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" Don't be afraid to give your
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jobs. Every time you conquer one
it makes you that much stronger.
If you do the little jobs well, the
big ones will tend to take care of
themselves".
 Dale Carnegie

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 
We have compiled the resources below based on the most common questions we get we asked. We've also included some articles that contain information that every officer should know. Many articles are from our Tuebor newsletter and provide a sampling of the valuable information you will receive each month as a member or subscriber.

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Article: Understanding Health Care Terms
Author: Donna Latouf
Description: You can save yourself money by knowing key health care terms and how they relate to your benefits. View this document to review some of the most common questions we receive regarding your health care benefits.




Article: Special Letter to Tuebor from NAPO
Author: National Association of Police Organizations
Description: View this document for more information on NAPO.
 
Advice of Rights

   If you are being asked questions which could result in discipline,
    be sure to do the following:

1.  Request the right to have your union representative with you before 
     answering any questions, and do not volunteer Information before 
     speaking with your union representative.

2.  Make sure you are ordered to answer the questions.

3.  Keep your answers to the point and very accurate.  Be completely 
      truthful in your answers. Do not speculate.

4.  Do not volunteer to take a polygraph examination or drug test.

5.  If you told you are facing a criminal investigation, refuse to 
     answer any questions until you have spoken with an attorney or 
     a union representative.


If you are questioned about an officer-involved shooting or the use of force

1.  Do not answer questions or write a report unless you are ordered to do so.
     An order to answer questions means your statement and the fruits of your 
     statements cannot be used to criminally prosecute you.

2.  Immediately request the presence of your attorney or union representative. 
     Have the union representative or your attorney present when all questioning 
     takes place.

3.  Remember that the statements you make to your union representative may not 
     be privileged; statements you make to your attorney are covered by the 
     attorney-client privilege. 

4.  If you need to talk to a doctor, psychologist, or minister, do so.
 
Garrity Notices 

Member Shall be given 48 hours written notification prior to being interviewed 
at which time the member being served shall Immediately notify the D.P.O.A. Office 
to have the attorney scheduled. Members are not Required to do Phone Interviews.

Grievance Procedure 
 
Every Employee of the Department shall have the right to present grievances in accordance with the 
procedure provided herein. The Association will hand deliver grievances directly to a Captain or 
Commander. The written grievance will set forth the nature of the grievance, the date of the matter 
complained of, the name(s) of the employee or employees involved, and the provisions of this Agreement, 
if any, that the grievant claims have been violated. Receipt of the grievance will be acknowledged by 
signature of the Captain or Commander who receives the grievance. Any grievance not filed within 
fourteen (14) calendar days of the occurrence of the alleged violation or within fourteen (14) 
calendar days of an Employee or the Association becoming aware of an alleged violation will be 
considered untimely and will not be processed. (pages 9 thru 16 of your 2014 - 2019 Contract)
 
Health Care Problems 

Please Call Benefits @ (313) 224-2742, Or Visit Benefits In Person 
At C.A.Y.M.C. Building Room 1026. They Are Open Every Day Of The Week
 
Death Benefits and Life Insurance
 
A. Death Benefits. Section 13-8-8 of the Municipal Code of the City of Detroit currently
   provides a death benefit of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
1. Membership shall be mandatory for regular Employees.
2. Contribution
   By the City - $13.30 per year per Employee.
   By the Employee - $.20 per week or $10.40 per year.
B. Payment for employees killed or permanently disabled in line of duty:
1. A lump sum duty death benefit of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) shall be paid to
   the beneficiaries or estate of Employees who are killed or who die as a result of
   injuries sustained in the actual performance of their duties in accordance with the
   City Council resolution of August 23, 1977, p. 1683, March 26, 1974, p. 627, and
   March 2, 1954, p. 509.
2. A lump sum payment of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) shall be made to any
   Employee who is totally and permanently disabled from illness or injury arising
   solely out of the actual performance of his duties. “Totally and permanently
   disabled” shall be defined exclusively as follows:
a. Total and permanent loss of sight of both eyes.
b. Loss of both legs or both feet at/or above the ankle.
c. Loss of both arms or both hands at/or above the wrist.
d. Loss of any two of the members of facilities enumerated in a., b., c.
e. Permanent and complete paralysis of both legs or both arms or one leg and
   one arm.
f. Incurable insanity or imbecility. Claims for this payment shall be made in
   accordance with the City Council resolution of March 26, 1974, p. 627.
3. Employees who receive a permanent disability under this Article shall be
   ineligible for the $10,000 Duty Death Benefit described in Section B.1. above.
   Denial of the $10,000 Duty Death Benefit may be appealed directly to arbitration
   in accordance with Article 8 (Arbitration) of this Agreement.
  (pages 60 and 61 of your 2014-2019 Contract)
 
