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ONLY ON 3: Audit leads to Leland police officer relieved of duty, questions about accountability

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Missing documents. Officers not up to date on their training. In one case, it was so severe, an officer was relieved of his duties. That's some of what state regulators uncovered during a recent audit of documents and training files at the Leland Police Department.

Every single one of the 31 full-time and reserve officers had something missing from their files. In some cases, even the most basic information was not there.

For five officers, fingerprints weren't on file and citizenship information was missing.

Six officers were missing psychological exams.

In three cases, the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education Training and Standards Commission couldn't read the birth certificates.

Plus, 25 officers had incomplete background investigations.

Now, on to mandatory training. One officer is missing 10 hours. Four officers remain eight hours short. Another is four hours short. Four other officers are two hours short. Plus, there were at least 25 instances where a training certificate was on file, but there was no proof of the hours of training.

Perhaps the most surprising discovery is what Training and Standards had to say about Ofc. John Blasingame. He did not complete his mandatory in-service training in 2009 due to his military commitment. He received a waiver, but the commission has not received the duty request.

Since he has not completed his 2009 training, Blasingame is not authorized to perform any law enforcement duties until duly authorized to do so by the Criminal Justice Standards Division. Put blunty, Training and Standards said Ofc. Blasingame must be relieved of his duty immediately.

Two weeks ago, we asked Leland Town Attorney John Wessell about Blasingame's employment status. Wessell denied that Blasingame's status had ever changed, even though Training and Standards had told the Leland Police Department to send him home October 6.

We called Police Chief Tim Jayne to get his response about the lack of adequate record keeping within his department, but he quickly said he was in the middle of something and would try to call back. He has not.

We then tried Leland Town Council. Mayor Walter Futch, Pat Batleman and Herbert Barnes did not call back. Martha Currie was on her way out of town. She says she has begged Mayor Pro Tem Brenda Bozeman for an independent review of the police department, but she won't do it.

Bozeman said she had not seen the full report, but said she would get either Jayne or Town Manager Bill Farris to call us back. Farris did in fact call back and told us who was responsible for keeping up with the records.

"From my perspective it would be two people in charge," Farris said. "One of them was Chief (Osey) Sanders from 2005 up to 2008, and then Chief Jayne from that point on."

Chief Jayne says 85 of 89 of those deficiencies have been corrected. Now the question remains what about the arrests or tickets written by those officers who were not up to date on their training?

We ended up going in circles.

The Department of Justice, speaking for Training and Standards, referred us to the District Attorney's office. The District Attorney's office told us Training and Standards would have to answer that question. DA Jon david was unavailable, because he was in meetings.

Even though Training and Standards told the police department on October 6 that Ofc. Blasingame must be relieved of his duty immediately, the town manager and attorney have no record of that. They told us Blasingame was suspended for one month without pay on October 24, but Farris says that is for an unrelated incident. No one, though, would tell us what that was.

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I know that lots of opinions

I know that lots of opinions are being given and that's one thing about living in this awesome country is freedom of Speech..As far as the violations that are occuring in the Leland Police Department i think perhaps they need to be given 30 days to rectify any issues and if at the end of that 30 days its not corrected all of them need to be removed from their positions.As far as the one officer that is in serious violation he needs to be given that oppurtunity as well..Put him on a desk until he can fix the issue..obviously he has a valid reason as to his original missing time..He was defending our country or at the very least in training to defend our country and that gives him the right of a little bit of leeway..somewhere in all of these mens hearts there were good intentions when they began their training to become police officers and i pray that the ones who are wrong will find that spot again and remember they are there to protect and serve that includes female officers..The officer who shot that young lady in the groin needs to be shot there himself a few times....either way only the good lord can ultimately stand in judgement of these men and their actions..but i will say that when i see a leland police car now i do get a bit nervous not because i am doing anything illegal but just because of everything going on...

Disapointed

I am beyond disappointed with the deleting of the last post on here. I cannot emphasize my disgust with mere words. If so many people already read it then the damage "if any" is already done no? Scott P. Were you threatened by someone? All I ask is for a reason. Fare enough? Say's who? Say's Kblue!

