Thursday, April 7, 2011

Larry Deen announces retirement

Now it's down to Julian Whittington and Mike McConnell.
Will Doyle Dempsey enter the race?  Will he stand a chance?
Videos are up on NWLTPA of the announcement this morning.  The actual announcement is in the 3rd video, if you don't have time to watch the entire thing.

261 comments:

  1. thats the best descision larry deen has made in years..im glad to see his "dictatorship" is over

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  2. Yes. Dempsey will run and Dempsey will win!

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  3. When Julian wins hope Doyle enjoys working nights at the prison

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  4. Deen's legacy may have stood intact if he would have bowed out and supported his long-time number 2 guy. If Whittington runs and wins after being demoted and then resigning from the department that's almost like Whittington beating Deen.

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  5. Not seeking re-election is the best decision Larry Deen ever made!Im giddy like a school girl! The rein of terror is coming to a close for all the deputies in Bossier Parish and their families. Julian has mine and my families full support.

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  6. Whittington is one outstanding man and Bossier Parish would be lucky to have him as Sheriff.

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  7. i bet deen runs against adley for senate. he's got too much money in his campaign chest to set this round out.

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  8. Don't forget Halphen is out there. He said he may run for office when he retired from BCPD. When he didn't join the marshal's race I figured he has his sights on sheriff. Any thoughts?

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  9. so larry demotes his long time faithful number 2 ( who is a far better man than deen every thought about being) and then steps down for dempsy. when did dempsy start going to spirit wind? have we ever had a more corrupt and self righteous sheriff? he showed his true colors yrs ago with that tx state trooper.....good bye and good riddance

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  10. KTBS reports Dempsey will announce later this week.

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  11. Dempsey shouldn't waste his time.

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  12. Dempsey is a good man - buy he will not be the next sheriff - anyone who thinks that is politically clueless - Whittington will be next sheriff unless a Danny dison or mike HALPHEN get in the race - then I think you could see a heated contest - but Whittington still wins that - Julian is a good man - long record of honorable service - lots of relationships built over those years and he is well healed - he will win despite whatever is put on this blog - Jim mark it - I am the 4 o'clock post from yesterday - I don't get them wrong

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  13. Doyle Dempsey is a good man and maybe one day he will become a sheriff but not this round. He has only been there about 6 yrs or so. Doyal will not get the finacial and personal support he is hoping for.

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  14. Dison would heat the race up. Halphen please, he needs to stay at his home.

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  15. Maybe Larry Deen is not seeking another term because his Wife has been sick and he wants to spend more quality time with her after their scare, they are devoted to each other and naturally this would be his top priority.
    I said Maybe?

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  16. Dempsey is a proven leader and will take the BSO to the next level. Whittington is a nice man, but has no backbone or leadership abilities. If you want Bossier Parish to stay a safe place - vote Dempsey.

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  17. Jimmy Joe in P.D.April 7, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    The reason Whittigton is running is because Deen did not pass the crown to him, so he's pissed. If Deen had kept his promise, then he would still be at the Sheriff's Dept. Oh, yea, that's an honest man alright.

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  18. Since when did Dempsey prove his leadership? He is Deen's most recent coffee fetcher. He has no experience in law enforcement and all the administration hates him along with everyone on patrol.

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  19. "Dempsey is a proven leader and will take the BSO to the next level. Whittington is a nice man, but has no backbone or leadership abilities. If you want Bossier Parish to stay a safe place - vote Dempsey."

    Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner. Most insightful post yet. Whittington is utterly incapable of making a decision. 90% of the so-called relationships he has throughout the parish are simply because he was associated with Deen for so many years. Dempsey will get Deen's support and all the money and voters that comes with it. Sit down and have a conversation with Dempsey and Whittington and ask some tough questions. Your mind will be made up within 5 minutes. Anyone else that enters this race is running for 2nd place.

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  20. My prediction is that about another 3 jump into the race since Deen is retiring. They were too scared to get in it before.

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  21. What about the Assistant Chief Deputy that retired with 30 yrs. experience 3 yrs. ago, Weaver. I've heard he was behind Whittington. He made alot of tough calls for Deen. He might be the "backbone and leadership" that some of you seem to think Whittington needs if he came out of retirement.

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  22. Sempsey is the only person I know of who rakes in well over $100,000 with no special training, no special schooling, and no prior experience and only 6 years at BPSO.

