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