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Schenectady police recruit ousted in one day

Credentials found to be from bogus institution

John Laviano was sworn in at City Hall on Monday, a day before resigning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
John Laviano was sworn in at City Hall on Monday, a day before resigning.
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One of the five men sworn in Monday at City Hall as the city’s newest police officers is no longer with the department, city Police Chief Mark Chaires confirmed Tuesday. The confirmation came a day after questions regarding the educational qualifications of candidate John A. Laviano, a 22-year-old decorated Afghanistan war veteran, were raised by The Daily Gazette based on information provided by the department in a press release. The release cited Laviano’s educational background, ...

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wmarincic
July 20, 2011
6:01 a.m.

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A decorated war veteran and the Gazette decides AGAIN that they need to make the Schenectady Police look bad. You basically accused a war hero of being a cheater..... I wonder how many war heroes work at the Gazette? I bet there are many anti-war protesters there but few if any heroes. Again our local paper takes the "low road". I would say his military experience superseeds 20 years of college.

SchenectadyScott
July 20, 2011
6:55 a.m.

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Thank God for the Gazette...Here we have someone starting off their career under deception and falsifying records. This was a willful and knowingly shameful action to be taken by someone labeled a war hero. He knew what the requirements were. He should be brought up on charges and made to pay for the costs, we the taxpayers have invested in this recruit. If he was still in the service, he would of been court martialed. Again, thank you Gazette for helping this young man to be given a chance to start a career in honesty and integrity and not one of what Schenectady is trying to clean up. The Gazette saved the city unknown millions of dollars in future lawsuits against this individual who was willing to start a career in lies and deception. McCarthy should give the Gazette a Patroonship for this action!

MDogsMom
July 20, 2011
10:03 a.m.

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A decorated war hero has many ways to get financial assistance to get the required education. This man chose to lie, to take a "shortcut". If he did this before he became a policeman, who knows what "shortcuts" he would have taken when he began to patrol our streets!

I'm proud of our service men and women and have several in my family. However, most of this young mans awards are simply service awards that everyone who serves in a particular geographical area gets. Four of his awards show that he did his job better than average.

This young man has potential to do a lot of good with his life. I hope he gets his act together and doesn't try to take any more shortcuts like he did with the SCPD.

safny
July 20, 2011
11:03 a.m.

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In a city where the former police chief and his wife went to PRISON - this is legitimate news. I agree that at his age, with the GI Bill money available, he could have pursued his education before taking a police test. Maybe his military experience is worth more to him than college, but the rules are the rules for everyone. People who lie cannot always be trusted.

jtcapp123
July 20, 2011
11:09 a.m.

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Another sad day for Schenectady..

hodgkinst
July 20, 2011
11:21 a.m.

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Excellent work Gazette! Although it is disturbing that a newspaper in 5 minutes can better vet a police officer than the police department and the county.

wmarincic
July 20, 2011
4:03 p.m.

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By the way, this is just an accusation. Who really knows that he did NOT take the online course. If this is NOT an accredited school then that is the fault of the hiring process not the recruit. How fast people are to condemn this kid.

dan
July 20, 2011
4:14 p.m.

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There's a lot of fault going around here. "Ashwood University" is just a website based out of Pakistan where you send them money and they'll send you a (worthless) degree. There are no "online courses" to take. You can only question the integrity of an officer who tries to pass that off as real college credit. And you also have to wonder about how thorough the civil service background check is that missed that.

wmarincic
July 20, 2011
5:48 p.m.

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So you are accusing him of deceit Dan????

The only Fully Accredited university providing Life Experience Degrees.
Ashwood University is a legally accredited institution accredited by the
world's most trusted accrediting agencies such as WOEAC and BOUA. No other online accredited university awarding Life Experience Degrees is fully accredited by these agencies. Accreditation from WOEAC and BOUA signifies Ashwood's
standard of education and its commitment towards genuine and credible life
experience degrees.

wmarincic
July 20, 2011
5:49 p.m.

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Even Chaires said he did not attempt to deceive...

dan
July 20, 2011
6:01 p.m.

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WOEAC and BOUA, really? Look at the list of organizations that offer accreditation.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unr... There's like a hundred of them. You'll note WOEAC and BOUA are not on the list. They're not real. If you visit the page on WOEAC ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Onlin... ), it says that it "represents itself as an accrediting organization for online degree providers. It is not recognized as a higher education accreditor by either the United States Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)." What more do you need to know? Why do you think we should let anyone be a police officer and not hold them to any basic standard?

wmarincic
July 20, 2011
6:27 p.m.

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All I'm saying is that it could be an honest mistake. But whatever Dan, you should work for the Gazette. I went to college and got a degree and it did absolutely ZERO for my career. I learned more with life experience than I evver did by sitting at a desk, and the bottom line is that if you are a good test taker you can get an Associates Degree with very little classroom knowlege.

dan
July 20, 2011
6:59 p.m.

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College degrees are tricky. I myself don't have one, though I went to 3 different colleges as there were 4 different fields I wanted to study. So I just went and took the classes that taught what I wanted to learn, and I feel as though I came out ahead of those who followed a more rigid curriculum. As far as the Schenectady Police department, they don't even require a degree, just 30 college-hours, which can be done in one year at school. Not really that difficult. But for a cadet to just buy a degree online, whether it was meant to actually deceive, or just as a way to bypass a department requirement, it says something about the character of someone we're looking to serve and protect us. All that said, if you're smart about it, college can be super helpful in life, and the good ones help you learn how to spell as well... words like "ever" and "knowledge".

wmarincic
July 20, 2011
7:30 p.m.

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As I said before Dan my laptop sometimes double strikes the letter on the keyboard and sometimes does not type the letter and I miss it, but whatever. Three different colleges Dan and no degree sure is telling. Sounds like a waste of someones money.

dan
July 20, 2011
7:38 p.m.

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So you're saying you don't proof what you read before you hit "send", that actually explains a lot :) And just taking a handful of classes at each of three colleges saved tons of money over the cost of a full degree at one school where you'd be required to take a lot of classes in which you have no interest, nor do they help you in life.

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