    As for "leadership", He's been the leader of Operation Exodus for two years, and hasn't done a thing with the program.

    He's Larry's lap dog plain and simple.

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  23. "If Deen had kept his promise, then he would still be at the Sheriff's Dept. Oh, yea, that's an honest man alright."

    You're talking about Deen since he is the one who didn't keep his promise, right?

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  24. I'm talking about Deen not keeping the promise to Whittington's daddy and that if Whittington had not been pooped on, he would still be at the S.O. still drinking the "Kool-Aid"

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  25. Halphin has NO chance... I'd love to see him get into the race and made to look like more of a fool than he already is!
    This race will be interesting.

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  26. I am too ignorant as well as stupid to make my own decision as to who to vote for, so I need all of the rest of you to be telling me how to vote. The only problem is it is making my empty head spin with this one saying "Julian", that one saying "Doyle", while another wants "Mike". But at least we are not lost with so many willing to tell us how to vote.

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  27. Halphen.... bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha he will only get one cop vote and that will be his!

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  28. For all the folks who don't think Julian Whittington doesn't have a back bone..... You apparently don't know Julian. His backbone is why he and Deen butted heads for the last 4 years. Julian has the knowledge to move BSO into the 21st century and get the dead wood out of the courthouse......Operation Exodus will become Operation Mass Exodus as all of Deen's yes men retire after Julian wins the election. I say good riddance!!

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  29. Dempsey is Deen's puppet on a string therefore he's NOT the man for the job. People get demoted in the Sheriff's department every time they go against Deen's demands. There are a few that have the integrity to leave when they don't believe in Deen and what he commands.

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  30. The only good man that has been mentioned in any of these post is Danny Dison. Now if he got in the race I think he would have a good shot at beating both Whittington and Dempsey. Everyone is saying that Whittington is such a good man, but he's not that great. If he or Dempsey wins the Sheriffs office will be the same as it is now, and thats not good at all. We need a sheriffs office that is out there policing, not kissing ass to every citizen all the time worrying about votes. If we dont change this now we will be living in east shreveport. Someone please talk Danny Dison into running for sheriff....

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  31. Since the deputies are not under Civil Service and the Sheriff can hire and fire at will I imagine a lot of them are shaking in their boots now, wondering if they will still have a job after the election.

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  32. Whittington wins! Put it on your book.

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  33. For Halphen to enter the race someone would have to sober him up first and then try to keep him sober! I don't know why you would think Whittington can't make a decision. He made the decision that he had enough of Deen and was going to run against him. That is not an easy decision! As for the thought Whittington has no backbone, come on people. The reason Deen is not running is because he is scared of Whittington. Deen has a lot to hide and he knows Whittington knows where the skeletons are. Plus Deen has pissed some very powerful and influential people and political offices off.

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  34. If you think Danny Dison has backbone then you never had any deals with him at Airline High School. He always tried to kiss a--and play both sides of the problem like a typical politician trying to make everybody happy not what was right. You might ask some of the Police Officiers that worked under him at the Bossier Police Dept how much backbone he had.

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  35. Anyone that would support Mike Halphen has never worked with or for him. He is NOT a good person...period. And Danny Dison is a great person but in my opinion not Sheriff material.

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  36. STRIGHT TO HELL............I HOPE.

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  37. Now seriously, if someone jumped you, and Doyle Dempsey & Julian Whittington were within shouting distance, who would you call to pull the thug off of you and wrestle him to the ground...Dempsey or Whittington? Decision made! We're talking about Sheriff folks! Take a look at them! Of course, Julian could call his daddy for help...

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  38. Just out of curiosity, when is the last time the High Sheriff pulled a thug off someone and wrestled them down?

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  39. Funny response, Jim, but you dodged the question...who would you call??? Doyle or Julian?

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  40. Halphen - drinking on the job.
    Dison - not interested in the job.
    Whittington - whining & crying on the job.
    Dempsey - the MAN for the job!

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  41. Tim in S.BossierApril 7, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    In reference to the last couple of posts.... I think the last person to pull a thug off of somebody lately would have been McConnell..... Hmmmmmm

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  42. That's totally irrelevant to the question of who would make a better sheriff.
    To answer your question, I would assume they would both have pepper spray and guns.
    I would get the thug off myself and call either one.
    If you prefer Dempsey that's good, but you're going to have to come up with a better argument than that.

