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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

On that day, Chief Duffy said he was not scheduled to work but decided to check on citizen complaints about possible drug activity in a part of West Scranton.

While driving through the area, he arrested a man who had an outstanding bench warrant issued by Lackawanna County Court. The chief also searched the man and allegedly found he possessed a marijuana joint and drug paraphernalia, leading to the man’s arrest on drug charges.

Sgt. Martin acknowledged that the chief is “morally and legally obligated” to act if he sees a crime happen and to make an arrest if necessary.

But, the union president said the chief, as member of management, should not actively root out crime or randomly patrol neighborhoods while off duty because it violates union agreements that protect rank-and-file officers’ employment. The union is concerned city administrators will have more leverage to lay off police officers because “Chief Duffy will step in” and do the work, Sgt. Martin said.

“It’s a perception and it leads to that,” he said. “We’re threatened with layoffs.”

The union is asking an agreement be drawn up about the chief making the arrests.

Chief Duffy said he will not stop patrolling neighborhoods or making arrests if he receives reports from citizens, whether on or off-duty, because of the complaint.

“It’s not like I am getting the information and keeping it to myself and playing hero,” the chief said. “I will continue to do this. I’m a public servant.”

Contact the writer: smcconnell@timesshamrock.comThe arrest in question

On March 20, while not on duty, Scranton Police Chief Dan Duffy decided to take a drive through West Scranton, following up on complaints about drug activity. He saw a man he had arrested before walking on Division Street, according to arrest papers. Chief Duffy ran his name, confirmed there was a bench warrant issued for his arrest, and pulled him over. “I consider myself always on duty,” Chief Duffy said at the time.


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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

    212 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

    50490 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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