Baltimore PD Is Suing Cops Who Quit For Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars

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Baltimore PD is accused of holding officers financially hostage.

Baltimore, MD – In a city with a record-breaking murder rate, and respect for police at an all-time low, many people are wondering why more Baltimore PD officers don’t quit. For many of them, the reason is simple - the department won’t let them quit.

Baltimore PD is one of the few departments which actively sues officers who resign, forcing officers to stay in a dangerous job that they may no longer want to do.

In order to resign without being sued, officers need to work for years after completing field training.

Current Baltimore officers told Blue Lives Matter that the requirement used to be that officers stay for two years or be sued for $12,000. But after a large number of officers fled the department, the department changed the requirement to five years or be sued for $27,000 - well over half of the officers' starting annual salary of $48,971.00.

When we attempted to verify this information with various officials within the department, they refused to release that information without a written request to their Public Affairs office. We made the request one week ago and they have failed to respond. When asked, the department told us that they had responded (they didn’t) and told us that we needed to contact their legal office. Their legal office did not respond before publication time.

We tracked down an officer who resigned, and he confirmed the information.

“After hatred for police really scaled up, I got really concerned that my life could be ruined for doing my job,” a now-former Baltimore officer told Blue Lives Matter. The officer asked to remain anonymous because he says that the department has been trying to sue him for resigning. “I had to make a choice, either quit and be sued for more money than I have ever had in my life, or stay and risk having my life ruined for doing my job.”

The officer resigned, but says that he’s been evading process servers since. He’s not alone. Other officers from Baltimore PD lost their lawsuits.

Court records show that Officer Andrew Penczek resigned in 2013, and moved back to his home state of New York. The city immediately sued him for $10,210.23. The now-former officer had to fight the lawsuit before being ordered to pay over $5,000 to the city.

We were unable to reach Penczek for comment.

The lawsuits are possible because the department makes new officers sign contracts promising to compensate the department for training costs if they quit within a specified number of years after they complete field training.

One former officer who spoke to Blue Lives Matter acknowledged that he signed the contract, but said that he didn’t have much of a choice.

“I lived out of state, and I accepted the job offer to become a Baltimore police officer. I moved my family down, and on my first day they gave me this contract which said I’d have to pay [the department] if I quit,” he said. “They never told me ahead of time that I’d have to sign this contract. There was no mention of this contract. I moved my family for this job and would have no way to support them if I didn’t sign.”

The officer’s claim about the contract being a secret seems to be backed up by the department’s own recruiters. When Blue Lives Matter attempted to ask recruiters about the 5 year requirement, they refused to comment and again referred us to submit a written request to their legal department.

“Nobody should be forced to keep working in law enforcement if they don’t want to be there. They know that new officers can’t afford the lawsuit. They’re trapped. They're holding people hostage financially,” the former officer concluded.

How do you think this affects the attitude of cops who are forced to stay? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

Comments (37)
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bronx163
bronx163

Nyc tried this bs. Nyc sits on billions and pays the cops crumbs compared to tristate area.

bronx163
bronx163

Like i said let them kill one another and let them burn down their own pathetic neighborhoods. Why police if the city you work for wants you crucified.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Years ago, I wanted a Police job so bad I could taste it. I got that job, and loved every minute of it (well, almost every minute). But there's no way I'd work for Baltimore PD. When you have to sign a contract like that, it's a huge red flag waving in your face: "Agree that you'll keep working here, or you'll pay us if you don't.".

Steve1
Steve1

I think it is past time for the Police union to get involved in this terrorist activity of the city!

BlueSupport
BlueSupport

Failure to disclose ("secret contract"), misrepresentation, maybe extortion... Couldn't an attorney jump on this? Alternatively, perhaps the city should disband the Department, as one politico called for, and leave the citizenry, recalling the memorable line from "In the Heat of the Night," "to themselves."

Rving
Rving

Sue them back! Creeps!

Petertherock
Petertherock

There are ways to deal with this. Disability benefits are pretty decent for most police departments.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I worked in south Florida for 25 years. I paid to put myself through the academy back in the early 80's with the promise I would give the department who sponsored me the right to first refusal. I got in and out at the right time. Things sure have changed for the worse in law enforcement. I don't know if I would make that commitment in todays climate.

laughingtyger
laughingtyger

"“They never told me ahead of time that I’d have to sign this contract." ... I'm no lawyer... but couldn't that be the basis for legal action ?

Old Codger
Old Codger

I guess they're suddenly going to find it difficult to recruit new people.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

If an officer is put on disability or killed will they sue them or their estate? I've neer heard of this before...............sounds like indentured servants or SLAVERY.

bronx163
bronx163

Let the national guard police baltimore. Cops should go sick take off.
You attack the sheep dog
Why protect the heard.