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  43. Tim - most likely. Someone forgot to throw him in the mix.

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  44. julian could call his daddy but he would not. If anyone knows trully knows him they cannot say one bad thing about him. For the last 8 eight years he has not spoken one ill word about another person even though we know he has had plenty of chances at the office where he was. If you want a sheriff that cares, trully cares about people he is your man.

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  45. OK Jim...Here's some other reasons.

    Whittington was offered the opportunity to run for Sheriff with the support of the department and told his superiors (before witnesses) he would definitely NOT run for sheriff. Then he went home and talked to his daddy. When Dempsey expressed interest in running if Sheriff Deen retired, Whittington got mad and QUIT! With an axe to grind, a jealous spirit, & trying to divide the department...he now decides to run! DO WE REALLY WANT THAT TYPE OF INDECISIVE LEADER AS SHERIFF?

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  46. different story than i got from the witnesses at the dept

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  47. Well, your witnesses either weren't in the same room, have amnesia, or are being totally deceptive.

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  48. What's Julian Whittington doing for a living right now?

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  49. enjoying family and life as he should be doing before taking office as sheriff

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  50. Whittington has expressed interest in running for Sheriff for at least the last 10 years. I'm not sure why anyone would think Julian whinned and cried while he worked for the Sheriff. If I'm not mistakes he took his family on vacation and came back to Doyle Dempsy in his job. He didn't whine or cry. He quietly retired from BSO.

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  51. Must be nice. I have to work for a living.

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  52. He didn't retire...he's not old enough. He QUIT!

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  53. Manage your money as he has and will do for the parish and you can sit back for a while

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  54. Tim in S.BossierApril 7, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Hahahahahaha you bloggers are funny. Whittington and Dempsey might be able to pull a thug off of somebody but after that they wouldn't know what to do with him. They wouldn't know how to make an arrest if their life depended on it. Hahahahahahahaha

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  55. Trey Watts in HaughtonApril 7, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    You folks have forgotten or too young to remember that cousin Deen was given money by Daddy Whittington to run for sheriff back in 1987 with the promise to hand it over to Julian when he retired. That type of politics is not what this parish needs in a sheriff's department. Julian has gone right along with everything that cousin Deen has done for 22 years. He would have gotten my vote if he had done the right thing years ago. Seems the only honest man in the race is the one who jumped out there first. Looks like he is the only man who had enough guts to go against the dynasty. Think about it folks.

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  56. Can't wait. From the names that have been thrown around like Whittington, McConnell and Dempsey it seems we have one who might do a good job, one that has no chance and one with no experience. Please someone qualified join the race.

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  57. McConnell "Minnie Me" is a joke! And an idiot as well!

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  58. Tell Dempsey to go back to the oil field! That is where he is headed! Undersheriff! how about unemployed!

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  59. I don't think Larry Dean, Julluan Whittington, or Doyle Dempsey have ever made an arrest their entire career. I'm voting for someone who at least knows something about the streets. Come on people police work is for blue collar men and women who have earned their keep not these guys who were all given there position for political reasons.

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  60. Keep it nice guys, no personal insults. I unlocked the doors to the asylum so you can get immediate gratification when you comment. I really don't want to have to start approving comments again.

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  61. Lynn Austin for Sheriff ... Lol... Just kidding ... Or am I?

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  62. Kenny Hamm will be announcing his bid for Sheriff in 2 weeks! He has the money, experience, and the knowledge. Go Hamm!

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  63. Har, Har, Har, "Minnie Me", that's hillarious! Bet he has heard it all. I can tell that you have never worked with him or you would not have written that silly post. Everyone in police circles knows that your statement is not true. I for one, have worked with McConnell (at BSO). He has arrested hundreds of criminals, more than the whole Bossier Sheriff's Department put together. And, I know for a fact that he knows the law better than anyone I know. I also know that if he is elected as Sheriff, this department will be a great place to work and we will be able to police without fear of loosing our jobs or put back in the jail like so many have before. We are talking about Whittington who ran up the chain of command just like Dempsey, he just did it 15 years earlier, or have all you dumb-dumbs forgotten that. Whittington pissed off at Dempsey.... Please. A vote for Whittington or Dempsey is a Vote for DEEN.
    (No name for obvious reasons)

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  64. I predict that the field will be a total of 6 now that Deen has announced his retirement. Those who are coming out now were too scared to do it before.

