ONLY ON 3: Memo from former Leland town employee says police chief lied on training report, Leland residents react

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Submitted: Tue, 09/20/2011 - 3:59am
Updated: Thu, 02/02/2012 - 4:23pm

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.


  • Really says:

    ……If this was a real story then why are you the only guys pushing the issue?? I don’t live in Leland but I am tired of watching you guys go after them. Not every Officer with them is involved with this mess but yet you guys don’t seem to care who’s name you throw around. WWAY is nothing more than the TMZ of the Wilmington area if you want real news go to WECT or someone else.

  • Guest28451 says:

    send an email to the town of leland website contact info for various town employees and see how many replies you get from private email.
    If they respond using private email there is no public record.

  • Leland Resident says:

    It the email was sent using the town’s computer, you can bet the IT person has a copy of it! Even if it was from their personal account!

  • guesty says:

    Many government agencies have rules forbidding government business being done with private email to ensure they are open and forthcoming with information if requested. Some podunk places don’t have such rules because they know they have people employed there and it would be embarrassing to the town/city/county if their exploitations were to come to light.

  • crmjustice says:

    Stop picking on the police who are trying protect you. You people dont know the first thing about intrernal workings of a police department. This reads more like some disgruntaled cutizens and employees trying to cause problems for no damn reason. The officers must thunk if the chief gets fired they might get his job. It is up to the instructor who stays and signs in for classes. Perhaps the chief got the class somewhere else and was just trying to keep it all on one list. Either way… NONE OF YOU BUSINESS. Besides if the class is missed you DO NOT have to go back to BLET… You just have to make up the class. Get over yourselves and worry about the log in your eye not the splinter in his.

  • Guest28451 says:

    This is like a bad rerun of the Dukes of Hazzard show-
    I’ll bet they climb the telephone poll to answer the phone just like in Hooterville on green acres………..

  • kjn says:

    Does anyone know where Jayne came from prior to Leland? Do your research and you will see that his conduct, and threats are indicative of his past. GUARANTEED!!!! Not his first rodeo of lies and grievances I bet….

  • surrogate says:

    Almost all police officers are really good at what they do; and they mean well. But there seems to be a bad and reckless culture within this PD. And it is these kinds of shenanigans and lack of leadership and arrogance that indelibly damage community trust of law enforcement organizations. City leaders better realize that this will not go away. This media outlet appears to be on top of this like a bloodhound on a track. Something has to be done about this PD right away city leaders.

  • Advice says:

    The one thing I am surprised WWAY hasn’t done in regards to this situation, is request emails, phone records, text messages, from Chief Jayne, his officers, the Mayor, The Town Manager, Etc. If you live in Leland, I am sure your tax dollars pay for all of their cell phones. The emails(with county or state domains) are all a matter of public record.

    Let’s see what they say!
    The General Public Should have the right to request these but you can bet it won’t happen.

  • Scott Pickey says:

    Dear Advice:

    Funny you should mention that. We requested those emails and much much more from the town clerk on Friday. It just takes a while for them to gather it all together.

    If we find anything in them, we’ll be sure to let you know.


    Scott Pickey
    WWAY News Director

  • Guest14 says:

    There are certain citizens in Leland that you should talk to that will help steer you in the right direction on a few of these things.

    I will email a few names to your newsroom.

  • ChallengetheWorld says:

    You are a dying breed. We brought you the economy, all you had to do was build the roads and infrastructure. You failed, so we’re taking over.

    Get used to it.

  • Guest888 says:

    before I started hearing loud Northern accents all over Wilmington. In fact, I never heard those awful accents until I-40 was built. Wilmington remained a best kept secret for decades because you cowards were too terrified to veer an hour or so off of I-95 until a four lane road was built for you.

    You’re taking over in the sense that you refugees have to move to the Sun Belt now that you’ve ruined the places you previously lived. Brian Berger was the transplant’s first strike at getting one of their own in power. But that hasn’t worked out so well for anyone. You also “took over” Florida and California first and now US born population are pouring out of those states. You destroyed two piece of paradise the same way you did the Rust Belt – which is bleeding population, jobs and Congressional seats. Where are you transplants going to go when you’ve destroyed North Carolina? Nebraska? South Dakota?

  • Guest20 says:

    Funny how all Yankees seem to have delusions of grandeur….and adequacy.

    You know that bumper sticker that says, “We don’t care HOW you did it up north”?

    We really don’t.

  • Guest757 says:

    I went back and reread all the comments. You are right who started it, but the bottom line is enough is enough… If the police chief lied and they have it in writing.. It’s time to clean house and it doesn’t matter where the new people come from.

  • Guest757 says:

    This has nothing to do with where a person comes from. It’s all about a chief and some on the Leland police force thinking they are above the law. It is time to clean house. You would think that people living in the Leland area would want a honest police force. But, as you read some of the post I guess not.. Where a person comes from has NOTHING to do with this. Enough already….

  • Guest20 says:

    If that’s true, then your response should have been to Guest45278, who started the original post, not ILM Native who was just responding to it.

  • Guest get real says:

    I can’t belive wway even gives this lady any attention. She is just a pissed off employee that got fired because she lied to them about her last job were she used burgaws credit card to go on trips. She really needs to get a life and get over the fact she was fired. Get a life and get over it.

  • Guest1234 says:

    Looks like it’s Training and Standards that was giving her the attention….WWAY was reporting a story. Are you confused somehow, or are you under the Chiefs wing?

