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Masked Crusader

Hopewell, VA

#1 Sep 10, 2010
HOPEWELL POLICE THE UNTOLD STORY

First of all folks let me just say thank you for reading this…. I hope this enlightens all of you from the Hopewell City Counsel down to the local citizen.

Chief Martin has been pulling the wool over the entire cities eyes for FAR too long. He has lied to the business owners and citizens that he has sworn to protect and its time you all know the truth…….

Your chief has used department funds to pursue vacations and personal endeavors. He has sent himself to training and seminars while denying his officers the valuable training they need to do their job. Last year he announced that all department and officer training was no longer available due to a lack of funds. This one action alone forced Hopewell Police to beg and plead with the state to extend the certifications of over 20 officers until the end of this year. Due to his negligence, Vehicles and equipment have decayed beyond repair. Department Vehicles are being used almost 24/7 with little to no break. He refuses to face the facts and see that things need to change..

He has removed officers from routine patrol duties to get them into the community. This is a noble attempt to show he cares but in the end he is attempting to cover his own ass. To be clear, the call volume for the Hopewell police, is overwhelming for the currant garrison. Officers run from call to call with little opportunity to speak with citizens in the community. This chief also forces officers to take time off with out pay so he, does not have to pay overtime. This leaves the regular shifts below staffing making the streets even more dangerous. Now the city pays him to put officers on the streets but what he is doing is taking that money and putting it in his pocket.

In order to fulfill the ideations of Chief Martin, the department would need an additional 10-15 officers. The reason the sheriffs department has picked up additional duties in the city is because the Chief has refused to answer the demands of the citizens. I applaud the Sheriff Anderson for stepping up and doing what’s right because, Chief Martin feels he is untouchable.

Moral does not exist within the Hopewell Police Department. Chief Martin has kicked and beaten it out of every single one of the officers. He places officers under investigations just because they don’t agree with his way of doing business. His Superior Service through Professionalism statement is just a smoke screen. The fact is this man has no clue how to run a police department.

Over the last few years that Chief Martin has been in office he has removed line supervisors and other officers out of their positions because they simply did not go along with his plans. He has slowly worked and moved officers around within the department in order to ensure his regime would remain strong. In his most recent act of interdepartmental corruption, Chief Martin has promoted a officer who was previously charged with a federal crime and attempted suicide to the rank of lieutenant and has placed him in charge of the Patrol Division. Other officers who have greater experience and bearing within the department were simply thrown to the side because they were not African American. Chief Martin now has an almost all African American Command staff and has openly stated he wishes to be Chief of an all, African American Police Department.

Now far be it for me to say this is all about race. This is all about doing what’s right. No matter what your race, education or back round. History has shown us that dictators will do what they want and will step on those beneath them to do it.

He refuses to do anything to help this department grow with the community. This chief smiles, shakes your hands and kisses your babies then steals from behind your backs.

Since: Mar 10

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#2 Sep 10, 2010
Masked Crusader wrote:
HOPEWELL POLICE THE UNTOLD STORY
In order to fulfill the ideations of Chief Martin, the department would need an additional 10-15 officers. The reason the sheriffs department has picked up additional duties in the city is because the Chief has refused to answer the demands of the citizens. I applaud the Sheriff Anderson for stepping up and doing what’s right because, Chief Martin feels he is untouchable.
Sheriff Anderson started his "additional duties" prior to Chief Martin coming to the city. The only "additional duties" that he has done is running radar on 295. The HPD never did that to begin with. The "I295 Project" serves one purpose and one purpose only...To bring in more money to the city coffers. Meanwhile crime is running rampant in the city.

HPD officer's run from call to call, leaving little to no time for them to patrol the city to prevent crime. It takes a special type of person to work as an Police Officer in Hopewell. You run from call to call are constantly in court and get very little recognition or satisfaction from your job.

WELL

Hopewell, VA

#4 Sep 10, 2010
Well-if a black is the most qualified for the job then there is no problem right?
24fan

AOL

#5 Sep 10, 2010
WELL wrote:
Well-if a black is the most qualified for the job then there is no problem right?
YES, IF7317
Hopewell Devil

