Off duty does not mean off standard for Island police

Off duty does not mean off standard for Island police

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— File photo by Ralph Stewart

Police chiefs across Martha’s Vineyard say they hold their police officers to a higher standard of legal, moral, and ethical conduct than the citizens they police, whether the officer is on, or off duty.

“When you take the job, you know you’re held to a higher standard,” Edgartown police Chief Tony Bettencourt said. “You know you’re in the public eye. We’re a small island. Even when you’re not working, you’re working, everywhere you go.”

“When you choose to take the job as a cop, you’re saying I’m going to live my life a certain way,” Chilmark police Chief Brian Cioffi said. “People in our community are supposed to trust us, they are supposed to believe in us. We stand between what’s good and what’s bad. If we’re acting bad, how do you go around and say you can’t do that, but I can? You’re expected to abide by the same laws you are enforcing.”

Recently, in questions, phone calls, and social media comments, Island residents expressed a wide range of opinion about the off-duty behavior of local police officers. The issue was raised publicly following an incident at a December 15 performance of male exotic dancers at the Dreamland nightclub in Oak Bluffs. Widely circulated videos and pictures show off-duty Tisbury police officer Kelly Kershaw as she partially disrobed and joined a male dancer on stage before hundreds of people at the nightclub. Ms. Kershaw was also on medical leave at the time.

In response to a news report in The Times, Tisbury selectmen said the town is addressing that incident through the police department’s disciplinary procedures, and following the advice of their labor attorney. The board, which acts as police commissioners, has not taken any action to date.

Some online commentors took the view that what an off-duty police officer does is his or her business. A number of commentors questioned whether towns respond appropriately to misconduct involving police officers. One caller to The Times, without offering specifics, said that police officers sometimes shield other officers from arrest or punishment.

Polices and procedures

Most police departments have clear written policies that define expectations for off-duty behavior, and written disciplinary procedures for those who violate the policies.

“Police officers are professionals, and as such, are expected to maintain exceptionally high standards in the performance of their duty while conducting themselves at all times, both on and off duty, in such a manner as to reflect favorably upon themselves and the department,” according to the Oak Bluffs police department policy on professional conduct and responsibilities. “Public scrutiny, and sometimes public criticism, is directed not only at police performance but also at the behavior, both on and off duty, of those who deliver police services.”

Most police departments in Massachusetts use similar, or identical language in their own policy manuals.

The “conduct unbecoming an officer” clause in most policy manuals is broadly written, and gives the governing authority wide discretion. The policy makes clear that officers are held to a higher standard.

“Such a catch-all rule would not be proper for regulating the conduct of the general public,” the Oak Bluffs manual reads. “However, over the years, police officers have come to understand that certain behavior is clearly not in keeping with good order and proper operation of the department.

“It is fair to say that conduct unbecoming an officer would be such as would alert a reasonable officer that his or her conduct under the circumstances would be inappropriate. Both on and off-duty conduct may subject an officer to a charge of conduct unbecoming an officer. Officers do not sever their relationship with the department at the end of their shift.”

In the know

Island police chiefs say their officers are well aware of the policy, and reinforce it regularly.

“They drill that into your head at the (police) academy, ad nauseum,” Chief Cioffi said.

Police chiefs say they take extra care to make sure special officers and summer officers know the rules.””That’s one of our major speeches,” Chief Blake said. “You’re here for 12 weeks, we’re here year-round. What you do reflects on us.”

“They’re younger, they want to have fun,” Chief Cioffi said. “I always tell them, this is the beginning of your career. If you’re going to choose to be reckless and do immature things, it’s going to affect you in the long term.”

Chief Bettencourt said the Edgartown police department gives special and summer officers little slack when it comes to off-duty behavior. “We pretty much have a zero tolerance with them,” he said.

Discipline on the line

Police officers are not immune to bad behavior. When it happens, police chiefs turn to their written procedures for disciplinary action. There is discretion in how each department handles complaints.

