AZPOST Opposes Deeper Involvement in Holding Police Managers Accountable

AZPOSTA recent special session was convened as AZPOST on March 9, 2011 in order for the board to hear testimony from police labor organizations as well as police managers on the pros and cons of the passage of HB2613 which if passed will allow police labor groups to make complaints directly to AZPOST regarding incidents of managerial misconduct. Listed below are some of the major points to come out of the three plus hours of discussion.

CLICK HERE to read the text of an e-mail sent from AZPOST’s legal counsel to several Chiefs of Police and Sherriffs from around Arizona on March 14, 2011.

Soften the Penalty – After over 15 years of Arizona law enforcement getting “hammered” with harsh AZPOST actions, AzPost Executive Director Lyle Mann articulates a need to soften penalties to a “letter of censure” now that police managers are subject to accountability through the passage of HB2613.
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Different Ranks – Lyle Mann clearly explains to the AZPOST board PLEA and the APA’s desire to see police of all ranks held to the same level of integrity.
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Lie is a Lie – Truth is that which is consistent with reality – anything less than this is a lie whether it be a police manager or a deputy.
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Heston Silbert – Former Phoenix Police Lieutenant Heston Silbert understands the need for AZPOST to maintain the standards of integrity for Arizona Law Enforcement when police management refuses to do so.  Front-line law enforcement associations will reach out to the federal government and the media when they have no viable means to seek help in maintaining standards.
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Final Thoughts – The citizen AZPOST board member as well as MCSO boldly vote for the need for change when it comes to AZPOST doing their job – maintaining law enforcement standards.  The majority of the police managers on the AZPOST Board (including the Attorney General’s office) vote against a mandate (“shall”) for AZPOST to protect officers and maintain citizen confidence.
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