Good Read

I saw a comment posted that was very accurate and to the point, it had a few missing details, but thyen it disapeared. why was it removed? I saw no issue other than one, miss statement. Just curious.

RIGHT!

What in the world was it removed for? Someone came forward and was BRAVE enough to bring to light the truth, in which I'm guessing you wanted and it was deleted? WHY? Say's who? Say's Kblue!

Well boom boom, kblue and

Well boom boom, kblue and now someone new. People are not stupid your the same person posting just trying to make it look like you have more supporters than just yourself. So get a life. Stop posting under different names it just makes you look ignorant.

wow

You are truly dumb, that's all i got. Your dumb. Had you been paying attention you would see me and boom boom disagree on a bunch of things! GOOD NEWS THOUGH!!!! I was gifted with the ability to give out true Indian names!!!! Ready? Here is yours "you em Dum Dum" Say's who? Say's Kblue!

I would like to ask everyone

I would like to ask everyone to write in Sherry Lewis for Mayor, Brenda seems to be hiding and not answering questions right now, She looks to other for answers that should be her own answers. Brenda needs to know that if she can hang with us then we can write her out. I know that alot of you were going to vote for Franky Thomas as a wrtie in, but lets write Sherry's name in there instead. Thanks

Leland gal

You must have your head in the sand, Brenda is all over this town and I see her at town hall every day working on this crap, trying to get answers and I have seen her with different attorneys and all trying to make she does everything by the law. Brenda stands on her own 2 feet and does what is right. If you are truely a Leland gal you would know that she has given her heart to Leland. Hmmm oh and didn't Franky keep a guy on administrative dutty after he was caught in the police station parking lot selling drugs to a indercover agent. Good choice as a write in. Also where has Franky been in 6 years, why hasn't he been around Leland. Talk about someone hiding. Leave Brenda alone, she is working hard to get this done per the law!!!!!!!!!!

"85 of the 89 deficiencies

"85 of the 89 deficiencies were corrected" I read that to mean that the paperwork was filed. Whether or not the training actually took place is quite another matter. Why Jayne wasn't fired immediately or resigned over this is a mystery to me.

Bad Leland Police

Like the old saying says; It ain't over to the fat lady sings and the FBI have not finished their investigation. I know for a fact that they have done wrong things. They better be glad I did not hire a lawyer when I was mistreated. And honestly I didn't because I knew they would harass me and my family.

Different Breed

Seems I remember John Blasingame saying on the radio once that he was a "Different breed" of Officer. If by "different Breed" you meant "liar" Then I agree.......Shame this toilet bowl Police Department is still able to run, and be run by criminals. I see that a hand full of Officers and Martha Currie are the only honest people stuck in the middle of idiots! It's disgusting!!! Pat....

Boy isn't everyone running

Boy isn't everyone running to jump on the latest bandwagon! What I would like to know is where were all of you on all the nights that these officers were working the streets, taking the worst of the worst off the streets so that you may all rest a little safer? Where were all of you any time that these officers were at home on their "time off" and had to rush in because one of Leland's citizens(the ones who are now the name callers and haters)needed them? Did you care that they had to miss dinner with their families,that they have to work all holidays to keep you safe, miss their kids birthdays, annniversaries all because duty calls? Of course not. You expect that protection and you receive that protection. But anytime there is an opportunity to "let 'em have it" we jump on it! Never once thinking about all the good and the sacrifices that have been made. I personally know this officer and I wouldn't want anyone else coming to my aid, nor would I trust anyone more with my life. He is a fine human being, and has given so much to the Leland Police Dept. I am so very proud of the way he has handled himself as I don't know if I could be as strong as he is. So before you cast more judgement, sit back and think about all the good that has been done for all of you.I doubt very many of you would ever want to put yourselves in the situaitons that these men and women face. And remember this the next time you decide to slander someone you most likely don't even know-the Bible says the tongue is the devil's workshop.

Yea right!

