ONLY ON 3: Carolina Beach cop suspended, department review underway

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Submitted: Wed, 07/03/2013 - 9:58pm
Updated: Wed, 07/03/2013 - 10:12pm

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Fourth of July is one of the busiest times of the year for police in Carolina Beach, but this 4th, the department is a man short.

Carolina Beach Interim Town Manager Bruce Shell says after crashing a town car and an internal audit a sergeant with the town’s police force has been suspended.

Shell says the town’s police force will soon be undergoing a complete overhaul.

“Our chief is retiring, so we’re going to have some leadership changes,” Shell said. “My view was to look at that and say, ‘What are we doing well and what can we improve on?’ So I initiated that process.”

Shell initiated it after he received tips about issues within the police department, including Sgt. Chris Chafin crashing his town-owned car on NC 210 Pender County. Sgt. Chafin has since been placed on paid administrative leave.

“The review gave me a better picture of how the department operates and gave me an opportunity to better align them for success,” Shell said.

Following Chafin’s crash and the subsequent internal audit, Shell has vowed to overhaul the town’s policies and procedures while on duty and promised to make changes not only in rules, but in personnel.

“It’s a practical thing to look at policies and procedures from time to time,” Shell said. “We looked at protocols and internal controls and checks and balances all in the name of service so that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Shell says he expects a decision on Sgt. Chafin’s future with the department some time before the next town council meeting July 16.

We tried to reach Chafin today for comment, but he has not called us back.


  • Cliff says:

    I agree. Looks like 1987 knows a little bit too much information about the investigation and events that happened. If your gonna be a whistle blower at least have the guts to say who you are instead of a date.

  • Guestof me says:

    You mean you saw a CBPD officer actually on Freeman Park? I thought that was Free Mans land. So much for the rules out there, take your bottles, unleash your dogs, bring your porta potties, they don’t mind, they don’t even go out there to keep the peace.

  • Guest Observing Person says:

    I agree Cliff……I think you hit the nail on the head, buddy. ………”Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned”…….!

    Let me reiterate…..Chris is a good cop…He is one of the GOOD GUYS……..anyone else who thinks otherwise is just seems to have their panties in a wad!

  • justbeingnosy says:

    what was the date of the wreck in question?
    was his girlfriend with him???

  • 1963 says:

    Hmmm, that’s funny. I know of another bully on cbpd who just so happens to have been born in 1987. In fact he has huge tattoo on his back that says “1987” it just so happens that he is the king of snitches. What made you guys think 1987 wouldn’t snitch on his guys on the force when he would snitch on his lifelong friends and family
    I am a law abiding citizen who has always had the utmost respect and admiration for law enforcement. Chafin has bullied me,sexually harassed my daughter and her friends on the north end. I have watched him use excessive force against many people including an 18 year old girl who did not resist arrest, middle aged tourists, and elderly. The list goes on. It is a relief to know he will no longer be policing this beach that I love so much. I never reported any of the things for fear of retaliation, and I feared it would do no good. It is sad for the police who try to be a good influence. They dont get much respect from the younger generation because of the bad reputation a few on the force gave given.

  • GuestObserving Person says:

    ……..Gee, you sure know a lot of personal information about Chris….times, dates, etc…… drug testing; no state police report…..leaving ……hmmmmmmm….sounds like the type of person who likes to stir the pot…….
    I would hope someone like Chris would be the policeman that answered a call for help, if I had to place a call for police assistance. I would not want someone answering my call for help who didn’t have the confidence he has attained. His size just happens to be an extra added benefit. Again, he has been an asset to his department, and his community. I would want to know that Chris had my back if I were in a situation that called for back-up.

  • Cliff says:

    Before you rush to judgement now a few facts. The car was in Pender county due to take home car policy. Next you should have some facts before accusing someone of something. Third know how to spell Marcucilli before you talk shit about him because he is a great supervisor after working for him for almost 12 years and so is Chafin. And finally if you are going to bash someone have some balls and put your name on the page you coward.

  • Guest 34 says:

    Wake up! Little stuff like this goes on in all police depts.

  • God's Humble Servant says:

    I worked at the CBPD in the past when Chafin was a Cpl. And I would testify in court that I have personal first hand knowledge of him leaving for home on MANY occasions before his shift was up, but his time sheet was never adjusted to reflect that. It always showed he worked a complete shift.

