It has come to the Associations attention that some of our members
were being requested to take polygraph examinations.
Such actions are contrary to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Members are not required to submit to polygraph examinations under
any circumstances. If you are requested to take a polygraph examination,
do not agree to do so. Rather, notify your Union Steward, Executive
Board member on call or the DPOA and ask to speak to one of the officers
immediately regarding the matter. Once you have spoken to the Union,
contact John Goldpaugh, the Union Attorney, and follow his instructions.
You have the absolute right to refuse to take the polygraph test. If you
do take the test, regardless of the results, the statements given by you
could be used against you both criminally and departmentally. By agreeing
to take the test, you are waiving your constitutional rights and you are not
protected under Garrity. It is the Union's stand that you NEVER waive any
of your (hard-fought-for) rights.
If a supervisor requests you take a polygraph test, refuse and contact
the DPOA immediately.