Sunday, January 22, 2012
Rodney Monroe Suspends Next CMPD Recruit Class
On Friday word floated out of Chief Rodney Monroe's office that he was suspending the next CMPD officer recruit training class. The next class was to begin February 4th. The Chief justified the cancellation by saying that the suspension of training will save money.
It is unclear if the suspension is for the class to begin in February or the following class.
If the rumor is true it will be the first time in the history of CMPD that training has been suspended.
But that may only be half the story. Word is that the North Carolina Justice Academy is in the process of revoking or suspending CMPD's training certification, because of the ongoing finger print and records scandal.
Attorney General Roy Cooper's office has been in the process of auditing CMPD's records and apparently found hundred's of missing documents, including medical records, social security numbers, back ground check paper work and FBI finger print cards.
Word is that the audit also found fault in policy and testing.
This is not the first time, testing has been an issue at Charlotte Police Academy. Cheating and then a request to provide answers to help Chief Monroe memorize the questions and correct answers has seen more than one CMPD staffer thrown under the bus in the past. It will be interesting to see who the Chief volunteers this time.
Cedar Posts emailed CMPD's Rob Tufano for clarification and confirmation regarding the training class cancellation, and NCDOJ audit Saturday but as usual nothing but crickets.
Cedar Post might have this one wrong, word late Friday was the the February 4th class is still on. No additional details about the NCJA audit, might this rumor be bogus as well, we shall see.
Cedar's Take: If this proves true, I would expect Charlotte City Council will call Monroe in for a private chat. After an expensive recruiting junket to Puerto Rico last year, pricey new uniforms, office renovations, and spending like there is no tomorrow it strikes Cedar Posts as really poor management to shut down the Police Academy and cancel any recruit class.