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Police Officers Why We Do It
Source: IPPFA

It would be easy to think that the police officer is a figure who has existed since the beginning of civilization. That’s the idea on display in the proclamation from President John F. Kennedy on the dedication of the week of May 15 as “National Police Week,” in which he noted that law-enforcement officers had been protecting Americans since the nation’s birth.

In fact, the U.S. police force is a relatively modern invention, sparked by changing notions of public order, driven in turn by economics and politics, according to Gary Potter, a crime historian at Eastern Kentucky University.

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Welcome Carbondale Fire Pension Fund to IPPFA
Source: IPPFA

Welcome Carbondale Fire Pension Fund to IPPFA.

 

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of IPPFA Director Robert “Bob” Burress
Source: IPPFA

Bob was a founding member of the IPPFA and served as a director from 1986-1995 and then again from 2008-2018. Bob retired as Chief of Police from the Pekin Police Department in 1995 and served as the Police Pension Fund President for 23 years.

Bob was a dear friend, mentor, and a huge supporter of the IPPFA. He will be greatly missed not only by his IPPFA family, but by everyone that knew him.

His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, IL. Pastor W. Lloyd Brock will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow the service in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, IL. Honors will be accorded by the Pekin Police Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554, as Bob was big into animals.

Click here to view Bob’s Obituary

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The Dangerous Consequence Of Cutting Public Safety Pensions
Source: Forbes

Management consulting firm McKinsey reports that organizations that appear on “best places to work” lists often make the cut because their business strategy is premised on a long-term relationship with their employees. McKinsey credits companies for both the large and small signals sent to employees that an organization cares about its people.

Valued by employers as a workforce management tool to recruit and retain talent, offering defined benefit (DB) pension benefits is one way that employers send a loud signal to employees that they are committed to a long-term relationship. The structure of a pension increases the financial value of a DB pension benefit over an employee’s career. This provides a meaningful incentive for employees to stay in their jobs. Research indicates that employees value pensions as a path economic security in retirement, especially as compared to individual defined contribution (DC) accounts.

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Welcome Lake Bluff Police Pension Fund to IPPFA
Source: IPPFA

Welcome Lake Bluff Police Pension Fund to IPPFA.

 

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Firefighters Why We Do It
Source: IPPFA

Firefighters have been saving the lives of Americans since 1678. Although their techniques have changed since then, firefighters are still saving thousands of lives each year.
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