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POLC returns DeWitt Officer to work

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: November 21, 2017

A DeWitt Township Police Officer, who was fired for an off duty incident, was returned to work after the POLC fought on his behalf and won. An Arbitrator ruled there was insufficient evidence to support the Employer’s claim.

During the course of the investigation, the Employer found the Officer was in possession of a service weapon he failed to return immediately after departing a special investigations unit. The Officer was terminated for the alleged Sept. 29, 2016 incident involving another person and possession of the weapon.

However, at the arbitration hearing, the individual who originally claimed the Officer was at fault, testified the incident was unintentional in nature. The Arbitrator reversed the termination, concluding there was insufficient evidence to support the off duty incident, and reduced the penalty against the Officer for possessing the weapon. She reduced the discipline to a verbal or written reprimand since the Officer failed to return the weapon in a timely manner and ordered the Officer returned to work.

“This is (POLC/GELC Labor Attorney) Tom Zulch’s final case and is obviously an excellent outcome,” said POLC/GELC Labor Attorney Brendan Canfield.

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