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N.C. Highway Patrol takes action to improve image

Posted May 19, 2010
Updated June 9, 2010

— Following a series of scandals, the state Highway Patrol is taking action to improve its image.

Highway Patrol Commander Col. Randy Glover sent a memo to troopers recently saying members who embarrass the organization will be dealt with.

A number of troopers have been demoted or fired in the past three years for offenses including drunken driving, profiling young women for traffic stops, having sex on duty and animal abuse.

In the memo, Glover warned that postings on Facebook and YouTube that are inappropriate will not be tolerated.


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  • wakeconative4ever May 20, 2010

    anitov...agree with u 100%....but the top brass doesn't need to act all nice and shiney when there is dirt underneath...that's all i'm saying and that is where my real problem lies...i am the WIFE of a LEO

  • thepeopleschamp May 20, 2010

    It will be difficult if not impossible to have an over night image change. The DUI's and animal abuse were committed by what, less than 1% of all the Troopers? When a Trooper does get a DUI I have no problem whatsoever with firing them. But that is where the spotlight will be shined. How many golo'ers heard about the Trooper that delivered a death message to a grandmother about her daughter and then gave her his frequent flier miles so she could go to the funeral in another state? Or the Trooper that donates a kidney, bet no one saw that one on wral.com did they? Those that screw up deserve what they have coming, but don't blame the Trooper in New Bern for what a Trooper in Asheville did.

  • wakeconative4ever May 20, 2010

    again, jsessoms, i agree with you....but the hp really doesn't want ALL of its dirty laundry aired...just a little bit here and a little there...fire just enough to make the citizens of NC feel like they are really cracking down...release a memo stating what all of the troopers alreay know...as I said before, until they get rid of the "do as I say, not as I do or have done" attitude, nothing will change...i do believe we as taxpayers should expect these rules in ALL state agencies, not just NCSHP

  • jsessoms25 May 20, 2010

    I too do not understand why this is not on the front page. I believe that this issue along that needs to heard. Obviously, it is a problem (most likely there is alot more that needs to be heard) or it would have never been in the news to begin with.

  • wakeconative4ever May 20, 2010

    I was wondering why this was taken off the front page.....

  • UNCfuturealumi May 20, 2010

    Don't some of you agree that WRAL needs to put this back out on the front page..I think the water is getting deep in Raleigh

  • wakeconative4ever May 20, 2010

    jsessoms25, i couldn't agree with you more....the only problem I have is the "do as I say, not as I do" attitude of top officials....if you're gonna clean 'em up, get 'em ALL

  • jsessoms25 May 20, 2010

    and the community if the wrong message is sent.
    Kudos to the Colonel !!!!

  • jsessoms25 May 20, 2010

    I agree with the directive given! It is about time that some realize that they are not "entitled" to special treatment. Facebook portrayed several pictures of "ranking" officers with alcoholic beverages in their hand and pictures of them "hanging out" in bars—wonder if they drove home after a night of drinking? It is a shame that some work hard to reach their career status to actually work honorably and efficiently for the State of North Carolina while others only strive on what they think is prestige or a "title". Using the image of the Highway Patrol to gain personal self actualization is inappropriate! Businesses are monitoring Facebook, Craigslist, You Tube and other websites before hiring; the same should be done for existing employees within the Highway Patrol. A lot can be learned from reading information that is posted on the internet especially when it portrays a totally different image than what is seen at the workplace. It is difficult to gain trust from colleagues

  • Journey985 May 20, 2010

    Funny you don't see leo-nc or RPD07 or any of the other "LEO Supporters" on here today. Hard to support a group when the head cheese is saying you need to clean up your act! It's one thing to write a memo telling the SHP to "clean up your act or your GONE", it's a whole another story to actually carry out the directive.