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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