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    CHP suspends officers

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    Misconduct inquiry targets 3 Inland Division leaders
    By Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer
    Article Launched: 03/31/2007 12:00:00 AM PDT


    Three top-ranking supervisors for the California Highway Patrol's Inland Division have been placed on administrative leave following accusations of misconduct.

    Inland Division Chief Jeff Talbott and assistant chiefs Mike Williams and Mike Maples will remain on leave until the conclusion of the investigation, said CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader.

    "The Highway Patrol takes any claims of alleged misconduct seriously," Clader said.

    Clader would not elaborate on the nature of the misconduct, citing the Peace Officers Bill of Rights and that the investigation was a personnel matter.

    She said CHP officials ordered the investigation as soon as they were informed of the allegations. The investigation began at least a week ago, Clader said.

    "We have a whole new management team serving in an acting capacity while the investigation is going on," she said.

    The CHP assigned Tim Clark from Sacramento headquarters to head the Inland Division. Acting as assistant chief is Warren Stanley, who works for the CHP's Southern Division.
    About 600 sworn officers work for the Inland Division out of 11 offices, including offices in San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Victorville and Barstow.


    The investigation comes at a time when two legislators are calling for the resignation of CHP Commissioner Mike Brown.

    State Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City, urged the commander to resign during a news conference Thursday. They cited alleged misconduct by command officers, accusations of sexual harassment and Brown's personal use of a state-owned aircraft.

    "Clearly, the problem is leadership at the top," Romero said.

    But some other law-enforcement agencies and lawmakers praised Brown for what they see as a quick response to fix problems in the agency.

    Other problems pointed out by Romero and Garcia included the suicide rate among CHP officers - it's 7.5 times higher than the national average for the general population - and a no-bid contract for nearly 10,000 new handguns, many of which turned out to be faulty.

    Romero and Garcia also pointed to an assistant chief suspected of drunken driving.

    Maples, 58, of the Inland Division, was arrested in November on suspicion of driving while under the influence after he crashed into a car parked in his own driveway in Reche Canyon.

    Riverside County prosecutors on March 5 charged him with driving while under the influence, court records show. They also filed an enhancement to the charge because he either refused to take a chemical test or his blood-alcohol concentration was higher than 0.20 percent.

    He is expected to appear for arraignment April 12 in Riverside Superior Court.

    None of the three officers could be reached for comment.
    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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    http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_5563267
    Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

    [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]


  • #2
    Three Command Officers Suspended by CHP

    Frankly, I hear more and more complaints about conditions in the CHP.

    Aside from the usual obstacles in police work, Favoritism rules.

    What has turned the Department sour is "Promotion-from-within." Prior to 1972, an elected Governor would look around for a Commissioner. In 72,
    Walter Pudinski becomes the first officer to rise through the ranks to Commissioner.

    What you get now are people who rose through the ranks. The factors affecting promotion are:

    a. You are required to be in a rank for only two years. You have Chiefs now who have less than a year "on the Road".

    b. A favorable score on the interview portion of a promotion exam is given to those who have held Office positions, or were loaned out to the Feds. Basically, you have to prove that you don't want to be a Road Officer anymore.

    c. One good way to get an office job was to be incompetent in the field.

    d. It helps to have shown that you will "fall on your sword" for a superior.
    One officer assigned to the Academy took a Chief pheasant hunting on Academy grounds. They were apprehended by Fish and Game as it is illegal to shoot game on State Property. The Officer declared that the Chief didn't know it was illegal, and took the citation. The Officer was promoted on the next list.

    e. Another avenue of promotion is to have an overwhelming intellect (Gordon Graham) or a charisma.

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    • #3
      It is my understanding that by coincidence, the three Inland Division Chiefs under investigation have now contracted Chief's Disease and are on the road to disability retirement.

      I don't remember who the Legislator was that recently called for an audit of the CHP, but the ongoing scandals are reaching a point that I think something drastic may come down the pike. My big fear is that the non-stop problems within the Department may actually cause the Charlie Plummer plan to be revisited, with the CHP being downsized and limited to freeways in big cities and much of its funding going to county SOs to take over traffic in the unincorporated areas.
      Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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      • #4
        Originally posted by L-1
        funding going to county SOs to take over traffic in the unincorporated areas.
        Oh please, oh please, oh please! I wish we had a traffic division - then I could ride motors.
        Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

        I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ateamer
          Oh please, oh please, oh please! I wish we had a traffic division - then I could ride motors.
          Unless you are in a pretty big county with lots of cars to generate lots of motor vehicle revenue, there will be no motors for you, young man!

          The Charlie Plummer plan was not well thought out Under it, motor vehicle revenues generated from within a county for traffic enforcement would go to the sheriff instead of CHP. Poor, rural county SOs that were having budget problems saw local CHP offices staffed with 10 to 15 officers and figured this would solve their budget problems while allowing them to add extra deputies for traffic and buy all sorts of neat equipment. Not so!

          The problem is, in rural areas CHP staffing does not necessarily reflect the supporting tax revenues generated from within that county. Instead, for officer safety reasons, CHP staffs rural offices with more people than are supported by local revenues. Because the state simply gives CHP a flat budget and it is up to the department to determine how its personnel are deployed, CHP can get away with this kind of staffing. In essence, revenues from the larger counties (LA, Orange, SD, SF and Alameda) are subsidizing rural staffing.

          With this in mind, under the Charlie Plummer plan, rural counties would now have to assume responsibility for doing traffic, but would only receive funds that were generated from within that county, which would be negligible. In the mean time, the bulk of the motor vehicle fund monies would go to densely populated counties, who already have hugely phenomenal budgets.

          In other words, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
          Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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          • #6
            "...In other words, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer."

            And old Charlie's plan is not likely to be implemented. Too many problems! The issues with the CHP are not unusual or rare. They have been present in almost every Commissioner's regime. Things work out and these will too!
            Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

            [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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