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Mar 21, 2013 1:00 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Sickles Returns To Duty; PBA Blasts Board Members, GOP For Making Him A 'Scapegoat'

Mar 29, 2013 2:46 PM

Southampton Town Police Officer Eric Sickles, who had been suspended since last July on disciplinary charges relating to a chemical dependency problem, returned to full duty with the department on Tuesday, after the charges against him were settled last week.

Both Officer Sickles and the way his addiction issues were handled by his superiors in the department have been at the center of a politically charged scandal that has enveloped the department for more than a year. It included the release of two convicted felons from prison and the dropping of criminal charges against at least three others, all in cases involving Officer Sickles.

Last May, Town Police Lieutenant James Kiernan also was suspended by the board after then-Police Chief William Wilson filed more than 30 disciplinary charges against him, most of them stemming from his time as the head of the department’s Street Crime Unit, the undercover drug crime investigation team that Officer Sickles served in.

On Thursday, March 21, the Town Board unanimously approved a settlement agreement with Officer Sickles that police union representatives said cleared him of all the disciplinary charges filed against him when he was suspended in July, though he did lose several months of salary due to his suspension.

Town Police Officer Tim O’Flaherty and Detective Kevin Gwinn, the president and vice president, respectively, of the Southampton Town Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, the union that represents the department’s rank-and-file officers, confirmed that Officer Sickles attended a drug rehabilitation center early last year for treatment of an addiction to prescription painkillers. Officer Gwinn, with Town Board approval, donated several weeks of his own unused sick days to Officer Sickles, allowing Sickles to receive an additional approximately $13,000 in pay once he had used up his own accrued sick time.

Officer Sickles was expected to work in a regular patrol unit, Officer O’Flaherty said.

“I’m extremely happy to be back to work—it’s a great job,” Officer Sickles said at Town Hall on March 21 after the settlement was approved by the board. “Things are going very good, extremely well. I’d like to thank the PBA for all their support and being there for myself and my family.”

Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst congratulated Officer Sickles in the hallway after the vote. “This is how it should be,” she said to him. “This shouldn’t have happened the way it did.”

She would not elaborate in a later interview about what should have been done differently regarding Officer Sickles’s suspension, saying only that the Town Board was satisfied that he had taken the steps necessary to address his addiction and clear him to return to work.

“It was important to make sure that he had gone through the proper process of getting treatment,” she said. “Once he had done that, I felt he should be put back to work. He is a good cop.”

But the conflagration that has swirled around Officer Sickles over the past year flared up yet again just one day after his suspension was lifted, with the filing of yet another lawsuit against the town over past arrests he was involved in—and the revelation that two more convicted drug dealers had charges against them vacated by the district attorney’s office last year.

Just days after Lt. Kiernan’s suspension took effect in May, District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office announced that it would be asking the court to vacate the multi-year prison sentences of two convicted felons, Mohammed Proctor and Bernard Cooks. Both men had been arrested in 2011 on the basis of evidence gathered by Officer Sickles and Lt. Kiernan, who was a sergeant at the time.

Last week, two new dismissals were revealed. According to an attorney representing Nathaniel Cooper, who was arrested in January 2011 following an undercover investigation by Town Police led by Officer Sickles, Mr. Cooper and another man, Karron Whidbee, both had their charges dropped in December 2012.

The attorney, William T. Ferris III, said that Mr. Cooper had served nine months in jail when the charges against him were dropped “in the interest of justice.” Mr. Cooper, through another attorney, has filed a notice of claim, stating his intention to bring a civil lawsuit against the town and the Town Police stemming from his arrest.

At least two other convicted felons have already filed lawsuits against the town and its police department in the wake of the revelations about Officer Sickles’s addiction problem and concerns about his being allowed to continue working on drug investigations by superior officers.

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His first assignment was the evidence room...
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Mar 21, 13 1:10 PM
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you have to be kidding ????!!
By lmahanna (15), Hampton Bays on Mar 21, 13 1:27 PM
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This is great... Read the article.. Then, read all the 'Related Articles' down the left column... Perhaps the board, and everyone else with any sort of position of authority, or at least someone with a whistle and an ear to hear it (preferably outside of Southampton), should be required to read, re-read, then be subjected to a graded quiz based on the facts given by said articles...
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on Mar 21, 13 1:39 PM
> "His union, the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, says fingers should be pointed at his superiors and the Town Republican Party for not helping him when he asked for it." <


Superiors? Absolutely... woefully inadequate supervision!