“It’s supposed to be progressive discipline,” Tisbury Chief Dan Hanavan said. “It’s a verbal warning, then a written warning, the third time can be a suspension, a short suspension or a long suspension. It could go all the way to termination. If we see a weakness in an officer’s behavior, we might send them to a training center, or assist them in getting some help in addressing the problem.”

Island police chiefs say they often deal with perception, rumor, and innuendo.

“Usually by the time it’s spun back to me, it may not be true, but that’s what’s in people’s heads,” Chief Blake said. He said he follows department procedures whenever a complaint is reported, he decides whether the complaint is sustained, or not sustained, in the language of the policy manual. He cautions that it takes more than a rumor before he can take action.

“Which doesn’t mean nothing happened,” Chief Blake said. “It just means you can’t prove it. Unless there is video or audio, and if there is no other history, if you can’t prove it actually happened, it has to be not sustained.”

Comments

  1. This article re-enforces my comments about off duty police conduct. You do not go to a strip venue, get drunk then disrobe and become part of the show while you are out on medical leave for blacking out driving and crashing a police vehicle. The progressive discipline that Chief Hanavan describes, I feel she has reached the re-training part.

    1. I’ll go on Oprah with the dirt I have on some of these officers…including the one that introduced me to cocaine in 1979 at The Seaview.

      1. Not sure Oprah would be interested kitty…..if that’s the best you have. So 34 years ago an officer introduced you to cocaine. Tell us about that…was the cocaine forced on you…or were you complicit in the incident. If you have dirt on cops that raises to the level of Officer Kershaw’s un-police-like behavior……make a complaint….get it all out there. You steadfastly stand behind a officer who has exhibited very troubling bahavior and assume that the police are out to get her. You need a dose of reality….

        1. No…it was not forced upon me and yes, I was complicit. My point is that this expectation of officers holding themselves to higher standards is great in theory, but I’m not holding my breath for real change.

          I have never condoned Kershaw’s behavior, katama. But she did step out of the shadows and apologize for her conduct, and that’s worth something to me.

          Kershaw humiliated herself. I see no need to rub her face in it.

          I respect that many are thoroughly offended by Officer Kershaw’s actions that night.. But she admitted to a problem, and stated that she was seeking help. That inspires a spark of compassion in me.

          I believe the last time we communicated, katama, it was to wish each other a happy 2013. Hope yours is off to a good start.

          1. You don’t have to hold your breath for change……..there is no need for change. That’s what many people (yourself included) don’t get. The vast, overwhelming majority of law enforcement officers are heroes…who do heroic things day-in and day-out to protect our country and its citizens. They make amazing sacrifices….take unimaginable risks…but yes, there are a few bad apples. There are bad doctors, bad church officials, bad politicians, bad electricians….bad every darn profession out there. Percentage-wise, there are not more misdeeds by law enforcement personnel that other professions. They should be held to a higher standard…..and they meet those standards almost always…but when they don’t…it’s those very standards that make the public think that they can demand perfection….and it’s never going to happen….we’re HUMAN.
            Life is good Kitty……….hope the same for you.

          2. Only a fool would disagree with your comment, katama.

            I have great respect, admiration, and gratitude to our men and women who sport the badge. Their job is often thankless, and yet without hesitation these folks put their life on the line with each and every call they respond to. There is no telling what danger may lurk around the corner, and what situation they will happen upon.

            But this is a discussion about friction within the Tisbury Police Department, and the conduct of two off-duty police officers on the evening of December 15. One would have to live under a rock to not know what Officer Kershaw did at Dreamland. The Times runs with the story. We know pictures and videos were taken, shared, and put on the internet for all the world to jeer and snicker at. Yes…had Kelly kept her pants on, we wouldn’t be here. But I ask you, just how long must she (and her two young children) suffer for her momentary lack of good judgement?

            And then we have the incident later at Season’s. Officer Parker could have simply left the establishment when he noticed Officer Kershaw. But he didn’t, and The Times won’t give equal coverage to Parker’s questionable conduct that evening. In my opinion, Parker also behaved very, very badly. A cop called a cop on a cop for a non-emergency. I find that unseemly.