Group Life Insurance

  A group life insurance program for the Employee and his family is available for all
   members of the Employees Benefit Plan on an optional basis, under the provisions of the
   City Code, Chapter 13, Article 9.
1. Membership Optional for members of the Employees Benefit Plan.
2. Contributions The City shall pay one hundred percent (100%) of the premium for insurance up
   to and including thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000) for each member plus five
   thousand dollars ($5,000) for each dependent. Additional life insurance may be purchased 
   through this plan at the Employee’s expense. Employees and their dependents who are on a duty 
   disability retirement shall be covered by this program.
   (pages 60 and 61 of your 2014 - 2019 Contract)

Life Insurance Active and Retired

Life Insurance Coverage Changes at the age of 65
 
Injury Reports
 
Document all injuries as soon as they happen. The forty-eight (48) hour rule means nothing to the 
Department, they are quick to dismiss the injury as happening on duty even if the report is filed 
within the rule. Send a copy of the injury report to the Medical Section, the Association and keep 
one for yourself.Just because you file an injury report on the Department's system doesn't mean it 
will be processed quickly and get to the Medical Section timely

Approved Occupational Health Care Facilities for Treatment of Occupational (Work-Related) Injury/Illness
TELETYPE #14-1427 
 
Detroit Medical Centers (DMC), and Henry Ford Health Systems are the only approved health facilities to 
provide occupational medical treatement services to the City of Detroit employees.  Note: Midwest Centers 
should no longer be used for Occupational Health Care services for the City of Detroit employees for 
treatment of occupational injury/illness.

Henry Ford Harbortown                                After Hours
3370 East Jefferson                                  Henry Ford Hospital ER
Detroit, MI 48207                                     2799 W. Grand Blvd.
(on Jefferson Ave., west of Belle Isle)           Detroit, MI 48202
                                                               Ph: (313) 916-8742

Hours of operation: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm M-F            
Ph: (313) 656-1600
Fx: (313) 656-1610

Detroit Medical Center(DMC)                                                    DMC After hours care
4201 St. Antoine, Suite 4K                                                       Occupational Health Services East
Detroit, MI 48201                                                                   Track  
Emergency                                                                             Detroit Receiving Hospital
(313) 745-4522 (office)                                                           (313) 745-3329 (ED Registration)
(313) 745-4137 (fax)                                                              (313) 745-3347 (ED Registration fax)
Hours of operations 6:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday -Friday

If you have any questions, please contact Police Medical, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm at (313) 237-3100 and during off duty hours, Police Medical can be contacted via Communications

CMI is the City of Detroit New Workers Compensation Claims Processor

Getting Duty Related Medical Bills Paid: 

When you are injured in the line of duty and are conveyed to a medical facility, 
remember you are working for the City of Detroit. Don't give admitting personnel 
your driver's license and insurance. Instead, give them your name, the address 
where you work, and the responsible party being.
 
           City of Detroit Medical Section 
          DPMS/DMA/University Health Center 
                 1301 3rd 5th Floor 
                 Detroit, Mi.48226 
                 313-237-3100 
 
 
 
Verify Deductions for Paycheck Code 40654
Are correct amounts deducted from your check?
When Code 40654 is found on your check, it means that you have signed up for one of the following (or any combination of the following) companies to have money deducted from your paycheck:

1.Colonial
2.Pre-paid Legal
3.Professional Insurance Co. (PIC)
4.Life USA
5.Primerica
6.Smith Barney
7.New England Financial
8.Central United
9.MI-COPS
10.Scholarship Fund

