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Monday, December 17, 2012

What Happened There, Happened Here....Police Chief Investigates Critics

     Often, what happens elsewhere, mirrors what has happened here in Westfield.  Although the facts may not be identical, the premise supports the conclusion that what happened there, happened here based on a set of similar circumstances.
    

     Go to the following link to read of alleged corruption within a local police department and how abuse of power is at the center of allegations made.

Click on the below posted link to read a TFoTM story posted two years ago regarding the alleged abuse of power by disgraced Westfield Police Chief Bernard Tracy.

http://07090.blogspot.com/2010/12/arrest-of-out-spoken-citizen_20.html


**TFoTM supports the men and women of the Westfield Police Department that have the desire to carryout the duties and responsibilities of their job with the utmost integrity while serving the residents of Westfield.

16 comments:

  1. Dave Wayman will carry on Barney Tracy's legacy of favoritism, back room wheeling and dealing, intimidation, deception, and retaliation. Why should anything change. It's the only way the corrupt can get away with what they get away with.

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  2. "TFoTM supports the men and women of the Westfield Police Department that have the desire to carryout the duties and responsibilities of their job with the utmost integrity while serving the residents of Westfield." I can only say that the cops who participate in this blog have anything but integrity, including ex-cops like you, You are all a bunch of disgruntled little children who are using your platform to bitch and moan. Just do your friggin' jobs. That also goes to the Police leadership - afterall they come from the same polluted ranks.

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  3. @Anonymous Dec 18. As a taxpayer, I like to know where there are problems within the municipal services that my taxpayer money is going to pay for. Where there is smoke, there is probably fire. You can go on thinking that the W.P.D. has no problems within. If you prefer keeping your head in the sand, then go ahead and do so. But I, and presumably many other taxpayers, like to know where there are problems that need to be fixed. It's for the good of our town. There was a time when people believed the earth was flat and anyone pointing out that it's round was punished/shunned by society. People speaking up when they see injustices is and always has been a very important part of our nation. Looking to stifle the speech of those seeking to expose and fix problems in local government and government services, as you propose, is un-American. NOTE - I am not, nor ever have been, employed by the W.P.D. I respect and appreciate "the men and women of the Westfield Police Department that have the desire to carryout the duties and responsibilities of their job with the utmost integrity while serving the residents of Westfield."

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    1. I am also a taxpayer in this town for almost 50 years and far from thinking that the PD has no problems. In any unionized, paternal organization there are many problems due to patronage, nepotism, and other nasty stuff, but there is a professional way of addressing issues. This site uses sophomoric rumor mongoring and cheap shots in public. The contributors criticise their leadership who learned how to behave through the ranks. I want to know how a citizen of this town can afeel comfortable with any of the current members of teh PD, leadership on down.

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    2. @Anonymous wrote: "... but there is a professional way of addressing issues."

      But, what do you do when the "professional way of addressing issues" is to lodge your complaint with the very people who are the problem? By using avenues such as TFOTM, Patch, Westfield Leader, etc, the ultimate "bosses" (taxpayers/voters) are able to be made aware of what their "employees" at the top of these organizations are doing, as viewed by the people who can best see what is going on inside the organization. A site like TFOTM is very valuable. You can believe/agree with what you want or not believe/disagree with what you want as well. But don't turn around and later say that no one told you. If/when all this smoke at the WPD subsequently ends up causing some big problem within that organization, don't turn around and say no one ever alerted you to these problems.

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  4. Attitudes are up and the Police Department is going in the RIGHT direction!! Lose the negativity and give the man a chance! So quick to criticize! The last chief ...hats were off to you...he was the wrong man for the job and that's why he left abruptly!! Just like our President, you have to stand behind him and show support! The Chief has been a leader the last couple of months so increase your calm, sing jingle bells, and stop the hate! Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year! And to all the readers of these postings...here is the WPD disclaimer, " None of the negative views posted here are the Majority of the W.P.D!" Most of us love the Town we work in, support the residents, and would do anything to protect the lives and property of Westfield! Most of us remember the oath we swore to! Don't agree? The line of applicants goes out the front door of the Police Station to take your job! Watch what you wish for and those that you listen to!

