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First Collin Birnie Award recipient honored to be recognized

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: November 17, 2022


By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor For years Collin Birnie handed out awards on behalf of the POLC to help non-sponsored Police Cadets pay the costs of attending Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA). This year, a scholarship award was presented in the POLC Executive Committee member’s honor, following his untimely death in a February traffic […]

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Fall Journal 2022 features POLC/GELC Annual Conference, Outstanding Service

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: October 26, 2022


The POLC/GELC paid tribute to Labor Representative Hal Telling and Executive Committee member Collin Birnie during the Annual Labor Conference in September. Both Union officials passed away in 2022. The Fall 2022 Police Officers Journal features highlights from the POLC/GELC Annual Conference, including the election of Executive Committee members and the 2022 Outstanding Service Award […]

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Police cadet’s career takes flight as he follows in father’s footsteps

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 29, 2022


By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Jacob Alexander Biek obtained a Criminal Justice degree, completed Police Academy, and works as a pilot and airplane mechanic in addition to starting his first law enforcement job. “He’s a pilot and he flies jets, not little single prop planes,” said Wayne County Regional Police Academy (WCRPA) Director Anthony Mencotti. […]

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Macomb Police Academy grad reaps rewards from 6 years of preparations

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 15, 2022


By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Sean McGregor was recognized for his hard work at Macomb Community College Police Academy, but he was quick to credit Academy instructors for his success after receiving the Richard R. Weiler Scholarship Award. “Honestly I’ve never shot a gun before this, so I came out of it feeling pretty confident […]

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2022 Summer Journal features Weiler Scholars, Conference registration

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 29, 2022


The POLC is recognizing top achieving local Police Academy Cadets with awards named in honor of retired POLC/GELC Director Richard R. Weiler. View the Summer 2022 Police Officers Journal to read the first articles written about cadet recipients. Join us for the Annual POLC/GELC Labor Conference in scenic Traverse City this September! Register today to […]

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Union leader remembered, Reps lead way with groundbreaking contracts in Winter 2022 Journal

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: February 21, 2022


The Unions lost an integral leader Feb. 4 with the passing of POLC/GELC Executive Committee member Collin Birnie, a Flint Police Captain, following a head-on collision. Contract settlements continue to break ground in a myriad of ways as Labor Reps amp up negotiations in response to pandemic challenges. The Unions welcomed two new Labor Representatives […]

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Fall 2021 Journal features outstanding service, numerous contract settlements

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: October 21, 2021


POLC and GELC Labor Representatives helped several units successfully negotiate contracts in recent months, packing the Fall 2021 Journal with summaries of the latest settlement agreements. After a year hiatus, the POLC/GELC Annual Meeting & Labor Seminar brought members back to Traverse City this September for a getaway combining business and pleasure. Members voted in […]

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3 POLC-represented police departments awarded over $187,000 in grant funding

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: October 11, 2021


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that three POLC-represented police departments are among the 12 recipients of over $1 million in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Justice. Big Rapids Police Department was awarded $75,000; Brownstown Township Police Department received $74,335 and Houghton Police Department was awarded $37,903 in grant funds supporting law enforcement agencies seeking […]

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Summer Police Officers Journal 2021 arrives as pandemic wanes

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 17, 2021


As the pandemic slows and the state’s COVID-19 Emergency Orders are being lifted, it’s the perfect time to register for the POLC/GELC Annual Conference, scheduled for September. Last year’s conference, like many events, was canceled due to COVID-19. National Police Week 2021 featured several virtual events this May, but in-person events in Washington D.C. will […]

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Winter 2021 Police Officers Journal recognizes officer heroism, losses during pandemic

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: February 9, 2021


The Winter 2021 Police Officers Journal features POLC officers who were awarded for their bravery under extreme circumstances. Six officers received 2020 POLC Outstanding Service Awards and national attention for their acts of heroism. This edition also serves as somber recognition of the fact that many law enforcement officers have paid the ultimate price as […]

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