  • I Like Leland says:

    FYI- Believe it or not, Officer Lewis was not fired, if you could read you would know that she resigned. Other employees that have been wrongly fired from Leland can write and send letters too, believe it or not. Show the proof on the credit card or shut the hell up. If your sober enough to dial a phone,call Burgaw and verify your info for all to see. It is was it is- SHE WASN’T FIRED

  • Guest99x says:

    The accusations in this “memorandum” are quite clear and to the point. The chief should be answering questions, particularly whether or not he falsified his training records.

    This was supposed to be a serious police training excercise, not a frat-boy paintball party sponsored at taxpayer expense.

  • Green223 says:

    Ok well if this is true why didn’t this person say something about it back in march when they were “told” all this. Sounds like a former employee that can’t get another job. Are you looking for a payday just like sherry was? Someone tell this person to move on and if there is something to be found than training and standards will find it. They are professionals so how about letting them do their job and let former employees leave their 2 cent out of it.

  • QuietOne says:

    Duh… it says right in the memo that the writer reported all this to Training and Standards in March. That’s what got the Chief all pissed off. The memo is just recounting the whole event again and letting T & S know what happened after the allegations were reported.

  • Guest getreal says:

    FYI the supposed memo is not from sherry it is from the former assistant town manager Michelle. Now for facts Michelle was fired by the town of Leland and resigned from Burgaw when confronted about mis-use of a Burgaw Town credit card. Catch up this is a new story!

  • Guest1111111 says:

    its sad that you would resort to this kind of behavior. We all know who you are, and really I honestly thought you were better than that…just sad.

  • Puddentane says:

    Ok ,so we have cops investigating wrong doing by other cops. don’t see any chance of jailtime for anyone there.

  • Guest223 says:

    Understand-Training and Standards are NOT cops. They are the civilian agency that grants every single law enforcement certification in NC. They DO NOT play around. Officers have their certs suspended for years over falsifying training documentation. This is just what they do-investigate shady cops. And they don’t need a criminal conviction to take someone’s badge.

  • Guest554545 says:

    It is amazing how Michelle will twist and fabricate stories just to gain attention! She really needs a psychological evaluation because these allegations are completely untrue. Childish. This woman is completely childish. You’d think that someone with her past would be a bit more humble and hesitant to create what she knows are dishonest statements for fear of shedding light on her own skeletons in her closet.

  • surrogate says:

    This police chief is all but done, unless he has dirt on the town manager of the town council. The town can’t afford to carry him any longer with these kinds of accusations and distractions. Any town manager worth his or her salt knows this. These are serious allegations: misconduct, corruption, untruthfulness, falsifying official documents, sexual harassment, threats to employees, and on. This is serious stuff. What in the world is going on in Leland’s town government?

  • Guest45278 says:

    Oh yea, morons, the chief wouldn’t lie…give me a break! Did he or didn’t he falsely sign that he attended when he did not???? Easy enough to prove. Sounds like a bunch of sheeple kissing up. Fire the chief and go to New York and get a real professional not some good ole boy.

  • guesty says:

    Does the name Joseph Guarascio mean anything to you? He was one of your beloved yankees that retired on a disability claim from the NYPD and moved to NC. He then started a private police firm called Interpol Special Police. He was arrested and charged with forgery, impersonate a police officer (he let his certification lapse), three counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

    Yea, Leland needs a guy like him.

    Here is the story:

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    that’s what we need another Yankee down here screwing things up even they haven’t ruined Wilmington area enough. If you like the cops up north so much go back there..I-95 runs back north..

  • Guest14 says:

    The problem I have with this Memo is that it goes along with a pattern of bad conduct. We certainly don’t know what’s the complete truth here and what isn’t the complete truth. What can start to see is a pattern of behavior.

    There are some great officers inside the Leland Police Department but they are tainted by the corruption that is ahead of them in rank. I think it is time Chief Jayne is asked to resign. The black eye that has been place on this department can’t be fixed without a complete overhaul. I think it is time for the town to appoint someone from the outside as Interim Chief until and outside agency investigates. If this isn’t going to happen, Sheriff Ingram or Jon David should call in the SBI and have a through investigation.

    We can all sit here day in and day out and speculate on this and that. At the end of the day, it means nothing. We need any outside agency to conduct a through investigation.

    There are some hard working, decent Leland Police Officers. They are being made to look awful through these message boards. It’s a shame because one or two bad apples really does spoil the entire bunch.

    As a former resident of Leland, I salute these fine officers. To the others, I say shame on you.

    I also say shame on all of you for involving these decent officers families in message board propaganda.

  • Brotherofbadge says:

    Sounds like Rick and Bill need to be worried as well! Weren’t these the guys who got the last Chief fired??????? Clean house and start over. With all the people out of work you want have a problem finding good help these days!!!!!!!!!

  • Polly 2 says:

    Why would Jon David get involved since he lives just across the street from Chief Jayne and they are drinking buddies? Why should the Sheriff get involved either since he has known of other violations since August of 2010′ and he didn’t do anything about it then? As far as going to New York to find someone that is what got this mess started to begin with. Almost all of the people under the Chief are from New York. That’s all you know!

  • guesty says:

    And what does this have to do with Leland?

  • msfreeh says:

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    According to the plea, Lesko said he was a victim in the case. He said the girl initiated the contact.

  • Darrell says:

    I Feel Sorry 4 Ms. Lewis. Those were 4 males thinking with their peckers instead of their brains, if they have any and it’s scary knowing these types of people are in law enforcement.She should have also gotten alot more than 25,000.00. She should be getting the Chiefs salary as well. He doesn’t deserve it!

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