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Monday, April 04, 2016

Race Relations Panel Discussion

     Tonight's panel was gathered to discuss and address the issue of race relations and what the
Westfield community can do to better understand and resolve the racial divide that has permeated society.
     The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield hosted the event inside the auditorium of Westfield High School.
     The members of the panel were asked questions by moderators Dr. Claudia Cohen and Rev. William E. Lawson and at one point, audience members were allowed to submit questions on an index card of which a handful were presented to members of the panel.
     Overall, it was a well received event and a start to opening up further discussion on race relations in Westfield.
     TFoTM prepared a question but unfortunately it was not selected by the moderators and presented to the panel.   
     Throughout the evening there were some very articulate answers provided by some of the panelists however, early on, it was clear that one member of the panel should have followed his own advice which was, "Maybe not speak so much but listen to everyone here tonight," so as not to expose his incompetence.

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."

TFoTM will follow-up with a more detailed account after notes and audio recordings are processed.
We just can't make this stuff up.
*NOTE: The panel discussion was recorded by Westfield TV36.  The video will be posted here at TFoTM when we receive a copy so that readers can draw their own conclusions as to the success or failure of this event and formulate their own opinions.  

From left to right: Rev. Ronald Allen, WBOE President Gretchen Ohlig, Dr. Brenda Jemal, WPD Chief David Wayman, WHS Vice Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson, Tamecka Dixon, Rabbi Douglas Sagal


  1. Wayman is not a bright man.

  2. "Maybe not speak so much" lol.


    1. Police Chief David Wayman had numerous opportunities to speak. During his 2 minute introduction he reminded the audience that he should, "Maybe not speak so much but listen to everyone here tonight."

      His brief response to a question regarding what we can do to move forward in our community, Chief Wayman briefly stated that the police department serves a vital role within the community when they are accepted into the community. He touted his own training and again stated, "Once again, I'm doing a lot of listening taking a lot of notes."

      When Chief Wayman was asked by the moderator about what are some of the resources that work and what have you experienced that has worked to help race relations, he stated in his response, "This is where I sit back and listen to other ideas."

      During Chief Wayman's closing comments he again reminded the audience how he really appreciated being invited and he stated "One person that can't be let off the hook is the parents. Stop the stereotyping."

      Westfield Police Chief David Wayman's educational background was listed in the event program. It states that Chief Wayman is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School which is a leadership program run by the FBI for police personnel at the FBI academy.
      That training should not to be confused with the FBI National Academy that FBI agents graduate from to become an agent with the federal government. Referring to Wayman as "A graduate of the FBI National Academy" is misleading especially since he does not have the college credits that are necessary to even apply to the FBI Academy.
      Nowhere does his bio, in the event program, state what education he obtained from a accredited college or university. Perhaps it would umm behoove Wayman to ahh invest some of umm his $140,000 salary in ahh some public speaking umm courses, umm, if he ah, intends on ahh speaking at another umm public event.

    2. Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS)
      A quick search on the internet revealed the program Wayman attended at the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School

      The Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, or LEEDS, was conceived for chief executive officers of the nation’s mid-sized law enforcement agencies. Begun in 1981, the seminar has graduated more than 1,300 executives to date.

      Designed for executive officers who report a lack of training for law enforcement leaders, this seminar enables participants to reflect upon and regroup for the next stage of their careers. Executives are provided with instruction and facilitation in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, legal issues, labor relations, media relations, social issues, and police programs. The environment of the seminar is conducive to independent thought and study. Participants have the opportunity to exchange plans, problems, and solutions with their peers; to develop new thoughts and ideas; and to share successes of their own communities. The interaction among the executives is worthwhile for them as well—some of the most productive learning takes place outside of the classroom during evening conferences and meals.

    3. History and description of the FBI National Executive Institute

      In August 1975, FBI Director Clarence Kelley tasked the Management Science Unit of the FBI Academy to develop a proposal for a law enforcement executive training program. The resultant proposal was presented to the Major Cities Chiefs (MCC) at their meeting in Denver, Colorado during the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference the following month. The MCC overwhelmingly endorsed the proposal, requesting that they be allowed to further analyze and comment upon its scope and format. Kelley assented to their request.

