Problem police are moved to jobs at Homeland Security center

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Some problem police officers in Philadelphia are being assigned to monitor security cameras in a highly sensitive Homeland Security intelligence facility.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the location has become a sort of holding area for officers on restricted duty, meaning they are unfit for street duty because of pending criminal charges or accusations of wrongdoing.

Among them is a homicide detective accused of making secret cash payments to an imprisoned informer and a former detective accused of coercing false confessions.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross says that it’s a low-risk way to get work from problem officers and that it has never caused problems.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania says a facility with highly sensitive information is the last place an officer accused of wrongdoing should be working.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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