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Sheriff Hall doubles Investigations staff and triples Legal team..meanwhile NO RAISES FOR DEPUTIES!

January 6, 2013

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Congratulations to Thomas Franklin, Warren Ford and the INFAMOUS former Metro PD internal affairs director Kennetha Sawyers for being added to the DCSO Investigations team. For years the deputies have been harassed and plagued by two investigators, Kevin AK Carroll and Chelle Ray. The question is why has the Sheriff decided to use taxpayer dollars add THREE more members to the IA team? In our opinion, The answer simple…CONTROL! The past year has been horrible for Hall and his cronies..losing and settling several disturbing lawsuits, watching administrators like Mike Raines, John Taylor, Dan Weikal, Kevin Cox and more, make complete utter fools of themselves, and losing several wrongful termination suits. Front line officers are standing up for themselves in massive amounts,by joining the lawsuit led by Mike Murphy and Vonda Noel, sending in troubling information to us here @firedaronhall (tons of info to be posted in the future) and questioning the actions of idiotic administrators. Daron is scrambling and grasping to regain control of his regime, and the quickest way to control is FEAR and cycling out veteran officers and replacing them with new. Officers do NOT respect Hall, or administrators, and never will, therefore fear tactics are needed. With 5 members of Internal affairs, this will allow for more investigations, more harassment of officers, more bogus suspensions and more officers wrongfully terminated…Our advice to officers..STAND UP FOR YOURSELF! Join the FOP..they will provide and pay for an attorney through any investigative process, disciplinary hearing, or appeal of suspension or termination. Do not accept a 1,2,3,5 day suspension,when you feel that you did nothing wrong…it will be used against you in the future! These investigations and suspension offers are nothing more than a way to place a leash on you to gain compliance through fear. Remember the Chief of Corrections himself has had legal issues and admittedly used his position to fix tickets.

The legal team has added Katie Stone and Jenny McMillen. Obviously the boom of lawsuits vs. Daron has caused the need for him to use tax payer dollars to hire more attorneys.The sad thing is that the front line officers have not had a RAISE IN YEARS!!! Meanwhile, Daron adds hundreds of thousands of dollars to internal affairs and legal, adds a Chief of Corrections..while he asks you to do “more with less” while under the watchful eye of his “goon squad.”

Check out this interesting story on Kennetha Sawyers, by the I team

http://www.wsmv.com/story/16944477/hold-for-release-delayed-police-investigations-director-resigns

Delayed police investigations, director resigns:

The Channel 4 I-Team found that hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars are spent for police officers to sit on the sidelines. This is months, even years police are pulled from the streets while the department in charge of their fate takes its time.

During the course of our Channel 4 I-Team investigation the police chief spoke out. And soon after that, the director in charge of these investigations actually stepped down.

All it takes is an allegation. Then police paid to protect you can get re-routed to desk duty. But it’s how long they’re sitting on the sidelines, and not protecting the streets, that’s causing serious concern. Even Nashville’s chief of police said it’s simply not fair to you.

Metro police officer Edward Draves was a street cop, chasing bad guys, protecting the public. But when Draves was accused of making inappropriate comments to a woman, he was put on desk duty.

Not for 45 days – the limit internal investigations are supposed to take.

Not for 80 days. Not for one year. Not for two years. It took three years for Draves’ internal investigation to be completed.

“I’ve had several that have taken what I believe to be an extraordinary amount of time to get from the initial allegation to a department level hearing,” said attorney Brock Parks who represents many police officers.

It took three years for metro’s Office of Professional Accountability to determine Draves was innocent.

“The investigations have taken too long. They haven’t been as thorough as I would like,” said Chief Anderson.

And then there’s the case of one officer, and allegations he took bullets from the training academy. It took 450 days for the metro Office of Professional Accountability – or OPA – to finish their internal investigation. In the end, that officer too was found innocent.

And a Channel 4 I-Team investigation found those cases are hardly unique. We found case, after case, after case, of internal investigations of metro police officers stretching out way beyond the department’s own 45 day deadline.

“Well for the past 20 or 30 years, in my view, there’s always been an issue,” said Anderson.

That 45 day deadline is important. It’s to get officers back on the street if they’re innocent and off the street if they’re not. And everyone from the head of the police union, to attorney representing officers, to the police chief himself said metro’s OPA office is taking too long.

Anderson wrote in a 2011 evaluation of OPA’s director – Kennetha Sawyers – there are “deficiencies in your work product” and “the work product of OPA must improve.”

The Channel 4 I-Team filed a public records request and found in the past four years, on average, more than 50 percent of internal investigations lasted longer than the 45 day deadline.

In 2008 alone 81 percent of the cases took longer than 45 days. And all that time you were paying for officers to be on desk duty: a total of more than $700,000.

“Could this be done quicker?” asked the Channel 4 I-Team’s Caroline Moses.

“Sometimes. Obviously everything can be improved, and that is what we are attempting to do,” said Sawyers.

Kennetha Sawyers has been OPA’s director for the past 10 years. We asked her to explain in years like 2008, the data she provided us shows only 20 percent of the cases were finished within 45 days.

“Well I don’t think that’s correct,” said Sawyers.

“How is that not correct? You gave me the numbers,” said the Channel 4 I-Team’s Caroline Moses.

“Obviously, we want to improve our performance, and we have done so,” said Sawyers.

And what about the officer on desk duty for 450 days, only to later be found innocent?

“It is necessary to be sure of your facts,” said Sawyers.

“And so it took 450 days to be certain?” asked Moses.

“Sure,” said Sawyers.

There’s no question each case should be investigated thoroughly, but the police union president said when investigations drag on for years, it’s hard for officers to understand why.

“Employees want to be treated fairly. That’s all anybody wants,” said Weaver.

And recently, things have improved, sort of. In 2011, only 12 percent of OPA’s cases took longer than the 45 day deadline. But again, in that 2011 evaluation, Chief Anderson wrote Sawyers has the experience and ability to do quality investigations, “however, as we have discussed, repeatedly, over the last year, this is not occurring.”

Referring to a case that took place in July 2011, Anderson wrote, “there were serious flaws in the case file.”

“Both for the public and for the officers we need those investigations done as quickly as possible,” said Anderson.

Then just five days ago Sawyer sent Chief Anderson a resignation letter. She wrote she was retiring to “pursue other opportunities.”

We contacted Sawyers after she gave her resignation, to find out what motivated her to leave the department after 27 years with metro. The only reason she gave us was what she listed in her letter, to “explore other opportunities.”

Anderson said he was surprised Sunday to receive her resignation letter. He told us he had no intention of firing Sawyers.

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3 Comments
  1. really permalink

    These IA people are hired to cleanup the mess the unqualified chiefs have created. If you stand up for your rights they will get you. They protect and cover up the wrong doing of unqualified top officials.

  2. Samdusky is my hero permalink

    Good job busting Zlotnicky guys.. You all deserve a pay raise!

  3. Don’t forget about the raises Sheriff Hall gave his managers a few years ago and the same time the Mayor asked for a 5% budget cut, again the officers wasn’t given a raise but he made sure is managers was taken care of.

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