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  65. Anon @6:59

    I have worked with minnie me and his evil minnie me twin! They both walk around with their chest poked out like they are something! That is until they breath then they look like a prune! LOL.... The best thing McConnel has to say is about himself! Look at me, Look at me! McConnell will be beat like a drum! With Tommy Lee beating them! LOL...

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  67. After 12 years with BSO you are vested and therefor can retire. Whittington retired because he wanted to. Deen has purposely ran alot of good men and women off from his department. Whittington was not always in favor of Deen's judgement calls. As far as kinship being an issue.....it's not. That family branch was broke years ago.....Deen will claim anyone to be kin as long as they are willing to be at his beck and call and jump at his every whim...

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  68. 7:33 - another comment like that one and I'll blog your IP from the blog. I've never had to do it before, but there is always a first time.

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  69. Anon 7:07
    If you worked with both McConnell's then you still work at SPD? Funny, so do I. I worked with Mike when he was here and still work with his brother Patrick. You are a liar on both counts. But, you can surely prove it by telling me where you worked with either of them. Or, does the name of liar still fit?

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  70. U heard of freedom of speech ? Mr. Jim go wipe ur nose first

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  71. Does not anyone think about the people that have worked at the BSO that was and is very capable of running it that might come out of retirement to keep this kind of circus from occurring. Someone who went throught the Dooley Deen transition and saw how the employees were caught up in all the confusion and not knowing if they would have a job or not. And he just might do it to prove a point. There are and were some very qualified people who not long ago retired that might just throw his hat in the ring.

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  72. I personally think it's all a big conspiracy. I don't think Dean and Whittington ever had a falling out. Everyone keeps saying it but no one knows what it is about. You would think someone would know. I personally think they are still tight as ever. They created this false feud to get all of us put both Whittington and Dempsey as the favorites.
    Think about that

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  73. "U heard of freedom of speech ? Mr. Jim go wipe ur nose first"

    Freedom of speech is great, but you don't come onto my blog and wish someone 'to the grave'.

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  74. If u were in my shoes u would say or do worse

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  75. Whittington vs. McConnell.....is like asking "Is Andy's bedroom really pink?" My answer is yes Whittington will win and Mc Connell will be embarassed to the point his face is as pink and Andy's bedroom!

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  76. @ 9:11..... Why don't you help us by explaining your situation.... I for one would be more tolerable of your posts if I knew where you were coming from.

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  77. "If u were in my shoes u would say or do worse"

    Why don't you email me and tell me about it? If you're not comfortable telling me your identity, just make a new gmail or yahoo email account.

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  78. "My answer is yes Whittington will win and Mc Connell will be embarassed to the point his face is as pink and Andy's bedroom!"

    I was at Andy's house yesterday and he took me back to see the 'dark muave' walls. They're pink.

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  79. The way I see it is that so far in this race there are two from Deen's top adminsitration and one who is not. I am fed up with all the outrageous spending of my tax dollars. I know who I am voting for. You morons can vote for the same ol crap.

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  80. I see a lot of different stories on here about all of the possible candidates... I like Whittington, regardless of arrest count or whether or not he can pull a thug off of me...

    For those that don't like McConnell and lowered yourselves to calling him "Minnie Me", get it right next time... IF you feel the need to do that, then it's "Mini (a small or miniature version, scaled down) Me"...

    For the "Freedom of Speech" character, freedom of speech is a great thing but disobeying the rules of a forum, which includes not being allowed to say certain things, takes that freedom away from you and if you don't like it then you can post elsewhere...

    Sorry if I stepped on your toes Jim, I have my own site similar to this, but a sports forum, and I know how it is to moderate and the thin line that lies between...

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  81. "Sorry if I stepped on your toes Jim"

    Not at all, you're right on target.

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  82. Having been associated with the Sheriff's Posse for the last 16 years I have I have my own perspective of the Sheriff and his organization. The positive things accomplished by Larry Deen far out weighs any negatives. I respect his decision to retire and wish him well. As for who comes next I will actively campaign for Julian Whittington to be our next Sheriff.

