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


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Submitted: Thu, 11/03/2011 - 3:59am
Updated: Thu, 11/03/2011 - 4:18pm
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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.

51 Comments

  • KBlue2 says:

    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!

  • kblue2221984 says:

    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!

  • Guest Wilmington says:

    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.

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    the Feds are looking into Leland it ain’t over yet ding dong…

  • Leland says:

    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.

  • kblue2221984 says:

    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!

  • kblue2221984 says:

    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!

  • wvgal says:

    Why is it ok for Police Officer to be deficient in proper standards? Can they brush off drivers not having: current license or registration, insurance, etc…Their quick to write tickets but are no better themselves.

  • Guest same people says:

    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.

  • kblue2221984 says:

    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!

  • KBlue2 says:

    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!!

  • Guest Leland Resident says:

    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.

  • Guest2011 says:

    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.

  • Kbluefan says:

    Kblue22284? You are AWESOME!

  • Brian says:

    “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.

  • 15 year Leland Resident says:

    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.

  • Lelandgal says:

    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

  • Boom Boom says:

    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.

  • Jimmy Joe Bob says:

    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!

  • I know says:

    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!!!!!!!!!!

  • Southern Born says:

    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!!!!

  • Otis spinkmeyer says:

    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.

  • chris says:

    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 ,,,

  • Friend of Max says:

    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!

  • Guest Wilmington says:

    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.

  • kblue2221984 says:

    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!

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    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.

  • Leland Boy says:

    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.

  • Kbluefan says:

    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….

  • LelandResident says:

    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…

  • Guesttoo says:

    I had the same question!

    How much of a “Legend” can this person be…if folks don’t know who it is?

  • I know says:

    Some say its Ron Hewett and some say the old chief
    HAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHA

  • BAD MANAGERS R US says:

    I can tell you who it’s not its not Tim Jayne, William Farris, Jimmy cant keep no help Strickland, Donna everybody has filed a grievance against me Strickland, Alycia special priviledges Mintz, or Carol un-replaceable Floyd.Or Ashli Harass good citizens Barefoot.

    Thats at least narrows the field some for you.

    Don’t worry, the list will get smaller.

    when we going to see some emails WWAY?

  • Guesterino says:

    I am not very well informed about much of these findings but I have had many interactions with the Leland PD due to shoplifters and other criminals at a store that I worked at in Leland. I found every last one of them to be helpful, professional, thorough, and efficient. I was always very grateful for their assistance and quick response.

  • Leland says:

    Ok Mr. Wessell why does officer Blasingame not have his department issued vehicle any longer? Why did the town bring a K 9 out of retirement to replace Officer Blasingame’s? His status never changed?

    Mr. Wessell you are either a liar or you need to spend some time in Leland and investigate the truth. I find it rather strange that a town’s attorney has a private practice in another town. Maybe if you spent more time on Leland you would be better prepared with your facts.

    If my memory serves me correctly, Stephanie Blassingame was one of the first to defend her husband, his service records, and his fellow officers back in September. Irony at its best.

    Hopefully the new town manager will be looking at new Town Attorney as well. Mr. Wessell is so blinded by Tim Jayne that it is almost pathetic.

  • Scott Pickey says:

    Guest10:

    Thanks for your comment.

    Ofc. Blasingame was the ONLY officer sent home by North Carolina Training and Standards for the lack of paperwork in his file. No one else was relieved of duty due to lack of paperwork. That’s why he’s singled out.

    sp

    Scott Pickey
    WWAY News Director

  • Guest10 says:

    Why is it that other news organizations report that Leland has 89 deficiencies having to do with training certifications and WWAY singles out ONE individual? Other news organizations report that there is at least one deficiency for each of the town’s 31 full time and reserve officers, yet Blasingame is singled out by WWAY. You can’t tell us that WWAY doesn’t have it out for certain individuals with this type of reporting.

  • Leland says:

    I wanted to respond to this comment.

