Contending that conditions in Philadelphia police facilities are “beyond deplorable,” the Fraternal Order of Police has filed a grievance against the city to force maintenance upgrades, reports Philly.com. “We filed individual grievances, but now we’re going to attack the whole infrastructure of the Police Department,” said FOP President John McNesby. “We literally had to send our personal exterminator to [officers’] homes because they brought fleas home.”
Cells in one district station have been closed since July because of a bedbug infestation. That station and those in other districts often flood and leak when it rains, he added, and some are riddled with asbestos, lack sufficient plumbing, and have heating and cooling systems that don’t work. Mark McDonald, Mayor Michael Nutter’s spokesman, said the administration was aware of the state of police facilities and has earmarked nearly $11 million in the city’s five-year plan for improvements and repairs. McNesby said that the problems harm officers’ morale.