Problem officers in Philadelphia moved to jobs at Homeland Security center
A police car drives with its lights flashing in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
(Philadelphia) — Some problem 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 due to pending criminal charges or accusations of wrongdoing.
Among those assigned to the unit is a homicide detective accused of making secret cash payments to an imprisoned informer and a former detective accused of coercing false confessions from defendants.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross defends the practice, saying it’s a low-risk way to get work from problem officers and they’ve never had any issues.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania says the facility with highly sensitive information is the last place an officer accused of wrongdoing should be working.