Many, however, responded that it was improper for the agency to become involved in these decisions.
Most recounted real operational and morale problems from this practice.
Most indicated that dating between supervisors and subordinates or trainees should be controlled.
Some conveyed instances of actual acts of misconduct or violence resulting from these liaisons.
©2010 Lou Reiter, Co-Director, Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute (llrmi.com).
Recently LLRMI/PATC polled members of the Public Safety community on issues of nepotism and fraternization within their agencies.
Within one week over 2700 responses were received - comprised of 48 percent supervisors, 40 percent first-level law enforcement officers, five (5) percent firefighters and EMS personnel, and the remainder from various sources.When asked if nepotism or fraternization had been an employee issue in their agency, 55 percent of respondents answered “).What was particularly different about this survey was the extremely high volume of narrative responses.Most of these responses indicated real or perceived nepotism-related abuses in hiring, promotion and assignments.Many responded that there are prohibitions against nepotism in place, but rarely followed.Additionally, many were concerned that any form of nepotism would also eliminate or curtail quality candidates from entering the agency.