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Union Files Complaint Against Chief Who Made Off-Duty Arrest

Union Files Complaint Against Chief Who Made Off-Duty Arrest

The Times-Tribune

April 19, 2011

Scranton, Penn. — The Scranton police union has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the city for an off-duty drug arrest made by Police Chief Dan Duffy in March.

The complaint, which was filed with the state Labor Relations Board on April 14, takes issue with the chief arresting a man who was allegedly in possession of marijuana because the chief is not a member of the collective bargaining unit and was “off duty” when the March 20 arrest was made.

“I think it’s absurd. I’m not going to turn my head on crime that takes place,” Chief Duffy said. "I took the same oath (as a police officer) that everyone else took.

“On my day off and I’m driving around as the police chief, and that’s wrong?” he asked.

The complaint states that “the work of apprehending and arresting individuals has been the sole and exclusive province of members of the bargaining unit,” and that the city did not inform or negotiate with the union that the chief would be “performing bargaining unit work.”

Because of this, the union says the city violated the state Labor Relations Act and the Policemen and Firemen Collective Bargaining Act.

“We’re not out to bust his chops,” Sgt. Bob Martin, police union president, said. “It’s not against the chief. The action is against the city.”

Mayor Chris Doherty declined to comment on the matter Monday.

While the chief has been known for several off-duty arrests in the city, the complaint only makes mention of the March 20 incident.


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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I have been a strong union backer all my life but this is so utterly ignoant I cannot believe it transpired.Did some union offocial/officials have a slow day and needed fill in time?

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    wvcop1

    over 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    i have been in law enforcement for 7 years now and i have found that where im from, its who can benifit, how much money will it cost, and how the public sees things, not what is right and wrong. this chief did nothing wrong, he got another bg off the street for a little while. it shouldnt matter who, how, or why as long as it's constitutionally, legally, and morally right.

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    wvcop1

    over 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    this doesnt surprise me. i was just advised by my city director of personell and the police chief that because i injured myself in the line of duty and that i have been placed on light duty, im not to carry a weapon in case i am faced with having to defend myself or someone else's life in a deadly force situation because i may injure the arm i had cut while making an entry. too much liability they say. WTF

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    mrdsmd

    over 3 years ago

    26 Comments

    Even if technically correct, the union is wrong on this one. They should have never made an issue of it, it is making the union look like the bad guys.

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    urk

    over 3 years ago

    30 Comments

    What kind of insanity is this? Since when is a sworn peace officer not allowed to make an arrest? Oh, because he's not a due paying member of the union. Those idiots who filed the complaint must be smoking crack. Who doesn't like to see "upper management" getting their hands dirty.? Brings em back down to earth.

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    smcculley

    over 3 years ago

    130 Comments

    Garbage. We're cops. That is what we're supposed to do, always, not just when some pencil pushing weenie says we can. Good job Chief.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    As a Union President I have to support my Brothers in Blue in Scranton...I see exactly where he is coming from. The actual complaint is with the City not the Chief.

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    36TR

    over 3 years ago

    7642 Comments

    Ummm, excuse me. He's the Chief of Police!! And just like most of us, he's a Cop 24/7!!!

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    lbso07

    over 3 years ago

    70 Comments

    So the oath he and every other officer took only applies when he's on duty?

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    USLawman1983

    over 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    This union as well as many of the unions we're seeing in the news nightly these days are still around. Their thug mentality and harsh tactics are alive and well. Way to go, Chief. you're a real cop.

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    Gearhart

    over 3 years ago

    344 Comments

    Wow, guess this is proof of the "no good deed goes unpunished" phrase. Most cops would love to see their chief out walkin' a beat like the rest of us, but apparently not these guys. Poor decision (and resulting image) by the union

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    bulldogdt20012001

    over 3 years ago

    206 Comments

    Really! I would hope that there were other police officer rights they could be working on. It just goes to show you the usefullness of unions in modern society! We have very few unions in our part of the country and oddly we have been the least afftected by the downturn in the economy!

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    tremor2

    over 3 years ago

    430 Comments

    The union for those officers in Scranton just shot themselves in the foot with that grievance! Talk about a punk move. Kudos to the chief for taking action; we've seen a different reaction by the head of a major metropolitan PD here in the midwest not too long ago. It's always refreshing to see a chief actually take on the role of a leader.
    Never ask anyone to go out and do anything you wouldn't be willing to do yourself.

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    GypsyHunter

    over 3 years ago

    2984 Comments

    Kudos to Chief Duffy. Union needs to take meds for their crainial rectitus.

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    FireSarge30

    over 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    Talk about loss of credibility for the union. The Chief set an example that we would all like to see more of. It sounds as though he is an old fashioned, "cops, cop." I remember standing in awe of one of my Lieutenants who took a delayed B&E call when I was a young rookie. He made stops, as did my Chief; made arrests and backed us up. You would see the Chief on the street and it made us feel good to see him as one of us. I hear people complain about how administration has become a group that lives in the Ivory Tower and has built a wall between "Us" and "Them." Here is a Chief doing what he swore to do and serving the citizens, and the union wants to make an issue of it. What if it had been a street-stroke, assaulting an Officer? Is the Chief supposed to ignore that as he is not a "Union member?" Chief Duffy...hats off to you, Sir!

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