The word malevolent is an adjective and is defined in dictionary.com as; “wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will; ill-disposed; malicious.” The use of the word in a sentence (which totally applies to some Metro managers), is: “His failures made him malevolent toward those who were successful.” After reading this, I had to wonder if the people at the dictionary.com website studied the LVMPD! Malevolent managers is one of the reasons that Metro morale is making the news. (http://www.8newsnow.com/
story/26156739/i-team-month- after-police-officers-deaths- metro-morale-suffering).
Two other areas are the perceived unfairness and bias in the promotional and disciplinary systems. I’m sure that officers are not happy about controversial shootings that they all have an opinion about — even though they are unlikely to express it. If the public does not know it they need to be aware of the competition and pressures at Metro. Neither the competition nor pressures are related to the danger of the job — they are related to internal politics and this is unhealthy. There are a lot of ‘games’ being played and I was a miserable FAILURE at playing “Gillespie Games.” I’ll describe a few of them. On June 30, 2011 at 11:15 a.m. Captain Todd Fasulo sent all of his supervisors an email with the subject, ACTION ITEMS FOR TUESDAY. He writes,” I would like your thoughts on the following three items that I will have to speak about with the Sheriff on Tuesday. What do you think are the top three areas of concern in the community, top three areas of concern in the department and top three areas of concern within our station? Please email me your ideas and or opinions.” I didn’t know it at the time but this day at work would be the beginning of the end of my career… but at least I got to answer the captain’s email later in the day. Why was my career about to end? I had been out supervising an early morning Teamster’s truck parade on the Strip (at Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevard). When the event was over I drove out of the Bill’s Gambling Hall parking garage and proceeded westbound on Flamingo. I made the ‘fatal’ mistake of crossing I-15 and then turning left on Valley View. This was a normal routine for me on two different shifts that I worked. You can work your way back to the Strip by using Dean Martin and then the overpass at Harmon and often observe suspect vehicles driven by people who wanted to avoid the main thoroughfares. On the 30th of June I drove south on Valley View to an area that is known for lots of calls for service and where criminals that frequented the Strip (pimps and ho’s) lived. As I was facing southbound on Valley View I looked into the entrance to the complex. Right inside the guard gate was a Metro police car. I pulled in and pulled up to Officer Virginia Griffin. We sat and complained about the police department for maybe 15 minutes. She then had to go on a call and I left by driving right back out the gate. She also then had to report seeing me on her side of the street. She had been ordered to do so by Captain Matt McCarthy and Lt. Will Scott. Yep — the same Matt McCarthy that came whining to me when he was a rookie about how he was being teased because he was perceived to be gay. How would I have ever known that this egregious conduct (crossing the street) would end my career? I couldn’t. And I certainly didn’t know that two captains had approved a ‘surveillance’ on one of their own supervisors and ordered all officers in the entire area command to report me if they saw me! Metro doesn’t follow violent pimps for two blocks but they decided they would track me. Yes, Captain Todd Fasulo and Captain Matt McCarthy were participating in ‘Gillespie Games.’ It should not be a career hazard for a person to have the courage to give their thoughts to a supervisor who has asked for them. But it is (hazardous to your career) at Metro if you are not telling them what they want to hear. Just ask Lt. Gwain Guedry! If you have an opinion and your priority is service to the public and fighting crime ‘they’ might even try to tell you where you can and can’t drive your patrol car (and what areas you are allowed to patrol as they apparently protect their ‘enterprises’ in other areas). I wonder what CRIMINAL operation Metro was protecting at the Desert Tides apartments? Fasulo asked for my opinion, so I wrote to my (now deceased) supervisor Lt. Hans Walters the same day before the end of my shift: “Lt, I had some information that I wanted to format and relay to the captain but it is not done yet. I announced this to the two squads yesterday and got no input. I’m assuming that not too many sergeants will be responding. The ideas that I presented in that 8-9 page document before our first station meeting still apply. Mostly, I’m afraid that we are focused too much on ACTION crimes and not enough on violence against tourists (the woman who had her face collapsed with her police officer boyfriend at Bally’s). The guy who was savagely beaten by the gangster on the sidewalk in front of Paris (I don’t think anyone knows about it at the station — the suspect is local and we should be out hunting for him… I did not get a response from Mike Wallace in gangs but I e-mailed him and also called the MAGIC line to give the suspect’s name and hope that the charges would be upgraded. The last I checked, it was assigned to a ‘property crimes detective’ so it is likely to fall through the cracks. I could come up with other recent examples — the POLICE need to take the job more serious, the POLICE need to share information in Patrol Briefing (yet I have still seen no support or requirements from the chain of command here about Patrol Briefing, Critical Reach, etc.) We have fallen into some bad practices (giving money back on prostitution/escort calls — accepting NO PROSECUTION (or encouraging it so that we can get to lunch-other priorities). There still seems to be a major lack of police presence and enforcement after maybe 0400.