The Town GOP? What do they have to do with anything? How is this in any way political?

But where was his own union? Why weren't they looking out for one of their own?

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Mar 21, 13 1:43 PM
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They were accumulating sick days and overtime...
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Mar 21, 13 1:58 PM
No I'm pretty sure it was the GOP that forced him to steal evidence and become addicted
By Bobby27 (1), Amagansett on Mar 21, 13 2:40 PM
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He was careful to only score Republican dope.
By loading... (601), quiogue on Mar 26, 13 12:23 PM
Slow down, Toto, we can't keep up with all the twists and turns!

Sure, we are not in Kansas anymore, but where are we?

Surely not Oz yet?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 21, 13 2:06 PM
Right back to my other comments re: Wilson coming forth, how can you police when you have to police your own officers.

Officers who by the way have the right to invoke the Garrity Rule. By invoking the Garrity rule, the officer is invoking his or her right against self incrimination.

Any statements made after invoking Garrity, may only be used for department investigation purposes and not for criminal prosecution purposes. The Garrity Rule stems from the court case Garrity v. ...more
By Kat (10), Southampton on Mar 21, 13 2:15 PM
This is a farce. The STPD is a maelstrom of charges and counter charges. The PBA v. the SOA , the Republican Party, Republican/Conservative Town Board Members, and their superiors in the p.d. The SOA v. the PBA, the Democratic/Independence Town Board members, and their subordinates in the p.d.

How can any effective policing be done when no one in the department has any respect for anyone else and especially not for the chain-of-command?

How long must we depend on these mediocrities ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Mar 21, 13 3:05 PM
will this officer have a driver when he is on patrol,I understand that was the arrangement before he was suspended.I wish him well and hope the people of Southampton are safe and not set up,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,we are in a bad situation,,,,,,,,,,,
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Mar 21, 13 3:30 PM
Article updated with more detail at 2:38 PM.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 21, 13 3:39 PM
Garity Rule for anyone who thinks this may be part of the road block, was invoked soon after the initial ruling in my former comment. Gardner vs.Broderick, 392 U.S. 273 (1968), an officer who was being questioned about alleged bribery and corruption was discharged after refusing to sign a waiver of immunity that would have allowed the use of his investigatory statements in the internal/administrative investigation in a subsequent criminal prosecution.

The Court reversed the officer’s ...more
By Kat (10), Southampton on Mar 21, 13 3:43 PM
What next? Crack pipes at the Town Board meetings??? Southampton Town has become more corrupt than Brookhaven - a.k.a. "Crookhaven". Perhaps the name they want for Southampton is "Drughampton".
Fights over hookers on Main Street in the paper every month.
Drug paraphenalia found in the parking lot at Old Town Beach every week. Suspended Drug Task Force officers, hooked on the contraband of their department returning to work.
WHO IS RUNNING THE ZOO???? The animals, that's who. ...more
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Mar 21, 13 4:10 PM
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"Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst congratulated Officer Sickles in the hallway after the vote. “This is how it should be,” she said to him. “This shouldn’t have happened the way it did.”" - Then how should it have happened and why did it happen this way?

"Other members of the Town Board were not available for comment following the vote." - The 3 amigos again

"Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming said she though the settlement was a fair one. “I’m ...more
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 21, 13 6:08 PM
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Time for the FBI, DEA and DOJ US Attorney E. D. of NY to corral this SNAFU IMO.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 21, 13 6:51 PM
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As Gepetto suggested under the other article (WHICH article you might ask -- of the many?), the shenanigans which have gone on here will likely undermine many many prosecutions currently underway, as well as prior convictions which depended on evidence IMO.

What a shame -- this could get VERY expensive for the Town.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 21, 13 6:53 PM
The comment above really applies more to the recent Pearce article, about missing items, than it does to Mr. Sickles, just to be clarify. Sorry for the broad brush.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 21, 13 6:56 PM
I say again that the town board members and police that were involved in any cover up should personally be open to civil liability and share the burden that the taxpayers will have. That may discourage this type of behavior in the future.
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 21, 13 10:11 PM
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So will police be dropping any cases of people they arrested for chemical dependence-relayed issues?
By btdt (449), water mill on Mar 22, 13 11:02 AM
"It's an utter mess."

