LABOR OFFICIALS FIND POLICE ACADEMY TRAINEES WORK UNPAID HOURS

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Published on October 6, 2019 -

LABOR OFFICIALS FIND POLICE ACADEMY TRAINEES WORK UNPAID HOURS

After a complaint filed by a member of the Ashland Police Department prompted an investigation, BOLI found that conditions were 'in violation of state and federal law.'

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LABOR OFFICIALS FIND POLICE ACADEMY TRAINEES WORK UNPAID HOURS

Ashland police candidate fired-pkg emma says, "chief tighe o'meara tells me getting a letter from boli asking the department to make a few changes at the training academy has never happened before and it's not a big deal.

On the other hand, ensley tells me it's a big deal to him.

He says he's on top of that, he believes speaking up about it is what got him fired."

"my father is law enforcement, my grandpa is law enforcement and my great grandpa is law enforcement."

And daniel ensley always knew he'd be the 4th generation in his family to wear the uniform.

Growing up, he spent his free time doing ride alongs.

After serving in the military, he knew it was his time.

He got a job with the ashland police department.

His dream career started with a 16 week program at the state of oregon department of public safety standards and training - or d-p-s-s-t.

He says it was a few weeks into training when something didn't sit right with him about the way trainees logged their hours.

"we're only gonna write forty hours on our time cards, it's all gonna balance out in the end ..

Just do it that way."

He says he asked a seargent about it and was told there was no expectation of overtime.

With just a few weeks left of training, ensley was let go..

For a reason he didn't believe.

Chief o'meara says he can't specify why he fired ensley..but says it was not because of the boli complaint.

Boli investigated the complaint and sent us its findings.

The investigation revealed dpsst trainees do tend to exceed 40 hours per week.

Boli found quote - overwhelmingly, trainees are only paid for 40 hours per week."

Boli also says the agencies that use dpsst may also be in violation of recordkeeping statutes.

Chief o'meara says the department will follow boli's guidance to make corrections where they're needed.

"it's not just apd it's not modify how it does stuff and how it does that exactly, i don't know, but it's not that big a deal, it's somebody giving us a course correction, but we'll take it and continue to moving forward."

In the meantime - ensley isn't losing sleep over the overtime hours he never got..

But the situation he found to be so ethically wrong.

"i'm hoping that it starts the change that we need to see there where police officers are being taught to do the right thing and shown the right thing at all times."

In ashland, emma balkenbush, newswatch 12.

Boli says 185 law

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