You must be his wife or family member because I would ask you what about him pointing his gun at one officer's head and saying BANG. Then another fellow officer's chest and saying BANG. Or how about when he ran out of the back of his own house in his own neighborhood firing his duty weapon into the woods endangering the public. Or how about when he is off duty driving around after taking his medication? Apparently YOU have not seen him on duty or worked with him. YOU are proud of WHAT?
We don't know of a single time where any of these officers have done anyting that you have described! Of course you don't know your BIBLE either because the BIBLE says that the LOVE of money(?) is the root of all evil and idle hands makes the Devil's workshop. Try quoting something you know about you would sound alot more intelligent.
In the meantime keep wiping his nose!

You sure told me. You

You sure told me. You obviously know the Bible far better than I do. I was wondering though, have you ever read the section where it says and I quote "“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Matthew 7:12).” I did do a little research on the idle quote and seems we were both wrong on that one. It's not in the Bible. See below:
"And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not' (I Timothy 5:13).Solomon warned, "He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer" (Proverbs 18:9). Sloppy or careless work is no different than wanton destruction.
These all speak toward the productivity of our hands, but not our minds. There are warnings against idle talk.
"Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm" (I Timothy 1:5-7).
"O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge -- by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith" (I Timothy 6:20)."But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness" (II Timothy 2:16).
If this gets people back to God's word then you can say whatever you want about me. But for the record I am not related to John at all, so much for that theory. As for not knowing of a single time of the officers doing anything I described how do you think people got arrested? They just walked on off the street? Who's not sounding so intelligent now? If you need proof of them working holidays or simply working at all, just look at their time sheets, pretty simple. I agree he should not have fired his weapon but exactly how many citizens of Leland were hanging out in the woods behind his house? As for my having worked with him no I have not. My guess is neither have you. All I'm asking is that we wait until all the facts are laid out on the table before we cast judgement. And John's nose, it doesn't need wiping, he knows the facts and that's all that really matters.

Boy Isn't everyone running

You are exactly right about the sacrifes that police officers make....I AM MARRIED TO ONE (not from Leland).... but that is no excuse for their irresponsibility. Not sure why you would play a sympathy card!!! If they are in violation as stated in this article, then they should be held accountable. They hold us accountable for abiding by State and City ordinances so why should they be treated any different! I have lived in this area for 15 years and know 1st hand that most of the Leland PD officers are arrogant and do not show respect to the community in which they to serve.

Hi Timillicky!

I don't even know what to say about this, They choose to be Police Officer's no one asked them to or made them be one. The same Oath they swore to uphold they BROKE! Your right about some Leland Officers don't get me wrong. But Blass? Not a great loss. Since we are quoting the good book heres one for the Timillicky trio.

Psalms 59:12, "For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak."

Psalms 119:163, "I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love."

Isaiah 44:24-25, "…I am the LORD…That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad;"<-------LOVE IT!

To answer your question "Where was I the nights these Officers where walking the Streets"? Kinda like Sherry having to walk the street after being assaulted? I was walking the street keeping YOU safe! Say's who? Say's Kblue!

Weekends

If they don't like working weekends and holidays, find a new line of work. These officers know the drill when they sign up for law enforcement. That means working nights, holidays, and when needed.

If they don't like it, quit and go do what it is they need to do so they don't have to work those awful hours.

WOW!

LIKE I SAID! NO ARREST! Where is the great KBLUE "RAPPING COP" NOW? I don't see any RAPPING RHYMES anymore. Well, I guess the tables have been turned on you and now you have to start looking for another job! No Crime! No Arrest! Not Guilty!

Bad Police

It isn't over until the fat lady sings. Wait until the FBI finish their investigation. KBlue is right. Lots of wrong doing by Leland cops. I know first hand. They should thank their lucky stars I did not obtain a lawyer and file a suit against them.

DON'T FORGET

the Feds are looking into Leland it ain't over yet ding dong...

