It makes no sense for a Philadelphia policeman to be able to retire on a hefty pension after barely a week in uniform, much less any crime fighting.
A loophole permits civilian city workers to join the police force after age 45, then retire immediately under the more generous police pension plan. The same holds for the Fire Department, although city officials don't believe anyone has taken advantage of it.
Not only is this pension provision absurd, it's an affront to the men and women who serve years-long careers in uniform performing difficult and dangerous jobs. It's legal, but it isn't right.