Should a police chief that knowingly broke rules and regulations and allegedly criminal law, during his career as a police officer, be involved in any part of the process that resulted in a recent decision to penalize a subordinate?
Why is a police chief that was never disciplined after he had his service weapon stolen while he partied with scantily clad women in an "adult entertainment" bar, judging anyone? Keep in mind, the stolen police issue 9mm handgun was subsequently used in a crime and recovered after an arrest was made.
Why is a police chief that has allegedly been banned from instructing at the Union County Police Academy, due to an incident with a police recruit, allowed to sign off on any subordinates departmental discipline?
How can a police chief, who during his career had criminal charges filed against him by another police officer, that if found guilty of those charges would have had to resign from his job or face termination, institute disciplinary actions against anyone?
A Westfield police chief that has avoided disciplinary penalties for infractions that violate departmental rules and regulations, and potentially criminal law, recently approved of the penalties levied on a subordinate police officer.
The police officer was involved in a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Lawrence Ave. & E. Dudley Ave. The officer was transported to the hospital for treatment after his patrol vehicle rolled over and onto the front lawn of a residence.
An internal investigation resulted in the following penalties to the police officer:
*Loss of vacation time for a period of 2 years.
*Suspended from overtime off-duty jobs for 9 months.
*Suspended from duty for 2 weeks with loss of pay.
The fact of the matter is that Westfield Police Chief David Wayman shouldn't have any authority with regards to the disciplinary actions levied on subordinates. Time and time again, Wayman has committed violations of departmental rules and regulations with impunity, taking advantage of the relationship he has had with disgraced former police chiefs Bernard Tracy and John Parizeau.