CP gets a lot of email from CMPD officers wanting to share some of their frustration about a command staff the just doesn't get. Some of the stuff is down right funny, but not serious enough by itself to make a story. Other information helps fill in a few blanks or confirms something that was passed along weeks ago. Then there are the things that get filed under "yeah right or whatever" which normally means deleated trash.
Every once and a while I'll have to pull an outlandish email out of the trash because weeks later someone else pasts along another unrelated tidbit and suddenly the dots connect.
Months ago Cedar Posts received an email that described a hotel room that CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe maintained for confidential staff meetings and rendezvous with close female friends. The email went on to say that the suite was a freeby provided to the Chief free of charge. But without details or hard facts, Cedar Posts just tossed the email in the trash adding it to the ever growing pile of baseless charges and rumors.
But darn if Charlotte Observer's Mary Newsom doesn't mention in her blog "The Naked City" that Chief Monroe had recently complained about the noise from the Epic Center bars that can be heard by guests spending the night at the Ritz Carlton.
And so this little bit of information drops into the Cedar Posts in box.
Seems the CMPD boys out in Steel Creek like to play "Paint Ball" and that a Sgt Brown along with the help of a CMPD Officer Lane have put together a little paintball game. The "on the clock" rec activity will be held in Marshville, NC this Friday.
But here is the rub, the event is invitation only and excludes all except those who Brown and Lane consider their best buds on the FMT squad that Sgt Brown is the supervisor.
If the email is correct, CMPD command has approved "on the clock" paintball games in the past but this is the first time there has been CMPD paid paintball games held out of town, which no doubt adds additional costs to the "on the clock" recreational activity.
It will be interesting to see how the participating officers time cards reflect Friday's duty hours.