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  • Sherlock Feb 19, 9:52 a.m.

    Why not make the SBI, like any other law enforcement agency. They put on the uniforms and hit the streets, when they are needed call them.

  • matt_wood Feb 18, 1:36 p.m.

    "does it really matter where it's put? as long as the Republicans just don't cut it totally out of the budget."

    It does matter because it is currently led by an elected official whereas moving it would put it under an appointed official. Read: the governor will then be allowed to get away with anything they want.

  • wildpig777 Feb 18, 12:55 p.m.

    it is the right of the gov nor to re assign the sacred cow sbi as he sees fit................
    of course roy cooper is against it -- roy is a democrat.

  • weasel2 Feb 18, 11:11 a.m.

    I think the SBI needs to be under the AGs office to keep the perception/reality of fair and unbiased investigations alive.

  • dare107 Feb 16, 7:52 p.m.

    The SBI has become an agency without a mission or a cause! They do every thing they can to try and justify themselves and their jobs. They are average at best investigators have botched major cases across the state time and time again. The Pitt County case with Dwight Ranson for example, there is a case in Beaufort Count right that Agent Smith charged numberous people in a prescription drug investigation in the Federal system and after all the press is all over all of the charges are going to be dropped.
    The lab is more than a year behind in blood analysis. Most agencies no longer need the use of the SBI in the field anylonger. I say just do away with the field agents all together.

  • vincenzo9198 Feb 16, 4:16 p.m.

    To make this a moot point, I would move the State to the Federal model-nomination by the Governor and confirmation by the Senate. To facilitate this, I would amend the State Constitution to merge the Council of State and Cabinet, while clarifying NO executive can override the NEW Council of State, but the State General Assembly CAN. I know, "This eviscerates a Check and Balance," to which I respond: No, if the Governor and Senate majority are of different parties, only a MODERATE can survive the process.

  • ratherbnwpb Feb 16, 7:16 a.m.

    The "state" gave away the Dix property and now they will have to pay rent on the buildings they use...
    I cant help but remember a recent case regarding Mr. Coopers office. Perhaps you remember it also. A former black legislator crossed the center line" superman

    Yet, another clueless comment. That property was not given away. It wasnt being used anyway and the state is leasing it for a quite a few years. As far as the legislator, he was not drunk as it turned out. It was a medical condition and the other guy crossed the center line. Please get your facts straight!

  • ratherbnwpb Feb 16, 7:13 a.m.

    Cooper, had you done your job on all the state corruption we've been reading about, you MIGHT be able to call your department independent, but I'm not inclined to buy that argument.

    Nancy

    All of those cases were prosecuted and convictions received, so whats your point? Your comment is moot!

  • turbopir8 Feb 15, 11:10 p.m.

    It would be a wise idea to consolidate the three agencies: SBI, SHP, and ALE and form one State Police Agency that performs these three agency missions. Virginia and other states have managed to operate efficiently with this concept. It would also be appropriate to require all candidates to have a four-year degree and at least 3 three years of law enforcement experience, or a Masters Degree and one-year experience, in order to be hired. Its time to get away from political hires with no or very little experience, and hire experience quality personnel to perform this law enforcement role.

  • caryzoo Feb 15, 8:00 p.m.

    Well, our elected state officials have screwed the citizenry for the last 2 weeks. And it continues....clueless, ignorant, out of touch...it goes on and on....North Carolina has become a backwards and ill informed state. It WAS moving up...no more...so sad.

  • Nancy Feb 15, 7:54 p.m.

    Cooper, had you done your job on all the state corruption we've been reading about, you MIGHT be able to call your department independent, but I'm not inclined to buy that argument.

  • pinehorse Feb 15, 7:50 p.m.

    Like Cooper or not, you can't deny his first quote. If this administration doesn't scare you yet, you're not watching them closely enough.

  • ericevenson Feb 15, 7:48 p.m.

    The NC SBI lab is understaffed. The field is understaffed. Salaries are too low, and need to come up to scale. North Carolina has greatly benefited from a strong, professional SBI in the past. It is good that attention in the legislature is finally being brought to the needs of this very important law enforcement agency.

  • superman Feb 15, 7:44 p.m.

    The "state" gave away the Dix property and now they will have to pay rent on the buildings they use. What a wonderful deal that was. You cant do better than that.

  • superman Feb 15, 7:42 p.m.

    I cant help but remember a recent case regarding Mr. Coopers office. Perhaps you remember it also. A former black legislator crossed the center line and killed the driver of a car. Mr. Cooper's office "took" over the case and it was dismissed for lack of evidence. The dead man was not available to testify. I wouldnt trust Cooper with my last weeks lunch.

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 15, 7:25 p.m.

    "The park is something great for generations to come."

    We see where your priorities are.

  • thayerguy Feb 15, 7:12 p.m.

    "I don't believe I read anywhere that "it's a done deal". At least they are analyzing all the different departments for waste and effiency. By the way, which would be more beneficial, a mental
    hospital or a park? Now there's some real waste."

    Wow, what a dumb statement. No waste there. The mental hospital had already been moved to Butner. The park is something great for generations to come.

  • miseem Feb 15, 6:58 p.m.

    By the way, which would be more beneficial, a mental hospital or a park?

    Obviously, paultaylor, a park. That way all the people needing mental health treatment but can't get it have a place to hang out and it doesn't cost the tax payers anything until they get arrested. And a night in jail is a lot cheaper than a night in a psychiatric facility. Win/win for the tax payers.

  • oleguy Feb 15, 6:55 p.m.

    Keep the people divided, highlite trivial ideas, Sports, --x,

  • Spock Feb 15, 6:54 p.m.

    Department of Public Safety... now there is a real mess (yes, I have a few years in this department). Hopefully this is just temporary enough to blow the department into compliance.

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 15, 6:37 p.m.

    "does it really matter where it's put? as long as the Republicans just don't cut it totally out of the budget."

    This is another "way out younder" statement. Republicans are cutting the SBI out of the budget??? How in the world did you get that out of the article, or is this just a biased statement?

  • justafella Feb 15, 6:33 p.m.

    Eliminate the Dept. of Public Safety and save the citizens of this state some real money.

  • richbudzinski Feb 15, 6:29 p.m.

    does it really matter where it's put? as long as the republicans just don't cut it totally out of the budget.

  • rroadrunner99 Feb 15, 6:29 p.m.

    They are very quickly turning North Carolina into a Dictator state. Got to get the fox to watch the hen house.

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 15, 6:26 p.m.

    I don't believe I read anywhere that "it's a done deal". At least they are analyzing all the different departments for waste and effiency. By the way, which would be more beneficial, a mental hospital or a park? Now there's some real waste.

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 15, 6:23 p.m.

    Is that a statement or just ignorance?

  • dsdaughtry Feb 15, 6:19 p.m.

    did we elect people from the communist party? moving the SBI to another division is nothing more than bad politics. But most of all creates no checks and balances. NC politics is slowly turning into a winner take all party state - somewhat like the communist party.

  • Captain_Vlad Feb 15, 6:02 p.m.

    Oh yeah... here we go. The ol' game of "Let Me Cover My Political Posterior."

    Shout of your superior morals and/or integrity from on high but in the end the GOP Dudley Do Rights are no different that those who came before them. Governor Pope...Ooops,I mean Governor McCroy, and he along with his band of storm troopers are planning on burning Raleigh to the ground in their role as Puritan protectors of the states ethical reputation. Bahahahaha....

    The Pope... and his Governor simply don't want a Democratic elected official having control over any agency that can investigate them and their plans.

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