Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bolton’s Legacy Continues

Bolton’s mad push to fill police vacancies when he was first hired is starting to come to light. It is common knowledge he ordered Background Investigations to lower its criminal and morale background standards to the point just short of having a felony conviction.

And now it is coming back to haunt the department as well as the citizens of DeKalb County. In the period of just a couple of months, officers have been fired for having sex on duty, violation of N.C.I.C. rules, printing counterfeit money, sodomy, DUI/hit and run, unconfirmed accounts of officers physically fighting among themselves on part time jobs with one pointing a gun at the other. Our department has the slowest 911 response time of any other in the state.

We are beginning to wonder if the joke is on us. Burrell Ellis took office on January 1, 2009 promising sweeping changes and transparency. He fired Terrell Bolton right off the bat and named Bill O’Brien acting chief and William Miller as Director. Then it stopped.

Do we expect massive changes to occur over night? Of course we don’t. But the fact remains Terrell Bolton’s appointees are still in place and still running the day to day operations of the police department. Look at the devastation left in Bolton’s wake. Everyday it seems we are in the news for a surge in crime. But the crime wave is our own officer’s violation of the law.

C.E.O. Ellis and Director Miller need to make sweeping changes that are realistic. It is realistic to terminate or demote the entire command staff put in place by Terrell Bolton. Or do Ellis and Miller believe the current command staff is doing an outstanding job, and Terrell Bolton was nothing more than a hindrance to their talent?

The Madness Continues

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

You get what you pay for.

They ran off veteran officers by questionable transfers and promotions, doing away with the 5% annual raises, and setting up a world of the "haves and have nots"/the privileged and the downtrodden . They replaced the proven veterans with a number of questionable individuals, though not all, with little or no experience.

By not terminating and promoting to high positions those who broke the law, they communicated that "it's all okay and we take care of our own. Have badge, will travel."

When will the madness stop.

Do we need to repeat the story of our Sheriff's department?

LoFlyer said...

From what I understand, Bolton's appeal and Chief's O'Brien's status as "acting" are the major obsticals against reorginization of Command in DKPD. The appeal will be denied in several weeks, and the path will be open to make O'Brien permenant. Then I expect to see a lot happen very fast.
The Chief and his staff keep a very close eye on this blog, and agree with much of what is said on the blog. They know exactly what is wrong with command and have had plenty of time to figure out how to fix it. When the Chief is made permenant then the shakeup will go down. Keep the faith guys!

Anonymous said...

Due respect to the CEO and Miller, but Chief O'Brien needs to run this department, and put into place a command staff that he can hold accountable. Then he can address the issues of concern to Miller and CEO Ellis and the rest of the police department can look up to their leadership.

Anonymous said...

Who is the officer with the tattoos of his friend shot by DeKalb Officers?

Why is this person employed with us.

Anonymous said...

I'm not surprise by anything that our BACK GROUNDS AND RECRUITING does these days.

Anonymous said...

Just check out the SOR bonds to find out who are back on the street. They keep dumping all the criminals back on the street. You have to love the Dekalb Sheriff Department.

Anonymous said...

Atlanta Fire is just like Dekalb Police Department, NO EXPLANATION ON WHY.

Anonymous said...

I want a Take Home Care Car.

Anonymous said...

I'm hoping I make detective , so I can have a car, yes its wrong but , I don't care.

Anonymous said...

Connie Stokes just endorsed the latest IDIOT to be appointed to the Supreme Court . Guess what she did it on the Dekalb County E-Mail address. Can we do this?

Anonymous said...

I loved her wig.

Anonymous said...

I sure hope Ellis does not do like Vernon does and try and run the POLICE DEPARTMENT. It appears we are headed that way. Lessons can be learn.

Anonymous said...

I'm sick of Connie Stokes' spam emails! Does she really think we're all just sitting around waiting for her latest press release?? I mean, really? Oh, a Supreme Court nominee is ok now because a lowly county commissioner has endorsed her!

Anonymous said...

Well looks like the blog is picking and choosing what it post again. Thanks a pant load.

Anonymous said...

I like Chief O’Brien and I like Director Miller but this police department is no better than when they took over. Bolton’s horrible command staff is still running the place. Every week there is a new embarrassment. I am sick of it!

We need NEW leadership! To be blunt, we need some supervisors with brass balls who know the difference between ass kissing and real leadership!

Damn Chief. Damn Director. What is it going to take for you to realize that this department is coming unglued???? Does the CEO have your hands tied? Will he not allow you to do what you need to do? There will come a time when everybody will blame the two of you if things do not change. That time is fast approaching!

Anonymous said...

You people are going to be in for a rude awakening after the new Director gets his band of buddies in the command positions. Trust me it is going to be more of the same old crap. The bloggers will never run out of anything to complain about.

Anonymous said...

Everybody knows the members of Bolton’s command staff and they have been named many times on this bolg. But who are the Director’s band of buddies? I hate it when people allude to something on this site but they will not come out and say what they mean. If you want to say something, say it. If you have opinions state them. I don’t know if I agree with you or disagree with you because I do not know what in the hell you are talking about!

Anonymous said...

If you have been with DKPD for more than a damn minute you know exactly what and who is being referred to. There is no need for name calling, just sit back and watch the show. I cant wait to read the continuing bitching about whoever the hell is in command.

Anonymous said...

What's in that song "meet the new boss, same as the ole boss"

LoFlyer said...

To Anon17, many of us generalise when it comes to some details of what goes on around here to preserve our anomonity, and some is required by the confidentiality of our jobs. I know a lot of stuff that you will have to wait months or never to hear about. You are probably in the same situation. This is where networking, talking to everyone and reading everything comes into play.

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Anonymous said...

Chief O'Brien remember if they couldn't be trusted in the past, they cant be trusted now.Who was there for you when TEBO gave you the ax. Dir. Miller, I agree talk to Chief on what has happened since TEBO axed you. Who stood tall for you then buddy.

Anonymous said...

What does the intelligence Sgt? do everyday. He wears a beard and jeans and prowls the hallways at headquarters. Whats his name?

Anonymous said...

Chief O'Brien and Director Miller you want win this battle, so dont fight. If its good? Its bad.
If its bad? Its bad. Realize who you are dealing with. A bunch of under achievers who will never amount to anything, but good bloggers. Just like the soap operas. You should be able to call the next blog, its the same pattern as before when it doesn't go their way. They will never be an asset to department so they blog to put people in place they are close to so they can remain on their current watch or admin job.

DeKalb Officers ask: Huh?

Anonymous said...

If it is good? It is bad. If it is bad? It is bad. Realize who you are dealing with.


WHAT IN THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT???? If you have something to say, for the love of God, just say it and stop babbling in some ancient code. Maybe I will agree with your opinion and maybe I will not but I just can not figure out what half of you are saying. Just get to the damn point. You Windtalkers are killing me.

I'm Ron Burgandy? said...

AAHHHHHAHAHA.....THE MAN PUNTED BAXTER!!!