I had received a Contact Report less than two months prior to making that turn with my police car. That report was full of false information but it created a special rule that was for me and only me.
In about 450 words, it read: On Tuesday 04/19/11 we discussed my need for you as a patrol supervisor to be available and in the area command for the officers you supervise, as well as the other officers on your shift. I need you out in the field with your officers supervising and leading them. When you are in another area command conducting followup you are not in CCAC supervising your squad. Your responsibility as a supervisor is to supervise, lead and direct your officers on a daily basis. During your shift certain crimes may need followup investigation that is warranted and can be done by the officers on your squad. It is much better to teach and develop your officers to conduct followup investigations when time permits, rather than you doing it yourself.
I talked to you about your CAD log and that it showed you were out of the area command and in EAC on three occasions at the 4200 block of Valley View, or the area of Flamingo and Valley View. I have also been advised and received complaints that you have been contacting officers directly at EAC in order to gather information or conduct followup investigations on crimes occurring in that area command. If there are crimes that occur in EAC or any other area command that you have information on, there are department processes to pass that info on to
the respective officers or details. If you don’t understand how to properly pass along that information, please let me know and I will be happy to discuss it with you. I have also been advised that you frequently go to EAC and conduct followup investigations or “knock and talk” investigations. Your job is a patrol supervisor and not a patrol officer. As I explained above and discussed with you, your job is to supervise your squad. Not conduct your own investigations in another area command on a regular basis.
If you find the need to go outside the area command, let me know if I am working and be sure to advise a CCAC supervisor that you are leaving the area to ensure supervisory coverage. When going into another area command, contact an on duty supervisor and advise them that you’re in the area and where you are going to be conducting
follow up at, regardless of whether you are going into that area command for internal investigations follow up, or some aspect of a criminal investigation.
If you perceive any incidents that are a violation of policy, then take action to address the issues as policy dictates. ANY FAILURE TO FOLLOW MY DIRECTIONS MAY RESULT IN THE INITIATION OF SOME LEVEL OF DISCIPLINE.
I wrote — replied — I DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS CONTACT REPORT AND THE INCORRECT INFO. IN THIS DOCUMENT. I then made a half-dozen written requests for an explanation and clarification about where I was allowed to drive my patrol car on duty. I was just doing my job but Lt. Walters was being used by Captain Fasulo.
On July 6, 2011 (the day after a two-hour interrogation by Captain Todd Fasulo), I learned that the Metro MAFIA was alleging that I was disobedient, insubordinate, and untruthful, all pertaining to “crossing the street.” Their conspiracy involved coercing an entire area command of officers to report me if I was ever seen on their side of the street.
One officer reported to her supervisors that we had a car-to-car conversation when I pulled up next to her—we certainly were not investigating anything! She reported me.
In their charges they wrote, “Sgt. Jahn denied being out of the area command doing any investigative follow up work on June 30, 2011.” This was correct and was one of the few accurate statements in the case against me. I had never denied leaving my patrol area, but I had denied that I was conducting any investigation or follow-up.
Patrol is patrol — but arbitrators who can be influenced by Metro don’t really care to learn the details. They just want to make their $12,000 (or more) for two days of work and fly back to Portland fat and happy. My arbitration hearing took place almost six months after my termination and there was no decision on my case for another three months. By that time I was already teaching as an assistant professor in a University criminal justice program.
My career destruction nightmare had begun and the flashbacks continue. I lost my job for being a proactive and conscientious police supervisor who was out in the field with my officers trying to fight crime. I was just naive to how corrupt things had become after I had left the LVMPD in 1996 and how big of a target they had placed on my back after I returned.
THROWING A SLIDER WITH LT. STEIBER?
I had calls about Lt. Petko abruptly retiring less than two weeks ago. He had also been the secretary for the PMSA. They are the group that sold me out and kicked me out instead of fighting Gillespie.
They also offered me $5,000 to drop my Employee Management Relations Board complaint against them but I rejected their offer.
This week I get ‘notice’ that the man holding the most ‘coveted’ position in Metro had also abruptly retired. I was told there had been a DNA ‘hit’ that should have resulted in an arrest of a suspect. I was told that arrest never took place. I was told that the suspect then murdered his lover/roommate and questions were asked. I don’t have any answers because I am not an investigative reporter like George Knapp claims to be. He just did a two-part story on Lt. Ray Steiber from Homicide.
If you want to praise a man for holding a position of importance, that is all right with me. Too many good police officers don’t receive the recognition they deserve when they retire. But George, don’t start your story by warning everyone in ‘Channel 8-Land’ that Steiber was not being forced out and that he wanted everyone to know this. If the media in Las Vegas would be more concerned about telling the story and not ‘spinning’ it, then the community would be better off and the police department would be more likely to improve where improvement is so desperately needed.