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CPD officer allegedly lost comp days for Army Reserves training

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Some Chicago police officers choose to serve not only their city, but their country, by joining the army reserves.

FOX 32's Larry Yellen's got the story of one officer who claims she's taken an illegal hit on her salary, because of her service.

There's no indication that what happened here is part of a new policy with the Chicago Police Department, but the officer said she can't get an explanation, so she's filed an official complaint.

Every year, thousands of U.S. men and women train with the Army Reserves. They're ready to be called up in a crisis, but can still keep working in their civilian careers.

Under state and federal laws, public employees are supposed to continue getting paid during annual training with the reserves

However, this week, Chicago police officer Hina Jafri filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, alleging that the police department made her give up ten of her comp days, for ten days she spent in training with the Army Reserves.

"The city's wrong on this, it's Illinois law, and our soldiers are out there fighting every day, and all we're asking the city is to make sure that they get paid and follow state law as that law has instructed," Bill Dougherty, acting president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police.

Officer Jafri declined to discuss her complaint.

She works out of the tenth police district on the city's southwest side, and has been with the department for six years. Her complaint cites the Illinois Military Leave of Absence Act and says she was forced to forfeit eighty five hours of comp time because of her ten days with the reserves.

The police union said it's been unable to get an explanation for the department's action, but it clearly sends the wrong message.

"I don't think there's a more valuable thing you can do than serve your country," Dougherty said.

The Department of Human Rights has ten days to forward the officer's complaint to the police department, after which police officials will respond.

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