  • Guest2020 says:

    “Observing Person” is claiming that this is a witch hunt, implying that Shell is conducting a with hunt. “Patriots of 1776″ is telling “Observing Person” that if “Observing Person” believes that the officer in question is being treated unfairly by Shell that “Observing Person” should report Shell to the proper authorities.

  • tke1 says:

    Apparently you are not as intelligent as you would have folks believe. While the timing may be questionable, the practice of buying prior service time that is not in the retirement system ( for whatever reason) is a common and perfectly legitimate move. If you worked another job and had paid into the system and subsequently withdrew the money after leaving that job or borrowed from your account in the retirement system, or worked a job that qualified for the retirement system but that agency did not participate in the retirement program, you may purchase that prior time or repay the loan to recover your time.

  • Guest1948 says:

    I’m not sure I understand your comment “that Bruce Shell is involved in anything wrong or questionable.” From what I read, he’s the Town Manager and not the police officer involved in the accident.

    The main article is so poorly written it’s hard to make sense of anything.

  • 1987 says:

    I don’t believe Shell did anything wrong as far as I know… It was Shell who initiated the internal review for payroll fraud and falsifying time sheets. Also, as the article reads it appears Shell was unaware of Chafin’s accident until it was brought to his attention by someone other than that of the Police Department Personnel. He’s basically saying that changes in personnel are probably coming. Funny how the Police Chief bought 6 months of leave to retire 6 months early… During and internal audit… MAIN PROBLEM – Shell is only temporary and leaving July 16, 2013… What then?!?!

  • Observing Person says:

    I know this police officer and he is a great policeman! This is a witch hunt ! There is way more to this story than the public knows.

  • 1987 says:

    This cop has wrecked twice in the past couple months, wrecked the last one 3 hours AFTER his shift ended… I don’t believe he followed the Department’s protocol due to NOT being drug tested after the wreck and NOT even sure he called state police to do a report… He is a bully, extremely rude to Freeman Park vendors, uses his size and authority to push people around, left the island WHILE ON_DUTY with his “girlfriend”, he is under investigation for payroll fraud (I think that’s stealing…), and has basically been under NO control for years now… Now, whoever his supervisor is – that didn’t follow proper protocol after he wrecked needs to go with him. Odd how rules apply to a few, but not Chafin or Marcucelli…

  • Patriots of 1776 says:

    The subject line is an unfair rush to assumption that Bruce Shell is involved in anything wrong or questionable. Observing Person(s) tell us what you know? If you can’t go public go to the FBI. Have the Courage to Stand for Truth against the Shell, Coudriet’s and notorious CB Police. Be part of the solution because silence is part of the problem. You can help fix it or pretend you know things…which is fantasy and produces nothing.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    what was he doing with a Carolina Beach vehicle in Pender County?

  • 1987 says:

    Chafin lives in Pender County… However, it doesn’t take over 3 hours after your shift to get there from CB… This couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person… Reap what you sow buddy!

  • Observing Person says:

    Protocol does make allowances for driving your squad car to and from home.
    This is nothing out of the ordinary anywhere in the country.

  • GuestO'Day says:

    Tom, he’s possibly a Pender County resident authorized to use his police vehicle for commuting. IF not, he will be facing a shipload of grief.

  • Guest45 says:

    There is a CASWELL BEACH POLICE CAR driven to Holden beach everyday, do those folks know where there car is being driven to and how fast?

  • Kristin says:

    Some of you people are just plain dumb! I personally know officer chafin. He is a pender county resident, regardless, ALOT of police officers do take their patrol cars home/ to and from work! So that is nothing un ordinary. Chafin has a family and I know he loves his job. He didn’t “bully” anyone he just applied the laws fairly and equally to everyone! Letting him go would be a terrible decision! Oh and to the idiot that obviously doesn’t go to Freeman park to frequently … police COVER that area! They also understand people are there to have fun not be stuck up pricks so maybe you shouldn’t go! :) TEAM CHAFIN all the way!

  • Guest 10101 says:

    it’s really hard to figure out what’s going on.

    “after crashing a town car and an internal audit” … What’s that supposed to mean? …. And what does that have to do with leadership changes?

    Time to put on some big-boy pants and write like a grown up.

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