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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Three Leland police officers are off the force amid state and internal investigations.

Officers Patrick McGowan and Ryan O’Connor both resigned from the department, Town Manager David Hollis says. Both men are under investigation regarding missing evidence.

Hollis said Ofc. Richard Christopher was fired Monday for neglect of duty and poor performance among other things.

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16 Comments on "Two Leland officers quit amid investigations, third fired"

2015 years 9 months ago

I have no idea what the real truth is, here. I hope these men weren’t fired for political reasons. In Wilmington, they have “Civil Service Protection”. It’s not a union. And it’s certainly not a “get out of jail free” card.

It means, before a officer can be terminated, or demoted, he can appeal, and have the facts weighed out, in a public hearing. By a independent, and impartial board. Which, I believe, is only fair.

It seems like, every four years, every Brunswick County Police Department, is completely changed. Due to firings, and resignations. I’m sure many were necessary. But how many good cops have had their careers ruined by “local politics” ?

Civil Service Protection should be given to all Police Officers, and Firemen, in North Carolina. It’s a safeguard, that will hold leaders to more accountability. And it will allow the taxpayers to know, “What Really Happened”. “Politics” are a huge part of Law Enforcement. Many officers are far more afraid of getting fired, then the occupational hazards, of the job.

2015 years 9 months ago

Has the Leland PD, had a complete turnover yet, or is there still some Officers left h
Who have been around more then 4 years on the job left.

That Dept. Needs a serious house cleaning, from the top down.

I Care Why
2015 years 9 months ago

Seems to me they are doing a good job so far.

2015 years 9 months ago


Heimie Schmelter
2015 years 9 months ago

…there’s enough stupid stuff already posted here!

2015 years 9 months ago

When is the state of NC going to realize that these guy’s choose to resign once they have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar so that they can keep their certifications and just go up the street and start their same old crap all over again! When is enough , enough????

2015 years 9 months ago

Yep,,for sure they can get a job under Ed McMahon ,,, NHCSO is good at sweeping things under the rug…

Pulling for Chief Mike James
2015 years 9 months ago

Here’s hoping that Chief James will hang in there with these difficult circumstances. If you’ve ever had a conversation with him, it’s clear his head and his heart are in the right place. The Town needs his leadership now more than ever.

humble supporter
2015 years 9 months ago

Agreed. Chief James is as good as it gets. Lord Bless him and those who serve in the department.

Supporter of a Great Man
2015 years 9 months ago

You can bash all you want. Say all you want but Mike James is as good a man as anyChief James is humble but wants to run a clean department and that is what he is working towards. It is like blaming a coach for what one of his players had done after a football game? He cannot be around those that work for him all the time and he has to believe they will do the right things. Instead of being part of the problem, how about coming together and fixing things and moving forward? That’s too easy isn’t? Being negative is how society is. You never know when the Chief might be the one who saves your life!

2015 years 9 months ago

The down side 4 the state is that the cases that’s pending from these crooked officers will get dismissed that means them criminals will be right on the street DAMN

2015 years 9 months ago

Like, what does any of this stressful stuff have to do with pot, dude?

That stuff about calling that kettle names, man. Was that some kind of racial thing? Like, that’s got nothing to do with pot either. Oh wow, this is like too stressful for even words, man.

2015 years 9 months ago

has just as much right to post stupid stuff on here as you do. As a matter of fact, you and kblue are the perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black.

Elizabeth Rosenberg
2015 years 9 months ago

I personally want to say Good Job to Chief James for the hard work he is putting in the the LPD! It’s not easy coming into a position that has had nothing but hardships and criticism in the past. If it takes years to weed out the bad ones, then so be it!

Kevin Hall
2015 years 9 months ago

I’ve known the Chief since grade school. You’ve got a good man there.

Let him do what he has to do, he has done a lot of cleaning up of the department already and won’t stand for any of the leftover shenanigans. Sometimes shenanigans take time to come to light, sometimes officers are good people but make a bad judgement or decision. He’s brought in several new GOOD officers as well not from the area. Like someone else said, help him make it a department to be proud of.

The Watcher
2015 years 9 months ago

People do stupid things and make bad decisions everyday. If this was a manufacturing facility or even a hospital that someone did something wrong, it would never get so much attention. It’s exploited to the max when it’s a police officer but at least these issues are not being swept under the rug. They don’t cover it up under this chief’s watch. The chief seems to run a clean department and isn’t afraid to cut someone loose if they do anything that isn’t legal or ethical. When something like this happens, the department must start over to build the public’s trust because someone couldn’t follow a moral compass. Don’t make the mistake of judging all officers in that department by the actions of the few. You wouldn’t do that if it were another profession.


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