Police union claims MPD is getting rid of injured officers

CREATED May 6, 2013 - UPDATED: May 6, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Police officers have a tough job, and risk getting hurt or killed every day. Now the police union claims the department will fire those who are too hurt or sick to work.

“Let them know that while they are performing their duty, if they are injured, we are going to take care of them because they are injured taking care of us,” said Milwaukee Police Association president, Mike Crivello.

The department contends they are following policy, and want officers to work if they are able.

“We want them to return to work, or take the next step,” said Milwaukee Police Inspector William Jessup.

The department admits to having many officers on desk or limited duty. Officers will get disability benefits or a general retirement benefit if they leave.

“The intent of this is not to terminate the officers. The intent is to make sure the officers who are fit for duty are working for the city of Milwaukee. If they are not fit for duty, and they have exhausted their benefits, for recuperation, then taking the next step which would be a disability or retirement benefit,” Jessup said.

MPD states they've had some officers who haven't been on the job for at least a year, and they just want to be able to move forward.