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    1. In this economy and over the past 20 years, the line of applicants goes out the front door of any police department and it goes down the block in towns similar to Westfield's demographics. TFoTM concurs that most of the members of WPD love the town they work in, support the residents, and would do anything to protect the lives and property of Westfield. Chief David Wayman's dislike of Westfielders and the town can be traced back as far as his rookie year and jealous remarks made regarding "Wallys." His current leadership is contrived and his attitude towards Westfield is artificial, changed only because he was annointed the heir apparent, a seed planted by disgraced police chiefs Bernard Tracy and John Parizeau. Wayman moved to Westfield from Garwood and positioned himself with local town officials, the same officials he often mocked, criticized, and often ridiculed. Had the last police chief (Parizeau) not been appointed after a tainted and manipulated testing process, the department would have been pointed in another direction. Instead, it continues in a direction influenced by two former police chiefs that Westfielders and police officers would rather soon forget, unless your name is Wayman.

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    2. Mr Anonymous says the department is headed in the RIGHT direction. Two wrongs, Wayman and Rodger, don't make a RIGHT.

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  5. The "professional way of addressing issues" was sought in October 2009 and November 2010.
    A request to meet with Mayor Skibitsky was granted, not on a Saturday morning during office hours, but on a Tuesday night prior to a council meeting so that he could be afforded legal counsel by his side.
    Mayor Skibitsky was quick to label me a former disgruntled employee just as Anonymous has done so. I corrected the Mayor telling him I was not a disgruntled former employee but a disgruntled Westfield homeowner, taxpayer, and registered voter.
    I'm a 42+ year resident and a retired Westfield Police Officer that has gathered a plethora of information from a myriad of sources. Mayor Skibitsky had the opportunity to address the issues that have been exposed on this site; far be it from me to be the one to address him in a "professional" manner after he dismissed my concerns brought to his attention privately in 2009 and 2010.
    For that reason The Fact of The Matter (TFoTM) was created. This site provides an avenue of relief for the "disgruntled" to voice their opinions and concerns.
    Hindsight being 20/20, the fabric of TFoTM was started in 2004 when I reported to Town Administrator Jim Gildea corruption within the very same department I was employed. Little did I know that I would become the target of a "disgruntled" administration dead set on silencing me.
    That was then, this is now.
    Town officials have tried to silence this website by wasting Westfield tax dollars and having the Westfield Police Department's Internal Affairs Division launch an investigation into who was supplying information to this site. The end result, Westfield police officer Paul Ferry was allegedly suspended a number of days for photocopying a questionnaire handed out to all department employees during the investigation.
    Stymied by a failure to identify a scapegoat, Westfield Police Chief Dave Wayman took it one step further by allegedly requesting that the Union County Prosecutor's Office investigate this website.
    A subpoena was issued by the UCPO for a moderator of this site to appear before a grand jury to answer questions concerning the who and how this site obtained confidential police information.
    That subpoena was withdrawn after it was challenged by the ACLU. If that is not a validation of the information that appears on this site, what is?
    Ask any officer that is willing to talk and most will tell you that 99.9% of what you read here is true, if not, its the "smoke" of the fire as referenced by another posting above.
    So if being "disgruntled" means exposing misconduct, mismanagement, and corruption publicly on this site, because Mayor Skibitsky dismissed it privately, so be it.

    Thank you (Anonymous) for your thought provoking comment.

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  6. Anyone not wanting the information seen on this website to be exposed is disgruntled. tfotm, keep it going.

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  7. Ferry should have been fired when he ran a computer check illegally as a dispatcher for Barney Tracy after Tracy retired from the department and was working as a security guard at Linden HS at the time of the illegal check. Now he is a cop. And soon will be a training officer since the department is sending him to a training course all expenses paid out of state. Soon he will tutor new cops out of the academy. Yeah, the department is headed in the right direction. Bahahahahaha

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    1. well that makes sense that Ferry become a training officer....afterall he spent most of his first year in the training program under the watchful eye of John Ricerca

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    2. and Ricerca is still in training as the head of the detective bureau. He is always asking his subordinates how to do a job he should know how to do. shouldn't it be the other way around? that's what you get when you give a guy a promotion that doesn't deserve it. No different than a train conductor asking a passenger how to operate the train. our department is a runaway train.

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    3. Ferry should have told Barnet to go screw but he couldn't. He wanted to be a cop and Barney could have easily called Parizeau and Wayman and squashed Feery's chances if Ferry didn't do what Barney asked him to do. Ferry was in that "line of applicants out the door" and needed to jump the line and cut to the front. Ever since he became a cop he has been out sick with more bs excuses like a sniffle on a summer day.

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    4. why should anything change with paul....his sickouts as a dispatcher were just as bad....you cant change the stripes on a tiger.....

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  8. I have been in westfield for 45 years and I think they have a problem finding black officers...so being corrupt is just another day for all downtown.

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