ARDMORE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A Lower Merion police lieutenant is serving a three-day suspension after allegedly helping a police candidate with an entrance exam.
Sources across the Lower Merion Police Department told Action News the allegations had only fueled an already fractured relationship between some officers and the police leadership. They also believe the punishment wasn’t severe enough.
Sources within the Lower Merion Police Department said a lieutenant, as part of a panel that gives an oral exam to potential officers, asked one of the candidates questions ahead of the exam earlier this summer.
Sources said after the candidate passed the test “with flying colours,” it was clear to two other lower-ranking officials on the panel that the candidate knew the questions.
After an investigation, Police Superintendent Mike McGrath imposed a three-day suspension, which was approved by the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners. Action News does not name the lieutenant.
Ranking sources say the punishment was not severe enough and compromised the department’s motto of integrity, professionalism and respect. They also accused the superintendent of trying to downplay the seriousness of the misconduct.
A source within the Lower Merion Police command structure told Action News the lieutenant came forward and admitted to having “overwhelmed” the candidate before the test, but said no questions were asked.
The source said the leadership believes the punishment is fair.
Township Manager Ernie McNeely told the investigative team he could not comment on personnel matters but confirmed the suspension.
Sources said there has been discord for years in Lower Merion between the police leadership and junior officers and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 28, which represents them.
That friction was only recently exacerbated after sources said another officer was forced to retire following allegations of misconduct.
It is common for FOP and police leadership to have friction and disagreements in departments across the country.
Superintendent McGrath and FOP Lodge 28 said they could not comment on personnel matters.
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