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Old 12-04-2012, 00:48   #1
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“We are absolutely fed up with dealing with this off-duty behavior,”

Ft. Worth PD Maj. Paul Henderson who made that statement about off duty DWI, now himself arrested for, DWI.

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2012...-charges.html/
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Old 12-04-2012, 00:57   #2
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It will be interesting to see if he back pedals and tries to weasel his way out of this. Or if he stands up and accepts his punishment like a man who knows he did something wrong.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:11   #3
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I'm going with the 15 day suspension part of the "matrix"
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:10   #4
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You know everyone from citizens to judges to firemen and cops drink and drive. That makes you a selfish stupid fool.
It is the hypocrite aspect that gets me.

He has apologized and I have no doubt he'll take his punishment. I agree with the 15 day matrix, maybe a mandatory class and a bump down in rank.

I never fail to be amazed by the people willing to throw their careers in the thrash just for a couple drinks and a ride behind the wheel.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:05   #5
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I never fail to be amazed by the people willing to throw their careers in the thrash just for a couple drinks and a ride behind the wheel.
Its a real shame. Probably one of the most visible common hypocrisies.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:04   #6
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Ft. Worth PD Maj. Paul Henderson who made that statement about off duty DWI, now himself arrested for, DWI.

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2012...-charges.html/
I am amazed they arrested him. It happens to the best of them.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:13   #7
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He has apologized and I have no doubt he'll take his punishment. I agree with the 15 day matrix, maybe a mandatory class and a bump down in rank.

I don't concur with the discipline.

Henderson actively sought out these increasing levels of leadership, example, responsibility, and rank. They were never foisted upon him. It is incumbent upon himself and his supervisors to hold him to an increased level of scrutiny.

When the men and women under his command did stupid and criminal things, he rightfully advocated for imposed discipline. Now, he is the one exposed and he should be wiling to make himself an example before his command - he hasn't and an apology is less than worthless, it is the act of someone hoping to squeak out of their actions. When someone actively seeks the rewards and privileges of rank, every one selected should be actively willing to embrace the punishment for their moral failings and dumb decisions.

Henderson should fall on his sword and voluntarily demote himself to Lieutenant; take an appropriate number of days off without pay, all served within one pay period/all served consecutively; and stipulate to no promotional opportunities for two years. Publish the discipline on a department bulletin board for all employees to see.

If the rank and file saw this done, they'd have a lot more genuine respect for their bosses and their department, the community would trust their police more, and the brass would be less inclined to act as fools.

Collectively, cops are sick of managers and they have ruined the culture. Try some real leadership for once.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:34   #8
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I'm going with the 15 day suspension part of the "matrix"
At first I was thinking this, but then I remembered that the rules adopted by MGMT, don't apply to them... Besides, if he takes 15 days off it will be a nice vacation since he is probably salaried.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:45   #9
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At first I was thinking this, but then I remembered that the rules adopted by MGMT, don't apply to them... Besides, if he takes 15 days off it will be a nice vacation since he is probably salaried.
That was my original intent, my interweb sarcasm wasn't all that convincing after 12 hrs on the road........
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The matrix idea is bought off by management and labor, believing that it will make both their lives simpler, but here is how they are both wrong.

Labor believes that it will result in equitable discipline and it rarely, if ever, does. A cop who backs his/her car into a fixed object for the first time deserves a form of discipline differently than a serial IA suspect who cuts corners on investigations, is abusive, is untruthful, and managed to slip through every check in hiring and retention. The infrequent minor infraction tends to get too much discipline and the serial IA bird tends to get another chance that retains them. Labor should respect the correction for the occasional slip up and cry out to get rid of the R.O.D.s and the abusers. Unfortunately, the labor law system only allows two participants and they devolve into adversaries.

Command loves it because they don't have to think and it gives insulation to the civil action. Like a lazy judge who has mandatory sentencing, they just plug and play officers into the IA matrix and out come the results. If sued by officers or the public, they can sit in the deposition and bleat out: 'it was the matrix' over and over. They simply point at the book and effectively claim they are just following orders [just like CALEA].

The matrix needs to be a guideline to effective discipline, not an excuse for managing and not leading people. Otherwise, it is just another gimmick for the lazy and inept.
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Old 12-04-2012, 14:28   #11
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Sorry BlueIron, I agreed on a probable outcome. I didn't mean to infer that I agreed if that was the just outcome.

"Cops are sick of managers that have ruined the culture?"

That might be the understatement of the year. That I agree with. Leadership is hard to find nowadays.
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Old 12-04-2012, 14:33   #12
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The matrix idea is bought off by management and labor, believing that it will make both their lives simpler, but here is how they are both wrong.

Labor believes that it will result in equitable discipline and it rarely, if ever, does. A cop who backs his/her car into a fixed object for the first time deserves a form of discipline differently than a serial IA suspect who cuts corners on investigations, is abusive, is untruthful, and managed to slip through every check in hiring and retention. The infrequent minor infraction tends to get too much discipline and the serial IA bird tends to get another chance that retains them. Labor should respect the correction for the occasional slip up and cry out to get rid of the R.O.D.s and the abusers. Unfortunately, the labor law system only allows two participants and they devolve into adversaries.

