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I am not sure that one can really evaluate the policy without seeing the range of infractions for which suspension is the typical punishment. Certainly the behavior of the officer mentioned in the Globe merits suspension and dismissal, but his is probably the most extreme case. What about an officer who misses three court appearances over the course of a career? In New York, I have never met an officer who has been suspended more than once; and reinstatement frequently comes with "dismissal probation," meaning only one more infraction is grounds for dismissal, but one has to mess up pretty badly to get suspended. The whole thing brings to mind a much better solution -- raise hiring standards.


If they raise the hireing standards then they have problems meeting the quotas ... oh, sorry I meant diversity standards.


Is there a basic spelling quota?

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