We wish our last police officer well. He was great. I had a lot of respect for him.
Our newly elected mayor ferociously and publicly and, I must say, terribly wrongly attacked our last police officer in town. That hero officer had heroically responded to a mutual aid backup request for the nearest unit for an officer in distress. He was the nearest. He did it. He did a great job. He was publicly, highly commended for his actions by the police department of that other town. It was that obligation to assist in those conditions (that’s the law in North Carolina) that our mayor had outrageously rejected, wanting to ensure, apparently, that officers around us are endangered by his policy of refusing to assist any other officer in distress who is calling for backup in a mutual aid request. I’m guessing that police around the State flooded our mayor’s office to explain the matter to him. Perhaps the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) intervened.
The mayor apologized in the local newspaper just now. But it’s not good enough.
He’s ensured that the town has the reputation of being a “chief killer.” The mayor has appointed himself interim police chief – no experience, no certification – which is his right, but the thing is, he is still micromanaging. That ensures more mistakes will be made, doesn’t it? He really needs to back off, resign as police chief, and publicly state that he will not micromanage the police. They have their own internal workings. He really, really needs to leave them do their job which he knows nothing about. He’s a grave danger to police everywhere. He reminds me of the mayor of Baltimore during the riots there the other year.
For instance, about that micromanagement continuing, many law enforcement agencies in this state hire individuals and give them a year to get their training, which is paid for by the agency. But our mayor just stated that indigent applicants can attempt to apply for financial aid so as to get their classroom training. Let’s consider that. Someone who couldn’t afford the little bit for tuition and applies for financial aid (incredible bureaucracy) most likely can’t afford to be a weapons guy, and so has no guns, and certainly no ammo. So, like, he’s going to be able to pass the pistol course, or the long rifle course, or the shotgun course? I just don’t get it.
Moreover, I know of law enforcement agencies around here which hire an individual and give him a year to get in his training, paid for in full by the agency. See the difference?
He needs to hire a police chief and just let the police chief do the hiring. Seriously.
This is a WNC town that will suffer in being bereft of police.