"STAR"

No worries Kiddo, This here star is NEVER far! Check this out yall, "Good afternoon welcome to Mcdonalds my name is Kblue what can I get you"? I got rhymes for my new job!!! Hey dum dum,? a KBlue2 wanna be?--->"YET"<---- No arrest's YET now you say it,"YET" sound it out, yuh ett, now put it together. yuhette YET! YOU DID IT!!!! GOOD BOY!! Kblue two twenty two is so proud of you!!!Say's who? Say's the one and only Kblue!

Your a trip

Kblue22284? You are AWESOME!

WANNA B STAR!

Wanna be rapper is what you are, this "Ding Dong" knows! Jon David has already said "No crime has been committed". As far as the "FEDS" get a grip. You can't get a Federal Prosecutor to charge a for a GUN CRIME unless there is major money involved and the FED's can seize money and other valuable assets. They DON'T CHARGE FOR STUPID BEHAVIOR! If that were the case we would have to build a FEDERAL PRISON in each town in the United States! You will be taking the "trio" out to dinner to make up for all the B.S you have been spreading! Remember, we know who YOU ARE!!

WHERE ARE ALL THE LELAND

cop supporters now, kinda quiet isn't it? What a joke this bunch of losers these Leland PD are. Want to get them start filming them while on duty, it is legal Supreme Court has ruled it legal, film does not lie. You tube is loaded with films of cops screwing up on duty. Turn the tables on them.

Cert

If you get pulled over in Leland I guess once they ask for our license and registration we should ask them for their certifications and then let the video camera on the cell phone start rolling.

Jon David

My question here is where is Jon David been in all of this. He said back in September that he had no knowledge of any allegations of misconduct in the Leland Police Department. That doesn't seem to be true. Has WWAY requested his emails and phone records? I know citizens have made felony complaints against high ranking Leland Police Officers that Jon David never followed up on or laughed at the accussations.

What happens with all the arrests and tickets given my non-certified officers? Do they get dismissed? Thankfully, I haven't had any run ins with the goon squad but if I had, I would hire the best attorney in town and appeal, appeal, appeal!

Good luck in your search WWAY!

leland police officer's

one more thing ,,, if they were not done with there trainning , that would mean thay could not give out any tickets ,, so anyone who has gotton any tickets in the past it would be dissmissed for the courts and refunded to them the finds and courts cost ,,
now what happens if they were in a bar or traven ,, on a call or just walked in to checked it out ,, they are not police officer's and the broke the law again ,, walking to to a bar with a pisto, thats a felony ,, and they all should be accounted for that ,, is not our falt the way the town and the dept run there place ,, but it is our right to know the truth and get some answer's from the chief and the Town Council. Mayor Walter Futch, Pat Batleman and Herbert Barnes, our tax money pays there pay check ,, get them back in town with the d.a hold a public meeting and give us some answer , we have a lot to talk about , us the people who pay you to do your job ,,,

ITS NOT MY FAULT FARRIS

Farris,

Osey Sanders is not responsible for this problem its General Jayne. lets see if we can figure out who hired him? (YOU). of course unless you said " MR Jayne don't repair any deficiencies you find heck don't even look for any" is that what you did? I will answer that for you. (NO), You hired General Jayne so yes there are TWO people responsible, YOU AND JAYNE.

What a crock every single person this manager has had any dealings with has had to put up with this kind of (BULL). Its not my Fault--- Farris, good employees have left, its not my fault individuals work for home and have different employment standards, its not my fault employees cant seem to work together,

Your new name should be its Not My Fault Farris, just say it "a female officer was shot in the crotch by untrained employees its OSEY SANDERS. so this guy is showing the new managers the ropes. GOOD LUCK EMPLOYEES. Once again absolutely no Management skills, but don't worry it's not his fault is it Farris!!!!

"WOULD" do?????????????

Are you kidding me? The term is HAS done! There are many circumstances where several Leland officers or Supervisors HAVE done this very thing (and bragged about it). They just haven't gotten caught! There are a lot of hiding places in and around the town. Keep an EYE out Leland!

P.S. Look at the hoods for butt marks and hand prints. The truth hurts don't it?

P.S.S. Just listen and learn while you are out and about town.