety Tips for the Holidays

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association helped equip the public with safety tips for this holidays season.  Read and view what officers did below by to helping citizens understand DUI laws and safe driving tips to keep our Arizona community safe. Article written by/or information provided by AHPA Sonoran Living, ABC 15:  8 tips to stay safe driving on New Year’s Eve  Read More →

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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High-Speed Chases Serve as a Reminder of Officer-Involved Critical Incidents

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) released preliminary statistics today about law enforcement related deaths as Arizona Department of Public Safety officers were involved in a high speed chase with a suspect on I-17 through Phoenix and then up to the high country.  The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) members know far too well the... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »
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Funeral Services for Officer Marano

Officer Chris Marano, 28, was struck on Loop 101 near Seventh Avenue. He was on the freeway to lay down a spike strip to help end a police chase. Visitation: Tuesday 22 December 2009, 1900 – 2100 hrs. Shadow Mountain Mortuary 2350 E. Greenway Rd. Service: Wednesday 23 December 2009, 1000 hrs. Christ Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Rd. Final Ceremonies: Estrella... 

December 16, 2010 | Read the story »