How problem cops keep getting hired

How problem cops keep getting hired

There are 6 comments on the Post and Courier story from Sep 8, 2006, titled How problem cops keep getting hired. In it, Post and Courier reports that:

Ridgeville Police Chief Edward Whitlock says small departments like his can't compete with the salaries of larger agencies.

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angelswalk

Florence, SC

#1 Oct 1, 2006
This is very disturbing but we should be aware that it does happen. When are the agencies going to start checking every background of every officer hired? Regardless and especially if the officer has previously been employed with that department? Just because they may be a rehire does not mean they have clean records. Many departments, I know for a fact, will keep officers after there have been incidences'. When the offending officers are caught or just questioned, they wonder, well, why are they held to higher standards? The answer inevitably has to be, because you took that responsibility by putting on a badge and a gun! You swore to protect not to intimidate or torment, even in your personal life.
Another question is, when it has been so blatantly obvious that an officer has gone bad, why (in the not too distant past) have they kept their jobs? Especially when there is a trail of obvious destruction behind them? What about those who knew they went bad? What about those who watched victims being even more victimized? Letting offending officers move on to other departments? And why, when even officers themselves file the charges, do cases get lost or thrown aside? Or held in secret from the victim? Why is it the victim is the one harrassed when it involves an officer? Some one has been asking these questions for many years now and still no answer or resolve. Just the routine put offs.
So I guess my last question is this. What is the responsibility of individual departments when they have sent an officer packing finally but allow the victimization to continue by keeping their silence?
angelswalk

Vero Beach, FL

#2 Oct 13, 2006
As I thought! no one really gives a **** about the IMPORTANT issues. Lets Keep fighting about illegalS, lets keep fighting about the boycott wanted by the ncaa or naacp. Lets keep throwing important things into storage and oh yes most definitely lets keep people in charge of our safety who want the positions only for a little bully power. Do you all know bullys are nothing more than cowards?
AGAIN, ILL SAY IT A LITTLE LOUDER, BY ALL MEANS LETS KEEP IGNORING THE IMPORTANT STUFF IN SOUTH CAROLINA. YOU KNOW THE COUNTIES I SPEAK OF.
jeff

Carson City, NV

#3 May 7, 2007
Most of the cops around my area are ok, but there are a couple or a few that are just plain bullys. Ive seen it a few times. And it really pisses me off that these people are allowed to be in law inforcment. I was involved in a dumb incident last week. The cops made the girl that was with us cry. Then i heard a couple of them kinda in the background jokin and laughin.. and sayin stuff like, "man that girl nearly shit herself" etc. This is not protecting. This is not law enforcment. this is bullying. plain and simple. There are some rights that the police should not have. I have lost much respect for law inforcment.

jeff
Sabbz

Abbeville, SC

#4 May 27, 2007
WTF do you expect? Cops watch out for other cops. It would be different if the majority of them weren't corrupt, or racist, or just plain a-holes. Give some egomaniac a gun and a badge and he thinks he's god with a 15 inch penis. Cops, for the most part, are completely and utterly useless. Unless a crime is committed right in front of them, the case will never get solved, 8 times out of 10. The only thing cops are good for is harassing people and writing undeserved traffic tickets.
pduk

Florence, SC

#5 May 27, 2007
some of you really need to read a law book. there are steps that has got to be taken unless a crime has been commited in the officers presents. as for the undeserved traffic tickets PLEAD THE CASE TO A JUDGE,and stop bitching if you think the ticket is unfair. police officers respond to thousands of calls, put there life on the line on EVERY call,and EVERY traffic stop. this is all done for a mear 25,000 dollars a year. hell if even that much.the really sad thing is you only here the "bad" things in the news never the good things.so take a step back and put ur self in the cops place the next time ur stoped or been a victim.
zati

Kingsport, TN

#6 May 30, 2007
There may be some bad cops, there even maybe alot of bad cops,but there are alot of very good cops who do put themselves in the way of gunfire for the rest of us,
and they are deserving of the pay they
receive,more so then the criminals who run this country.

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