Fired and reinstated

This article summarizes data from 37 large agencies, finding that 1,881 officers were fired for misconduct since 2006 but over 450 were reinstated after appeals. “In many cases, the underlying misconduct was undisputed, but arbitrators often concluded that the firings were unjustified because departments had been too harsh, missed deadlines, lacked sufficient evidence or failed to interview witnesses.” Chiefs express frustration whereas union officials argue that officers’ rights must be protected.

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One Response to “Fired and reinstated”

  1. Michael Ward Says:

    As stated in the article “Most of the officers regained their jobs when police chiefs were overruled by arbitrators, typically lawyers hired to review the process”.

    In Kentucky we have a process established by law, KRS 15.520 a.k.a. as the Peace Officers Bill of Rights. This is a process to be followed for complaints brought against officers from outside the organization with the intent to eliminate political influence of any sort. However, I have found, as many other Chiefs in Kentucky have, that following 15.520 for all disciplinary action has proven to be immensely valuable. In all cases of discipline up to and including termination as well as law suits against the termination have proven to be upheld.

    Discipline is a process and if administration injects emotion and speed into the process than they get the results arbitrators are looking for. Follow the process!

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