      Topical areas selected for the program included: national and international political, economic, and social trends affecting the policing function; ethics and integrity; the effects of affirmative action on hiring and promotional policies; media relations; labor relations; the future structure of police organizations; financing of police operations; training and legal issues; labor relations; and the impact of criminal activity on policing.

      In addition to commissioners, chiefs, and sheriffs from many major jurisdictions, two assistant directors of the FBI—Robert E. Gebhardt of the Los Angeles Field Division and J. Wallace LaPrade of the New York Field Division—were extended invitations. FBI Training Division staff assigned to the program to facilitate and develop it also attended all cycles, and so the precedent was established with Session One of the National Executive Institute (NEI) to include Academy staff graduates as well as regular graduates who were selected and invited by virtue of their position and responsibilities as the senior executives of major law enforcement organizations.

      Subsequent sessions of the NEI would see it expanded to include international colleagues, sheriffs from the largest general law enforcement service sheriffs’ departments, heads of state police organizations, chiefs of other law enforcement agencies, and our other federal and military partners. As of July 2013, there have been 36 NEI Sessions held by the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia. More than 1,200 law enforcement executives have graduated from the program, including approximately 200 FBI personnel.

      During most of its 36 years, each session of the NEI has been three one-week cycles, usually held in March, July, and September. In 2013, due to the sequestration, it was successfully modified to two one-week cycles.

      Nominations for new participants are solicited annually by the Training Division through our local FBI offices and legal attaché offices (legats). Domestically, these usually include the chief executive officers of full-service law enforcement agencies which are the primary providers of law enforcement services to a population of 250,000 or greater and have a complement of at least 500 sworn law enforcement officers—agencies that are among the 150 largest law enforcement agencies in the United States. U.S. participants from non-MCC agencies are considered as space permits. Nominees from Legats are chosen law enforcement executives who meet the NEI selection criteria and who will contribute to NEI concerning their country’s contemporary law enforcement challenges. FBI field division heads are nominated and approved by FBI Headquarters to increase and enhance liaison with their local law enforcement partners. Our federal partner nominees are recommended directly by the respective federal agency.

      The selected FBI executives, International, and federal/state/city/county nominees are reviewed and forwarded to the Director’s Office for final approval. Generally, the final selection announcement and participants are notified by their nominating FBI office between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

      The NEI has been variously described as the “Director’s own program” and as the crown jewel of the FBI’s executive training initiatives. It has led to the design and implementation of the Bureau’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) program and the Leadership in Counterterrorism Program, or LinCT.

  3. Wayman looks like a bulldog with dementia!!! I wonder how the other panelists received him and his answers. The Phds were probably cringing.

  4. TFOTM needs to investigate the sexual harassment incident that took place in Virginia while Wayman was at the academy that resulted in a Springfield officer being kicked out of the program. Allegedly, Wayman was involved in one way or another. Witness, suspect?

  5. Wayman didnt attend the FBI Academy until after he was promoted to Chief.This was only done to cover up another Gildea lie, because when Gilda promoted Parizeau he stated at a council meeting that the future of Westfield Police Chiefs will be deep in formal education, Parizeau had a degree from Trenton State College, Wayman barley got out of High School and never obtained a single higher education credit so Gildea had to Hurry up a formal education for Wayman when he was questioned about it in public. Wayman is without a doubt the biggest racist, most ignorant individual to ever wear a Westfield Police Uniform, but just like his mentor Tracy he was excellent at ruining peoples careers behind the scenes thru lies and fabricated stories. I find it amazing an individual that has failed at every level of his police career continued to rise, oh yeah Politics!

    1. Westfield Town Administrator Jim Gildea and Westfield Police Chief David Wayman are "partners in crime." Neither one of them had the necessary "credentials" to obtain their current positions in town government until after they ascended to those positions. The Westfield Town Council allowed Gildea, as well as his Town Clerk, Claire Gray, to be "acting admin." and "acting clerk" with up to a year to obtain the necessary certifications for their respective positions when there were other more qualified candidates for the job.
      The back room political wheeling and dealing is alive and well in Westfield. The dirt that each of them has on each other has allowed them to climb the municipal corporate ladder over more qualified personnel.

  6. Poor Rev Ron Allen, having to sit at the same table with David Duke Wayman