Commissioner, FOP, unite for appropriate use of disability program

    What does it take for Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby to agree on police conduct? Having more than 300 police officers on “no-duty.”

     

    The two have become allies in an effort to regulate the “heart and lung” act, a disability program for police, fire and sheriff’s office workers injured on the job.

    But because of little oversight and too much care flexibility, some officers have remained on “no duty” for years while collecting a salary they don’t have to pay federal taxes for.

    Ramsey addressed the heart and lung act on his blog yesterday, where he mentioned the care two recently injured officers will need, and pointed to an Inquirer article that details how other officers have abused the system.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.