Northern Berks Regional Police Comm. v. Berks Co. FOP

A police officer was terminated for unauthorized use of a law enforcement database. He sought his position back, and pursuant to Act 111 — the Police and Firemen Collective Bargaining Act — he and his employer engaged in arbitration. The arbitrator awarded the officer his position back, finding that the officer was treated disparately. The Commonwealth Court reversed and the Supreme Court reinstated the arbitrator’s award. The Supreme Court held that the police department could bring the officer back without violating any laws, even if the officer was not able to access the law enforcement database.

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