Police Union and Carbondale Officials Squabble Over New Procedures
A new requirement for Carbondale Police Officers is causing a stir among the police union.
A new rule says police must file 50 field incident reports per month. The Fraternal Order of Police, which represents around 60 Carbondale Police Officers, says that’s a quota the city is illegally imposing on police.
Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity disagrees.
“The portrayal of the business agent for the police union was that we are going to ask police officers to stop a certain number of people each month who are suspicious looking," Baity says. "The accurate information is that we are asking officers to make 50 contacts with people. It doesn't have to be somebody who looks suspicious on the street, it could be a flat tire.”
Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler says the debate began when the new lawyer for the Fraternal Order of Police, James Daniels, took over. Daniels said in a letter last month that Fritzler should resign over veiled threats made to the union.
The Illinois Labor Relations Board will decide the case in a few weeks.