Hopewell, VA

#6 Sep 10, 2010
WOW! VERY INTERESTING!
Masked Crusader wrote:
HOPEWELL POLICE THE UNTOLD STORY
First of all folks let me just say thank you for reading this…. I hope this enlightens all of you from the Hopewell City Counsel down to the local citizen.
Chief Martin has been pulling the wool over the entire cities eyes for FAR too long. He has lied to the business owners and citizens that he has sworn to protect and its time you all know the truth…….
Your chief has used department funds to pursue vacations and personal endeavors. He has sent himself to training and seminars while denying his officers the valuable training they need to do their job. Last year he announced that all department and officer training was no longer available due to a lack of funds. This one action alone forced Hopewell Police to beg and plead with the state to extend the certifications of over 20 officers until the end of this year. Due to his negligence, Vehicles and equipment have decayed beyond repair. Department Vehicles are being used almost 24/7 with little to no break. He refuses to face the facts and see that things need to change..
He has removed officers from routine patrol duties to get them into the community. This is a noble attempt to show he cares but in the end he is attempting to cover his own ass. To be clear, the call volume for the Hopewell police, is overwhelming for the currant garrison. Officers run from call to call with little opportunity to speak with citizens in the community. This chief also forces officers to take time off with out pay so he, does not have to pay overtime. This leaves the regular shifts below staffing making the streets even more dangerous. Now the city pays him to put officers on the streets but what he is doing is taking that money and putting it in his pocket.
In order to fulfill the ideations of Chief Martin, the department would need an additional 10-15 officers. The reason the sheriffs department has picked up additional duties in the city is because the Chief has refused to answer the demands of the citizens. I applaud the Sheriff Anderson for stepping up and doing what’s right because, Chief Martin feels he is untouchable.
Moral does not exist within the Hopewell Police Department. Chief Martin has kicked and beaten it out of every single one of the officers. He places officers under investigations just because they don’t agree with his way of doing business. His Superior Service through Professionalism statement is just a smoke screen. The fact is this man has no clue how to run a police department.
Over the last few years that Chief Martin has been in office he has removed line supervisors and other officers out of their positions because they simply did not go along with his plans. He has slowly worked and moved officers around within the department in order to ensure his regime would remain strong. In his most recent act of interdepartmental corruption, Chief Martin has promoted a officer who was previously charged with a federal crime and attempted suicide to the rank of lieutenant and has placed him in charge of the Patrol Division. Other officers who have greater experience and bearing within the department were simply thrown to the side because they were not African American. Chief Martin now has an almost all African American Command staff and has openly stated he wishes to be Chief of an all, African American Police Department.
Now far be it for me to say this is all about race. This is all about doing what’s right. No matter what your race, education or back round. History has shown us that dictators will do what they want and will step on those beneath them to do it.
He refuses to do anything to help this department grow with the community. This chief smiles, shakes your hands and kisses your babies then steals from behind your backs.
Thank you

United States

#7 Sep 10, 2010
There is an issue here.
Valor

Hopewell, VA

#8 Sep 10, 2010
Finally someone speaks the truth. I know first hand how demeaning and unfair the Chief can be to the Officers in the department, and how he smiles at you then stabs you in the back when you walk away. I agree he has promoted officers to obtain an all African American staff, which would be fine if those people had the education and were qualified for the position, most are not. He makes the rules up as he goes and he feels he is untouchable because he is the Chief. The citizens of this city need to know what he is doing and an investigation into how he treats his employees, and misuses his time off, as well as the departmental funds needs to be started. Ask the officers...oh wait they won't talk in fear of having yet another complaint, charge, or investigation against them. Ask his past employees what a dishonorable man and Chief he is. The Officers work now because of money, not loyalty to the Chief and the department. We need to bring back the honor in the police department and once again have the officers be proud to protect and serve. Mayor Bailey, and the City Council need to look into this matter, as well as question the officers in a confidential manner. Remove the danger of retribution to the officers for coming forward and discussing their concerns. This is our City that his actions are tarnishing. I for one am tired of it and something needs to be done. Thanks to the Masked Crusader for enlightening the citizens of Hopewell.
Voice of Reality

Petersburg, VA

#9 Sep 11, 2010
To the Masked Crusader, it is obvious that you care about Hopewell and its citizens, it is also clear that you have a very good working knowledge of the department, possibly from within.
I think that everybody on this fourm knows my true feelings about Hopewell by now, howver, I do appreciate somebody who wants truth to be known and is willing to state facts.

A department that is being run as this person states has problems on a multiple of levels, not only are lesser people being placed in positions of importance because of being proper colored yes men, you will also start to see the best of the best start to leave as positions are found in other departments. This will leave the Hopewell police department with a department filled with officers who could not find other jobs, men who are willing to sell their souls to the current devil in charge and those who think that prostituting their core beliefs for quick undeserved promotion is the way to get ahead, a "rag tag" group at best, potential criminals at worst. Those of you who care about your city needs to go to the newspapers and other media (to include 12 on your side) to bring these problems to the light of day. I know that topix forum people think that they are reaching the world with their words, however, very few people go to a place like topix as compaired to the number of Hopewell people who read newspapers and listen to radio.