JBo
JBo

And Baltimore wonders what's wrong?

bronx163
bronx163

PUBLIC IS THE MOST THANKLESS GROUOD OUT THERE. POLICING IS LIKE MAKING SAUSAGE.
THEY ENJOY TASTE SMELL AND FEELING. BUT ONCE THEY SEE HOW ITS MADE THEY HATE IT. THAT SUMSUP 21 CENTURY POLICING.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

The United States Military Academies also do this. Go to the US Naval Academy and drop out before graduation and they will ask for or then sue you for $50,000. It prevents people getting a free education and then dropping out. Same with police officers graduating from the academy and moving on to a different city at the expense of the tax payers.

chazman
chazman

I'm sure none of the Officers being held Hostage care about doing their jobs to any great deal! If they want to quit and the City refuses to let them and sues they are damned if the do and damned if they don't. I'm sure these Officers have a really crappy (Not the word i wanted to use) ATTITUDE. This City is asking for trouble by doing that. I say just show up and do nothing until they release you from the unlawful contract.

Ddurkof
Ddurkof

Many number of ways to get out of a contract. Get fired. Complete FTO and sit on your butt for five years only answering assigned calls. Start writing citations to all of the upper brass and councilmen and women. Arrest the before mentioned for the slightest violations. If they made an offer of employment prior to handing you the contract, I'd bet that the contract is invalid. Stand outside every recruiting venue that the department has and warn those going in to joint the department. File numerous OSHA Complaints. File numerous complaints with EEOC for a hostile work environment, because it WILL be come hostile. Overtly tape record everything that the brass says to you. I am sure there are some other inventive ways to get the department to release you. Don't expect a glowing recommendation for your next job, but try to go to work where other BPD officers have left for.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Just-My-Thoughts it's most definitely not slavery.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I don't understand why everyone is up in arms. Training and recruiting is expensive and your employer is going to get their money's worth. This is how it works in plenty of civilian jobs, and like someone said earlier, the military has the same procedure.

CLG.
CLG.

Isn't this some time of extortion. which is against the law. They are making them pay with their lifes.It like the old saying in gangster movies. I'll make you an offer you can't refuse.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Long process but as terms of contract are satisfied - resign. Make this very public and ability to rehire will be very hard. Let the idiots that manage this s__thole police the streets.

cspcapt
cspcapt

I was lucky. I left just after two years in 1974 and was about to be promoted to police agent.

Grinch8541
Grinch8541

No the military does not have the same procedures. You can’t quit the military. If for some reason you didn’t make it through boot camp, they don’t make you pay for it!

Woody730
Woody730

Sounds like indentured servitude to me. What quality of work are you going to get out of someone who doesn’t want to be there? Some people realize that the job just isn’t for them. Not every day is parade day.💙🇺🇸

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn expanding your work skill set? Going to claim you were a LEO next?

MyRightsMyGun2
MyRightsMyGun2

Have you not seen the attitudes towards the police in Baltimore or really for that matter, any other city??? I completely understand the police officers desire to escape to a safer situation as well as to a department that won't sue their own!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Grinch8541 the military certainly does have the same kind of contract.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@MyRightsMyGun2 alright. It's still not slavery.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Grinch8541 I mean, someone explained it earlier, but alright. If you go to school under an ROTC scholarship and decide that you do not want to join, you have to pay back the money they put into you for training and education.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Grinch8541
Is that explanation enough?

Grinch8541
Grinch8541

I’m not talking about scholarships for ROTC but it’s ok. I now regret engaging you. Later. Not sure why I wanted to waste time with the forum troll.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

So , the city of baltimore is not satisfied with disbanding their PD. They want to ruin the lives of everyone interested in becoming a LEO.

lolamae
lolamae

I agree there are a lot of thugs out there attacking officers and we all know how badly the Baltimore city officials hate the police as well.They are told to stand down in just about every situation. I don't blame the cops at all for deciding this is enough crap.

Moktor
Moktor

You know what I think is a GREAT idea? Having cops around that don't want to be cops. Really smart.

Marine1958
Marine1958

I WOULD LEAVE TOO IF THE PEOPLE I SERVE HATED ME. GOOD JOB GUYS. LOOK AFTER YOUR FAMILY.

mrfgalvanjr63
mrfgalvanjr63

Moktor I agree with you, who wants to work for a PD that doesn't have your back. What I would do is give the police dept. a piss poor performance. Either let me go, fire me, or let me stay around and collect a free paycheck! And I'll give the city parking ticket revenue, just saying. Lmfao!


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