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I am not totally familiar with the circumstances involving this case (“Court raises the bar for police disability,” July 2). However, I can see where this decision can have a far-reaching and deleterious affect on any police officer being discharged from an agency for a job-related injury. The burden on the officer is incredible. Is this decision limited in any way to the type of injury? The questions I would have for the court are: Who would pay for the travel and cost of the officer traveling the state to apply for a job with another agency (478 cities and 58 counties)? If an officer being retired from the El Centro Police Department in Imperial County actually finds an agency that would hire him/her in San Jose, then who pays the relocation costs? Would the officer be entitled to a settlement for the disparity in housing costs from El Centro to San Jose? The fact that this would be a requirement before being eligible for a disability retirement may also have an adverse affect on the city or county where the officer is employed. What if the officer decides he/she doesn’t want to search for employment in another agency and stays? The agency may then have an officer who is not fully capable of performing all the job functions and have to decide where to assign the officer. A few officers like this in a small city or county and you end up with a limited workforce. Ron Cottingham Sacramento Editor’s note: Ron Cottingham is president of the Peace Officers Research Association of California

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