A deputy was charged with Murder 2 recently, and it made me wonder if it could have been avoided. I've been told that the Sheriff had been told numerous times that Chris was a problem. However, since he was connected, he didn't get the behavior modification he should have. If that is true, Mark - you better get your checkbook out.
What do you do if you are a cop and you see another doing some pretty stupid stuff? Not criminal stuff, but stuff that is "on the edge." Who do you tell? If you tell your supervisor, it may filter up, or you may be telling the other guy's best friend. Suppose your supervisor is doing weird stuff? The troops talk amongst themselves, but there is no way for one to get information up to management that really needs to be sent up. If you tell something, and others find out, you are no longer on the "team".
In my 30 plus years, I saw some officers do some stupid stuff, and if I felt it warranted, I spoke directly to them about it. But, I've learned I'm a little different. I never felt the need to be in the click, so I did what I felt necessary. I never saw another officer do anything criminal, and any time I saw an officer starting to be too hard on someone, I pulled them off. But, that's obviously not happening these days.
I think there needs to be some way of bringing bad behavior to an officer's attention, and I'm starting to think the best way is for the officers to self police. Maybe officers need to post something somewhere (on an anonymous blog) when they see one of the ranks screwing up? Then again, that would open things up for someone to trash another officer. I'm not sure what the answer is, but I think this is a valid question. What do you think? Do you have any ideas on how this could be handled?
I would be more than willing to host a blog and moderate it for the officers in and around the area, if they wanted a site like that. Let me know what you think.