Highway Patrol Commander Meets Troopers In East

The Highway Patrol commander met with troopers here in the East, the first of many meetings he'll hold to discuss their new Code of Conduct across the state.

For about two hours Monday afternoon, Col. Randy Glover discussed changes within the Highway Patrol with members of Troop A at Martin Community College.

Afterward he had those attending sign the Highway Patrol's new Code of Conduct. Glover told WITN News that the changes were well received by the rank and file troopers.

The Highway Patrol has been hit with a series of misconduct cases involving state troopers and high ranking officers. Last month a major stepped down after sending inappropriate text messages to a female employee, while a captain was fired after he was suspected of driving drunk while off duty.

Monday's meeting comes as the head of the North Carolina Republican Party asked for Glover to be removed.

Tom Fetzer says the State Legislature should have altered qualifications to lead the Highway Patrol before it left town to signal change was needed atop the agency.

Fetzer criticized Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue at a news conference Monday because he said she failed to clean house enough at the patrol following public embarrassments involving troopers. Perdue announced last week a patrol restructuring was ahead and said every trooper would now sign a code of conduct. Patrol Commander Col. Randy Glover stayed on the job.

State law essentially prevents anyone but a uniformed trooper from leading the patrol. Fetzer said an outsider is needed with law enforcement experience to rebuild the patrol and public confidence.

The Legislature adjourned for the year over the weekend.

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  • by to Sam on Aug 5, 2010 at 05:05 PM
    You are saying drinking and driving is a number one no no, so why should this trooper keep his job. He has probably been caught so many times. Why are you people supporting them, when they would not support you? And another thing Sam speed kills too bruh. So don't pat yourself on the back. Anything you do in a car except for paying attention to the road will have a very bad affect on you. There are many people that have gotten killed or hurt and alcohol was not involved. So turn off the computer and start reading, because I think the computer is frying your brains.
  • by Ken Location: Eastern NC on Jul 13, 2010 at 05:09 PM
    I have said it before with other issues. Don't punish all the good guys just because of the actions of a few bad. Not even saying that those guys were bad...they just used some bad judgement and were caught. Deal with them. What ever happened to personnel issues not being disclosed to the public. Those messages should never have been released to the public even though they were on state owned equipment. This should have been handled internally. Just imagine if everytime you screwed up, that it was published all over the net and news. Each of us would have to have our own little channel to broadcast 24 hours a day. I don't believe that patrol needs an outsider to lead them. They have done well for many years and will continue to do so. Keep up the good work and be safe out there.
  • by Sam Location: Kirry Hawk on Jul 13, 2010 at 09:10 AM
    When it comes to the Highway Patrol, I respect these guys a lot. Just about all of them I hav met before are really good people. They just don't put up with the people who are endangering other motorists on the road. Drinking and driving is the #1 no-no when it comes to them. They will be a little bit lenient form time to time when it comes to the speeding laws, but you push the limit, they will write the ticket. I've got out of a couple of speeding tickets that I probably should have had when stopped by a trooper, but they were 66 in a 55 and 58 in a 45 (did'nt know the 45 was that, thought it was a 55). They just told me to be extra careful and pay better attention to the signs, including the speed limit signs. They don't have that awful attitude like the Greenville police officers do. I'm sure there are a few bad ones, but most of them are good people, work hard, and try to keep the roads safe. They are also held to VERY HIGH standards in their personal life.
  • by Confused Location: Morehead City on Jul 13, 2010 at 05:36 AM
    Ok...You complain because they think they are better than you but you complain if they're not! You complain if a speeder blows by you and you don't see a Trooper but you complain if he catches you! You complain if a few get fired for violations that most people can't and don't live by them selves! You all jump on the bandwagon to fire Col. Glover but say nothing about firing the head of the Rep. or Dem. parties if a State Rep. or Senator gets in trouble! Troopers know they live in glass houses and they choose this life. They act like they are better than you because they have to. Some have not held up to that standard but thay are being fired. Troopers are sick of all this too and will fix their problems. Col. Glover will fix the problems. Question: How many of you could (or would) sign and live by the same Oath knowing you will be fired for the slightest violation? I venture to say...not many of you!
  • by mike tyndall Location: kinston on Jul 12, 2010 at 07:02 PM
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Jul 12, 2010 at 06:43 PM
    I very much support the SHP, but I have one criticism for them. I deal with several law enforcement agencies as a fire fighter. Sheriff deputies and local police are usually more cordial to everybody. SHP usually show up with an attitude and have been known to park their cars right in the middle of our scene (in the way). I understand its a tough job, but you don't have to be arrogant about it. We are professionals too. They are supposed to work with us, not show up and see who has a bigger pair. Just take it down a notch.
  • by Daily Driver on Jul 12, 2010 at 06:29 PM
    To.....SHP SUPPORTER Do you really think they work 24/7. They work in shifts just like Everyone that works. Read my post under Governor Perdue you'll get the picture they were probally just late for the meeting. What a joke!!!!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jul 12, 2010 at 06:20 PM
    rule number one. cover your behind. rule number two.when in doubt refer back to rule number one.now go out and getum class dismissed.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2010 at 05:47 PM
    Good luck Commander...you'll need it. Waste of time. If they do not know better your not going to change the 'bone heads'.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2010 at 04:28 PM
    To SHP Supportor: Kudos to you! You have said what every other supportor things. Being a trooper isn't easy. You have an extremely high standard to uphold. If people really look into the stories surrounding the patrol, you will see it is not statewide and also not usually 'plain' troopers. It's the higher up that are finding themselves in hot water. To WOW: just because you consider someone 'good quality' doesnt mean the SHP does. The smallest problem, ie loans, debt, infractions, tickets, health, personality, those are all qualifcations the SHP looks at before they hire someone. The application process takes sometimes up to 6 months. Then they are off to school or 7 months....and than its if they can even handle the schooling. Wearing that NSCHP badge is a great honor and great priviledge. NO ONE IS PERFECT AND NO ONE IS EXEMPT FROM NORMAL EVERYDAY SITUATIONS. It's a part of life. Get over it and move on, tomorrows a new day!
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