"Fat belly flab" in Police Departments, a Sign of Corruption?By Investigative Reporter John Taft Updated 1-4-01 Ed/Doc © J. Taft, 2000
Josephine County, OR -- A recent Associated Press article was headlined, "Cops Climb Volcano to Lose Bellies, Save Jobs." The sub headline says, "Gut Targeted as Symbol of Corrupt Philippine Force." When local citizens see big bellies hanging out in the sheriff’s department in Grants Pass, they may also arrive at the same conclusion as have Filipinos, "Corruption." Pork bellies on police officers don’t inspire confidence in our public protectors. The hangover syndrome tends to show that the deputy may be physically unfit, have a poor psychological state of mind, and be a definite health risk on the insurance charts.
Climb a Mountain
No Physical Agility Testing for Deputies?
Police Academy Training before Going on Patrol
Before a deputy is released to do patrols, he must have completed police academy schooling. At the present time the cart is before the horse. The requirement is go out and patrol as long as you get some schooling in that year. What happens if you have a rookie who has a lawsuit filed against him and quits? He could claim he wasn’t given sufficient training.
Are JoCo Deputies Second Best?
Was a Deputy Protected by Sheriff?
I have found some deputies arrogant and immature. I offer two examples: The first incident involves a JoCo sheriff’s deputy who drove into the patrol vehicle parking compound behind the courthouse at a high rate of speed, endangering and splashing water on a bystander. That was a childish action by this deputy. Why would he behave in such a manner? It seems that some folks were exercising their first amendment rights, by carrying picket signs critical of the sheriff’s department. This appears to have angered the deputy. A complaint regarding the deputy’s driving was brought to the attention of Corporal Darby, Lt. Brian Anderson, and Sheriff Dave Daniel. Corporal Darby said, "I don’t doubt what you say." Lt. Anderson did not respond to several polite voice-mail messages. Sheriff Daniel said, "I don’t believe you." As far as I know, the sheriff never did an investigation. If he did, he kept the results to himself. It would seem JoCo deputies can do no wrong, and, if they do, Daniel appears willing to protect them from the consequences. The result is that the sheriff stonewalls his critics and thus attempts to keep the public from seeing what really goes on behind the black curtains surrounding the JoCo Sheriff’s Department.
The second story is about a Newsboarder who was holding a picket sign while sitting on the tailgate of a pickup in front of the county courthouse. A deputy drove by in a taxpayer funded patrol car with a police dog inside. The deputy sicced Rover on the Newsboarder and the dog went nuts barking inside the vehicle. Another example of a juvenile mentality carrying a gun and badge and driving a high-powered patrol vehicle. How stable are these men? These two examples are excellent reasons for psychological testing of the men in brown.
Proud to be the Best
Sheriff Daniel claims he has a fine department. The facts appear to speak otherwise. When an applicant can’t qualify for the state police or city police but can get a job with the JoCo sheriff’s department, wouldn’t that cause an eyebrow to be lifted? It does appear Daniel should lead the parade to higher standards in recruiting for the sheriff’s department. Then the department can be an example for the county’s motto, "Proud to be the best."