Disabled, Retired Officers Ordered To Return To Work Or Lose Their Pensions

Retired North Chicago Police Officer Brian Carder served his department for nearly two decades.

North Chicago, IL – Eight former North Chicago police officers who retired on disability after being injured in the line of duty have been ordered to become 911 dispatchers for the department or face losing their pensions.

Retired North Chicago Police Officer Brian Carder said he was hit by a vehicle in the line of duty on two occasions during his 17 years of service with the department, WBBM reported.

He suffered a broken clavicle, a broken hand, and “a couple concussions,” during those incidents, and subsequently underwent two hip replacements, he told the news outlet.

In 2009, Officer Carder was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and retired with a line-of-duty disability pension and health benefits.

Those are now his only sources of income, he said.

In May, Officer Carder and seven other fellow pensioners received an “emergency recall” letter from the North Chicago Police Department (NCPD), ordering them to attend training for 911 dispatcher positions, WBBM reported.

The letter informed the retired officers that the department’s 911 center is “dramatically understaffed” due, in part, to an anticipated department consolidation.

As a result, employees have been leaving the agency to accept long-term opportunities with other departments.

But Officer Carder said that he and his fellow pensioners are unable and unwilling to return to work. Some have even moved out-of-state since leaving NCPD.

When a majority of the retired officers failed to show up for the recent dispatcher orientation, the city filed a motion to revoke their pensions, WBBM reported.

The city also noted that they have already reassigned current city employees to handle dispatch duties, even though they don’t have any experience.

“Take a person’s livelihood away after they already made a pretty significant sacrifice, it’s just outrageous,” Officer Carder said. “I’d be homeless [without my pension].”

The Police Pension Board will ultimately decide whether or not the former officers’ pensions will be terminated, and are due to meet in October.

North Chicago Police Chief Lazaro Perez and the city attorney’s office have refused to comment on the issue, WBBM reported.

Comments (33)
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Lesstalkmoreaction
Lesstalkmoreaction

Never forget that what the government gives it can also take away. This is a vile and unforgivable act that has perpetrated against these officers that have given their health and well-being for the community that they served. This can not stand.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Question, WHY do they want these officers to return,,,we KNOW they won't let them do their duty so why not just let the Maniacs RUN the Asylum???

Liferays
Liferays

Class action lawsuit

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I'd leave Chicago also

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

Never heard such idiocracy, the key word here is RETIRED, hopefully the pension board doesn't botch this up and screws those officers out of their rightfully deserved pensions just because the department is so screwed up it can't even hire dispatchers. Dispatching and policing are two different things, just because you were a qualified officer doesn't mean you can jump on a dispatchers computer and run the show without being fully trained.

JBo
JBo

Does this apply to officers that have moved out of state? How about if they've moved to a foreign country as an expat?

maggiemoo1312
maggiemoo1312

When will this s*#t stop??!!!

Armoredman
Armoredman

If they follow through with this, rank and file should walk. No talk about pensions - obviously those no longer apply. Not a blue flu - walk. There are lot of organizations looking for qualified people out there.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Oh I see so some of the officers are out with PTSD. So let’s put them in that pressure cooker 911 dispatcher job and see if we can get them to a catatonic state now! Chicago government officials are all nuts!

Katarina
Katarina

This is ridiculous blackmail. What an incompetently lead city Chicago must be to try to force someone out of retirement to take a job they are not qualified for and don't even want. They should recognize and support those employees they do have. Dispatch and policing are two completely different jobs and have different qualifications. Rahm should have his 1/2$million salary slashed and use that money to hire qualified police and dispatchers. Is this what Democrats have in mind for all of us? Vote these fools out of office!! This sounds like something a Dictatorship would promote.

Cop9
Cop9

To clarify... north chicago is a suburb 30 miles north of Chicago. As a former officer for this city, this act is par for the course. Poor leadership, uneducated individuals making decisions .

trainbuff
trainbuff

That's just reprehensible and indicative of how upper management treats the pee-ons.

So, you want a career in law enforcement? Tell me why again.

wmc50
wmc50

The retired officers should seek legal assistance and each of them file a claim against the individual people making these decisions. Sue them personally, along with a separate case again st the municipality. Hopefully get their attention.

61mouse
61mouse

Gee if only they went after the welfare people like this

bryantrent
bryantrent

Thats not fair once you retire you should get your pension

portManaT13
portManaT13

Isn't this a version of "ex post facto" activity?? How do these administrative geniuses think they can get away with this? Some pro bono legal help is certainly called for!!

Mic911
Mic911

I see big time lawsuit coming! City think they have problems now, wait until they have to payout on this!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Maybe if they treated their employees better, they wouldn’t have to leave for other venues. When the chief retires, make him be a dispatcher also.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Disabled ordered to return to worK? Seriously? I'll bet that stop loss clause in the retirement contract is something they were never aware of.

CBHorr
CBHorr

So instead of insisting 911 operators stay until consolidation happens, they go after disabled 20yrpolice veterans? Ppl need to have idiots behind this brilliant idea removed from govt!!

Shirleybaird571
Shirleybaird571

That is a damn shame !☹

PB62
PB62

Chicago. And the Mayor refuses to work with ICE as well. Residents have to stand up to these crazy leaders and remember these things when going to the polls.

CyberLycan
CyberLycan

Which are they then, retired or out on disability? Because if they are on disability then yes, the department is within its rights to find a job that they are able to complete within the confines and constraints of their disability... I know several police officers who were given disability for minor injuries and after seven to eight years of riding the gravy train, were instructed that their disability payments were going to be running out. This article says that this guy broke his wrist and hip, broke a rib, and suffered a couple of concussions, all that over the span of 17 years. Surely working as a dispatcher is something he is able to do. In other words, they're stopping the gravy train. If he wants to retire then he can, but it won't be paid out as disability (where he gets 70% of his salary), it will be under the retirement provisions (which usually pay out at 1 to 1.5% per year of service).