Some problem police officers in Philadelphia have been assigned to monitor security cameras in a highly sensitive Homeland Security intelligence facility.

The location has become a sort of holding area for officers on restricted duty, meaning they are unfit for street duty because of pending criminal charges or accusations of wrongdoing, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer .

Among those assigned to the unit is a homicide detective accused of making secret cash payments to an imprisoned informant and a former detective accused of coercing false confessions.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross defended the practice in an email to the newspaper, saying that it’s a low-risk and “efficient” use of officers who work under stringent supervision, and that they have no access to data

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