LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- WWAY has obtained the following memo sent from a former employee of the Town of Leland to the NC Criminal Justice Education Training and Standards Commission. That group was in Leland today to audit the Leland Police Department and its training procedures.
This comes after the Town of Leland settled with Officer Sherry Lewis Thursday after she was shot between the legs 12 times with training ammunition by her fellow officers. The town agreed to pay Lewis $25,000 after she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In the memo, the employee says Chief Timothy Jayne lied about his training hours on an attendance sheet. We had an email correspondence with the chief today, but when we sent him the following memo and asked for his response, he chose not to write us back.
Many people we talked to in town are not surprised about what's going on.
"I'm not satisfied with the Leland Police Department," says Pamela Nelson, a Leland resident. "That can be a reflection upon the chief of police, it could be a reflection upon the individual police officers themselves."
"Basically in this town you know there is laws for everybody but yet in this town Leland Police make up their own," says Chris Hoffman.
Other residents believe this is not the end of the controversy.
"Saw it on the news, read it in the paper and there may be more to it than what has been given in the news," says Joyce Caffee.
To: Pam Pope, Training & Standards
Date: September 19, 2011
Re: Town of Leland’s Training & Standard Audit
On March 10, 2011, the Town of Leland’s Police Department held a chief’s choice training, at Fort Fisher. Chief’s choice is any type of elective training to achieve mandatory training hours. Tim Jayne, Chief of Police’s choice was to hold a High Risk Warrant Training course.
Tim Jayne, Chief of Police, sent Deputy Chief, Karl Smith, to one course certifying Deputy Chief Smith to teach this class, using live ammo and simunition rounds.
Per Special Agent, Richard Novelli, “In his opinion, the Town of Leland should not be participating in this level of training.” Furthermore, SA Novelli stated, “The FBI’s training standards states no one should be shot with more than three rounds with simunition ammo.”
Officer Sherry Lewis was shot, in her crotch twelve times. She received twelve rounds to her crotch, where she did not have protective gear. Male officers were wearing cups. The Town of Leland allowed Officer Sherry Lewis to be shot at four times the limit allowed through the FBI.
Per Lieutenant Rick Dellapia, Leland PD, two days after Officer Sherry Lewis was shot, Chief Tim Jayne came into his office and fraudulently signed the attendance roster. Chief Jayne drove down to Fort Fisher for lunch. He did not attend the training course. Tim Jayne’s name is the last name on the roster.
Lieutenant Rick Dellapia and Lieutenant Bill Kozak told me to contact Training and Standards. If Tim Jayne does not obtain all of his required training hours he would lose his law enforcement license and would have to go back through basic law enforcement training.
I contacted Pam Pope of Training and Standards. I gave her an overview of the allegations brought by the two lieutenants. This same day I ran into Lieutenant Rick Dellapia outside of the Leland PD. I told him I contacted Training and Standards. He became very agitated. He stated, “You weren’t supposed to call Training and Standards. You were supposed to terminate the Chief. If Training and Standards come in, I will lie, everyone in our department will lie. Training and Standards are no joke. They will strip everyone’s certification and even the town’s certification.”
The next morning Lieutenant Dellapia told Chief Jayne about our conversation. This prompted Chief Jayne to verbally threaten to come after me. On May 25, 2011, I received an urgent call from Lieutenant Bill Kozak warning me, “I’m just letting you know to be careful. Chief just ran out of the office mad as hell and said he is coming to kick your ass.”
The second training violation was brought to my attention by Sergeant Joe Pierce. Sergeant Pierce came to me in May, 2011. Sgt. Pierce went to Nick Giacobbe, DEA Task Force, LPD. Nick Giacobbe told him to come to me, immediately. Nick told Pierce I was already having Training and Standard issues with Chief Jayne. Sgt. Pierce stated he had concerns about the Chief and the bullying in the police department.
Sgt. Pierce stated he was inquiring about any available positions in the Administration department. He stated he could not work in “that environment” anymore. He stated he was the instructor at a training course that Pierce and Sgt. Hank Smith conducted. He said Chief Jayne did not attend these classes either, but signed the roster attesting to his attendance.
Please accept this as my official statement as to the issues of Chief Tim Jayne and his instructors fraudulently attesting to training hours.