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  83. Whittington and Dempsey are the same as Deen. There is no doubt that McConnell is the best person for the job. I am looking for not only the best officer and leader, but also who will manage our tax dollars best. If Whittington and Dempsey where the leaders they want us to think they are they should had stood up to the good ol’ boy network before. AKA Deen's group (Whittington and Dempsey) Dempsey has only six and half years more experience than me (I have 0). Whittington had about 15 years to stand up to cousin Deen but did not. This looks to be a no brainer for me. McConnell for our leader!

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  84. 9:16 or should I say Julian. Good post.

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  85. Can anyone tell us about Dempsey? His lack of experience has been mentioned several times. Does he have time with another agency? If not, what did he do before joining the department? And why did he gain favor with Deen and move up so quickly in the department?

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  86. Is Tom Myrick not a contender? He seemed to be very loyal to Deen throughout the years. I thought Deen may show some favor on him too.

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  87. To my knowledge, Dempsey was a big-rig salesman and a member of Deen's church. That's how he hooked up with Scary Larry.

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  88. I saw the same negative comments about Austin on this site when he ran. Oh, he won big time. Deen supports Dempsey. Dempsey will win "good ole boys" as always.

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  89. Why are we making this a two man race already? Are we that shallow? Im gonna throw this out there for everyone to think about but Im sure yall won't.
    Everyone wants Larry Dean Gone but yet we are already makingthe race come down to his two right hand men. Neither one have any actual police experience. Both were GIVEN their position and did not earn them.
    Everyone thinks Whittington had some falling out with Dean because he stood up to Dean but as far as I know he has never stood up to Dean. He always seemed like a frightened puppy when Dean was around.
    Most of you don't remember how Dean was Vol's right hand man and they had a falling out and we then handed the job over to Dean. Seems like De Ja Vue to me except I dont believe there was a falling out.
    As for Dempsey, Anyone considering him has got to be out their minds. Enough said on him.
    I dont know McConnell but I do know he has actual law enforcement experience. Im not saying Im voting for him but He retired from SPD t ocome to work for BPSO because he like others on the outside thought LArry was a great guy. He soon found out what most of us already knew.
    So he stood up to him and got demoted to jailer. He resigned shortly after and is now running for the office and I can respect that.
    Whittington supposedly stood up to Dean and was made Chief of Corrections. WOW some feud huh?
    Remember they are still family.
    I waiting for others to enter before I choose sides

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  90. I agree with 2:41. We have no idea yet what Dempsey or Whittington plans to do with the office. It could be more of the same. That may be fine for most, so be it. And I am not supporting anyone yet, but when McConnell begins his campaign and you hear about some of the things that go on in that agency, take it from this former deputy (who never worked with McConnell) they are all true. Just the fact that a clerical person makes a six figure salary and has a car assigned to her should be enough to outrage most voters. But what really shocks me is that since that has been made public, no one has asked why. And it's not what most think. I won't say because I didn't witness it, but ask some of the old deputies from the Dooley administration why she is so taken care of. My favorite quote from the movie The Godfather . . . "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

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  91. I'll tell you what they plan on doing. The same thing Dean dud because that's all they know. Especially Dempsey.

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  92. The good thing is that we will have plenty of time to get to know all the candidates.

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  93. If Austin decides to run for Sheriff can he do so and still keep his job as Marshal or does he have to resign?

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  94. Austin cleaned up the strip, ridded Bossier of child predators and saved the world from the hurricanes.....I guess he can pretty much do anything he wants.

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  95. Anonymous said...
    If Austin decides to run for Sheriff can he do so and still keep his job as Marshal or does he have to resign?

    April 8, 2011 6:50 PM
    I would think he could keep the Marshal's job if he ran. He could then resign if he was elected Sheriff and have the Marshal's job waiting in case he didn't.

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  96. Anonymous said...
    Austin cleaned up the strip, ridded Bossier of child predators and saved the world from the hurricanes.....I guess he can pretty much do anything he wants.

    April 8, 2011 7:34 PM

    I'm sure Austin saved the world from a lot of things :) but the credit for cleaning up the strip goes to Henry Brown when he was D.A.

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  97. Dempsey is NOT a member of Sheriff Dean's church, and as far as I know has never even visited there. Dempsey was raised a good ole Baptist boy, and is now a Deacon in the church where he and his wife's people have attended for many years. This just shows what misinformation is being shared on this blog by some folks.

