E-mail Reminds State Troopers To Behave

North Carolina officials have sent an e-mail to the state's Highway Patrol employees reminding troopers that behavior on- and off-duty reflects on the organization.

The secretary of crime control and public safety and the commander of the Highway Patrol sent the e-mail Wednesday to the agency's more than 1,800 state troopers and 300 civilian employees.

Troopers have been demoted or fired in the past two years for drunken driving, profiling young women for traffic stops, having sex on duty and animal abuse.

The e-mail advises that an organization can be judged by the acts of a few and that employees should be "morally and ethically beyond reproach."

The e-mail is signed by Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Reuben Young and Col. Randy Glover.


E-mail sent to troopers

State Highway Patrol Employees,

This year the North Carolina State Highway Patrol celebrates its 80th anniversary. Although our duties and responsibilities have increased over the years, our primary mission remains the same. While providing safety and enforcement of our traffic laws, we continue to ensure the safe and efficient transportation of everyone who travels on the state highways.

One day after the NCSHP was activated; Patrolman George I. Thompson was killed in a traffic collision while traveling to his duty station. Since then, 60 members of the NCSHP have lost there lives in the line of duty. The NCSHP currently has more than 1,800 uniformed personnel and 300 civilian employees. Our retirees, who have given so much of their lives to the Patrol, now number in the thousands.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is a proud organization that has always maintained high standards. Our status as one of the country's best law enforcement agencies is well deserved, but often scrutinized. It is easy for the entire organization to be judged by the acts of a few, so each and every one of us owe it to our fellow troopers to be morally and ethically beyond reproach.

Over the last eight decades our accomplishments have been many, and every day we continue to save lives and make our highways safer. As we celebrate and reflect on the organization's many accomplishments, we ask you to remember that everything we do, whether on- or off-duty, is a reflection not only on our organization, but also on those who have gone before us. Let us always seek to honor their legacy and the reputation of the Patrol with our actions. In the final analysis, we are all public servants and we must answer to the citizens of North Carolina.

Governor Perdue has made it clear that she will accept nothing less than a state government that operates with the utmost transparency and accountability to the people and the Patrol is no exception. We ask you to join us in committing to these same ideals. If we continue to work hard, stay committed and do what's right, the State Highway Patrol will continue to build on its 80 years of distinguished service and leave a lasting legacy of excellence and devotion to duty.

Thank you for your service, stay safe, and keep up the good work!

Respectfully,

Reuben F. Young
Secretary

Colonel Wm. Randy Glover
Commander


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  • by PHONEJACK Location: G-VEGAS on Sep 26, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    That badge and gun gives them the authority to do everwhat they want,no rules apply for law enforcement.That also includes all type of law enforcement.
  • by B Location: NC on Sep 25, 2009 at 12:50 PM
    It would be nice if they did one thing, obey the law!! No more speeding would be a good place to start!If your running 65mph and the trooper runs 95mph to catch you who needs the ticket? Why is it legal for them to break the law?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    To all the officers out there. I believe that most of public does know what a wonderful job you do. Don't get sensative about the comments. They are talking about the officers that cross the line. Not the good ones. There are jerks in every profession. Ya'll know that.
  • by A4B on Sep 25, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    Further more, yes, I do think that all law enforcement should act in a manner becoming to the responsibilities they are to uphold. I think it shameful for all law enforcement to be judged by the few and I say few that cannot handle the high standards placed on them.
  • by Theresa Location: Lewiston on Sep 25, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    I worked a very dangerous job for years & during that time worked w/ 100's of LEO's , troopers included. with over 1800 on dept. -you can't hold all to what a dz have done. most of u know u don't want to do what they do everyday -so try thanking 1 sometime.To all the LEO's who had my back on 64 & New Bern ave - THANKS !
  • by A4B Location: ENC on Sep 25, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    I'm still trying to figure out why WITN made a story out of this and why the headline was "E-mail Reminds State Troopers to Behave." What the email reminds the troopers and civilian employees of is to always walk in high reguard (morally and ethically) to the commitment they made to the Highway Patrol and to the State of North Carolina. I also beleive that the email said that Gov Perdue will accept nothing less that a STATE GOVERNMENT that operates with the utmost transparencyand accountability to the people--and the PATROL is no exception. In reading that I'm seeing that the Govenor demands this in all of state government but the Secretary and Commander took it a step forward and issued the request to the Highway Patrol. Did all that the state employees recieve an e-mail such as this, I highly doubt it. Crime and Public Safety took it upon themselves to remind the employees that fall under it to act in a manner that is morrally and ethically beyond reproach.
  • by PHONEJACK Location: G-VEGAS on Sep 25, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    Another cover up,what they forgot the oath.They had to be reminded by e-mail.Think an E-MAIL whould help Mac Manning officers NOT!!!Crime is everywhere including the department of LAW enforcement.
  • by Mike Location: Jacksonville on Sep 24, 2009 at 08:46 PM
    Hey Bill, I'd love to be a cop and be able to beat, taze and mace people and they can't lift a finger against me or they go to prison for assaulting a police officer! Did you see the latest video on WITN news at 11(which they have conviently not posted)showing how that cop put his hands on that unarmed womans neck and choked her as he pushed her backwards onto a table? What a man he is huh? And then another cop goes up and sucker punches another guy in the face! Police are out of control! Cops wouldn't be so tough without their guns, tazers, mace, and that law that makes it a felony to even lay a hand on them! We are turning into a police state slowly but surely. I bet you'll be singing a different tune when you are on the recieving end of their nazi storm trooper behavior!
  • by I KNOW Location: Wilson Co on Sep 24, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    I wonder why this is just now coming down from Raleigh. I also wonder why there were no reports on the Trooper in Rocky Mount that assaulted and nearly choked to death a police officer while they were both on duty. The Trooper assaulted the police officer after the police officer had arrested his father for domestic assault. But no one has reported on that. Wonder why?????
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Sep 24, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    Boo Hoo, if y'all can do it better than them, stop whining,get up out of your computer chair and go sign up.
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