Following is an explanation of the procedure used by the company (or companies) to have money taken from your check and to have the money sent to them. The company or companies will have 
you sign a deduction card that will not have a dollar amount on it and will turn that card over to the DPOA to be processed. The reason the deduction card has no amount on it is because 
you might have more than one of the above companies taking money out of your check. Then they send the card to the DPOA, they also send a form with the card showing the amount to be 
deducted for their company. Once the DPOA gets the card and form, we then look up the member’s name on the deduction roster to see if a deduction is being taken out for one of the other 
companies. If another company or other companies have money being deducted, the new deduction will be added to the total and the new amount will be placed on the deduction card and form. 
The card is then hand delivered to the Fiscal Department and the form is hand delivered to the person (paid by the DPOA) to keep up with these deductions. Once the member signs the 
deduction card, it should take about three pay periods for the deduction to show up on the member’s paycheck. It is the responsibility of the member to know what is being deducted from 
his or her check and to know if a newly requested deduction has or has not started. If the deduction has not started, the member does not have the coverage and should contact the DPOA 
so we can do what needs to be done to correct the problem. Also, from time to time you might get a letter or check from the DPOA or the company, stating that there is a problem with your 
deduction. If you get such a letter, you must contact the DPOA immediately. If you do not contact us immediately, you might lose a benefit that you think you have.
 
Emergency /Excused Leave Days 

Emergency or excused days shall be granted to a member for an absence justified by urgent reasons such 
as attendance to demanding personal business and other pressing matters which cannot be covered by 
other banked time. Permission to use emergency days must be granted in advance from the member’s 
commanding officer or the officer in charge of his/her entity. Supervisory personnel may make reasonable 
inquiries in order to verify that the request is legitimate but shall maintain the confidentiality of any 
personal information. Not more than five (5) emergency or excused days may be granted in any one fiscal 
year under any circumstances. All emergency or excused days will be deducted from the member’s 
accumulated sick bank, and will consequently affect the accumulation of bonus vacation days. Any 
member under the restrictions of the attendance control program (DPD 350) shall not be allowed 
to have emergency or excused days deducted from his sick banks and will be carried Absent No Pay.
(page 39 of your 2014-2019 Contract)
 
Use of E-Day and Overtime 

On April 11, 2014, the Detroit Police Officers Association filed Grievance No. 14-018. The issue arose 
over whether or not the department has the right to include E-days for overtime purposes. On May 6, 2014, 
the grievance was presented at a step four meeting with Chief of Police James Craig. It was determined 
that the grievance would be placed on HOLD to allow an arbitrator to issue language as it relates to 
E-days and overtime calculations. On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, the grievance was arbitrated with 
Umpire George Roumell. In granting the grievance, Umpire Roumell cited the facts that the issue in 
the 2009-2012 contract included sick time as time worked for purposes of calculating overtime. In 
Article 14, Section B, of the contract it states how overtime shall be calculated: “Time off due 
to furlough, liquidation of comp time, sick leave and other paid absences shall be considered as 
time worked when applying overtime rules.” The problem arose through the CETs and the city’s 
language adopted by the panel (Act 312) majority excluded sick time from the overtime calculations. 
This was a change from the 2009-2012 contract. Neither the CET’s nor the City’s language that was 
adopted by the Panel majority make any reference to excluding emergency time from the overtime 
calculations. Article 25 of the contract, Emergency/excused leave day, states in part: “Emergency 
or excused days shall be granted to a member for an absence justified by urgent reasons and other 
pressing matters which cannot be covered by other banked time.” He further states that emergency 
time traditionally by contract language has been treated differently and has a different function 
than sick time. E-days are for the “Officers” emergencies and approved by the officers Commanding 
officer. An officer need not be ill or sick, but instead may use an Emergency day for a separate 
emergency. It is true that when an emergency day is used the day is deducted from the sick time 
banks, the emergency day as such is treated differently than a sick day. Thus, Umpire Roumell 
granted the grievance. E-days are to be calculated as time worked for the purposes of calculating overtime. This is the only way to interpret the language that was adopted by a majority of the Act 312 Panel.
 
