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FIRST ON 3: After week of controversy, Leland chief cancels walkabout


LELAND, NC (WWAY) - After a week of controversy involving a former officer shot in between the legs with training ammunition and revelations that he punched another officer during a bachelor party, Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne canceled his neighborhood walkabout scheduled for tonight.

He sent the following email to the media this afternoon:

"We have contacted the neighborhood leaders in Westport and Mallory Creek and informed them that the Walk tonight has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule this event in the near future."


Timothy J. Jayne
Chief of Police
Leland Police Department

Jayne began his walks in June and has three to date: at Magnolia Greens, Windsor Park and Wedgewood.

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A Joke!!

This guy is a joke. Officers like him make it very difficult to do your job in law enforcement. I have been shot by the same type of training rounds/simunition as the female officer. I got hit in the back. It left a welp, then a bruise about the size of a pie plate. It hurt like hell. What is up with him driving a town owned vehicle not only out of the town, county, and state but bringing it to a party. Any alcohol consumed there? What were his credentials to get this job in the first place? Wherever there is smoke there is fire. What type of background information was conducted during the interview process. This cannot be the first time he has done something like this before. Things that make you go hummmmmm!!!

reply to a joke

Sometimes small towns like Leland are so fascinated by big city cops, they do not take into account the power and the influence the police chief's position in a town the likes of Leland carries with it and so they end up with these kinds of problems. You can't base hiring decisions on qualifications on paper alone and not suitability in my opinion. The fact that a man would spend over $8000 of taxpayer money, I suppose, to go to the SMIP three week school should have been a bright red flag.