            I regret even mentioning my experience at The Seaview some 34 years ago. It really has no bearing on the situation at hand, and I didn’t intend to smear the profession of law enforcement. My apologies.

    2. Off-duty special police do not harass other off-duty police in the world of high standards. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

      1. Here’s the good news, Jackie. According to this article, SPECIAL police officers only do a 12-week stint here on the island. Parker’s clock is ticking…

        I caught Ms. Kershaw’s public comment of apology regarding her behavior at The Dreamland venue. What I did not catch was Special Officer Parker’s comment of apology regarding his over-reaction and abuse of authority at Season’s that fateful night. You know…that may have gone a long way for many of us that respect those that acknowledge an error in judgement.

        1. Parker is not going anywhere. The 12 week stint comment is made for the special officers that are here only for the summer season.

  2. Moral Standard? How about you require an IQ test to be a cop. That would thin the herd FAST!!!

  3. I had to red this several times and “I Stil Dont Get It”!!!…………”It’s supposed to be progressive discipline,” Tisbury Chief Dan Hanavan said. “It’s a verbal warning, then a written warning, the third time can be a suspension, a short suspension or a long suspension. It could go all the way to termination. If we see a weakness in an officer’s behavior, we might send them to a training center, or assist them in getting some help in addressing the problem.”

  4. Well, yes, sexual harassment and discrimination are standards we all admire. This is a joke, right? I understand damage control for cops, but how about some follow -through on Special Officer Parker’s conduct on the night in question, as reported in this newspaper? Calling cops on someone, after you are repeatedly told by more than one person that no cops are needed, sounds like a harassing bullying to me, not to mention how creepy it is to make it your business to know what goes on in a ladies’ room. Is this being looked into as well? If you want “standards”, at least be consistent. Otherwise, this is just another hatchet job by a bunch of hypocritical bullies.

  5. Reinforcing the belief that law enforcement should be held to some “higher standard” is dangerous and just plain wrong. This line of thinking propulgates a misconception that law enforcement jobs are more important than, let’s say, a doctor’s, a lawyer’s, a teacher’s or any other job. In this land where, as far as I have been taught and know, all men/women are created equal and no one person is better or worse than the next, just what is that “higher standard” ? We ALL should be living to a “higher standard” based on lives built around firm moral compasses. Individualizing law enforcement helps promote that dangerous ‘thin blue line” , that these brothers and sisters in arms, are bound to protect their own. Cops still bleed the same color blood we all do, it is not some twinkling star studded form of plasma !

    1. Yet if the “higher standard” is made clear in advance and appears in the handbook that is part of their contract, then it’s the job they signed up for and they have no reason to complain or ignore.

    2. ‘Propulgates’? Really Greg!
      Let’s first start with a higher standard for people who decide to put pen to paper.
      There is nothing wrong with asking public figures to adhere to a code of conduct of a high standard. It may be an outdated idea but it sure is better than , ‘hey we’re all human’ excuse when you screw up royally.

      1. “There is nothing wrong with asking public figures (or anyone, for that matter) to adhere to a code of conduct of a high standard. ” But, there is something terribly wrong with someone attempting to fire off a not so thinly veiled personal attack on a contributor while hiding behind some contrived, fictitious “nom de plume”. Oh wait ! If “propulgates” has confused you, you really must get twisted looking up what the definition of “nom de plume” is.

        1. The only thing about ‘propulgates’ that confused me was whether or not it was an honest typo. Since ‘m’ and ‘p’ are not even close on a keyboard I assumed that it was a malapropism. Your reply confirms that.

          You weren’t attacked Monsieur Bochow! Let me know how the search goes for ‘propulgates’ when you get down from your perch up on the high horse you’re riding. And don’t bother trying to redirect the argument about whether screen names are cowardly since the vast majority of people posting use one.