Regularity in The Use of Sick Leave Benefits

A. General. The Detroit Police Department is responsible for providing efficient law enforcement services. 
   Maximum attendance is required from all members if this responsibility is to be fulfilled. It is, therefore, 
   necessary to identify and correct members who have developed a pattern of regularity in the use of 
   their sick leave benefits. Therefore, all commanding officers are to review the records of their 
   members quarterly: each January 10th, April 10th, July 10th and October 10th.

B. Counseling Regarding Regularity in the Use of Sick Leave Benefits. Upon review and approval of the 
   commanding officer, a ranking member shall counsel subordinates whose records show such an indication. 
   The counseling session shall include a discussion of the pattern observed to date, and the member’s 
   reason for absences. Where appropriate, the supervisor shall explore positive future courses of available 
   action with the member in an effort to assist the member in adopting corrective measures. At the end of 
   the counseling session, the supervisor shall prepare a detailed report of the meeting and attach the report 
   to the member’s Detroit Police Department Attendance Card, D.P.D. 350-C. A copy of this report shall be 
   provided to the member. Note, however, that said counseling does not constitute disciplinary action 
   and as such may not be noted in the administrative counseling register. Further, said detailed report 
   shall be removed from D. P. D. 350-C at the end of six months providing no further 
   corrective action has been necessary since the initial counseling session with the member.

C. Continued Pattern of Regularity in the Use of Sick Leave Benefits. If counseling does not produce   
   improved attendance, and the supervisor, after meeting with the member, determines that no satisfactory 
   reason exists which would justify said continued regularity in sick leave usage, upon review and approval 
   of the commanding officer, the supervisor shall personally serve the member with a Notice of Regularity in 
   the Use of Sick Leave Benefits, D.P.D. 350, and forward the necessary copies as outlined on the form. The 
   supervisor shall inform the member of the requirement to obtain documentation of the illness or of the 
   illness of a family member which necessitates the member’s absence from work. This documentation shall 
   consist of a statement from a physician concerning the illness for each sick day taken during the next 
   three month period. This requirement must be strictly adhered to during said period of time, except where
   the commanding officer is convinced that a reasonable basis exists for not requiring a physician’s note 
   in conjunction with a particular absence. The member will also be advised that said physician’s 
   documentation shall be submitted on D.P.D. 350-A, or an equally detailed doctor’s note, and shall be 
   presented to the member’s section commanding officer within three days after returning to duty. This 
   documentation is subject to the review of the department physician. Commanding officers shall ensure 
   that the copy of D.P.D. 350-A which is submitted by the member is forwarded to the Medical forthwith 
   for retention. A member who has been served with a Notice of Regularity in the Use of Sick 
   Leave Benefits, D.P.D. 350, and is being carried sick due to personal illness or injury or for 
   attendance upon a sick family member, must secure permission from the officer in charge of 
   the member’s entity or, if the entity is closed, from the officer in charge of the precinct in which 
   the member resides before the member may leave the member’s place of confinement. This restriction 
   does not apply on leave days or non-duty hours. "Improved attendance" as used herein shall mean that 
   the member has consistently and reliably demonstrated the capacity to provide proper and sustained 
   attendance within the meaning of this article. For purposes of interpreting the preceding sentence, 
   the word "sustained" shall be construed to mean an improvement which demonstrates that the abuse has 
   been eliminated. The supervisor shall further advise the member that failure to satisfactorily comply 
   with the regulation will result in the designation of each working day taken as "Sick" to "Absent No Pay." 
   The supervisor shall also advise the member that unless attendance improves, additional disciplinary 
   action may be imposed.

D. Improved Attendance. A member placed on a D.P.D. 350 will have his attendance reviewed on a 
   quarterly basis and will be removed from the restrictions of that provision upon a showing 
   of improved attendance within the meaning of the above definition.

E. Extended Medical Treatment. Members who document that their illness requires treatment on a regular 
   basis may submit D.P.D. 350-A for that ailment on a semi-annual basis. The physician designated by 
   the department, however, may want further verification concerning said ailment, and accordingly the 
   member may be required to see the physician.

F. Failure to Present Documentation by a Physician. If failure to comply with the regulation set 
   forth on D.P.D. 350 occurs, the section commanding officer shall personally serve the member 
   with a Notice of Failure to Present Documentation by a Physician, D.P.D. 350-B, and shall 
   forward the necessary copies as outlined on the form. A designation of "Absent No Pay" will 
   be entered in timekeeping records.

