Report: Commish suspends discipline of cops

FILE PHOTO Charles Ramsey: Labor Relations Board ruled that changes to the disciplinary code were unfair.
FILE PHOTO Charles Ramsey: Labor Relations Board ruled that changes to the disciplinary code were unfair.
Posted: June 01, 2014

FOR THE TIME being, problem officers in the Police Department reportedly will go unpunished.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told the Inquirer yesterday that he is temporarily suspending all disciplinary action against officers.

Ramsey's decision comes after a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled this week that changes Ramsey made to the department's disciplinary code were unfair. The ruling was reported by the Daily News yesterday.

Attempts to reach Ramsey, who was attending a law-enforcement conference in San Francisco, were unsuccessful last night.

Informed last night by the Daily News of Ramsey's reported decision, John McNesby, the president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, said: "I'm guessing we will sit down when [Ramsey] returns and see what can be worked out."

Ramsey told the Inquirer that the department would take no action on complaints against officers until it has a better understanding of the impact of the labor board's ruling.

The board decreed Tuesday that the city violated the law in 2010 by "unilaterally" increasing penalties for offenses and adding "new violations" not previously detailed in the code.

Ramsey, who became commissioner in 2008, created a task force to revise the code - but issued the new one without agreement from the FOP as law requires, the ruling said.


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