I still am not a fan of Hopewell and never will be, however, it is your city, your responisbility and your chance to do something that actually will help your city.

As is said in many police traning sessions, you have found and described the problem, now, do you become part of the problem or part of the solution.
Interested

Hopewell, VA

#10 Sep 11, 2010
I think that many of the items mentioned are well known facts. It is obvious from looking at his physical appearance alone that he is NO role model to his officers- a heart attack waiting to happen. His follow-up with citizens is non-existent even when he has requested that you call him personally if you have a problem. Until the City Manager holds the Dept. Heads accountable for their jobs, nothing will ever be done. The City Manager doesnt care. City Council has the power to do something about this but apparently they are afraid of "something".

Martin is not the only Dept. Head that you can place in this category. He knows as the other Dept. Heads know, they are untouchable.

Im not sure about the comment of the Sheriffs dept helping though. I see very little they do in the city other than run radar on 295 and speed throughout the communtiy in their vehicles.
Valor

Hopewell, VA

#11 Sep 11, 2010
Very well put Voice of Reality - problem is the newspaper probably wouldn't print anything unless you told them your true identity. With that being said, most of us have a personal stake in this and don't want any retribution, or God forbid another bogus charge or internal investigation placed on the officers. This whole forum needs to be copied and sent to the newspaper, News 12, or even the City Council meeting but unfortunately due to self preservation I cannot do it. I only wish someone would. So all I can hope is that people do read topix and maybe one will take it upon themselves to get the problem more exposure by taking it out of this forum. That's a big hint if there are any takers!
You Do not Say

Hopewell, VA

#12 Sep 12, 2010
Everything about the police dept. is dishonest! We were promised an acounting of the police takeover by the State Police but that will never happen because the dirty cops have sooooo much on the judges and the higher-ups that the decision haa been made to never allow anyone to know the truth for the sake of citizen confidence being destroyed.

To get rid of the chief will require getting rid of the City Manager. Council does not have the guts to do anything about the City Manager so kiss the Police Department good bye.

What about the Beacon? We the citizens have been lied to by all in authority. Council does not care!

That is my story and I am sticking to it!
well well

Chester, VA

#13 Sep 13, 2010
you do not say the police had nothing to do with the coverup that was your old C.A. whom sealed the findings so nobody could see the evedence (or lack of) to all check your ratio the majority of the ranking officers are not black they are white or other only martin ,taylor ,whittington are black
for the record

Chester, VA

#14 Sep 13, 2010
just to add to above statement Taylor was a ranking officer before Martin was hired.there was also a promotion of a white officer to the rank of sergent at the same time as the lieutenant promotion came out.
Interested

Hopewell, VA

#15 Sep 13, 2010
You Do not Say wrote:
Everything about the police dept. is dishonest! We were promised an acounting of the police takeover by the State Police but that will never happen because the dirty cops have sooooo much on the judges and the higher-ups that the decision haa been made to never allow anyone to know the truth for the sake of citizen confidence being destroyed.
To get rid of the chief will require getting rid of the City Manager. Council does not have the guts to do anything about the City Manager so kiss the Police Department good bye.
What about the Beacon? We the citizens have been lied to by all in authority. Council does not care!
That is my story and I am sticking to it!
I agree totally that to get rid of Martin would mean getting rid of Daley. Daley is about as worthless as the rest of his dept. heads. What a good thing they have going! City Council doesnt have the balls to touch Daley. So you either move, or just put up with it! And I would also would like to see what the outcome of the investigation with the PD was and what about the Beacon situation?
24fan

AOL

#16 Sep 15, 2010
Interested wrote:
<quoted text>I agree totally that to get rid of Martin would mean getting rid of Daley. Daley is about as worthless as the rest of his dept. heads. What a good thing they have going! City Council doesnt have the balls to touch Daley. So you either move, or just put up with it! And I would also would like to see what the outcome of the investigation with the PD was and what about the Beacon situation?
this town has gone to hell.it is a shame that we have elected so many people in the last several years to serve as our councilors.the decisions that have been made by our council,and some of the leaders that they have added to our city have made our city a disgrace.
Live Free or Die

Ruckersville, VA

#17 Sep 15, 2010
Folks, this sort of cronyism and corruption is what you get when supposed 'peace officers' are protected by other tax-feeders in local government. Once it's realized amongst these agencies that no real accountability exists, and that the general citizenry has no real power to enforce any such accountability...all bets are off. The main goal then becomes finding new and creative ways of extracting revenue from the people. Any of you who think the police are legally obligated to protect you are delusional. Their #1 function in modern society is to ENFORCE the will of government.