        2. Thanks for the laugh!
          I did indeed find it with your help along with countless other laugh-out-loud ‘definitions’. Proppit, pro-pro, prosecutie…My favorite was ‘prosaxtinating; the art of playing your sax when you know something needs to get done.’
          I will let my friends at O.E.D. and Miriam Webster know they missed a few!

          1. Let’s not forget Sarah Palin’s “refudiate” which my autocorrect keeps trying to change to rechristened!

          2. How could I forget ‘refudiate’?? I’m sure it deserves a spot in Greg’s ‘Urban Dictionary’ he cites to substantiate ‘propulgate’.
            I’m sorry he has left the discussion. Perhaps he decided that nearly everyone posting in this forum were cowards hiding behind screen names!

          3. I do and I wasn’t! Thanks for catching the slip. I’m going to run all my posts by you in the future for proofing!

    3. What would that firm moral compass be pray tell? Please explain where we get that moral compass.Do you think what the officer did was ok morally? How is a higher standard ”dangerous” Do you believe a Presdient for example should be a role model for others? Is there a concept of first among equals? Should say a priest or pastor hold higher standards than a porn star. Please explain Bochow. You dont think some behaviour is better or worse than other behaviour because we are ”born equal” as you say or bleed the same blood.

      1. I’m lost.

        All I know is that there are expectations and those clearly seem to be explained throughout the career of police officers and law enforcement officials and even prior to getting on the job.

        Why is it when you’re a high school or college kid that you try not to get in trouble to get arrested because you’ve been partying to crazy? Because you know being morally or criminally questioned could impede your way to your police job.

        They take a written test with examples and questions about code of conduct and moral compass and “what would you do in this circumstance” questions. Training at the academy teaches this very thing and they must pass. When they are interviewed for their job I bet they get questions as to what they would do in certain circumstances and I have no reason to doubt all departments have employee handbooks which state code of conduct and expectations. The police do a yearly in service training where conduct and morals are a constant on the syllabus (look that word up). The command from the Chief on down drill this in their heads and if a cop on this island or anywhere else doesn’t understand right from wrong then they should face whatever discipline that comes their way for their own stupidity.

      2. Sadly, one president of late and Vineyard visitor was a role model. We now have a generation of middle schoolers who mimic his sexual behavior with Miss Lewinsky and consider it normal.

      3. I am not about to attempt to define everyman’s moral compass, nor guess the origens of morality and how it applies to the different people of the world. What is most important, I feel, is that I recognize my own standards of living and do my best to live a life of integrity. That priest and/or pastor and the porn star have the same opportunity to carve out a life with some standards of living. Personally, I don’t believe in role models, but there are some gorgeous ones in Victoria’s Secret catalogues. It is not for me to say whether the preacher or the pawn star has a laudable and better way of living. Hopefully, wisdom will guide any and all of them. Just for the record, currently I have two friends with active law suits for police brutality In New York. Evidently, at least two officers of the law missed the class that teaches that kicking someone who is already handcuffed, in the chest, head and face, after they have beaten them into submission is not quite appropriate conduct, but it just might be to a “higher standard”. Not MY higher standard but apparently someone’s, I guess.

        1. No, I bet they didn’t miss the class, I bet they chose to be stupid about it and it might cost them their jobs. We all make choices, not all are good.

        2. The definition of a compass is that it shows true north all the time. You cannot have many moral compasses—only one. If you are going to allow everyone’s definition of morality prevail we have the chaos we have now. Your comment about police brutality is irrelevant. Police do on occasion misbehave and break the law but it has nothing to do with the fact that they are held to a higher standard. You refuse to judge hence the preacher and the porn star are the same to you. Lovely.

          1. The aroma you cast is that of the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. Common sense prevails we are all alleged to have failings, besides you apparently. That this forum gets deluged with rhetoric over an individual who committed no crime other than embarrassing herself is sad. The amount of time all the postings we have seen could have been spent on a diversity of more deserving/productive interests. Screen name rants lack the credibility of the honorable who stand by their thoughts.

