After reading and seeing the coverage of 8 News Now regarding the Henry Prendes Memorial Golf Tournament and the dedication to the children’s camp, this newspaper felt that our readers need to know the rest of the story.
We at the newspaper were especially moved by former Sheriff Bill Young’s comment about Sgt. Prendes “serving and protecting the community,” and that “this is what Henry Prendes was all about”;and Officer Cassells’ comment about how they were ambushed by the suspect, Amir Crump, who was later fatally shot and killed by Metro officers.
But our police sources have informed this newspaper that there is so much more to the story which more or less eventually and undeservedly raised Sgt. Prendes to near sainthood for all of his 14 years of Law Enforcement work and service to his community, including the ultimate sacrifice. The three- to four-hour funeral service was orchestrated around Sgt. Prendes’ uncanny golfing expertise and ability and did not touch on any police work, incidents, or honorable police accounts by speakers along with their personal fond memories, except for his golfing abilities and his dedication to that activity.
Our police sources informed us that Sgt. Prendes was previously in the Detective Bureau, Sexual Assault Unit as a supervisor, and allegedly, at a minimum, teed off on the golf course along with his golf partner, Detective Lt. Jeffrey Carlson, twice a week, usually Monday and Friday, in the early morning hours, ending his golf session around lunch time — all the while both being on duty and on the taxpayers’ dime. Police sources further said that Sgt. Prendes allegedly ordered one of his subordinates to swipe his personal police security access card and register it on the internal security computer in order to cover up his absence from police work and the building and attend his taxpayer-paid golf sessions.
Sources further said that this type of golf training session had been occurring for about two to three years, with the full knowledge and tolerance of the police administration, until it finally reached a point where outside sources where questioning the activities of Sgt. Prendes and Lt. Carlson during work hours, causing the administration to immediately acknowledge the golfing and immediately transfer Sgt. Prendes and Lt. Carlson to the Southwest Patrol Substation as punishment for playing so much golf during work hours.
There is also the possibility that maybe they did not achieve their “under par goal low enough” to satisfy the time, money and effort spent to perfect their golf skills. We can only estimate the percentage of time spent, from a 14-year career in Law Enforcement on the taxpayers’ golf course weekly training session, and the actual time and taxpayers’ money spent in serving and protecting the community from the golf course.
We also can’t help wondering if instead of golfing behind the badge — if actual police work had been done during that 14-year career, putting a little more emphasis on police training and support, thereby gaining invaluable police service experience — if maybe the circumstances and events that occurred might have turned out differently.
Allegedly, after the transfer of Sgt. Prendes and Lt. Jeffrey Carlson back to the Patrol Division, the on-duty golf sessions stopped – for them at least — but maybe the previous alleged involvement of Sgt. Prendes with the girlfriend of Amir Crump, could have created extra danger for police officers responding to a domestic violence call involving Crump and his girlfriend and Sgt. Prendes. There allegedly are procedure rules about becoming involved in your own domestic violence incident.
We all weave an intricate web sometimes and it gets more intricate when lies and omissions are introduced to satisfy the public’s awareness of what their public service employees are up to. It is a very sad commentary that activities such as are listed above have allegedly occurred with the complete knowledge and understanding of most of the police department’s personnel, and that these types of activities are still occurring under this present police administration and leadership.
Trying to come up with any justification to validate playing golf during police work hours, on the taxpayers’ dime, is impossible and simply compounds the public’s distrust in our police department — and especially in this administration and its leadership.
This is not the first time this newspaper has addressed this particular subject of “golf behind the badge.” It wouldn’t even have been an issue had not the news media perpetuated the lie and omission even further, and made a memorial and a dedication to his allegedly supposed honor and service.
The Las Vegas Tribune will continue to publish the “Truth,” regardless of how disagreeable it may be to some, for “Truth” is the best religion in the world.