Bedbugs, Fleas Infest Philly Police Facilities

NBC Philadelphia
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Philadelphia's police union says some of the department's facilities are in disrepair and holding cells in one precinct have a bedbug infestation.

Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby tells the Philadelphia Daily News the lodge has filed a grievance against the city, seeking repairs.

McNesby says the union had to send an exterminator to some officers' homes because they brought fleas home with them from work. He says he has photos, videos and bills to present to an arbitration panel.

A spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter says the city is aware of the state of the facilities and has earmarked nearly $11 million for repairs and upgrades over the next five years.

The Daily News report says the union wants independent inspections for all police facilities.