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  • The Dish From Ish, January 2019
    Updated On: Jan 08, 2019
    NIZAM "ISH" ISHMAEL, PBA Treasurer

    Congratulations to all the MDPD Officers and Sergeants that placed on the respective Police Sergeant and Police Lieutenant eligibility lists. Your PBA enjoyed hosting the 9-week supervisory exam preparation course that was organized by Major Brian Rafky. One-hundred percent of the proceeds raised were donated to the Casiano family.  Please continue to keep Jake Casiano and his family in your prayers.   

    As our staff continues to seek leadership roles, I believe that it would be in the best interest of MDPD to bring back the Corporal, Master Sergeant, and First Lieutenant ranks. All three of these ranks should be assigned to Districts only. The Corporal rank has not existed for many years; however, it served a very important role. It was also a stepping stone for someone who was interested in becoming a Sergeant as it helped them to develop. The Master Sergeant and First Lieutenant ranks gave stability to Districts. Whenever administrations changed, personnel serving in these positions eliminated favored people from being brought in.  

    The examination for these ranks consisted of a multiple-choice test. You would then be placed on a list in these eight categories: White Male/White Female, Black Male/Black Female, Hispanic Male/Hispanic Female or Other Male/Other Female. As positions became available you were offered and assigned these new responsibilities. There was a 5% increase in performing your role. You could not hold the rank for more than 5 years and at that point would then have to retest. 

    Another benefit was earning points towards your promotional examination. This was huge when the eligibility lists were being finalized. Everyone agrees that uniform patrol is the backbone of any agency. I believe that by bringing back these positions we would have better-prepared supervisors. Let us help to develop our Department and bring back the ranks of Corporal, Master Sergeant, and First Lieutenant.  

    I wanted to thank all the readers of the HEAT for your feedback and comments on my past articles.  Looks like a great amount of us all feel the same on many topics. I wish all our members a healthy and prosperous new year! Contact me at ish@dcpba.org or at (305) 593-0044.        

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