Westfield Selects Police Chief......Why Wayman?
|David Wayman sworn in as Westfield Police Chief|
When Tracy announced his retirement, and Parizeau opted back into the chief of police selection process, the testing for chief was opened to not only the two captains in the department, but also lieutenants.
|Former Police Chief John M. Parizeau|
Parizeau had been named police chief over candidates that had held just about every position in the police department. Parizeau had never supervised a police officer as he rose through the ranks from patrolman to captain.while being assigned to the department's records bureau. That would not be the case with Wayman.
David Wayman was promoted to the rank of sergeant after what Wayman described as, former Chief Scutti holding back his career. Forget the fact that Wayman had anger management issues and had been accused of racial profiling as a police officer, even allowing his police issued handgun to be stolen in 1988 by locking it in the trunk of his car while patronizing an adult entertainment establishment as a recruit in the police academy. Had Bernard Tracy not stepped in on Wayman's behalf after that blunder Wayman might still be working at a coin depot.
As a patrolman, Wayman excelled in "routine traffic stops." He made the most of motor vehicle code violations as probable cause to stop cars along South Avenue and Central Avenue. Primarily riding in a two man car in Westfield's District 3, Wayman routinely stopped cars for equipment violations such as a broken headlight or tail light. The occasional air freshener dangling from the rear view mirror was enough "probable cause" for him to stop a car in the hopes that the driver had a revoked license, was in possession of drugs, or under the influence of alcohol. He didn't stop every car that passed by his police car as he sat in parking lots perpendicular to traffic along South Ave. with his patrol vehicle's high beam headlights activated in order to illuminate the vehicle's interior and occupant(s).
As an officer assigned to ride with Wayman in the early 90's, unbeknownst to me at the time, I would get my first taste of racial profiling from an officer assigned to "show me the ropes."
To be continued.........................