Baltimore Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier has ordered 35 officers to rotate to new jobs Friday, the day he resigns, prompting critics to charge that he is taking a "parting shot" at his troops.
Frazier's policy of moving officers to new jobs every three years, which he instituted shortly after he arrived in 1994, has been disputed from the start. Police union officials said yesterday that such personnel decisions should not be implemented by a lame-duck commissioner.
"What a slap in the face," said Officer Gary McLhinney, president of Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 3.
The department's chief spokesman, Robert W. Weinhold Jr., said the moves are routine and had been planned since June.