MV tells me about all of the crime and suspicious activity but that she can’t get cops to assist. There absolutely ARE predatory criminals and crime out there at that time of the morning!! I think TCU is secured, Vice is not seen — at least not at the Casino Royale, officers are eating or on calls, and dayshift does not log on and go out looking for pickpockets in progress or prevent crimes involving drunk, foreign tourists. I think the reputation of the Strip is continuing to fall… We need police cameras (or borrow hotel cameras — did anyone ever view that video that I got from the Paris showing the camera capability? Yesterday, there was a 3-Card Monte call at Bally’s bridge. Does dispatch know that this is a FELONY in progress and that the suspects get thousands of dollars from tourists (much more than water vendors)? I rarely, if ever, hear responding officers calling the hotels and staying on the phone with the people that have video and are watching where the felons flee! We should have protocol for these types of responses… otherwise the hotels and others just laugh about how the suspects evade the police who do the same thing every time. We need more plainclothes people (it would be nice to have a pair out and about every shift to ‘spot’ for uniforms. Just a few thoughts… If I can find my ‘station meeting’ document I’ll attach it. Less than two months prior to my July 5th interrogation by Captain Fasulo (which occurred at about 3 p.m.) I had also written to Lt. Walters about other concerns and ideas. He wrote back, “WE NEED TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS LIKE THIS IN PERSON” Very troubling, isn’t it? I had written to him about my concerns in May when I heard about being under surveillance by my own police department as I was merely driving a police car. I wrote: Most importantly, I think that if I am going to get Contact Reports for what people ‘heard’ or what people ‘understand’ about me doing knock and talks and being out of my area then I should know who those people are by name and we should investigate — what did I do or not do and was any of it even remotely any violation of any rules or policy. The first thing that the PMSA said about the Contact Report for being out of my area (and similar comments have been made about previous Contact Reports) is that there is no policy violation — I agree. I am not trying to violate policy and if someone thinks I am violating policy then I should be told about it… the rules must be clear and applied to all members to sustain corrective action. When I am given generic information and often conflicting feedback (praise and then criticism for the same incidents two days later) it makes it difficult to perform at a satisfactory level and, in my opinion, it is orchestrated harassment in the workplace. I guess I should have known that when you are dealing with the Gillespie MAFIA and challenging actions (including discriminatory actions) you are going to get burned. It probably didn’t help that I had also provided a list of ideas shortly after Captain Fasulo had arrived as the new captain at the Convention Center Area Command. He held a big meeting with all supervisors and said he wanted CRIME FIGHTERS. What an absolute pretender he turned out to be… maybe worse than Charles Hank. So a couple of the ideas that I listed were: CONSISTENCY ACROSS THE STATION AND ACROSS SHIFTS Consistency on handling routine calls the last thing the hotels want to have to deal with is a new officer or a new sergeant walking in on a routine trespass or defraud and telling them that they don’t deal with these calls the way they have been dealt with i.e., I don’t ‘honor’ trespass from other properties in the same corporation or that the hotel must keep ‘red cards’ to document the prior trespasses. NEGLECT OF DUTY When I transferred to EAC in late July, I saw a binder with the cover EAC Pimp & Prostitute Book. Inside there were only two pictures and two F.I. cards but there was the e-mail (see below) from Captain Dixon. Two very important issues are addressed. One is how officers are expected to handle calls for service from the hotels. If the hotel calls dispatch and a 439 is created… who expects us to just respond and ‘warn’ the parties and leave? This is even more egregious when the reason that the hotel security has detained someone is a felony crime where we seem to find a way to get the victim to P-Paul the case. It was very satisfying to see how, then captain Dixon, viewed how some of his officers were handling calls — BORDERLINE NEGLECT OF DUTY! EAC does not handle anywhere near the number of 439’s involving prostitutes as CCAC handles… but in almost five years of working the Strip… I know that this has been, and continues to be, an ongoing problem. The other was females being victimized/426’d due to excessive alcohol consumption and date-rape drugs at nightclubs and pool parties. I recommended that Special Events place a warning on all of their overtime assignment sheets for officers to be aware of pickpockets in the nightclubs when they are working overtime. This frequently involves female prostitutes… but also involves professionals who work the nightclubs. Lt. John Faulis started putting this warning on the OT assignment sheets. They also had started placing a warning about the sexual assaults and the danger to females which encouraged police to monitor the condition of people that they see. This could obviously extend to security and other casino employees. Metro’s current undersheriff (Jim Dixon) had written to his supervisors when he was in charge of the Enterprise Area Command: “Officers have been responding to calls at hotels reference in custody’s and on occasion have been talking victims out of prosecuting. This is borderline neglect of duty and it will stop now. If security has called and they have a legitimate suspect in custody that suspect will go to jail. Prostitutes will not just be walked off the property to be able to return again or go next door. BOOK THEM!” This was music to my ears and it came from Jim Dixon who had just announced his retirement to become the director of security at the Palazzo and Venetian. Boy, is he going to have his hands full of “METRO ATTITUDE”… from a different perspective! Dixon was a sharp leader and was right on target about the sloppy police work being done by some of his officers. Sloppy and lazy stand in stark contrast to the other end of the spectrum where Captain Hank, Captain Fasulo, and Lt. Hughes complained about ‘overzealous’ work done by officers who were allegedly ‘obsessed’ with prostitution crimes and protecting tourists.
THE LAZY/NEGLECT OF DUTY COPS STILL HAVE THEIR JOBS. Far too many of the ethical and tenacious cops (including me) have been fired by malevolent supervisors that Sheriff Duh-G encouraged and enabled. Norm Jahn is a former LVMPD lieutenant, who has also served as a police chief in Shawano, Wisconsin, and has nearly 25 years of police experience. Jahn now contributes his opinions and ideas to help improve policing in general, and in Las Vegas in particular, through his weekly column in the Las Vegas Tribune.