This Leland Police problem has nothing to do with being Southern in any way. This is purely about bad behavior and evil that has become endemic in this organization. Before retiring, I had to move away from NC and live all up and down the Eastern U.S., and I can tell you from my own experience that I have never seen such evil and unprofessional behavior in a group of police officers as I have in the Village of Leland's police.
The only permanent solution to this will be to remove all of them and start completely fresh. Make sure the search for hires is national, too, or we'll end up with another set of good ol' boys and dirty backroom deals. You see, we have thousands of people retiring to this county from all over the U.S., and too many of them are too well-educated and have seen professional police departments in service elsewhere to allow what happened here to go on anymore. If you don't 'clean house' and start all over fresh, this is going to go national to the general public, and we will get to be a laughingstock of a place for years to come. No one will ever get re-elected for office in Leland, because no one will have the public's confidence. It will end up affecting the reputations of everybody within 50 miles of Leland. You know how these things pan out in the media and on the internet. I don't care who did what and how much of it, just start over and play it safe.
Do the right thing this time. Rebuild from the ground up. What a total shame and disgrace this has been for all of us.
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