By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

Waterford Township Police Det. Chris Belling is known for putting the members of his local MAP unit first, so it’s fitting he is the first recipient of the Richard C. Heins Outstanding Leadership Award.

Photos by Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor                                          Waterford Township Police Det. Chris Belling was honored with the Richard C. Heins Outstanding Service Award at the MAP Holiday Open House in December 2019.

In a tribute to longtime MAP Executive Board President Rich Heins, the Outstanding Leadership Award recognizes MAP, MAPE and MAFF Local Union Stewards who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve fellow members. Heins passed away unexpectedly April 28, 2019, shortly after retiring from the Sterling Heights Police Department and becoming a MAP, MAPE and MAFF Labor Relations Specialist.

“He was well-known for putting the needs of members above his own. As President of MAP, he set policy through turbulent times in 2007,” said Mike Kunath, MAP Executive Board Vice President and a longtime Sterling Heights Police comrade. An MCOLES Commissioner since 2017, Kunath said, Heins “articulated actual needs of officers and was an advocate of training.”

Det. Belling was nominated by MAP staff for the award. The Waterford Township Police Officers Association President, former Association Vice President and Secretary has served on the Local Board for the past decade, running unopposed every election since the first time he ran against another candidate and won. Members know when the going gets tough, they can count on Triple B “By the Book Belling” as he is affectionally known for his tenacity.

“Chris takes grievances personally if he feels the Employer is being unjust or unfair,” said MAP Executive Board Treasurer Al Knapp, a Waterford Township Police Detective. “It seems to bother him as much or more than the actual grievant. He puts his heart and soul into being a union representative.”

MAFF is offering new Union Steward Training Seminars at the MAFF Office beginning in February.contract

Register today for the free training seminars, which are available on a first-come basis. All Local Executive Board members and Local Stewards are encouraged to attend.

The seminars are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch served on the following dates: Feb. 28, May 29, Aug. 28 and Nov. 20, 2020. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

Please contact Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7160, ext. 231 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible as to make reservations for members from your Local Association.

Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are encouraged to attend 2020 Grievance Seminars on Fridays at the MAFF Office.

The free seminars, conducted by MAFF Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information about key grievance issues. We suggest all members from the Local Executive Boards and Local Stewards attend. Each seminar will begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served.

Contract Interpretation Grievance Seminars are scheduled for Jan. 31, April 24, July 31 and Oct. 30, 2020. Grievance Seminars focusing on Discipline are scheduled for: March 27, June 26, Sept. 25 and Dec. 18, 2020. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

Please register as soon as possible as space is limited to 12 people per seminar on a first-come basis. Call Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7160, ext. 231 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) recently sent a letter urging Governor Gretchen Whitmer and mapothe state legislature to come up with a budget deal generating over $2 billion to fix Michigan roads.

The letter discourages reductions in General Fund revenue to fix roads, which reduces funding to public safety and first responders. A proposed change in the sales tax on fuel could cause an additional $200 million loss to General Fund revenue, according to MAPO.

Click here to view MAPO’s Road Budget Recommendation.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

While some people are concerned about what they post, text and otherwise share online, just as many view this as their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. No matter your view on the subject, legal advisors for MAFF are urging members to think twice before posting or texting anything sexual, racial or even political.

“You have a First Amendment right to say whatever you want to, but you don’t have a constitutional right to your job,” said MAFF Legal Counsel Catherine Farrell.

Public Employees should understand specific restrictions detailed in their contracts. “Look to the CBA to make sure you don’t violate it,” said Farmington Hills Attorney Arthur J. Weiss, who joined Farrell in a Social Media discussion with Union members during the Annual Open House in December.

Weiss recounted a case in which a Detective was accused of hitting on a witness and complainant. “There was nothing in the CBA for sexting, however it was clear the department could discipline him if they thought it was warranted,” Weiss said.