COLUMBIA TWEAKS RULES FOR POLICE, INCLUDING LIMITING POLITICAL ACTION IN UNIFORM
When: Columbia Borough Council meeting, Nov. 10.
What happened: Council voted to advertise amendments to the borough civil service commission's rules and regulations. The changes amended the grounds for disqualifying police department applicants, as well as disciplining police officers. The most substantial changes make it possible for a police officer to be suspended, removed or demoted based on "engaging or participating in the conduct of a political or election campaign while on duty or in uniform or while using borough property otherwise than to exercise the person's own right of suffrage," and "engaging or participating in the conduct of a political or election campaign for an incompatible office." The change was made "on advice of counsel and had nothing to do with any incidents," Borough Council President Heather Zink said after the meeting.