ONLY ON 3: Survey shows low morale within WPD
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Some Wilmington Police officers are not happy with the department. That's according to an unofficial job satisfaction survey.

The survey conducted by an anonymous group within the Wilmington Police Department shows that the majority of employees that filled it out are unhappy with their job and the low morale within the agency.

A WPD spokeswoman says someone got access to the city's server and sent out the survey to select employees. Someone then gave a report of the results to Chief Ralph Evangelous.

According to the survey, 79 percent of employees are some level of dissatisfied with the morale of their co-workers.

Click here to see the survey results

One person wrote, "I am satisfied with my job, overall there seems to be very low morale amongst many employees, and this affects everyone around. The main concerns seem to be low pay, unfair promotion process, 'good ole' boy' mentality of the higher-ups taking care of their friends..."

Another wrote: "Loyalty and hard work are not rewarded. Laziness and who likes you are. "

The survey claims to have received responses from 43 percent of those it went to.

The police department says the results cannot be verified, and the brass has no idea who is responsible.

Communication was also an area of contention.

Almost 90 percent noted poor communication between people in different divisions or sections of the agency.

Chief Evangelous did not want to go on camera, but in a statement said, "We take serious the concerns of our entire workforce and work hard to keep open communications on all levels of the agency.

"During the past year we have implemented several efforts to promote open communications within the agency such as monthly vertical staff meeting and coffee with the chief."

The survey also shows the majority of people who responded did not agree with how the leadership responds to important internal issues.

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I invite you guys that have civil service protection to come work at the sheriffs office.
You will see the most tyrannical folks to work for the law can allow!
Please stay where you are and keep your job security you have. If you think your morale is bad?
It has been below what we had during Vietnam but worse for at least 12 years or more.

Thank God I retired I feel bad for the PD guys, but trust me the Sheriffs Office morale is beyond what you guys can imagine!

I would trade any of your issues for ours! Trust me at least you all have civil service!
Trust me its terrible there where you are, but we would trade you guys any day

I bet if that "Survey" was conducted in the Sheriff's Departments in New Hanover, Brunswick, or Pender Counties, each sheriff would "score" 99%.

Each sheriff would score 100%, if the deputies in the 5 county area were given this "survey". And there would be 15 pages of comments, for each one, like; "I am so lucky to work for Sheriff X" or "If the Sheriff retires, it will be the worst day of my life". And my favorite, especially when I was there... "I'm so glad I don't work for the City."

I've always wondered why, whenever a sheriff's name is mentioned, to his respective deputy, the deputy quickly starts showing you all his teeth.

Amen to that. Any deputy, who isn't wagging his tail, and telling everyone, how lucky he is, to be working for the "Greatest Sheriff In North Carolina", will be probably looking for a new job, when his respective sheriff finds out.

The truth IS that there is extreme lack of communication between rankings. You go to a higher up and get dismissed or unheard. There is NO organization in the department and you do have many who value their job and work hard and follow the rules while others get away with everything because of the city being afraid of lawsuits. You seek ways to improve yourself and your training and it sits on someones desk for 6 months unnoticed. Their needs to be real leadership with the "higher ups" and active working, just because you get promoted does not mean you sit on your ass and let those "below" you pick up the slack. When you ask your "boss" or supervisor a question about your case or paperwork or a situation you are dealing with on the streets and they have no answer because they don't know... well that's a problem....

If you think the morale is low in the Wilmington Police Department, you should look into the morale in the Wilmington Fire Department. There is so much going on in the WFD that many firefighters are leaving the department. The WPD morale may be low but the WFD morale is in the basement.

From what I see, most officers are highly motivated. The staff tries hard to maintain quality, and lookout for it's people. The Chief has bent over backwards, to make sure officers have take-home cars, and pay raises. He tries as hard as he can, and does a very good job.

Very few officers are trying to leave. To find other police jobs. Police work is great. But, no matter what, there are some parts of it, that you just don't like doing. And not everything is always going to go your way.

Evangelous has got to go. I'm not saying he's bad, but he should be encouraged to seek employment elsewhere. Several scandals have occurred recently, moral is low, and frankly the public can tell that the police are lazy when many are spotted around oleander/Greenville loop/military cut off at night. He's been here long enough and we need a change.

Management problems start at the top and there have been far too many problems.

This wouldn't fly in the private sector and it shouldn't be acceptable in the public sector either.

I know issues have been brought to his attention yet he chooses not to look into the matter. It is easier for him to turn a blind eye than to step up and fix the problem. I know of two cancers in leadership positions that need to be removed. Nothing will happen to one because of sex and race and the other is too high ranking.