Sirens & Gavels

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2010, 4:25 P.M.

Police chief testifies in Olympia

From Jim Camden at Spin Control:

OLYMPIA — Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick was among law enforcement brass who told said they should be allowed to fire an officer who lies without fear of being overruled by an arbitrator.

Kirkpatrick joined sheriffs from King and Chelan counties who supported SB 6590, which was drafted to clarify a problem with state law raised in by a recent state Supreme Court ruling.

The ruling overturned the firing of an officer for lying, saying the there was no explicit state policy that requires an officer to be truthful, so firing him was arbitrary. An officer would have to be lying about a “material fact” in a case, Kirkpatrick said.

An arbitrator should be able to rule on whether the department meets all the standards set down in the disciplinary process, she added; but if that’s done, the decision to fire or not fire shouldn’t be overturned by the arbitrator.

Read more at Spin Control.




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