Philly Police Commish: Rotate Officers in Drug Units

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March 13, 2013Philly Police Commish: Rotate Officers in Drug Units

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will pursue a policy of rotating officers in narcotics units, an offshoot of the ongoing FBI inquiry into the conduct of investigators formerly assigned to drug enforcement.

Limiting how long an officer serves on a unit, however, will have to be negotiated with the police union. The current contract expires in June 2014, and Ramsey says he expects a fight.

“It will be a huge battle in the next contract. Am I optimistic? Not terribly,” he said this week.

Ramsey, who served as chief in Washington and as a deputy superintendent in Chicago, said it was far more difficult to change union contracts in Philadelphia than in those cities.

The FBI is investigating six officers from the Narcotics Field Unit South and at least five current and former officers from other units, police officials say. The District Attorney’s Office, meanwhile, has withdrawn prosecutions in about 270 cases of the six from the field unit.

“I got a problem. I’d like to fix it,” Ramsey said. “Should there be a rotation? Yes.”

Under Ramsey’s plan, no more than a quarter of the officers in any unit would be%2

via Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey Rotate Officers in Drug Units Mobile.

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