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Public Safety

The City's continued reductions in police and fire staffing is of great concern to residents throughout the City. This page, when updated, will provide information related to our public safety services.

New: A friend passed along a document "Navigating the Public Safety Challenges Facing Washtenaw County Now & in the Future"



Here are a few articles that include information on public safety:

February 29, 2012 - Police stress precautions to residents as Ann Arbor records 80 home invasions in 2 months.

March 10, 2012 - Fire protection in Ann Arbor hits a new low with ladder trucks in and out of service

May 21, 2012 - Ann Arbor budget changes: Public art, police and fire staffing, fall leaf pickup, recycling and more.

Remember to thank our police officers and fire fighters when you see them around town. Let them know you appreciate what they do for all of us.


Act 312 Arbitration

In 1969 the legislature passed a bill providing police and firefighters the right to have contract terms decided by a neutral arbitrator. This law was meant to avoid the dangerous circumstances that would arise during public safety strikes. For more than 40 years this system has worked. The State has had no police or firefighter strikes and our first responders have had access to fair resolution of contract negotiations.

Below, we have attached copies of the Act 312 arbitration awards involving Ann Arbor public safety unions since 1988. These awards and earlier ones are available on the MSU Labor & Industrial Relations Library web page. Just click the "Search the Collection" link and on the next page fill in the search field with the words "Ann Arbor".

Note that the arbitration opinions usually mention that the City's ability to pay the Union's demands is not in contention.

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