Retired Mesa master police officer Bill Richardson lives in the East Valley and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I was shocked...yes, shocked to see that Sheriff Paul Babeu wasn't trashed once again by our erstwhile ...Richard III.
So the FOP and the new DPS Director don't get along....do we care ? Would some one tell the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) that the Director of DPS is not chosen by Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul or by the "acclaimation" of the DPS Rank and File. It's not a ..."popularity contest" you know...it's a "leadership position.
I guess the deputy director and assistant directors weren't ...FOP Union big shots....so the "long knives" came out and we are seeing a typical union "hachet job" .....well Folks, we have seen these ...Ides of March - Et Tu Brutae...attacks before and we will see them in the future too..."nothing is new under the Sun".
What I do find odd is that this "Union (FOP) vs Management (DPS)" is coming around now. Is it because the DPS has made ...Illegal Alien cross-Border incursions one of the Department's major focuses. Tons of Marijuana and hundreds of Illegal Aliens are now being seized and arrested by the current DPS ???Is it because the DPS (under Gov. Jan Brewer's Administration) , the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department and the Pima County Sheriff's Department are working........"hand in glove together" ...for a change ???.Somethings to think about after reading this column.....somethings to think about.
One thing is for certain, the Arizona DPS will never be mentioned in the same breath as the outstanding Highway Patrol/State Police's of California, Michigan and New York. [sad]
Looking from afar and playing devils advocate, why were Richardson's talents wasted while he was a law enforcement officer? He was obviously a brilliant tactical strategist.
I don't think Mr. Richardson wrote this in an effort to further himself (as the next DPS Director) if that is what RationalHuman is implying. However, Mr. Richardson does share with the readers a serious problem which exists at DPS and needs the immediate attention of the Governor.
There are many law enforcement professionals (both current and retired) who could provide leadership at DPS, all of whom would be proud to serve as the DPS Director.
I noticed there were no recomendations for a replacement.
I also wonder if Mr. Richardson is thinking of coming out of retirement.
And before anyone belittles my implication, does anyone have someome in mind who could do a better job?
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