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Police chief made the wrong decision

Published 10:43am Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Editor,

I agree wholeheartedly with Tony Clark’s 5/4/14 column. Chief [Phil] Hardison, without a doubt, made the wrong decision when he didn’t provide officers to protect the premises and apprehend the burglar.

The FPD ended up looking very inept and the blame should lie with Hardison and not the officers working under him. It was Hardison’s call and he made the wrong one and his excuses don’t hold water.

I think the City Manager should take a long, hard look at this instance and make the right decisions.

Ginger Britt
Franklin

  • rmcclenny

    The police chief made several wrong decisions since he has been in charge.

    Not promote me to lieutenant after being number 1 on the promotional test 4 different times, an excellent work history, most effective shift supervisor time after time, as stated on my performance evaluations. Promoting someone that didn’t even pass the promotional test. Asking me to buy an airplane on 3 different occasions. Telling me I should retire because I had other ventures that I should pursue. Not allowing me to purchase my service weapon like everyone else has the entire history of the Franklin Police Department. Trading guns and buying my service weapon for himself, a direct violation of city policy. Constantly staring me down every time we come in contact with each other. Taking his frustrations out on others in the department because he thought they were supplying me with information. Asking personal questions as to my business after I had retired. Not living in the city as city policy states for department heads. The statement about not allowing officers to do outside work, what a statement to make and everyone knows different. The Chief would have been better off just keeping his mouth shut. There is no way this can be talked around and brushed under the carpet. The overall turn around and loss of officers in his first 5 years was 30 officers, that’s almost 100 percent. How much money has been spent on training and uniforms and they just move on even before there 3 year contract is up. Not having someone follow up on the the DUI reimbursement money that has been in place since 2008 and not one cent has been collected. I’m surprised the Chief hasn’t fired himself for the actions that have taken place over the last 10 years.

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  • SandMan

    Mrs. Britt…maybe we could nominate Mr. McClenny to recieve the “CrimeLine” reward?

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  • SandMan

    Thank you,”simply”. Today, Chief Dispatcher Edwards ($83k per year, part time)wrote up a Sgt. up & reprimanded him for not escorting a “civilian” through the PD. The “civilian” is a retired police officer who was there selling supplemental insurance. He had been there on a regular basis (unescorted).
    At least Edwards is trying to justify his outrageous salary/benifit package.
    Can you help, Mrs. Britt?

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    • simplifyingit

      A part time employee can reprimand a full time employee??????? Man the management of this city has truly gone to the hounds. No way that should ever be allowed no matter his title!!!

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  • simplifyingit

    Police depts. do not hire out officers to sit in buildings…..UNLESS…there is reasonable suspicion that a crime will take place.
    Hardison may not have been there Sunday to see it all. He, I am sure, was contacted and told by late that afternoon. Where he Effed up is forbidding SoCo deputies from acting in the best interest of Mr Crumpler and Mr Myers. Sheriff Stutts only conceded to keep a good working agreement with Hardison .That was the “tell all” act that shows his distaste for Crumpler and how he’ll let personal feelings interfere with the oath he swore to Bucky. This is not the first time either, there have been several, the Mclenny gun sale/buy back being most memorable!

    The man is an pompous arse that thinks he is the supreme being. He needs to be fired/asked to leave his post.

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    • Really

      Police Departments do not hire out officers even if they suspect a crime, you are misinformed. Business owners may hire security guards for this function as security and law enforcement are two different things. Security guards jobs are to be posted in locations where they can observe and report to the police for a response, that is what was done here. You will not find any police department that will put an officer in a building under such circumstances. If they have the resources they may set up a surveillance team.

      You have never had anything positive to say about the police department in Franklin, this is just a continuance of the same old rhetoric. Although you do not want to hear it, Chief has far more supporters than detractors.

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      • simplifyingit

        “Police Departments do not hire out officers even if they suspect a crime”………….You are correct, I am wrong. What I should’ve said is: There should be no need for the “hiring” out of uniformed officers when there was reasonable suspicion a crime would take place. Meaning the evidence was there pointing to a return by the crook, even the business owner knew that! Why should he have to hire someone that is not a LEO and doesn’t have the same powers granted him to catch the thief? Truly, Mr McClenny endangered himself to protect Crumpler’s property. That is what our PD gets all our tax money for! Not to endanger themselves but to protect property of the taxpayer. Hardison denied Crumpler of this. He held personal feelings ahead of the oath he swore to the citizens! It’s time for Randy Martin to take action!!

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  • Really

    Police Departments do not hire out officers to sit in buildings (if you know of one, name it), that’s what security guards are for. I don’t see what the big deal is. Crumpler hired a security guard and he called police, police arrested the guy, happens all the time.

    A few bitter people with personal axes to grind can find fault with anything and everything.

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    • DIESEL

      Police departments exist specifically to protect citizens and to prevent crime. The police said “he will be back”, therefore knowing the place that a crime WILL take place and having a good idea of when it would take place. And the chief did pretty much nothing? @Really…using your reasoning…if I had information that a drug deal was going to happen tonight at a specific address, you would expect what from your police department?

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      • SandMan

        Thanks, Diesel….I’ll see you in the gym in 2 weeks.Now…let’s wait for “really”‘s age old “steroids” comments. :)

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