          2. GeorgeMV
            No one is suggesting we don’t all have failings. The posts come as a consequence of some people saying there is no problem and a cop can do want they want in their own time and there are no standards. Are you implying that one shouldn’t say anything to anyone on any subject due to the fact that we all fail? People who don’t agree all call posts ‘’rants’’ and then rant about anonymity which is a non sequitor. If you want to try a well reasoned logical argument as to why cops shouldn’t conform to a higher standard, we will listen but to shoot off an inane attempt at rationale is silly. This policewoman obviously has problems and to suggest she has none and no one should comment is dumb. Are you the arbiter of what constitutes a productive and deserving interest?

          3. Not one to deem myself an arbiter of taste, grammar or one’s right to embarrass themselves. The notion you personally object to various concepts with a tag that resembles no known name or word in the dictionary promotes a sense that leads one to ponder does a mirror enter your ability to question or evaluate at any time.To promote a continual public dissection of any human being for nothing other than pettiness is appalling

          4. I’m a fan, george!

            It appears that further humiliating a female police officer that is already self-humiliated and remorseful by her own actions just isn’t enough for the blood-thirsty. They want more…more smut, more details on the vomit (if in fact, true), more description of the exposed thong… and most of all, access to that highly-coveted, steamy Dreamland video.

            Well…it is winter on the island, afterall. I hear there are some good flicks being shown, a couple of interesting cooking classes being offered, a need for food pantry volunteers, and open-calls to join a book club.

            But really, such pursuits pale in comparision to the satisfaction of sitting behind a keyboard and tearing Ms. Kershaw to shreds.

    4. Cops should not have to be held to higher standards but they also should not break the law like Kelly did.

          1. Yeah, in a strip venue, lol. What next, arrest people for dressing in a way you consider immodest?

          2. She didn’t break the law, she violated what the article was saying was a Police code of conduct. And there’s video of it. lol

          3. Given the flavor of the adult-themed venue, I’m hard pressed to believe “open and gross lewdenss” applies here.

            Check out the Men in Motion website. Men in Motion is a troupe of male exotic dancers that strip off their clothes and simulate sexual acts all in the name of entertainment. People pay cash to watch (and particpate) in the spectacle. Outrageous behavior from the audience is not only expected, it is encouraged.

            I would be singing an entirely different tune if Ms. Kershaw partially disrobed at The West Tisbury Library.

          4. She wasn’t hired to strip. Kind of ridiculous that a friend of mine got arrested for public indecency when he took off his clothes to go for a swim in the harbor but it’s ok for a woman to take off her pants in a public place in front of hundreds of people.

  6. If I saw an off duty officer engaging in some sketchy activities, my faith in them and my respect for their position would be diminished.

  7. This article is grossly biased. Significant details have been deliberately omitted.

    Where’s the part of Special Officer Parker insisting to manangement, staff, and bouncer that Ms. Kershaw be tossed out of Seasons?

    Where’s the part of Officer Kershaw sitting with friends, sipping water and simply waiting for her ride to arrive?

    Where’s the part of Officer Parker dispatching the OB police to remove Officer Kershaw and creating a scene?

    Where’s the part of the OB police arriving to Season’s only to determine that Ms. Kershaw was just fine and in no need of assistance?

    Why is Kelly Kershaw’s name thrown out there, but not a SINGLE mention of Special Officer John Parker’s name?

    This article doesn’t even tell half the story of that night. But The Times makes damn sure their readers are treated to the “partial disrobing” detail.

    Outrageous.

    1. Why hasn’t it dawned on anybody that Mr. Parker’s motivation might have been to prevent more embarrassment to the department by Ms. Kershaw and get her the heck out of Oak Bluffs that night? Seriously, she had just totaled a cruiser and then she’s at a striptease making a public spectacle of herself later that week.

      1. FYI…Kelly crashed the cruiser on November 20. The Dreamland incident was on December 15.

        It wasn’t Officer Parker’s place to determine who could or could not be a water-sipping patron at Season’s.