Great editorial in the Press.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 22, 13 11:27 AM
I was kind of on the fence if our supervisor was an idiot or not. She has now confirmed she is a naïve moron. This Sickles and his cohorts have officially got us involved in lawsuits that could bankrupt the town. Chief Wilson is now the defenses best witness, and Pearce has admitted there is no accounting for missing drugs and money. The silver lining is that if the town goes broke the pensions of the cops will be null and void by a municipal bankruptcy. This Police force is not worth having ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 22, 13 1:34 PM
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Yup -- Likely "municipal bankruptcy," which may take years to play out, depending on how many wrongful convictions are overturned due to the many PD irregularities here, in my personal opinion.

A profound irony if it plays out.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 22, 13 1:40 PM
OK Chief1, have at it. Did you alone just decide what effects municipal bankruptcy will have on public employee pensiosn? (Assuming at the very least that ever happens) Because there are numerous court decisions, and statuatory law that prohibit just that. Same thing exists in the private sector.
Now just once, answer the question posed to you, and please don't change the topic,or accuse me of bullying you.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 22, 13 8:55 PM
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Pension payouts are guaranteed by the State constitution, but States rights stop at Federal Bankruptcy court, medical obligations of retirees can be voided- I don't think this will happen to SH clownship but it is possible. Reference- Reuters "How a vicious circle of self-interest sank a city" and ABA Journal "The next chapter: Municipalities using chapter 9 to fend off creditors"
By bayarea (46), hampton bays on Mar 23, 13 10:13 AM
Very true bayarea. I just like to try to keep chief1 on his toes. He makes statements and when he is called on them, he attacks or changes the subject.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 23, 13 2:07 PM
In reading this article i find lot of things troubling. You have an officer in the drug task force, which is not very big. I am not quite sure how many people did the actual buy and busts. You have two Supervisors Kiernan and Pierce. It is undoubtedly a difficult job to keep yourself undercover. My question or should i say statement is this Officer was in trouble and TWO immediate supervisors did nothing to help him. People wonder how nice people turn into drug addicts. Well this is one way. ...more
By guest (68), Bridgehampton on Mar 22, 13 1:49 PM
Am wondering about the officer in question returning to duty & all are aware he has had a drug problem. There is recourse in the system to put him back to work, but do we merely hope that he continues counseling for the problem? Is the paper's concern only about what is murmurred in the hallways and the political issues? Perhaps the officer will be a ray of hope for others with drug problems, speaking at meetings, helping others on their way to recovery. Or perhaps he is being set up for his ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Mar 22, 13 3:29 PM
It gets tiring, but I will try to bring across another point which has been neglected, once again. Officer Sickles was prescribed medication for a back injury. Key word here is - PRESCRIBED - the medication was legal for him to have. Just like alcohol. He was a patient in pain, became addicted and ultimately he was wronged by his doctor and his supervisors, who allowed him to continue on that path.  Officer Sickles did not deny his problem, he took responsibility and he asked for help. ...more
By Geppetto (59), Southampton on Mar 22, 13 10:42 PM
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Did he come to work under the influence of drugs?
By bayarea (46), hampton bays on Mar 23, 13 9:38 AM
You obviously have all the information pertinent to this case including case evidentiary testimony. I love all you twitter and social media attorneys who condemn on the basis of the crap written here.
There is a good reason there are so many redundant fail safes in our constitutional protections.
By Jm225316 (18), Holbrook on Mar 23, 13 11:53 AM
I can not answer that question. Although it is a good question.
By Geppetto (59), Southampton on Mar 23, 13 7:00 PM
"A document obtained from a source this week revealed that Lt. Kiernan, following a nearly six-month suspension, had pleaded guilty in October 2012 to four disciplinary charges that then-Chief Wilson had filed against him—the most egregious of which involved lying to Suffolk County Police Internal Affairs investigators regarding his supervision of the unit. He also admitted to failing to act immediately upon receiving a complaint that an officer in his unit was addicted to painkillers and, ...more
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 24, 13 8:17 AM
Will the Town Board deal with any of this "utter mess" (to quote the Press) at their scheduled meeting on Tuesday evening?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 23, 13 6:26 AM