Command loves it because they don't have to think and it gives insulation to the civil action. Like a lazy judge who has mandatory sentencing, they just plug and play officers into the IA matrix and out come the results. If sued by officers or the public, they can sit in the deposition and bleat out: 'it was the matrix' over and over. They simply point at the book and effectively claim they are just following orders [just like CALEA].

The matrix needs to be a guideline to effective discipline, not an excuse for managing and not leading people. Otherwise, it is just another gimmick for the lazy and inept.
Omg what a ****ing hell of a post!!!!!!
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Blueiron - you're like smart or something.
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Old 12-04-2012, 16:46   #14
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What did he really do? Was he drunk driving or just smelled like alcohol?
He was pulled over for an unsafe lane change or something, if I am not mistaken.
Most officers would have let another officer go unless he was driving while intoxicated or wanted to make an example out of him!!

And, yes, I think it is OK to have a beer at a dept BBQ or training day then drive the take home vehicle to your residence as long as you are not drunk driving!!
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“We are absolutely fed up with dealing with this off-duty behavior,”
If I worked for that dept. the quote (Modified" would mysteriously appear on his door and in the squad room.

Maj. Paul Henderson,

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"Weeb r solutely feb up wi dewing wi dis oss-duby behabor......hiccup!"
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You know everyone from citizens to judges to firemen and cops drink and drive. That makes you a selfish stupid fool.
It is the hypocrite aspect that gets me.

He has apologized and I have no doubt he'll take his punishment. I agree with the 15 day matrix, maybe a mandatory class and a bump down in rank.

I never fail to be amazed by the people willing to throw their careers in the thrash just for a couple drinks and a ride behind the wheel.
I don't drink
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Old 12-04-2012, 17:52   #17
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Sorry BlueIron, I agreed on a probable outcome. I didn't mean to infer that I agreed if that was the just outcome.

"Cops are sick of managers that have ruined the culture?"

That might be the understatement of the year. That I agree with. Leadership is hard to find nowadays.
Brother, no problems! We are on the same page.

I am just sick and tired of mealy mouthed managers, all seemingly with acute micro-penile syndrome running our law enforcement agencies. They are little more than over-diplomaed bullies with megalomaniacal tendencies.

If you aspire to hold rank higher than others, you must hold yourself to a significantly higher standard than you hold your men and women. In doing so, you will earn the grudging respect of those you command when they fail in honest decision making or make stupid professional or personal decisions like using a bit too much force, DUI, etc.

Rank and privilege must be coupled with personal dedication, self sacrifice, and leadership from the front. If a chief is not willing to live it, then that moron should be fired and someone else put in his or her place.
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And, yes, I think it is OK to have a beer at a dept BBQ or training day then drive the take home vehicle to your residence as long as you are not drunk driving!!

Keep in mind that the current standard is not Driving While Intoxicated, it is Driving Under the Influence [alcohol or drugs]. The standard of bad decision for cops and the motoring public is way lower now than it was in our day.
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You know everyone from citizens to judges to firemen and cops drink and drive. That makes you a selfish stupid fool.
It is the hypocrite aspect that gets me.

He has apologized and I have no doubt he'll take his punishment. I agree with the 15 day matrix, maybe a mandatory class and a bump down in rank.

I never fail to be amazed by the people willing to throw their careers in the thrash just for a couple drinks and a ride behind the wheel.
Not everyone. I never have.
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I would like to see a conviction or guilty plea before I pass judgement.....I would give anyone I worked with the same courtesy..criminal case first then internal.
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Update: Fort Worth chief demotes chief of staff following arrest

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/12...yees-that.html
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While he was demoted, I have very strong feelings about this. Although I beleive people make mistakes... I believe that as LEO's, we should live our lives as examples.

He got pinched for an OVI. He either took the chemical test to contradict SFST's, and prove his innocence, or refused because he knew he was guilty. For the majority of offenses, I can give the benefit of doubt, but this is a black and white issue. Wrong is wrong, and right is right.

By being demoted, it seems that he may argue that any additional departmental punishment is double jeopardy.

Being at the top, and handing out discipline, he should have been the epitome of an example to the people under his command. He wants to posture ethics, and does this? The only honorable thing for him to do is to resign.
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Not everyone. I never have.
Ok, I don't either. Let me rephrase -folks from ALL career fields to include public servants feel it is ok to drink while intoxicated.

News tonight stated he was demoted to Captain and put in a position of mostly administration while the case is pending.
I'm not sure exactly what that means.
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He'll be fired or forced to resign. Our chief and up until recently Henderson have had a "zero tolerance" approach towards off-duty alcohol involved incidents. If he doesn't lose his job the officers that have in the recent past will be bringing a lot of lawsuits I feel. It's a bad deal, Henderson is well liked and I thought it was a joke when I heard he got popped. Goes to show nobody's above taking the ride anymore and DPS could care less if you are an officer or joe blow.


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Ok, I don't either. Let me rephrase -folks from ALL career fields to include public servants feel it is ok to drink while intoxicated.

News tonight stated he was demoted to Captain and put in a position of mostly administration while the case is pending.
I'm not sure exactly what that means.
It means he's in time out until he has his time in court. All of his chief of staff duties will be vacated and im guessing he will act as more of an admin captain. Then he will be given the option to resign or be fired unless his blood shows 0.00.


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