Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
Message from the Executive Director – Tom Austin
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Message from the Executive Director – Tom Austin

This year the OPBA hosted the annual Midstates Conference on November 11th and 12th.  Groups representing law enforcement, corrections and dispatchers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota participated.  This annual gathering is an information sharing session for all of the states involved.  Speakers included William Johnson from NAPO who spoke about body cams and legislative updates on the Federal level of government.  Justice Andy Douglas spoke on body cams and public records in Ohio as well as the upcoming United States Supreme Court Case Frederick’s vs. California Teachers Association.  Amanda Leffler and Amanda Parker of the Brouse McDowell Law Firm spoke on liability insurance for the law enforcement field.  Steve Loomis President of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association spoke about the Michael Brelo case and the consent decree Cleveland Police will be working under.  A roundtable discussion followed the speakers’ presentations.  During the roundtable discussion a representative from each state mentioned above spoke about the issues facing their organizations.

Nominations for the 23rd Annual Top Cops are currently underway.  Please visit OPBA.com for a nomination form.

The OPBA Office Staff has been hard at work identifying members who are not receiving all the benefits the OPBA has to offer.  If you or know of someone who has not completed a membership card one is located under the forms section of this website.  Please feel free to fill out the membership card and email it to tnewcomer@1f4.29c.myftpupload.com or mail to our PO Box 338003, North Royalton, OH  44133.

Finally Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to each of you and your families.  Stay Safe.


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