ONLY ON 3: DA says no issues with LPD certification

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Submitted: Sat, 11/05/2011 - 4:59am
Updated: Mon, 11/07/2011 - 2:16pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There are a lot of questions surrounding the Leland Police Department after state regulators found problems with officers’ training and certification. Many people are asking us what happens with tickets or arrests by officers without proper training.

District Attorney Jon David had some of those very same questions. To get some answers he called the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office today.

“As District Attorney I feel a responsibility to make sure that officer actions in the streets are not affected by certification issues, and that they will ultimately be reliable and credible witnesses in the courtroom, and that’s what motivated me today to call the Attorney General’s Office and seek further guidance,” David said.

Issues surrounding the Leland Police Department continue to cast a shadow over the town. A state audit of the department revealed missing files from every single one of the 31 officers and reserve officers. Twenty-five of those officers had incomplete background investigations. Several officers were missing mandatory training hours.

David says the main issue is whether the officers were certified or decertified when they were on the job.

“What I’ve come to understand is that although there were certain training issues involving certain officers, those problems have been corrected or are correctable, and that unless someone is decertified, their law enforcement behavior and their ability to act in court is not at all affected by the fact that they might have problems with their certification,” David said.

David says only one officer was decertified at any point. He says that was for two and a half weeks, and that during that time the officer did not write any tickets or making any arrests.

“Whatever certification issues exist are not going to impact cases in our court system, so the community should be assured that we are moving forward on prosecutions,” David said.

In all the Training and Standards Commission found 89 deficiencies at LPD. Police Chief Tim Jayne said this week 85 have been corrected.

The district attorney says the one officer that was decertified has since regained his certification.


  • kblue2221984 says:

    Swept under the rug. Love it!Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

  • southern Born says:

    the rug has been lifted and the dirt swept right under it, no illegal activity at all. no violations of any rules, no employee problems just disgruntled employee’s.

    Its buisness as usual, what a wonderful example of how all of us should trust goverment. Politicians and Public officials.

    “Leland, Leland, Leland”. not just a quite little community anymore its has elevated itself to the land of the corrupt and get away with it.

    I believe the great Bill Farris said once, “I Dont know the definition of pornography, but I recognised it when I see it”.

    Well I dont know what the definition of bad management is but I recognise it when I see it.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Suddenly you are able to RECOGNIZE bad management and corruption, but all those years Hollywood Hewett was in office you missed it? You even created a web page defending him. Forgive us if we are not impressed by your ability to RECOGNIZE!!

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Well to be honest we are of the same opinion on this issue haha. I was also being a bit of an a@@ and you called me on it. So please accept my apology. We all make mistakes I reckon.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    I have to say you must have forgot to take your dose of xanax. In case you forgot, he was a lying scum bag. He went to prison for it. Any other questions genius?

  • Southern Born says:

    Yes I defended Ronald, no I didnt start a web Page, but I did support it. You are very preceptive. You have me at a dis-advantage as I can’t remember one comment you have ever made.

    So do you think my opinion in this matter should not count, has my perception of The Leland 5 Changed NO

    You tell me what you think of the Leland issues, lets here your views, Please.

  • The real says:

    The proclaimed by others Hollywood Hewett is and will always be the best think that has ever happened in Brunswick county!!!! What do you have to say about that GOP!!!!!

  • frank semore says:

    This jon guy is as dumb as a box of bricks. “Duh, I don’t know, duh, I’ll check with the State.” A DA and he hasn’t a clue, where did he get his license? Replace him before it get’s any funnier.

  • Lelandgal says:

    I would like to ask everyone who is fed up with Leland Town Hall to write in Sherry Lewis for Mayor. Lets show them that we are fed up with their mess. Thank you.

  • Jean Sidbury says:

    Sherry Lewis for Mayor…..She gets my vote for CHIEF of LPD..she could do a better job than what we have now and she would get rid of the riff raff….and wouldn’t it just burn the britches of the officers that did her wrong……

  • haha says:

    She lives in Pender County and owns no property in the Town of Leland….so there is no way she could even run if she wanted to.

  • Brian says:

    That’s a lot of deficiencies for such a small department. I vote no confidence in the chief. He should step down. Now. If not, then the town manager should step up and fire him. Now.

  • Guest568 says:

    The old saying, “Better the Devil you know than the one you don’t!”

    I should have voted for Pope!

  • Jean Sidbury says:

    She does not live in Pender County……she lives close to the OLD LELAND HIGH SCHOOL

  • haha says:

    Unlike most of the people on here I actually know her and her family. She does not live in Leland she lives in Pender County in the Atkinson area.

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