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Editorial: By all means, try to fire bad Sch'dy cops

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It’s taken a bit longer than it should have, but Mayor Brian Stratton’s patience finally seems to have worn thin with Schenectady’s embattled police department. His plan to make examples of the department’s most egregious recent offenders, by pursuing their dismissal, seems a good one — likely to have impact and with minimal risk, even if it doesn’t ultimately succeed. But he shouldn’t hesitate to try it. Recent Gazette editorials have advocated the dissolution of ...


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wmarincic
March 19, 2009
8:53 a.m.

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dranon

Another worthless post with no fact, only accusations and hatred. As I have told you in the past, you need God in your life or at the very least some psychiatric intervention. I'm sorry that you were never hugged as a child it must have been rough.

As for the article above. Another annomynous piece of crap.

tc
March 19, 2009
10:23 a.m.
(Comment was removed by moderator for not meeting the Daily Gazette's community standards.)
goldstar
March 19, 2009
4:57 p.m.

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Lets begin by eliminating Bennette's position and saving the taxpayers money. What has Bennette accomplished since he arrived as the Savior? He repeats the same song and dance at every public gathering. Mr. Bennette, give the taxpayers a break and resign already, enjoy your enormous retirement from the state police. Next and more importantly, the citizens of Schenectady need to find a new Mayor who will stop talking and start taking action. How many incidents have ocurred under the Mayor's tenure? We keep hearing he will not tolerate any more incidents and then guess what, more bad things happen. Now on to Mr. McCarthy, the City Council member responsibile for "Public Safety". What accomplishments has this gentleman had? Mr. McCarthy has failed to attend nearly all of the Civilian Police Review Board meetings even though his presense is required, he must be too busy. The management of the department are really who is to blame. They provide little if any oversight of the men and women of the department. When was the last time a member of management within the police dept. was held accountable for their failure to properly supervise the officers? By the way which Deputy Chief was supervising the department's Narcotic Unit when drugs came up missing and an officer was reporting for duty under the influence? And what about the Deputy Chief who recently had an accident after leaving a bar (alledgedly)and who reported this incident to the Chief the following day? What does it say if a Deputy Chief is not held accountable? I am not saying that many of the officers who have had public incidents should not be disciplined, I am saying that the problems begin at the topic and trickle down not the other direction.

bigjohnsr1965
March 20, 2009
6:11 a.m.

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Yes, I agree Bennet has done nothing and things have gotten progressively worse. Come on Mayor Stratton, lets get off the soap box and get moving. Bennet should also be included in the firings, he is just a figure head in this mess. Do this or just get rid of the dept, and save the tax payers some money.

Watchdog
March 20, 2009
4:25 p.m.

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In regards to goldstars comment, lets go back further shall we? Who was in charge of the Departments Direct Patrol Division in 1998 when "The Boys" were out on the town violating everyones civil rights and supporting crack houses.Yes you gussed it, our present Chief!! I do agree with you, Mayor Stratton should strap a rocket to both Bennett and Chaires and fire them both right out of the Department!

goldstar
March 20, 2009
4:44 p.m.

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CITY MANAGEMENT & POLICE MANAGEMENT NEED TO UNDERSTAND!
Public Trust Policing Defined;
Public trust policing is the use of police resources in a manner that includes the public's participation in tne mission of public safety.
The purpose of public trust policing is to provide a higher level of public safety. It is incumbent upon law enforcement to recognize that without the full faith and cooperation of the public, the mission of public safety is severely impaired.
The process of public trust policing involves moving from what was generally known as a closed system to an inclusive and open system of public participation in the public safety mission.

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