Friday September 19, 2014
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Forest Service Ranger involved in shooting September 19, 2014
This is the last time I will respond on this subject. No personnel information was provided to me. Mr. Evans just like you, and you know this is true, with our training and experience you can tell when the person you are talking with is telling you the truth or being deceptive. The Chief was very honest when he told me what the "internal investigations procedure" were for his department, (Departmental Policy), and what legal resources he used to determine discipline, including AZ Police Officer Standards and Training. Chief Engler would never violate his employees privacy by disclosing personnel information. That is not to say that the employee's involved might be questioneed under "Giglio" rules if they were to testify in court. I am not asking you to believe my opinion because it is just my opinion, but I'm satisfied that the Chief has done what he "believed" was the best thing under these circumstances and that is what was important to me. Everyone else has a right to their opinions. Thank you for your concerns.
Just had an excellent meeting with Chief Engler. I was mis-lead by some of the facts in the newspaper. The Chief is doing the best he can do, but I believe that he needs a good number two guy to help him in running the Department. It sure was good to hear all the facts. I wish him the best of luck in a tough job. I truely know what it feels like to be under fire by the public.
I am becoming concerned about the integrity of the Payson Police Department. As a retired Chief of Police with 30 years of law enforcement experience and former Republican nominee for Gila County Sheriff, I believe that it is time for the Mayor and Town Council to "step up to the plate" and hold the present Chief of Police accountable for the inappropriate actions and lack of integrity of some of his Police Officers. This is an outrage, which reflects poorly on the Town of Payson and leads to lack of trust and confidence from the public they serve. These were not minor violations, this is serious integrity issues such as "stalking" and using police department equipment to spy on a girlfriend, sexting while on duty, making sexual comments to a female "snitch" and inappropriately touching her during a "pat down" search after and arrest, sexting Police applicants by a Police Lieutenabt, failure to complete 30 Police reports, the list goes on and on. These Police Officers should have been TERMINATED after the completion of the internal investigation. There needs to be a change in leadership at the Payson Police Department. The town has the Chief of Police from Pinetop-Lakeside residing in the community, Sherwood "Woody" Eldridge. He is presenly seeking his Doctorates degree and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Northwesten Police Institute and several other qualified Police Schools. I recommend that we hire him to clean up the mess at the Payson Police Department. These Police Officers in question have serious "Giglio vs United States" issues when they testify in court. That means their intergrity will be called into question by defense attorneys.
I was kind of tired this morning and there were several typos that I did not check while submitting my comment, Please forgive me but you get the point. Next time I will not hit the submit button so fas.t
I am getting pretty concerned about the integrity of the Payson Police Department. As a retired Chief of Police with over 30 years in the law enforcement experience in law enforcement and former Republican nominee for Gila County Sheriff, I believe it is time that the Mayor and Town Council step up to the plate and hold the Chief of Police accountable for the actions and lack of integrity of some Police Officers of his agency. This is an outrage, which causes the Public to lose confidence in their Police Department. These are not minor violations, this is serious, stalking and using department equipment to spy on girlfriends, sexting while on duty and making lude comments to a "snitch", trying to date a Police applicant and sexting on duty, failure to complete thirty Police reports, the list goes on and on. Everyone of these Police Officers should have been fired. I believe their needs to be a change in leadership at the Chief of Police position. We have the Chief of Police from Pinetop-Lakeside who resides in Payson, Sherwood "Woody" Eldridge, who is a resident of Payson who presently working on his Doctrats Degree, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Northwestrern Police Institute and several other qualified Police schools.He placed second on the list of candidates when Chief Engler was hired. I recommend that he needs to be brought in as the Chief of Police to clean up the mess at the Payson Police Department. These Police Officers in question will have some serious "Giglio vs the United States" issues when testifying in Court. This meand that their integrity will be called into question by defence attorneys.
After 30 years of experience as a Police Officer, Detective, Detective Sergeant and then Commander I am very aware of the take home car program. The Officers and Detectives should be only driving these vehicles too and from work. They should never be transporting family members and using the vehicles for personal business. This would be misuse of government property and could get them in trouble with the IRS if they are not claiming the personal use of the vehicle. The gasoline and wear and tear on the vehicle is being paid by the tax payer.
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