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Highway Patrol leaders tour state, meet with troopers

Posted July 13, 2010

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— Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Reuben Young and Highway Patrol Col. Randy Glover stopped in Salemburg on Tuesday to meet with troopers in an effort to find out what problems exist within the patrol.

The two are traveling across the state through July 22, hoping to boost communication within the troubled organization.

Last week, Gov. Beverly Perdue called for restructuring the patrol, but she provided few specifics. She gave Young and Glover 60 days to develop a restructuring plan.

A number of troopers and patrol officers have been disciplined or fired in recent years for offenses that included profiling young women for traffic stops, drunken driving, animal abuse and having sex on duty.

Perdue and Glover have previously issued a zero-tolerance policy for trooper misconduct, and the governor last week made ethics training and a signed code of conduct mandatory for all troopers. Patrol managers also will receive more leadership training.

The code of conduct includes the following statement: "As a Trooper, my behavior will not discredit the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, my community or the State of North Carolina. My character and conduct while off duty will always be exemplary, thus maintaining a position of respect in the community in which I live and serve. My personal behavior will be beyond reproach."

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  • demo7691 Jul 14, 2010

    I guess you can call the scandal the Govglove affair- If the uppers were cleaned out including the Gov and people who are not connected to the Gov as much as these one it may work itself out with better leadership.

  • 2SWEETBOYS Jul 14, 2010

    They take applications everyday folks.....why don't you go getcha some.....most of you would not last one day.....

  • think1st Jul 13, 2010

    disgusted2010, the next time you go to work, why don't you request a meeting with Secretary Young to vent. That shouldn't be hard. After all, you work for him!

  • Tarheelfan13 Jul 13, 2010

    "Tarheelfan: The feeling inside crime control is that the SHP is the only agency that matters. The secretary seems to rubber stamp whatever Glover wants. All other agencies in Crime Control answer to a deputy secretary, but SHP answers directly to Young. If the governor has to tell them what to do and how to do it, then she (actually we as citizens) do not need them and their significant salaries could be put to better use elsewhere."

    I agree.

  • think1st Jul 13, 2010

    Tar Heels still like the state Highway Patrol

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/07/11/575142/tar-heels-still-like-the-state.html

    Hoping to leave Raleigh soon....you people are way to smart for me. It's amazing how you all are experts in so many topics...not

  • disgusted2010 Jul 13, 2010

    Tarheelfan: The feeling inside crime control is that the SHP is the only agency that matters. The secretary seems to rubber stamp whatever Glover wants. All other agencies in Crime Control answer to a deputy secretary, but SHP answers directly to Young. If the governor has to tell them what to do and how to do it, then she (actually we as citizens) do not need them and their significant salaries could be put to better use elsewhere.

  • Tarheelfan13 Jul 13, 2010

    I do realize that the CCPS is sort of the state level "secretary of defense" when it comes to the NC National Guard. It just makes me wonder if he has any sort of daily involvement with the Patrol or is it more like a situation where the CCPS is the boss but the Patrol Commander is really running the show with no accountability to the CCPS.

  • disgusted2010 Jul 13, 2010

    Tarheelfan: The Commander reports to the Secretary of CCPS who reports to the governor. It appears that neither of them have realized that there is a problem. Or if they did, they failed miserably in solving the problem. They had to be told what to do and how to do it. One would think that the governor would appoint professionals to positions like these who would know how to identify problems and how to attack them. Unfortunately, this governor only appoints people based on politics.

  • Tarheelfan13 Jul 13, 2010

    "There is a Law Enforcement Code of Ethics that each law enforcement officer must learn during basic training. It has been around for over 25+ years. The HP problem is that they have forgotten what it states and they certainly haven't been abiding by it or living their lives by it!"

    In military boot camp the concept of integrity is instilled from the very first day to graduation day because it is a concept that a military member is to never stray away from their whole respective military career. Maybe the Patrol could use some of the old drill sergeants from the military that know how to instill integrity into people.

  • jammerdog Jul 13, 2010

    tO jOHNSTONREDNECK
    HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DVM ..tHE FIRED MAJORS HAD TIME ON BEFORE SWITCH ALONG WITH OTHERS THAT HAD BEEN FIRED.

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