Tinley Park Cop Wants Better Compensation For Handling Dog

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (CBS) — A Tinley Park police officer is suing the village for all the overtime he says he spends with his canine partner – while off-duty.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, Tinley Park K9 Officer Bob Diorio gets an extra $2,000 on top of his salary of $83,000 to care for Thor, a police dog he takes home every night. Diorio is also reimbursed for dog food and supplies, the SouthtownStar reported.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

Still, an attorney for Diorio says his client is not being adequately compensated for all the time he spends on his own grooming, feeding, training and walking Thor, the SouthtownStar reports.

Diorio has been the dog’s handler for about five years, the newspaper reports.

Diorio’s lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in late September, and alleges violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. It will be heard by federal Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow.

The SouthtownStar says police department policies concerning K9 officers are all over the map, with some paying just expenses, and others paying more the $2,000 stipend Diorio receives for the care of Thor.

  • fed up

    Really that is just so silly if that’s the case give back the dog and give it to someone who will appreciate it. I could see if he wasn’t being compensated and reimbursed for what he spends talk about greedy

  • http://www.eHouseHuntOnline.com cmoscinski

    Unbelievable and ridiculous! Give the dog to another more appreciative police officer.

  • Sonia Rivera

    I think the dog should be compensated for having such a moron for a partner.

  • zatso

    To think that this character, playing policeman, earning 83K/year can go into his neighborhood or even report back to work with any sense of conscience is ludicris.

    If I see him on duty, (Iwill probably politely tell him that he is a disgrace to rather sensible Village.

    I’m sure if the DOG could, he would probably bite his handler in the arse for being such a donkey.


  • Carole

    This is just another frivolous lawsuit. Diorio was fine for 5 years, and NOW he’s complaining? He knew exactly what he was in for when he became a K-9 officer, and for 5 years it was ok, but all of a sudden, not anymore? The stupid things he’s suing for are NORMAL ISSUES people do every single day when they own a dog. All the money the village paid out for him to become a K-9 handler, all the extra money he gets being one, well then the village ought to make him pay back all that he was given. “Services UN-rendered”. The worst part of this, is the dog can not be given to another officer, and the village will have to get a new one.

    • Jim Hamilton

      Guess who gets the option to keep the dog after it retires. He will probably sue the dog for a portion of its retirment fund

    • zatso


      Great comment!


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