G. Appeals. Any member may file a grievance regarding the imposition of a Notice of Regularity 
   in the Use of Sick Leave Benefits, D.P.D. 350. If the grievance is granted, the arbitrator 
   shall be empowered to provide an appropriate remedy, including reimbursement of expenses
   medical visits ordered by the Department. (pages 55 thru 57 of your 2014 - 2019 Contract) 
 
Schedule of Holidays 

Each Employee shall be entitled to the following holidays in accordance with this schedule:    

New Years Day January 1

Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Day December 25th

Holiday Premium. Employees who are required to work on a holiday shall 
receive one and one half time (1.5x) premium pay in addition to the regular day's pay
(page 43 of your 2014 - 2019 Contract)
 
Floating Holidays

Each employee shall be entitled to four (4) floating holidays. Each floating holiday shall be a day off work 
at the regular straight time rate of pay. An officer may request to take his floating holidays by submitting 
a request in writing to his commanding officer. An officer may request to take his floating holidays in any 
sequence, provided, however, that a floating holiday may not be attached to a furlough. This request will 
be reviewed for the availability of personnel by his commanding officer. In all cases, preference shall be 
given for Employee requests for use of floating holidays over requests for bonus vacation days (Article 36) 
or excused time (Article 31). Seniority will be a prime consideration when several officers request to use a 
floating holiday on the same day. This article does not affect or limit the right of the Department to 
determine the number of employees assigned to work. Consequently, there will be no increase in the total 
number of employees who are absent and the effect of granting an employee’s request could be that the 
seniority leave day request of another employee (even if more senior) will be denied. Floating holidays 
must be used in the fiscal year that they are earned and shall not be carried over to a subsequent fiscal 
year. The Department shall ensure that floating holidays are expended proportionately throughout the 
year and are not carried until the last months of the fiscal year; therefore, on April 1st, the 
commanding officer shall assign any unselected floating holidays at his or her discretion.
(page 50 of your 2014 - 2019 Contract)
 
Bonus Vacation Days
 
Bonus vacation days are granted for unused current sick time. Officers who have accumulated a minimum of 
thirty-five (35) sick days including both current and seniority days and have a minimum of six (6) years 
of service on July 1st of each year will be credited with one-half (1/2) of the unused current sick time 
from the previous fiscal year up to six (6) days. An officer may request to take his bonus vacation days 
in any sequence (except when attached to a furlough as stated below) by submitting a request in writing 
to his commanding officer. This request will be reviewed for the availability of personnel by his 
commanding officer. Seniority will be a prime consideration when several officers request the same period 
of time off. An officer shall be allowed to use up to three (3) bonus vacation days in conjunction with a 
furlough. The request to utilize bonus vacation days in this manner must be included in the leave day 
request.Bonus vacation days, when connected to a furlough, shall not be canceled unless the accompanying 
furlough is canceled. This article does not affect or limit the right of the Department to determine the 
number of employees assigned to work. Consequently, there will be no increase in the total number of 
employees who are absent and the effect of granting an employee’s request could be that the seniority 
leave day request of another employee (even if more senior) will be denied. The Department must insure 
that bonus vacation days are expended proportionately throughout the year and are not carried until the 
last months of the fiscal year; therefore, on April 1st, the commanding officer shall assign the remaining 
bonus vacation days at his discretion. Any request to utilize unused bonus vacation days in conjunction 
with a furlough scheduled during the months of April, May or June must be submitted to the commanding 
officer by April 1st or those bonus vacation days will be assigned. Bonus vacation time shall be deducted from the member's bonus vaction bank before compensatory time shall be taken.
(page 57 of your 2014 - 2018 Contract)
 
Excused Time

Employees shall be granted eight (8) hours of "Excused Time" on Good Friday or the last eight (8) hours on 
the last scheduled day prior to Good Friday, eight (8) hours of "excused time" on Easter or the last eight 
(8) hours on the last scheduled day prior to Easter, and eight (8) hours of "Excused Time" on the last 
scheduled paid day before Christmas Day and before New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King’s Birthday 
provided they are on the payroll through the h
oliday in question. Employees required to work any portion 
of the "Excused Time" on these days will receive equal time off for hours worked or straight time cash at 
the option of the Chief of Police. No holiday premium will be paid for work on these days.
(page 50 of your 2014 - 2019 Contract)
 
Funeral Leave

A. If a death occurs among members of the Employee’s immediate family, such Employee will be granted 
   three (3) days funeral leave, not to be deducted from his sick bank, provided that such leave may 
   be extended to five (5) days within the discretion of the Commanding Officer based on individual 
   circumstances.