    Who inside the Leland Police Department is important enough to be singled out by a news organization? Do you think that someone at WWAY got a ticket and just decided to start picking out random officers to blame?

    WWAY is following a story. That is what news organizations do. Do you watch the news channels to see the same story over and over again? There is a difference. That is the reason you will see different news organizations cover different stories. I split between WWAY and WECT and I find it rare I see the same story on both stations. That is why I split.

    Like or hate WWAY’s coverage I don’t believe it fair to say they are trying to single out an officer.

  • Boom Boom says:

    I gaurantee you that most of your bad apples will resign at the mear mention of his name.

    He will provide (Smart) Goals

    Specific
    Measurable
    Action riented
    Realistic
    Time Bound

    He will determine what issues and opportunities are present.

    Lets have real management some one who has proven he can get the job done, generate revenue, keep budgets low, and provide a large rerturn on citizens investment. The Legend is the only choice! David Hollis—- call the Legend.

  • Leland Gal says:

    Who is the Legend?

  • chris says:

    all i want to know , if this is true , now what whats going to happen to every ones tickets who paid and there courts fines
    if some one was pulled over for a dwi or a dui ,, will that get thrown out of court ,because he or they did not have the prober training ,, of course it will be in the d.a hands and the d.a should be counted for this too ,,, not checking to the matters , boy there is alot of heads turnning right now ,, and a lot of people in jail want to know if they can be release ,,,,,

  • sam whoo says:

    The final responsibilty for what happens or doesn’t happen in the police department is the chief of police. If the chief isn’t aware of where his officer’s stand in their training..he needs to be replaced.

  • Boom oom says:

    The Legend says that every employee should have a growth and learning plan. He says that when managers allow employees to function withoput a growth and learning plan they become stagnant, and become the goverment employee who just goes through the everyday routines.

    Managers who stagnate the work place without options are not really managers. They are just working towards retirement not for the public.

  • Guest01 says:

    i so agree……i live here in Leland and cant not belive all of this has been going on this long!!!!

  • big blue wall says:

    Could this be the first crack in that big blue wall that has been protecting Tim & his boys?

  • Brian says:

    “all intense purposes”?? You have no idea what you’re talking about, do you?

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    is deficent in his training and is for all intense purposes not a recognized officer are any arrests, tickets, etc. valid?? Bet some of them could be beaten in court. Time for everyone who has had a run in with this dude to get a good lawyer and sue the pants off all of them..KEEP DIGGING WWAY I THINK YOU WILL EVENTUALLY HIT PAYDIRT.

  • Beverly says:

    I agree ILM NATIVE……more than likely the tickets will be beaten in court…. IF a LEO can’t testify in court, the DA’s Office has NO choice but to diusmiss it or throw it out??? And if your certifications/training is not up to standard, then you should be dismissed/placed on leave until the matter if cleared up. Too much of the “good ol boy network”. Keep digging WWAY so far you have been able to expose more than the mayor/Chief was willing to tell us.

  • mike brittain says:

    the Leland police are the worst police dept as i was in violation of assault of a female and I stood there and never was asked anything just arrested and sent to the hell jail over there.
    No one wants to hear a story about assault but when you did nothing but want to leave and push that person out f the way isn’t assault but one cocky cop over there didn’t see it that way nor ask and he is the little new york guy with a big ego and probably no training.
    I will never go back to Leland if my life depended on it as long as those little kids run that town as they gang up on everything they do and sport those cars around like there theirs.screw Leland.

  • CM says:

    Although I have been very critical in the past, and will continue to be critical when WWAY takes a shrill, hyperbolic, and tabloidesque tone, I think WWAY is to be commended for this fine reporting. This exposure of corruption helps keep our government in check and has brought light onto issues citizens need to be made aware of. Your reporting of issues like this and the Elder Abuse scandal a few years ago are among the stories that represent what WWAY should aspire to.

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