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TPOA wins Tucson police union election

The Tucson Police Officers Association has fended off an organizing challenge from another police union, the Fraternal Order of Police. TPOA received 58 percent of the vote in balloting among officers, detectives and sergeants this week.

TPOA has been the collective bargaining unit for Tucson Police Department cops since 1996, but has been challenged several times by the FOP.

In a city-run election held Tuesday, 317 commissioned TPD personnel voted to continue TPOA's representation. The FOP received 227 votes (41 percent), while four ballots were cast in favor of officers having no representation.

The election was conducted by the City Clerk's Office, with both labor groups having observers present.

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