This town board will never deal with this mess. By ignoring it they hope all of us will forget how inept they are in November. Right now they are too busy jokeying around for their next public servant job, and why not, obviously when you work for the government you are protected from Spota's reach and answer to no one (except party bosses of course). Besides, they can't comment on personnel matters.
By Geppetto (59), Southampton on Mar 23, 13 9:25 AM
Seems questionable to me just how far Spota is trying to reach.
By Chitown (21), Chicago on Mar 27, 13 2:47 PM
Oddly, while Officer Sickle's addiction is implied as the reason that convictions following arrests in which he participated were thrown out, no actual causal connection has been put forward. Why should his mere addiction invalidate an otherwise righteous bust? We are not being told the whole story, (as usual where politics is concerned.)

If the officer's only failing was his addiction to prescription drugs, I am glad that a recourse was available to him for treatment without jeopardizing ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Mar 23, 13 12:30 PM
From all of the articles I read, Sickles addiction seemed to be a factor in a considerable string of problems that lead to the invalidating of the arrests. It was said that evidence handling and credibility issues were a problem too. So there was missing evidence, Kiernan admitted to lying to Internal Affairs as well as covering up Sickles addiction. I think reasonable doubt can add up in that place - and now all of those drugs disappear. I guess it is not a problem though, because Chief Pearce ...more
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 23, 13 1:11 PM
Maybe Kabot and Suskind will come back so we can get some more of the same when they were in kahoots with the other lying Southampton Police Lieutenant Armstrong.
"A three-month investigation has concluded that it is likely that Southampton Town Police Lieutenant William Armstrong lied during testimony in the trial of convicted Bridgehampton hit-and-run driver Leslie W. Jennemann, a spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney’s office confirmed this week." - 'Armstrong Case to DA' ...more
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 24, 13 8:23 AM
Are you kidding me you think we don't know why the convictions were thrown out? The evidence was tampered with and it wasn't accounted for that's why these cases were thrown out. Throw in there an officer that was a drug abuser and there goes the case. Poor poor Sickles he got hooked on drugs oh well so do millions of others, and they lose their jobs and their families. What about the two million people in jail in this country do they get a pass? Most of the people in jail had a crap life and turned ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 24, 13 9:33 AM
Thanks for the set up Chief1. Now please, a source, other than your lips ( or fingers in this case) that states evidence was tampered with? Also your use of the term "should of known better" really should be "should HAVE known better" ( this isn't write by phonics) Now I pointed out on another thread where a municipal bankruptcy does not effect pensions, and another poster cited a source. Would take a few moments of your time to do the same if you believe otherwise? It is evident that you know ...more
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 24, 13 2:24 PM
Thanks for the corrections Blank. Why don't you check your spelling on your previous post on this subject. Seems you have a couple errors. Anyway since you are an expert on municipal Bankruptcy why don't you research Central Valley Rhode Island? Why don't you explain why the federal Bankruptcy courts are requiring municipalities to renegotiate pensions on chapter 9's? Bottom line is local cops make more than FBI agents, some make more than the governor, and even the president. It is nonsense and ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 25, 13 9:57 PM
I made no claims of being an expert on municipal bankruptcy, another falsehood that you made up. I also have no clue as to how Rhode Island administers their retirement plans, so any opinions I offer would be like all of yours, total fabrication.
Local cops are paid the same as cops from the Queens/Nassau lines east and north of NYC.
Please, show us where a local cop earned more than $400,000.00 as the President of the United States does. Thank You
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 26, 13 12:00 PM
One wonders if it might be time to start planning a structured bankruptcy for Southampton Town. It would cost us dearly should we ever again need to access the financial markets but that must be weighed against the benefit of being freed of the stupendous pension and health benefit obligations to the cops. Of course, such a recourse would affect other employees as well but the probability is that only the retirement incomes of extremely highly paid Town workers would be impacted. In the private ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Mar 24, 13 4:09 PM
Jumping in here ahead of blank!, but aren't the PD pensions already in the NYS coffers? How would a Town bankruptcy affect pensions previously vested at the state level? Obviously a bankruptcy would affect current fiscal year contractual obligations.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 24, 13 4:31 PM
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to PBR:

I don't claim to know much about municipal bankruptcy. However, I DO know that New York is one of the states that specifically authorizes it. Furthermore, as was pointed out above by bayarea, a state constitution doesn't trump federal law. So I presume that if STPD pensions are guaranteed by the state constitution, they can nonetheless still be modified in Federal Bankruptcy Court. Retirement health benefits certainly can.

