Chief Monroe is more than a little concerned about passing the State Law Enforcement Certification Exam.
From several sources including WBT’s Keith Larson it appears that there was an email sent from CMPD Brass looking to put together a "study guide" (AKA the answers) or a cheat sheet to prep the chief on the upcoming test.
Sure why not? I mean why take the time to actually learn about police work and North Carolina statues when you can have someone just give you the answers?
If your are used to people just handing you a college degrees, promotions, free golf clubs, basketball tickets, lodging at the Holiday Inn or keys to a new car why would you think it would be any different.
I don't think the Chief will have any trouble passing the test unless it requires a 100 word essay defining the term honesty.
Update Thursday June 4, 2009
Well it seems the "Email Test Request" story has sprouted legs. Keith Larson over at WBT has been all over this new twist in the King Rodney saga and now even the slow to act Charlotte Observer has run a story.
Chief Monroe repudiates captain's e-mail on test prep
Training director solicited instructors for ‘answers' that would help the chief study for a key exam.
By Christopher D. Kirkpatrick email@example.com
Posted: Thursday, Jun. 04, 2009
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Rodney Monroe strongly objected to an e-mail sent by a training captain last week asking for help crafting “answers” Monroe could use to study for a police exam.
Capt. Mike Campagna, training director, sent an e-mail last Thursday to about two dozen police instructors asking for help creating a study guide for the chief.
“I need each of you to draft up the ‘answers' to each of the training objectives in the lesson plan for your block.”
He continued: “I know this is a bunch of work on top of your regular duties, but I appreciate your assistance on this, as I know the Chief will as well.”
But the next day, Monroe e-mailed Campagna and the instructors, saying he found the request “to be highly inappropriate.”
“This is not the approach I have or will take in preparing myself for the exam. I will continue to prepare myself in the same manner that every other person that is preparing for the exam is taking.”
Monroe, who was hired last June after serving as police chief in Richmond, Va., must pass the exam by July 30 to be a certified police officer in North Carolina. A certification is not required for a police chief to run a department, but it allows recipients to serve as sworn officers with arrest powers, a badge and a gun.
Monroe was on vacation and unavailable for comment Wednesday, according to a police spokesman.
Deputy Chief Ken Miller said Campagna acted on his own but wouldn't say whether the captain faced discipline, calling it a personnel matter.
Chief Monroe faced controversy shortly after Charlotte hired him, when a whistleblower in Virginia claimed Monroe's college degree had been improperly awarded.
An investigation last year by Virginia Commonwealth University concluded that even though Monroe had accumulated plenty of college credits from an online university and the FBI academy, he didn't earn enough at VCU to qualify for the 2007 degree.
College officials let his VCU degree stand, however, saying they could rescind degrees only in cases of academic misconduct. Officials said Monroe had done nothing wrong.
Monroe has said he simply followed VCU's instructions for what officials said he needed to earn a degree.
A bachelor's degree is required to be Charlotte's police chief.
Cedar Posts knows Mike Campagna and while he's not the sharpest tool in the shed, he is not so stupid as to think up this idea all by by himself. No doubt he'll be thrown under the bus just as soon as the chief gets back from "vacation".
Speaking of tools, royalty he is not and anyone who knows the chief knows that these words..... “This is not the approach I have or will take in preparing myself for the exam. I will continue to prepare myself in the same manner that every other person that is preparing for the exam is taking.” were not thought up by Chief Monroe, I'd guess the spin department at CMPD is working a little overtime.