Police Disability Retirements "Spike" As MoCo Seeks Changes
The number of Montgomery County police officers applying for disability retirement has risen dramatically in the last three months compared to the same period last year, according to statistics provided this afternoon to the County Council.
The jump from 5 last year to 15 this year - comes as the council weighs legislation meant to provide more oversight of the system that has come under scrutiny by the independent inspector general's office.
County Council President Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg-Rockville) called the numbers "striking" and said the "clear spike" reflects "officers trying to get through the system before it is reformed and becomes more rigorous."
But Council member Valerie Ervin (D-Silver Spring) cautioned against reading too much into the numbers. "We're only looking at a little snapshot," she said. "I don't think it gives us anything to go on."
Union leaders have pressed the council not to act on legislation until they have a chance to negotiate changes with County Executive Isiah Leggett (D).
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