A number of cities have already completed the ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Mar 26, 13 12:04 AM
It is my understanding that the pensions are now a state contractual obligation, and not just a guaranty of a Town obligation. If so would they not be beyond the reach of the federal bankruptcy court? (NYS is not declaring bankruptcy, at least not yet!)

blank! -- any thoughts on this?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 26, 13 8:56 AM
Sure, firstly, why the thinking that we are on the verge of bankruptcy? The dealers released from jail will be lucky to see a few hundred thousand, if that. Not like they did 30 years for a murder that was overturned. I am not minimizing what happened, but they are no angels and attempts by attorneys to paint them as such will fail.
Secondly, it is a farrrrrrrrrrr stretch to think that bankruptcy will reach into the NYS Retirement Fund. Funds in an emplyees name start from the date of hire for ...more
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 26, 13 11:54 AM
Yeah but . . . . . the police costs account for more that 30 % of the total town yearly budget
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Mar 26, 13 7:52 PM
Your point being? If SCPD came in, your town taxes would go down.
But your county taxes would go up substantially more than the decrease.
That's a "duh"
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 26, 13 9:09 PM
My point being police costs on long island - the highest in the country- are too high. The town would be able to provide much more service in other areas if these costs were lowered. DUH
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Mar 27, 13 7:34 AM
Stepping back a bit for a big picture view, the impending threats of municipal bankruptcy are very real and substantial IMO.

If one projects out for decades all vested public employee retirement costs, and adds in interest to be carried as governments borrow to pay the increasing costs, the results are sobering. Similar situation to Social Security which is not already fully funded.

The traditional "solution" of paying these obligations with current receipts is shear folly over ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 27, 13 7:37 AM
Then say so. Do we just disolve all law enforement agencies? Costs here are no higher than most metropolitan areas throughout the country.
What kind of services are you seeeking that the town could provide? What is the purpose of town government to you?
Saying that something takes 30% of a budget means nothing unless you show evidence of a town that provides the same service, yet it only takes 15% of a budget. Your analogy makes no sense.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 27, 13 11:08 AM
First of all police salaries in Nass and Suff are the highest in the country. Let me try to give you a simpler analogy- The library taxes are a very small portion of our overall tax bill right? So it would be okay if say the Westhampton library decided to pay all the librarians $150,000 a year and spent nothing on books, computers, childrens programs, etc? After all- you pay so little for library tax so who cares.

By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Mar 28, 13 5:52 AM
Complete nonsense. Are you trying to say that the town or the PD spends nothing on infrastructure, ongoing costs associated with providing services to the town residents? The town is not a profit making entity, it provides services, and services cost money.

Nassau and Suffolk are indeed among the highest paid in the country. But compair salaries to similar geographic areas ( major metroplitan areas) and you will see they are quite comparable. LA, San Fran, Dalls, Houston, etcetcetc.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 29, 13 10:29 AM
No- I'm not saying that- the point is - again- that salaries should not be determined based on the percentage of the residents tax bill funding the employees department.
And Southampton town is NOT a "major metroploitan area" , the crime statistics are phenominally lower here than in any of the cities you named. And if the salaries are the highest here, how are they "comparable" to every other area?? They are either higher or comparable- can't be both.

You are obvioulsly a cop ...more
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Mar 29, 13 8:02 PM
It was you who stated that the PD takes up 30% of the town budget. And indeed, due to its proximity to a major metropolitan area Southampton as well as Nassau and the remainder of Suffolk are in the same cost of living areas. "among the highest" is intended to mean comparable, as in $95,000.00 is comparable to $100,000.
I am neither a cop, and darn sure am not married to one.
If your goal is to freeze and/or lower salaries, you have to start with the big boys that started it all.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 29, 13 9:20 PM
Wilson rumored to run for office? See 3/20 Pearce article.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 24, 13 4:34 PM
Is the town ruled by the state as in " fiscal distress " ?
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 24, 13 6:34 PM
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By HaMpToNzSukS (12), east quogue on Mar 24, 13 9:15 PM
Sig, Blank, et al...
I think the real argument is not what the police are compensated. I think that we could all agree (even if they are highest paid in US) that if we were getting what we are paying for we would gladly pay it. That being a hard working force of professional police officers with integrity and the public interest in mind.

