CPOT Justin Knop helps to distribute welcome gifts provided by the Conservation Police Officers Association, to the participants at the 8th annual Wounded Warrior Grassy Lake Waterfowl Hunt. It should be noted that Knop, a veteran himself who served with the National Guard in Afghanistan as part of a mission to support Special Forces in that country, is one of the current group of 12 CPO Trainees who face layoff on December 31st. Knop was Valedictorian of his Conservation Police Academy class. Knop additionally provided participants with education regarding Illinois rules and regulations and the opportunities available for veterans and the disabled in the Illinois outdoors
At nearly the last possible moment - Illinois CPO’s are no longer operating in a circus of uncertainty regarding layoffs and certification of CPO Trainees. In a release from the Governor Rauners office this morning, it was announced that the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police ratified it’s collective bargaining agreement, this saving the jobs of approximately 32 Conservation Police Officers.
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner announced today the Administration has reached a collective bargaining agreement with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council representing Illinois Conservation Police Officers.
“Through fair and good faith negotiations, we were able to reach a compromise that continues to protect our state parks and other natural resources,” Rauner General Counsel Dennis Murashko said. “This new contract is fair to both state employees and taxpayers, and we look forward to continuing our partnership while working together to serve the citizens of Illinois.”
The agreement includes a four-year wage freeze and ensures no conservation police officers will be laid off, while we work to expand staffing levels.