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  98. Anonymous said...
    Dempsey is NOT a member of Sheriff Dean's church, and as far as I know has never even visited there. Dempsey was raised a good ole Baptist boy, and is now a Deacon in the church where he and his wife's people have attended for many years. This just shows what misinformation is being shared on this blog by some folks.

    April 8, 2011 8:43 PM

    What is the name of the church he attends? All I've heard is he attends Deen's church so maybe you can clear this up.

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  99. I don't think he does, I believe he attends a church in Haughton.

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  100. The name of the church doesn't matter, we're not getting into people's religious beliefs.

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  101. Didn't the strip get cleaned up when Marvin Anding was mayor?

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  102. Jim said...
    The name of the church doesn't matter, we're not getting into people's religious beliefs.

    April 8, 2011 8:54 PM

    The name would have told me where which is what I really wanted to know (and should have worded it like that)but your previous post and the 8:43 post answered that. Apparently it's a Baptist church in Haughton.

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  103. It does not matter what church he goes to. The matter to me is does he learn anything from it and practice what he learns. Like Honesty and integrity. Not greed and deceipt. From an employee stand point the deceipt continues. According to Myrick in a meeting we were told we had to submit 20 names of people that we know who we would be willing to go to, with Doyle in support of him. We were told by Chief Myrick after a meeting with Doyle that we were going to support Doyle Dempsey if not oh well.....Read between the lines. The dictatorship continues in the BSO. Business as usual with Doyle and Myrick running the show. I think Dempsey goes to the Sheriff's church on Friday nights and attends his regular church which I believe is Assembley of God in Haughton, not Baptist.

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  104. I just went to Home Depot in N. Bossier and saw Dempsey and about five other deputies in uniform and marked sheriff's cars handing out fliers for Dempsey's vote for sheriff. Is this legal or ethical? Anybody know?

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  105. If those deputies are on the parish payroll I don't see how it could be legal or ethical. And I would have to be assured money from the Dempsey Campaign reimbursed the department for the gas and vehicle expenses.

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  106. 11:11 - Any idea why they are so concerned? Deen said the approval rating for the department was in the 90's and his pollster said he had the highest re-election rating of any incumbent ever, so all I would think Dempsey would need to do is rely on Deen's power and influence to bring him the election.

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  107. Sorry, the 11:53 post was for the first 11:11 comment . . . about having to provide the 20 names to Myrick.

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  108. 1st 11:11
    Politicing on duty is nothing new with the Sheriff's Department. Win anyway you can I guess. So much for Dempsey being ethical and honest. Why did I say that and why did I expect anything else, he, Myrick and Whittington were all trained and groomed by the best.

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  109. Just goes to show the people of the Parish if your the High Sheriff your above the law when using taxpayer money. You can authorize any deputy to do anything they in uniform as long as it adheres to his laws. So we are funding Doyle Dempsey's campaign whether we want to or not. Oh, but they will say they are on call 24/7 so this is the only time he has to do this. At our expense. Please Sheriff Prator move to Bossier Parish so we can have our not controlled by a dictator sheriff.

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  110. To Anon 11:11

    Dempsey and those volunteer deputies were handing out fliers about Operation Exodus not fliers about his campaign for Sheriff. At least that is what I was told. Did you see one of the fliers and it say anything about the Sheriff's election or are you just posting lies on a message board?

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  111. What a crock. I was in that meeting with Dempsey and Myrick. Not once was anyone told they would loose jobs. Myrick even said the most important thing the department needed to do throughout the election was to serve the people of Bossier and do our jobs. When someone asked him what we could do to help in the election he did say that we would be getting names of people who would support Dempsey, if that person wanted to help, and only then. He repeated that everyone had the right to support anyone they wanted, and the worst thing we could do is to think that we could force people to support Dempsey out of fear. Myrick even went on to say it would not be allowed for us to politic on duty, there would not be any department computers used or anything close to it.
    I have to say that until now I wasnt sure who to fall in with Whittington or Dempsey. They both are good men, but now I do know. No one with Dempsey would have made up those lies, so I just joined his campaign. I guess when it gets tough and you dont have a record of accomplishment, you grab for the dirt.

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  112. Why would the undersheriff, the number two man in the department, be out on a weekend passing out fliers? That sounds like a chore for his subordinates. Or is this just a ploy to begin his campaign? Has he ever been out before handing out fliers?

