Between 14 to 16 Des Plaines police officers are facing possible suspension from the force due to their alleged involvement in a federally-funded traffic enforcement program that enabled officers to collect overtime pay that they may not have been entitled to, according to more than one informed source.
Most, if not all, of those facing time off are rank and file members of the department. One of the suspensions could be for more than a year and one employee might be fired or asked to leave, sources say. Police Chief William Kushner said he was not sure how many of the 95 sworn department police officers are rank and file. If that number is 60, approximately one-fourth of patrolman-rank officers would face suspension. Sources say that if the suspensions are implemented they would most likely be scattered over a lengthy period of time in order to fulfill regular police patrol responsibilities.