        1. Really? What about the stripper-spanked, drunken, vomiting mess she was at Dreamland? So, you’re in town and hear that another officer from your department, one already putting a lot of public scrutiny on your department, is acting the fool and you don’t think that’s something to concern you? You need to learn about accountability.

          Sorry, I guess the military ruined my outlook, I was taught you were responsible for not only yourself, but, the actions of others from your unit. No commander I had would ever accept one of us standing by idly while somebody from our unit was doing something stupid in public.

          While his actions appear suspect to some, I think he was trying to put some damage control on that evening.

          1. First…I believe I speak for a grateful nation when I say thank you for your military service.

            Mr. Parker had no business dictating that Kershaw be bounced from Season’s. “I want her removed because she’s an embarrassment to law enforcement” isn’t justifiable, nor should it fly.

          2. No need for the nation to be grateful, it wasn’t a big service. It did however expose me to being responsible for actions and inactions of myself and those around me. You can even get in trouble for things that happened while you weren’t even there.

            Under the personal conduct rules of employment, ” I want her removed because she’s embarrassing MY department.” is a good reason to try. The bar is under no obligation to care. He could have chosen a more productive path to his objective, but, that’s hindsight. Plus, the videos were probably on YouTube already.

            Ms. Kelly’s biggest sin wasn’t going out and cutting loose. It was doing it in a local place where people know who she is.

          3. Ms. Kelly did a very stupid thing. You’ll get no argument from me on that front.

            Is there no merit to her apology? Or is it just too late for her? Serious question…no tone intended. Do you believe her law enforcement career should be derailed and her legacy be reduced to “the cop that stripped off her pants at Dreamland?”

            Did her conduct on the evening of December 15 physically endanger or harm another individual?

            Perhaps my capcaity for forgiveness borders on the naive/foolish.

          4. You bring up an interesting point, mckeekitty, “and her legacy be reduced to ‘the cop that stripped off her pants at Dreamland ?”

            Of course her apology should have merit (I think it was on line on this forum, so we’ll just have to believe for the moment that it was real and was really her…) BUT right or wrong she will now always be ‘the cop that stripped off her pants at Dreamland.” That’s not going away.

            She’ll also always be the cop who totaled her cruiser in a one car accident with a tree. That’s not going away either. We all live with the consequences of our actions and circumstances and the public has long memories. Sad, but true.

          5. Nothing wrong with your memory about the unfortunate crash. That’s why I carefully said “actions and circumstances”. I categorize that as a circumstance, but it will still likely be long remembered

          6. Or perhaps the cop that filed a grievance with the Tisbury Police Department for sexual harassment. I mean, if you are going to lump in the car accident and Dreamland, why not toss in the elephant in-the-room factor?

            I think there are many here that know that some Vineyard cops don’t pass the sniff test. And I’m not talking about those pissed off about receiving a speeding violation. Do you really expect them to speak out, especially in light of how Kershaw is being publically treated?

            When cops turn on cops, it doesn’t foster a sense of confidence to the citizens of the island.

            Bring on the thumbs-down…but I know I am right. MV cops get drunk/high. MV cops beat on their spouses. MV cops have problems. Just call Women Support Services and ask for some stats on this demography…

          7. I didn’t include the grievance for sexual harassment in my list of “actions and circumstances”, but now you did so, exactly proving my point. She’ll always be know as the cop who…

          8. Mr Parker would be negligent if he didn’t say something. I know we’re told the bar didn’t serve her, what if they did? Who’s the managing partner of that bar, a selectman? Cover up is possible and yet you manage to blame Parker who did nothing wrong. And if you claim he did, you know more than us.

          9. Oh, was she vomiting at Dreamland? Did you see this? The newspaper did not report this. How do you expect that Parker “heard” about what was going on at Dreamland while he was at a bar and “off-duty”? Were there police officers in the audience at Dreamland who were urging on the drunk woman? Really, who felt it was so important to notify some off-duty special cop sitting drinking at a bar? If cops were so concerned about the purity of their uniforms, why didn’t anyone try to stop the woman at Dreamland? Why isn’t it reported in the newspaper who exactly was urging on the “dancing” and taking videos of it at Dreamland? For some reason, there is no mention in this report about the sexual discrimination and harassment lawsuit against TPD by Ms. Kershaw, but logic dictates that the suit has a lot more do with this witch hunt than the integrity of anyone! And, by the way, how is anyone supposed to object to the bad behavior of other cops when this newspaper does not allow it, does not report on it, and the entire community pretends is doesn’t happen regularly?

