There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Collectively, we have elected to retain the same exact corrupted police administration for yet another four years, and then some. The new elected/anointed sheriff has already stated that he endorses outgoing Sheriff Gillespie’s policies and procedures. For the rest of the community, that is not good news and we will all pay dearly.
Let’s take for example the non-response of Metro officers to a non-injury traffic collision. If I recall correctly, most if not all of the sheriff candidates refuted and condemned this new policy, and wanted it to go back to the old way of police officers responding to all traffic collisions. You don’t have to be a law enforcement officer to realize the dangerous effect that this new policy of no response to non-injury traffic collisions has on the safety of the whole community.
All one needs to do is examine one of the latest fatal shootings and arrests that has occurred in the last week. This incident started out with a non-injury traffic collision that easily evolved into a full blown shootout, whereby one person was critically injured or died. I wonder what would happen if one or more of the participants in the traffic collision would file a civil lawsuit against the police department for willfully not responding to the traffic collision in the first place, and thus, with their presence, possibly avoiding an altercation between the participants? I guess we will never know until maybe the next altercation incident happens, in yet another non-injury traffic collision. From my past experience, there are approximately 40-50 traffic collisions per 24-hour period in our community. If the current police administration is concerned about revenue, the officers responding to a traffic collision can always issue a citation or two to the at-fault driver, and still make a tidy contribution to the city coffers, while taking the traffic accident report.
I recall when I was a motorcycle policeman in the traffic section of the LVMPD. I was called into the supervisors office to be reprimanded for not writing enough citations, during the monthly stat counting and quotas count submittals. I attempted to explain that my shift consisted of 2300 hrs to 0900 hrs, Wednesday thru Saturday, and the unwritten quota of 10 citations per shift was difficult to attain, because of the high volume of traffic accidents (injury and non-injury) which pretty much always had a drunk driver attached to the traffic collision. I further explained that historically, I had one of the highest number of drunk driver arrests and one of the highest number of traffic accident reports taken, in the entire traffic section. This explanation was not sufficient for the bosses, and I was warned that my position in the traffic motorcycle section was probationary, and I could lose my position if I didn’t write more tickets. What a lovely quandary that was.
Try as I may, I still was unable to write the required number of tickets that my supervisors wanted me to write, but somehow the number of drunk drivers that I had arrested, seemed to offset the lack of tickets, and I was allowed to remain in the traffic section and was even promoted to the position of traffic accident investigator.
This traffic accident investigator position really opened my eyes to how corrupted the LVMPD really was; in that, I saw firsthand how other traffic accident investigators were bribed and sweet-talked, to favor-paying defense attorneys’ clients, and manipulate those traffic accident reports and screw the public over and over. This practice was condoned and tolerated by the upper police administrators.
I objected to this practice and tried unsuccessfully to correct this criminal act, and was forced to leave the Accident Investigation section after four years and go back to motorcycle traffic officer.
I eventually tested and was accepted into the Investigative Bureau.
Now the real corruption became evident; in comparison, the Traffic Bureau was nothing compared to the criminal wrongdoings I saw and heard whereby the LVMPD was complicit, and had a firsthand involvement in criminal activity, cover-ups, theft, drugs, rape, murder… etc. I will be speaking about that later.
After spending 36 years of my life supporting, defending, and trying to make the LVMPD the absolute most honorable, trustworthy institution in the country, I am now fixated on making that happen, and will do whatever it takes to realize that goal.
We cannot change history, but we can make the present and future better. What is Done is Done.
IN GOD WE TRUST
Gordon Martines is a former LVMPD detective who has served in many capacities over his 39-year career in law enforcement. He has been a
candidate for sheriff in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, with the intention of bringing integrity and accountability back to the department, and
filed a federal lawsuit against LVMPD in 2011. Martines now contributes his opinions and ideas to the Las Vegas Tribune to keep the public informed and help improve policing in Las Vegas. He has also appeared on the Face the Tribune radio program several times to share his plan for a better LVMPD.