Before you all jump in, this is not a slander to most of the people that likely are good hard working cops... the problem is that the rotten apple ...more
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 27, 13 11:13 PM
We should pay cops 50k a year to start 40 hrs a week, and 3 weeks vacation. Cap the salary of a cop at 100k a year and retirement at 62. You will have thousands of applicants with college degrees ready to start their new position at the SHTPD. The whole country is struggling why should we pay these guys so much? On another note why aren't these cops drug tested? A 10 dollar an hour driver with a commercial license has to be drug tested. Why not a cop? Come on Blank throw in your two cents.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 28, 13 5:50 PM
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Here you go Chief1: We live in a land of laws, not dictate handed down by you. One ( actually numerous) of those laws provide for the right of public employees to form unions and negotiate terms of employemtn, to include renumeration and emplyoees rights. When Suffolk County gives a civil service test for the position of PO, there are indeed thousand standing in line to take it. Most do not get the postion. Some of them are even 5'3" women. (Another thread that you were called on and failed to respond) ...more
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 29, 13 10:35 AM
Yeah, no one should be allowed to do any better than Chief
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Mar 29, 13 8:42 PM
The point is not what YOU think cops should be paid; the point is what the Town has contractually agreed to pay them. You can dream up all the hypothetical compensation arrangements you want, but in reality the Town and the PBA negotiate a pay package that they both think they can live with. If you don't like the current arrangement, vote for Town Board members who will be more fiscally conservative.
By Chitown (21), Chicago on Mar 30, 13 1:15 PM
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By Chitown (21), Chicago on Mar 30, 13 1:15 PM
Officer Gwinn blames the SH town board because his client didn't get help for a drug problem? I thought adults take responsibility for themselves at some point isn't that what cops tell people when they are arrested. If this was real life he would be fired, and in jail.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 29, 13 9:07 AM
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I think help could even be construed as removing him from duty or disciplining him. Enabling him and giving him a driver does not... it only sends the message that what he was doing was ok.
Just like rewarding someone who lies to internal affairs keep his job and promotion and promoting someone who 2 times (captain and chief) who helped in cover up or was so incompetent that he had no idea.
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 29, 13 10:50 AM
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I have no idea in what "real life" an individual who becomes addicted to pain-killers that his/her doctor prescribed is either fired or put in jail. Becoming addicted to pain-killers is unfortunate, but it is not a crime. The real wrong-doing here is that the STPD Administration, who obviously knew that Officer Sickles had a problem, failed to remove him from duty and get him the help that he needed. By failing to follow their own protocol, they have exposed the town to lawsuits that may bankrupt ...more
By Chitown (21), Chicago on Mar 30, 13 1:04 PM
It's even worse than that. They rewarded someone who admittedly lied to Internal Affairs by promoting him to head...Internal Affairs!
By Chitown (21), Chicago on Mar 30, 13 1:07 PM
There's your problem Chief1, you're trying to think.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 29, 13 10:36 AM
Really very sad on so many levels:(
By sandydog21 (195), Southampton on Mar 29, 13 8:17 PM
Oak Hill Police Department Disbanded
Oak Hill Council Votes To Disband Its Police Department

Oct 03 2011 03:06:29 PM EDT
OAK HILL, Fla. -
The City of Oak Hill Police Department is no more.

The Oak Hill City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to immediately disband the police department. The vote followed a tense meeting filled with allegations of misconduct and political vendettas.

Shortly after the 7 p.m. vote, officers stopped responding to emergency calls. ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 1, 13 1:16 PM
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That's good. Locals in that area have avoided using US 1 through Oak Hill for decades. Reminds me of Quogue.
By loading... (601), quiogue on Apr 2, 13 10:28 AM
New article out.

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 1, 13 4:05 PM
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I am on my way to Oak Hill Florida to get some pointers on how to get the Town Board to take the correct course of action in dealing with the Police Dept,, DISPAND is one option,bring back Chief Wilson is another and have some civilian oversight is another,,,
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Apr 1, 13 6:34 PM
It's time to disband. When there is a homicide they call in the county. When there is a major crime or mob scene they call the State Troopers. We don't need to support this nonsense. FDR said that public Unions were no good, and he was right.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 2, 13 5:47 PM
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