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#1132651 --- 01/13/10 12:25 PM Wolcott Police Controversy Continues
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Wolcott Police Controversy Continues

WOLCOTT - A village board member who resigned last month is calling into question how the municipality is rebuilding its police department.

“I am not willing to accept the liability of the police,” Gary Baker said about why he tendered his resignation at the end of a meeting in December.

Baker is questioning the depth of the background checks that were done on Chief David Smith, and other officers who have been hired since Smith took over in the fall.

But Trustee Ken VanFleet, who is now police commissioner, said Baker’s assessment isn’t accurate. VanFleet said the two part-time police officers who have been hired, as well as Smith, who is full time, is state Department of Criminal Justice Services-certified. All of their references and backgrounds have checked out, making them suitable for employment.

Smith, of Phelps, came from a part-time position in Clyde to take the chief’s job at the end of October. Previously he worked at the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department as a road patrol deputy, but resigned that position. VanFleet said the majority of the village board was apprised of Smith’s background and employment history and found it sufficient.

But Baker said he wasn’t satisfied and wanted a formal background check done before the men were hired, however he was told it wasn’t necessary. He did not find what he called a simple reference check done by Mayor John Monson enough.

Smith said he wants to get the police department back on an even keel and raise its level of professionalism. He is the department’s third chief since David Miller retired in June of 2007 after 12 years. At one point, the village board considered dissolving the department.

Louise Hoffman Broach | Wayuga Editor
Tuesday, January 12 2010

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#1132870 --- 01/13/10 11:46 PM Re: Wolcott Police Controversy Continues [Re: newsman38]
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"VanFleet said the two part-time police officers who have been hired, as well as Smith, who is full time, is state Department of Criminal Justice Services-certified."

All your base is belong to us.
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#1133141 --- 01/14/10 07:02 PM Re: Wolcott Police Controversy Continues [Re: VM Smith]
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???? you lost me on that one?
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#1133327 --- 01/15/10 09:25 AM Re: Wolcott Police Controversy Continues [Re: newsman38]
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Originally Posted By: newsman38
Smith, of Phelps, came from a part-time position in Clyde to take the chief’s job at the end of October. Previously he worked at the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department as a road patrol deputy, but resigned that position.



That seems odd. He resigned from the sheriffs department to work part time?
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#1133632 --- 01/16/10 03:22 AM Re: Wolcott Police Controversy Continues [Re: Taxpayer14456]
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You would be surprised as to how many sheriffs quit a county job for a town PD, I know of serveral wayne county sheriffs that decided to work for other local PD's because the pay was better, Just because someone has a county job dosent mean it pays the most. Also do you realize how much travel is involed with county sheriffs, over working for a local town or villag ? Think about it which would you rather work - county where you never know from day to day where you gonna be or a local/town PD where you get to know the people and business owners and tend to get more respect locally

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#1135123 --- 01/20/10 09:25 AM Re: Wolcott Police Controversy Continues [Re: mforo]
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I understand officers will leave one department and go to another for better pay, benefits, retirement, etc. Those officers go from a full time job to a full time job.

This doesn't seem like the case though? Why would someone resign from a full-time position, that pays well and provides a take home car, to work part-time in a village?

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#1135335 --- 01/20/10 06:47 PM Re: Wolcott Police Controversy Continues [Re: VM Smith]
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"All your base is belong to us" is from a video game which was poorly translated from Japanese, and is used as a humorous comment on English which appears to have been written by someone who doesn't use English as a 1st language. Example:

"....the two part-time police officers who have been hired, as well as Smith...., is state Department of Criminal Justice Services-certified."
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#1135490 --- 01/21/10 06:34 AM Re: Wolcott Police Controversy Continues [Re: Taxpayer14456]
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Originally Posted By: Taxpayer14456
Originally Posted By: newsman38
Smith, of Phelps, came from a part-time position in Clyde to take the chief’s job at the end of October. Previously he worked at the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department as a road patrol deputy, but resigned that position.



That seems odd. He resigned from the sheriffs department to work part time?
Do you think he may have had a job outside law enforcement that they didn't mention? Check his brothers company website.

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#1135527 --- 01/21/10 09:16 AM Re: Wolcott Police Controversy Continues [Re: HighC]
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Originally Posted By: HighC
Do you think he may have had a job outside law enforcement that they didn't mention? Check his brothers company website.



No. It could have been one of those resign or be fired deals.

For a politician to make such a stand, Mr. Baker seems to know something or suspect something that made him want to resign his position.
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