Texas' Largest Police Union Joins Forces With PolicePay.net

Jan 25, 2010, 13:05 ET from Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Local law enforcement unions across the state will soon have a powerful new tool available during collective bargaining negotiations and discussions with local elected officials about officer pay and benefits. This week the state's largest law enforcement organization has announced an exclusive new partnership in Texas with the nationally renowned financial research group Policepay.net.

"The members of the CLEAT (Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas) executive board are excited about this joint venture. This agreement is the culmination of lengthy discussions and negotiations between the two entities," said Charley Wilkison, Public Affairs Director.

"Policepay.net is known across the U.S. for its reputation of conducting forensic financial discovery on government and political subdivision budgets especially as it relates to police officer pay, benefits and pensions," he said.

CLEAT is making this move as part of its long-term strategic plan to free up employees, move more contract negotiators, union organizers and lawyers into the field where officers will have more access to regional services.

"For the past 30 years most of this kind of research has been done inside our organization and our employees have done a good job but this arrangement will bring the subject matter experts in to work exclusively for our members in Texas," Wilkison said.

"During tough economic times some city and county bureaucrats use the temporary circumstances to make cuts in public safety that hurt officers while shifting budget priorities to pet projects and cutting secret deals that benefit themselves and their cronies. Our board of directors wanted to send the strongest possible response to these kinds of tactics," he said.

The exclusive agreement will immediately impact ongoing and future financial research projects for all affiliates of CLEAT including 17,800 full-time dues paying members and over 80 local law enforcement unions.

CLEAT is the state's largest law enforcement organization.

SOURCE Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas