In This Issue

Electronic Liability Policies

OSHA 300 Log Recordkeeping

Save The Date! 21st Century Policing Workshop

PRIMA Community Engagement Webinar

Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program Update

Tennessee Trivia

Q. Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, actress, author, business woman and philanthropist. Which Tennessee city is Dolly Parton’s hometown?

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Message from the President


There is a reason Tennessee is called the Volunteer State. The fires in East Tennessee have brought out the best in people and highlighted a heartfelt sense of generosity.

On November 30, 2016, Public Entity Partners established an ongoing GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for East Tennessee municipal employees impacted by the tragedy. Partnering with us are the Tennessee City Managers Association (TCMA), the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), the Tennessee Association of Chief of Police (TACP) and the Tennessee Professional Fire Fighters Association (TPFFA).

We are focused on assisting the employees of our insureds in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, and it has now been determined there are 14 such families who lost their homes and belongings in the wildfires. To date, a large number of contributions from across Tennessee have been made, and we have also received donations from people and organizations in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida. By December 20, 2016, the total funds (received either through GoFundMe or through checks made payable to Public Entity Partners) exceeded $70,000, and additional commitments and donations are still coming in.

Halie Gallik, Public Entity Partners’s director of communications and research, joined me on a recent visit to the fire-ravaged area. We met some people who lost their homes, as well as others who were doing all they could to help the victims. We also saw some of the devastation firsthand. The photos of the area do not do justice to the extent of damage. One gentleman we talked with said that he lost everything but a few clothes. He also told us that the generosity of people has been overwhelming, and each day he receives a new blessing. His story is heartbreaking, but his attitude is inspiring.

With the holidays here, let us please remember those less fortunate than us and give whatever financial support is possible. No amount is too small!

You can make a check payable to Public Entity Partners, with the notation “East Tennessee Fires” in the memo line, or you may donate via the GoFundMe account here.

Please share this information with your family and friends.

Wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year,
Dawn R. Crawford


Electronic Liability Policies

Starting in January of 2017, Public Entity Partners will begin sending liability policies to members electronically, just as we have been doing for workers’ compensation policies over the past year.

At your next liability renewal, your underwriter will work with you to determine the best point of contact for your organization. That designee will receive the liability policy, as well as a password to unlock the file.

If you have any questions about Public Entity Partners’s electronic policy delivery or need assistance in opening a file, please call or email the underwriter for your region.

Jodeen Baumann

Anthony Roman

Pam Lennon

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OSHA 300 Log Recordkeeping

Eight seminars on OSHA 300 Log Recordkeeping will be offered by TOSHA in January and February, in conjunction with the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS) and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TCCI).

The seminars will describe recordkeeping requirements; maintenance of the OSHA 300 log; reporting of fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations and eye loss; review of policies that may be discriminatory to a worker reporting an injury or illness; and electronic scanning of the 300 log, 300A and 301.

Date Location Co-sponsor
Jan. 17 Nashville UTCIS
Jan. 19 Knoxville UTCIS
Jan. 25 Murfreesboro TCCI
Jan. 27 Knoxville TCCI
Feb. 2 Chattanooga TCCI
Feb. 7 Clarksville TCCI
Feb. 17 Jackson TCCI
Feb. 23 Kingsport TCCI

For general information and registration, please contact the co-sponsor: TCCI or (615) 256-5141 UTCIS or 615-532-8657

To view the January – July 2017 TOSHA Seminar Schedule, please click here.

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Save The Date! 21st Century Policing Workshop

21st Century Policing: Addressing Liability and Safety Issues

Brought to you by Public Entity Partners, TACP and MTAS


January 31 (Germantown), February 1 (Jackson), February 2 (Franklin), February 21 (Chattanooga), February 22 (Knoxville), February 23 (Johnson City)


9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the Franklin workshop)
Lunch is provided
All workshops qualify for 4 hours of training


Jack Ryan, Esq.
Co-Director, Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute, a division of the Public Agency Training Council

Topics Covered:

Use of Force, Implicit Bias, Confirmation Bias, Lack of Respect for Authority, Trends in Social Media, Drones, Body Cameras and more

Who Should Attend:

Law enforcement professionals, elected officials, city administrators, risk managers and other public administrators



Host Agency

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Germantown Police Department
Police Training Room
1930 S. Germantown Rd.
Germantown, TN 38138

Memphis PD
Germantown PD
Bartlett PD
Collierville PD

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Jackson MTAS Office – Meeting Room A
605 Airways Blvd.
Jackson, TN 37301

Jackson PD
Dyersburg PD

Thursday, Feb. 2

Embassy Suites – Cool Springs
820 Crescent Centre Dr.
Franklin, TN 37067

This session held in conjunction with the regular February meeting of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP)

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Chattanooga Midtown Central
Family Justice Center
5705 Uptain Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37411

Chattanooga PD
Red Bank PD

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Knoxville Public Works Complex – Community Room
3131 Morris Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37909

Knoxville PD
Maryville PD
Alcoa PD
Oak Ridge PD

Thursday, Feb. 23

Holiday Inn – Johnson City
101 W. Springbrook Dr.
Johnson City, TN 37604

Johnson City PD
Kingsport PD
Bristol PD

Our instructor, Jack Ryan, is no stranger to TACP or law enforcement in Tennessee. He is an attorney, trainer, expert witness, and retired law enforcement officer and administrator from Providence, Rhode Island. This class promises to be informative, timely and engaging.

Each attendee will also receive a digital copy of Ryan’s “Law Enforcement & Best Practices” manual at no charge. All Tennessee police departments are invited to attend.

Registration for the event will be online at

A special thank you to our host agencies who have helped make this training a success.

Space is limited, so please register early. If you have questions about registration, please contact Halie Gallik at 800.624.9698 or

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PRIMA Community Engagement Webinar

When: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST / Noon – 1:30 PM EST

Cost: FREE for PE Partner Members

How: Visit to register

Register for a live webinar hosted by PRIMA on Wednesday, February 15. Michael Fann and George Dalton from Public Entity Partners’s Loss Control Department will be discussing community engagement as a risk management technique.

Some organizations engage in customer service training, while others may call it demeanor or interpersonal skills training. We simply title it community engagement. Risk managers can play a significant role in addressing critical exposures that place their employees and property, along with the public, at risk.

Most members of the general public appreciate the services that governmental entities provide. However, practically every encounter with the public has the potential to become adversarial or be negatively perceived.

Attendee Takeaways:

  1. Risk management can play a critical role in facilitating preemptive approaches before a critical, Ferguson-like catastrophe occurs.
  2. All public entity services have a potential negative or adversarial outcome. It is vital that entity staff work to add credits to the entity’s community trust account, knowing that a catastrophic debit is eventually coming.
  3. Public servants must always resolve to engage the general public with respect and civility, as much as it is in their power to do so.
  4. Each public entity needs to commit to an internal and external engagement plan.

Questions about how to register?
Please contact Halie Gallik at 800.624.9698 or

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Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program Update

Chief Randy Evans (right), TACP district director, presented the accreditation award to Chief Mark Rosser (center) and Mayor James Mayberry.

Congratulations to Chief Mark Rosser and the Crossville Police Department for achieving accreditation through the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA) Program. Accreditation increases a law enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of services to the community. The program is administered by the Professional Standards Committee of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP), which has established professional standards of accountability, management and operations.

To date, 42 law enforcement agencies across the state have received accreditation through the TLEA Program. Twenty-seven of those accredited agencies are PE Partner members.

Eight of these agencies are also accredited nationally through the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). An additional four PE Partner members are accredited through CALEA, but have not yet completed their TLEA Program accreditation. Special recognition is given to Chief Jeff Hughes and the Brentwood Police Department for having maintained their CALEA accreditation since November 1989, which is the longest accreditation period in the state.

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Tennessee Trivia

Q: Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, actress, author, business woman and philanthropist. Which Tennessee city is Dolly Parton’s hometown?

A. Dolly Parton is a native of Sevierville.