Unresolved City Police Pay Dispute Continues From February Blizzards

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 – John Patti
The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 is involved in a grievance with the city police department on behalf of between 30 to 40 sworn officers who failed to show up for their assigned shifts during the back to back blizzards last February.

The union says many of the officers in question tried to make it into work but could not because of road conditions.

Sergeant Brian Atwood, the Vice President of the FOP Grievance Committee tells WBAL radio that since many officers live in Pennsylvania he investigated with Pennsylvania State Police last April and found that I-83 was ordered closed at the Pennsylvania/Maryland line because the road was impassable.

Atwood says a group of officers trying to make it to work in an SUV were turned around by Pennsylvania State Police. Atwood says “those are things that are out of our control.”

There were also officers who live in surrounding counties in Maryland who were not able to make it in.

The amount of pay docked for each officer varies depending on the officer’s rank but Atwood says each is at least between $200 and $300.

Baltimore City Police declined to comment to WBAL radio on the matter saying it was a personnel issue and any disciplinary actions taken against any officer, outside of criminal charges or suspensions, are protected from disclosure by statute.


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