Campus Notebook: One More Week

Posted July 7, 2008 at 6:19pm

The Capitol Police union has extended the deadline for its members to complete a survey that seeks to determine how much confidence rank-and-file officers have for department leadership, particularly Chief Phillip Morse.

[IMGCAP(1)]The 11-question survey was originally expected to be completed over the weekend, but union leaders have decided to continue collecting responses from the 900-member union through midnight on July 13.

The online survey comes soon after the department revealed that it had asked 15 recruits to resign because they didn’t pass background, physical or psychological tests.

Those tests are supposed to be done before an officer is hired, yet the recruits had already gone through some two months of training before being asked to leave.

The union’s questions go beyond that incident, referring, for example, to the issue of whether the rank and file have faith in the department brass.

Matt Tighe, chairman of the Capitol Police Labor Committee, said Monday that the survey was originally planned to be completed before a Senate Rules and Administration Committee hearing on the administrative and management operations of the Capitol Police.

But after that hearing was rescheduled from July 9 to July 16, union officials decided to keep the survey open for another week. According to a spokesman for the Senate Rules Committee, Tighe is expected to testify at that hearing. Tighe said he plans to discuss the results of the survey with Members at that time.

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