          10. typical point the finger at the crowd mentality. There isn’t anything illegal about watching what she did, nor anything illegal of WHAT she did. It is simply stated here that there is a higher standard for which police officers should be held to. jacquelinemd, stop pointing the fingers at everyone behind her that didn’t help her. She’s a big girl and as someone previously stated somewhere, she didn’t need Parker overseeing her drunken state, why should anyone over see her strip show? be real.

          11. I am real. Those who expect some sort of admirable standard from people whose conduct is not always very admirable or intelligent anyway, on the job or off, are bound to be disappointed. Additionally, I tend to look at everything realistically. We are talking about Martha’s Vineyard police here. I stopped putting people on pedestals at about the age of 8 when I woke up one morning and realized my parents were not perfect. It was quite a shock then, but prepared me not to assume that just because someone wears a badge, carries a gun, (is on TV, in the movies, in the World Series, or cooks my food everyday) does not mean they have high standards that I can always respect. A gun, a job, or a mob doesn’t get my respect or attention– respectful, intelligent ,insightful, reflection does. I am probably the only person in the world who is not disappointed in Lance Armstrong. When you deify human beings, you wake up as an 8 year old who first discovers that his heros are only human after all. Get real yourself. My point is this is a witch hunt with some blather about demanding high standards for one, by ignoring the low standards of the rest. A bullying sexism is against the law in the workplace, by the way.

  8. The majority of the police on this island can’t even be held to that standard ON duty let alone off.

  9. Walk the line or go pump gas. There are those of us that live here who would walk that line and be proud to wear the uniform. You not only represent yourself, but those who have come before you. How will you be remembered? evidence or not….she knows the truth….the problem is if she cares or doesn’t. Its called integrity……she should have some of it and some self respect. Otherwise, she is going to make a lot of trouble for the Dept.. Oh wait, she has.

  10. Wow this sounds like horrible unrighteous behavior. I can’t believe an officer of the law would stoop so low. With that said – does anyone have video evidence of this behavior. I think this need closer examination.

  11. Wow reading this is funny.. I guess we can’t have 2/3 of the OBPD out getting wasted at Season’s and driving anymore.. have 1/4 of the EPD getting hammered at the PA Club or several other officers from other towns and state police drinking with their young babies in tow at the Look Out as I’ve observed other the years..HIGHER STANDARD ONLY IF ITS ON VIDEO OR AUDIO?? hmm sounds like alot of hogwash to me. And why is it only Kelly’s behavior in that keeps coming up? OPEN your beady little eyes and look around you’ll see a whole lot more going on..I remember growing up and the Chief (I’ll leave him nameless) wouldn’t allow his men to raise a drink to their lips in any watering hole in the same town they patrolled… And I know I respected them officers alot…wasn’t until years later when a new Chief( also leave nameless) came to town with his own drinking issues that’s when you started seeing more and more officers in local drinking establishments…And I saw a change in the way I respected them.. See them one night staggering out of the bar to only be parked in front of it in their cruiser the next night..Wow what a blinders you people wear!!

    1. Exactly. And this is what some really big hypocrites are pretending is not happening. This is such an obvious witch hunt retaliation against the woman for bringing sex discrimination and harassment charges against TPD. Island cops have standards. Sure. And we can all pretend we don’t know what those standards are.

      1. Isn’t it funny the same person this lawsuit is against cost the town $3m in another lawsuit?? However it’s the other person’s behavior that gets questioned

  12. There are plenty off duty officers that when not in the public eye they do far worse, and they do in private so no one else can see and know……to bad those officers are never held responsible and get away with it ~