Uncharged Officers Could Still Face Police Discipline

Ramsey: "The decision is made by me on disciplinary action."

Newsworks reports that Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey may still take disciplinary action against narcotics officers who have been accused of corruption, but who will not — it was revealed last week — face charges on the allegations.

The department’s Internal Affairs Bureau has notified the officers it has sustained allegations against them.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says he could take direct action against the officers, after a 10-day window for a response is over.

“The decision is made by me on disciplinary action,” he said Wednesday. “I don’t do it too often, I do it on occasion. It’s something that I will consider in this case, but there is another course that it could take, and that is the police board of inquiry.”

Ramsey’s firings don’t often stick, however. And the Daily News’ Will Bunch notes that the Fraternal Order of Police head John McNesby doesn’t seem that threatened by the prospect of disciplinary action against the officers: “These are everyday charges. It’s not like the whole sky is falling…This is no big deal. They’ll be handed some discipline and we’ll probably win in arbitration…I don’t see anyone losing their jobs.”