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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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  • Good_ole_days_max50

    latinrum

    over 3 years ago

    94 Comments

    So in oder to make and arrest you have to be a peace officer and a member of the collective bargaining unit?

  • Homer_nytp_max50

    NYTPD12

    over 3 years ago

    214 Comments

    I agree with many of the others here, a job well done and a good example by the Chief for those that see themselves as only "desk Officers". This goes to show how screwed up the whole system has become under modern union leadership. For me this falls under the, "one just can't make this up" category.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    51038 Comments

    Just sitting here shaking my head.

  • Operation_falcon_2007-17_max50

    ViolationReport

    over 3 years ago

    480 Comments

    Great Job Chief, your duty is to the Constitution of the United States and the Laws of your State... not the labor unions.

  • Operation_falcon_2007-17_max50

    ViolationReport

    over 3 years ago

    480 Comments

    Brought to you by labor unions... the same folks that have destoryed the US Automotive Industry.

  • 9-11_1_sq90_max50

    patmrey

    over 3 years ago

    496 Comments

    Good Job Chief! doing his JOB thats all.

  • Badge1_max50

    cgrimz

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    WOW very disappointing to read!!

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    mikephillps

    over 3 years ago

    32 Comments

    Good Job Chief!

  • Esu_patch_max50

    esu

    over 3 years ago

    498 Comments

    Can you say ridiculous?

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    The Chief took an oath to uphold the law and he did just that, Good job Chief.

  • Eppd_6_bp_new_max50

    c41091

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    Hey Chief, Why dont you start firing all those "cops" who are really politician's and hire some police officer's who will be out there backing you up.

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    GodblessTexas

    over 3 years ago

    156 Comments

    and I wanna file suit against everyone who posted on this article!!! NONE of you are part of my "barganing collective" and therefore NONE of you can post anything....so there.................yeah!

  • Tlusa_max50

    rsmith6322

    over 3 years ago

    1088 Comments

    "And in other odd news......"

    Stupid is as stupid does. So let me get this straight, he calls for help and hides in a closet if someone's breaking into his house at 0200? Because I'm pretty sure that shooting an intruder would fall under the collective agreement too.

  • Mandy_and_me_max50

    FCPD0341

    over 3 years ago

    792 Comments

    This is par for the course in terms of how screwed up the politics of policing is in PA. Just another example as to why the entire law enforcement system in PA needs to be scrapped and they need to start over from scratch.

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    batman2944

    over 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    What a bizarre story!!

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