Several posters have asked if there is any truth to the rumor that the father of Rodney Monroe's grandson David McCallum (his last name spelling has been reported nearly a half dozen different ways) was booted from the CMPD Academy due to his recent arrest.
Seems it is true!
David McCallum who earlier this year was given a civilian job at the CMPD and the CMPD Nissan ZX to drive while he waited to become a part of CMPD's 157th recruit class, is again part of the CMPD water cooler gossip.
If the rumor is correct, CMPD Academy staff rejected Mr. McCallum's application to become a Charlotte Police Officer and as the story goes the Chief Monroe intervened and forced the academy to accept Mr. McCallum. Those at the Academy who opposed the Chief's request were transferred, apparently back to patrol.
So last month Mr. McCallum it seems started training to become a Charlotte Police Officer at the academy, that is until authorities in Virgina discovered that they had an outstanding failure to pay child support arrest warrant for Mr. McCallum and came to Charlotte to get their man.
When the State of North Carolina learned of this they informed the Chief that Mr. McCallumn would not be certified as a state law enforcement officer and that we'll assume sealed the deal.
But not to worry Mr. McCallum word has it,is now working in CMPD's property control department as a civilian employee once again.
So .... It's still good to be King!
Meanwhile Chief Monroe unveiled CMPD "Hero Cards" at Saturday's Nicks vs Bobcats basketball game.
Hero cards are not new to Charlotte but the partnership with Coca Cola bottling is new and should help offset the costs. No word on the collectability of the cards yet, but Cedar Posts would expect the Chief Monroe cards might just fetch a premium.
Back on Wednesday this memo, the second paragraph is inspiring, was sent out to all CMPD employees:
From: Monroe, Rodney
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 5:12 PM
To: _CMPD everyone
Subject: Outlook for CMPD during upcoming budget cycle
All city employees have just received an email from our City Manager outlining the tough times ahead for the city. We within CMPD are not excluded from facing challenges during this upcoming budget cycle. At this juncture, we are not facing any reductions in workforce or likelihood of furloughs. In order to meet our public safety needs we will continue to hire sworn personnel and critical civilian staff. I believe we will continue to be able address our equipment and supply needs within this fiscal year as well as the upcoming 2010 budget cycle. We will be identifying a variety funding sources throughout the next year to address various needs that arise.
The work and accomplishments each of you has achieved over the past year have been remarkable. Our citizens continue to hold the CMPD in highest regard and I hear and observe continuously the outstanding work that is being done by the entire department. Being the professionals that we are, we will continue to serve our communities and citizens with the highest level of service expected from each member of the organization.
I fully realize not receiving well deserved step increases requires a great sacrifice of police and fire members. However, we must realize, being the largest employee base, that other dedicated employees within our department and throughout city government must be considered and protected.
Although the news does not appear to be uplifting, we must consider the uncertain times we are currently experiencing and know that we together will work our way through these challenging times.
As always, thank you for your continued dedication!!!!!
You can read Curt Walton's email and the City's authorization here.
Chief Monroe Sued
Charlotte news media continues to worship Chief Monroe which is why it took nearly three weeks to discover the story behind a package Chief Monroe received earlier this month.
Seems that the package contained the legal documents pertaining to a lawsuit that was filed against Rodney Monroe with the Federal Court in Richmond.
With no coverage from the Charlotte print or television media it took a post added to this story to break the silence. Props to the poster who pointed Cedar Posts to WTVR in Richmond. The Richmond Station broke the story back on Wednesday of last week.
More details from WTVR CBS Channel 6 in Richmond.
A regular visitor to CP suggested we check this out:
Here's a link to an article that is written by an African American Police Chief. Someone who looks at policing from the other side. It is a thoughtful and intelligent look at diversity, education in police departments and policing for this century! Excellent article!!
Dr. Theron Bowman is Chief of Police in Arlington, Texas