Putnam sheriff to have deputies train...

Putnam sheriff to have deputies trained in handling mentally ill after fatal shooting

There are 3 comments on the The Florida Times-Union story from Oct 16, 2012, titled Putnam sheriff to have deputies trained in handling mentally ill after fatal shooting. In it, The Florida Times-Union reports that:

Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy said Tuesday he will begin a program to train all of his deputies in handling the mentally ill following July's police-involved fatal shooting of Alfred Dobson Jr.

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United States

#1 Oct 16, 2012
A little late I would say! What about training the deputies to be a little more sociable and have more mannerism's . What about CRASH DUMMY BOWLING taking some driver training? What about Ryan taking some Don't Piss on ??? when your drunk. What about Hardy taking some To tell the truth courses. And the list goes on & on & on.

Palatka, FL

#2 Oct 17, 2012
Jacksonville Sheriff Rutherford just called Alfred Dobson's sister, Becky Johnson, two days ago (Monday) to say he'd received a letter from Hardy inquiring about the training. And that's when the FL Times Union reporter, Jim Schoettler, was called.
Every county around us has been providing this type of training to their deputies, with Duval having done so for the last 30 years. Putnam is the only one that hasn't, despite the large number of mentally-ill in this county. Hardy didn't have it in place, didn't do it after Alfred was shot, or after the story about the lack of training aired over a month ago. He wouldn't even commit himself and only said then he'd 'research' it. It sounds like the only reason he now did this is because the rally being held day-after-tomorrow is getting so much publicity.
Add to this the fact that Hardy knew of Strickland's drunken, violent past (Palatka Battery, Tampa Assault) and that Strickland's Palatka fighting partner, Chris Stallings, was over the local investigation in Alfred's shooting. And don't forget the two FDLE field investigators from the St. Aug. offiCE, Chris Middleton and his boss Travis Smith, worked with Strickland at PCSO and were his roommates. Cries of CONFLICT were ignored - but not any more.
If you think this is "Tried. Tested. Proven Leadership" on Hardy's part then you are mistaken.


Lake Butler, FL

#3 Oct 17, 2012
Anytime you involve scum like stallings you get out what you put in. He will get busted as soon as hardy gets booted, no one else will accept such corruption. He is the kinda guy that if you asked him to keep an eye on your house, he would knock your wife up and sell all your stuff. But he still uses his PCSO vehicle for personal use (Nissan Pathfinder).

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