B. If a death occurs among the relatives of the Employee, such Employee will be granted one (1) day 
   funeral leave not to be deducted from his sick bank.

C. The immediate family is defined as wife, husband, son, daughter, brother, sister, father, mother, 
   stepmother, stepfather or other members of the household.

D. A relative is defined as a grandson, granddaughter, grandmother, grandfather, great grandchild, 
   great grandparent, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, uncle, aunt, mother-in-law or father-in-law. 

   The Department may Require the Employee to Furnish Proof of Legal Guardianship
   (page 22 of your 2014 - 2019 Contract)
 
 
Uniforms

A. Initial Uniform Allowance. At time of hire, Employees shall receive an initial uniform allowance
   of eight hundred and fifty dollars ($850) or, in the alternative, the Department may institute a 
   uniform voucher system and issue Employees uniform vouchers in lieu of a cash payment. In the 
   event that the Department changes its specifications regarding uniforms and/or equipment, Employees 
   shall receive an initial uniform allowance as provided above. The initial uniform allowance that 
   Employees receive in the event of a change in Department specifications shall be provided in lieu 
   of the annual uniform allowance as set forth in Section B. In no event shall any Employee receive 
   both an initial uniform allowance and an annual uniform allowance in the same year.

B. Annual Uniform Allowance. The Department will no longer issue replacement uniforms and accessories. 
   Except as provided in Section A, members will instead receive a uniform allowance of eight hundred 
   and fifty dollars ($850) annually for the procurement and maintenance of all of the member’s 
   required uniforms and accessories. Alternatively, the Department may institute a uniform voucher 
   system and issue Employees uniform vouchers in lieu of cash payments. The member shall be 
   responsible for procuring uniforms and equipment according to Department specifications. This 
   allowance shall not include maintenance and procurement of bulletproof vests or other specialty 
   equipment, which the Department shall continue to procure and issue directly to members.

C. Annual Cleaning Allowance. Employees shall receive an annual uniform cleaning allowance of two 
   hundred and fifty dollars ($250) per year payable the first payroll period each fiscal year. 
   Alternatively, the Department may institute a uniform cleaning voucher system and issue 
   Employees uniform cleaning vouchers in lieu of cash payments.

D. The annual uniform allowance shall be payable on July 1st to Employees who were hired on or before 
   April 1st of that year. Employees who were hired after April 1st of that year, will not receive an 
   annual uniform allowance until the subsequent July 1st.

E. For purposes of calculating eligibility for payment of these allowances, all members shall receive 
   payment of these allowances with the following exceptions:

1. A member shall be considered off the payroll and ineligible for this allowance if he/she has retired, 
   resigned or has been discharged with an effective date before July 1st of the fiscal year payment is 
   to be made.

2. Members discharged and suspended without pay who have a pending appeal of the discharge shall not 
   receive payment of the uniform cleaning allowance unless and until the discharge is overturned at 
   an appellate level at which time they shall be made whole.

3. Members on extended AWOL or ANP status on July 1st of the fiscal year payment is to be made will 
   not receive the uniform cleaning allowance unless they return to active regular duty during the 
   fiscal year at which time they will receive full payment.

4. Members on an unpaid leave of absence on July lst of the fiscal year will not be entitled to 
   payment for the uniform cleaning allowance until the next fiscal year.
   (pages 33,34 of your 2014 - 2019 Contract)
Department Uniform Inspection Team Requirements 
 
 
 
 
Locate your Michigan State Representative 
 
Contact Information for Governor Rick Snyder 
 
Information on the Process of ACT 312 
 
Detroit Bankruptcy view this Youtube Video
 
Concordia University for D.P.O.A. Membership