Governor’s Office Comments on Union’s Refusal to Implement State Patrol Reforms
Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970
Luke Robson, 402-471-1967
LINCOLN – Today, the Governor’s Office issued a statement following communication from the State Law Enforcement Bargaining Council (SLEBC) rejecting a call to negotiate needed reform. In August, the Governor’s Office released a report which called for new measures to hold Nebraska State Patrol Officers more accountable.
“The Governor is focused on ensuring that the State Patrol is above reproach through reforms that provide transparency and accountability,” said Taylor Gage, the Governor’s spokesman. “This letter is a clear declaration from the union that they want to be a part of the status quo rather than work together to move the agency forward. The Governor’s team is evaluating alternative strategies to implement these necessary reforms.”
The August report recommended that the Governor’s Chief Negotiator at the Department of Administrative Services should immediately seek to work with SLBEC representatives to remove provisions governing internal investigations from the SLEBC contract. The report said: “It is in both parties’ interests to instill in the public confidence that [the] State Patrol’s conduct is above reproach.”
A copy of the letter from SLEBC can be found by clicking here.