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Highway Patrol leaders tour state, meet with troopers

Posted July 13, 2010 1:28 p.m. EDT

— 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."