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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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    SGTSchrader300

    almost 3 years ago

    518 Comments

    Don't worry Cheif Dan Duffy, this is just a foot in the door.

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    BUMP OFFICER1983, ONCE AGAIN GOOD JOB CHIEF

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    SGTSchrader300

    almost 3 years ago

    518 Comments

    I don't think the Cheif did the wrong thing at all. We actually need more Officer's just like him, I wouldn't stand and let a known drug dealer, commit crime in my community and get away with it. I salute this Cheif!!!

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    1Tinman

    almost 3 years ago

    616 Comments

    Are they serious? The Chief is still a cop... what are we doing going to war with each other?
    Whether unions are a good idea or a bad idea, they are currently getting out of control. This is the tpe of thing that could end unions permanently.

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    Ghostrider_911

    almost 3 years ago

    292 Comments

    You take an oath, you wear the badge... there is NO such thing as "off-duty"... (even if that means that you have to get uniforms to the scene to effect the arrest)...

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    Sounds like PA needs to get there sh*t together. We are NEVER off duty! Good job Chief!!!

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