WAKE UP.
oscar myer weiner

Hopewell, VA

#18 Sep 19, 2010
Live Free or Die wrote:
Folks, this sort of cronyism and corruption is what you get when supposed 'peace officers' are protected by other tax-feeders in local government. Once it's realized amongst these agencies that no real accountability exists, and that the general citizenry has no real power to enforce any such accountability...all bets are off. The main goal then becomes finding new and creative ways of extracting revenue from the people. Any of you who think the police are legally obligated to protect you are delusional. Their #1 function in modern society is to ENFORCE the will of government.
WAKE UP.
This is so true! Take all of the common folks money!!!!
Truth2

Hopewell, VA

#19 Sep 19, 2010
Valor wrote:
Finally someone speaks the truth. I know first hand how demeaning and unfair the Chief can be to the Officers in the department, and how he smiles at you then stabs you in the back when you walk away. I agree he has promoted officers to obtain an all African American staff, which would be fine if those people had the education and were qualified for the position, most are not. He makes the rules up as he goes and he feels he is untouchable because he is the Chief. The citizens of this city need to know what he is doing and an investigation into how he treats his employees, and misuses his time off, as well as the departmental funds needs to be started. Ask the officers...oh wait they won't talk in fear of having yet another complaint, charge, or investigation against them. Ask his past employees what a dishonorable man and Chief he is. The Officers work now because of money, not loyalty to the Chief and the department. We need to bring back the honor in the police department and once again have the officers be proud to protect and serve. Mayor Bailey, and the City Council need to look into this matter, as well as question the officers in a confidential manner. Remove the danger of retribution to the officers for coming forward and discussing their concerns. This is our City that his actions are tarnishing. I for one am tired of it and something needs to be done. Thanks to the Masked Crusader for enlightening the citizens of Hopewell.
LOL you and masked sound as if your the same crook--ed a$$ HPD officers that have been on the force for 2 many years. Now the cheif is doing something about it.GOOD he needs to weed you out! boo hoo now you want to call the race card LOL. I'm WHITE & I'm proud of the cheif for putting you in your place. as your comment "THIS IS OUR CITY" well black people live here too... Thats why HPD has had sooooo many issues "state troopers" due to your ACTIONS in the past.... SHUT UP!
hello

Chester, VA

#20 Sep 20, 2010
if the chief is so great then why did he let his employees certification run out rather than send them for the training needed to keep certification
Voice of Reality

Petersburg, VA

#21 Sep 20, 2010
Truth2 wrote:
<quoted text>LOL you and masked sound as if your the same crook--ed a$$ HPD officers that have been on the force for 2 many years. Now the cheif is doing something about it.GOOD he needs to weed you out! boo hoo now you want to call the race card LOL. I'm WHITE & I'm proud of the cheif for putting you in your place. as your comment "THIS IS OUR CITY" well black people live here too... Thats why HPD has had sooooo many issues "state troopers" due to your ACTIONS in the past.... SHUT UP!
Unless you have had close and inside knowledge of how a police department works, you do not have clue as to what you are speaking about. Every police department, over time, takes on the personality and interest of the Chief. I have seen Chiefs that look like the best dressed police officers in history and guess what, that department will keep increasing the amount of its equipment budget until all officers represent the same. I have seen chiefs who are physical fitness buffs and guess what, the department will have physical assesments done on a yearly or more often done and all officers will have to be able to meet the physical requirments set forth by the department. I have even seen departments that allow officers to work out during duty hours to obtain this goal of 100% compliance. Then you will at one point have the Chief who's hobby is shooting and marksmanship and in those departments you will often find everybody going to the range every 6 months or more often with one time per year as qualification, hell some of them will even sponsor a competitive pistol team.

If a department has a fat out of shape Chief, with very little interest and pride in his job, you will find officers looking the same and their certification will be placed on hold until the last possible minute with the result of at times having some non certified officers as result of not paying attention to training and or something big happening when said officer was to (at the last minute) attend recertification class of 40 hours.

A Chief, any Chief should represent the best of the department and a fat out of shape slob does not show well for the city.

I even know of one Campus Chief who, when going to the range for qualification) put his bullets in his gun backwards. This man is still working as a Chief.

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