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  113. I met Mr. Dempsey at the Board Walk several weeks ago where he was shaking hands and talking about the sheriff's department. Seems to be a nice guy.

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  114. PLEASE will someone with some credibility enter this race?

    Both Whittington and Dempsey are jokes. Myrick is a joke as well.
    Come to think of it, anyone with any kind of rank at BPSO is a joke when it comes to law enforcement. None of them has law wnforcement experience. Find me one with the rank of Captain or above that has ever made an arrest. I just dont undertand how people can work for an law enforcement agency where the supervisors cant even begin to go out and do the job they expect others to do. Whats crazy is that Bossier Parish citizens love it. Oh by the way the criminals do too. Most BPSO deputies cant even fill out a simple accident report. They usually call the state police to do it for them. The deputies want to be able to go out and do police work so bad but dont know how because of this sherriff. What most of them do know is what they've pretty much learned on their own. Larry Dean is a joke. Its time for BPSO to become a real law enforcement agency not continue to be a political office.

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  115. Whittington and Dempsey should change their names to Deen. If these men were so good we why did they let Deen keep spending our tax dollars. I have have only worked in business type jobs, but I would never talk to my employees about who they should vote for. I see that there are two different stories about what was said in that meeting, but the fact seems to be that the leader talked about who to vote for. In the business world that is a HR mistake.

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  116. I am a former deputy from a long time ago and any time I ever spoke out about what I thought was wrong I was told there was a stack of job applications from people who wanted my job if I didn't like it. I had enough integrity to let one of those applicants have my job, but in Whittington's defense, he may not have wanted to leave, so he had to go along with the system or be run off.

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  117. Dempsey was out supporting the BSO today. He was not out promoting an alleged campaign. Where do you guys get this stuff? If you want to have any credibility, you need to be HONEST and stop spewing this ridiculous nonsense. If you had bothered to ask a deputy why they were out there, like I did, you would have found out that they were promoting a campaign to keep Bossier safe during an emergency. Dempsey's name wasn't even on any of the literature I got at Home Depot...it had Larry Deen's name on it. Get your facts straight people!!

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  118. By the way...it takes a big man to be ugly and dishonest and keep his identity anonymous. Impressive...

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  119. Some in positions who know what the general public needs to know about what goes on in public agencies would cause themselves problems if their true identity was known. So I have no issue with anonymity. And any poster can put whatever name they want on their comment, but it doesn't mean that's who they are.

    But my question is this, and you may have the answer . . . how many times in the last year has the department passed out fliers to keep Bossier safe in an emergency, and how many times has the undersheriff been involved on a weekend? If the answer is once a month, then I am good. But if this is the first time they have done it or this is the first time the undersheriff has been involved then you can say what you want but most of us will believe it was truly a disguised campaign effort on his part. And I have no issue with the undersheriff campaigning under the colors of the department, because he for all intent and purposes is the incumbent, as long as taxpayer resources are not being used. And if they are, then it really doesn't matter because most Bossier voters really don't care. In the name of law enforcement, they will open their wallets for the politicians to build their empires.

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  120. I too have speak up for Under Sheriff Dempsey. I went to Home Depot today and was greeted very professionaly by who was most likely an Exodus member and was given a booklet that spoke of the Bossier Sheriff's office and times of disaster. I observed no politicing of any kind.

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  121. Mr. McConnell. That was very honorable of you to post that considering that Dempsey might be one of your opponents very soon. There's been a lot of negative things said here today about Dempsey, Whittington, and Myrick. I'm curious in your years at SPD and BPSO, did you have any dealings with any of these three and if so, would you agree or disagree that they are "jokes" who know nothing about law enforcement? Thank you in advance. Hopefully some of the other candidates will come here as well and give us some insight into their campaign and plans for Bossier Parish.

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  122. Sheila said...
    Dempsey was out supporting the BSO today. He was not out promoting an alleged campaign. Where do you guys get this stuff? If you want to have any credibility, you need to be HONEST and stop spewing this ridiculous nonsense. If you had bothered to ask a deputy why they were out there, like I did, you would have found out that they were promoting a campaign to keep Bossier safe during an emergency. Dempsey's name wasn't even on any of the literature I got at Home Depot...it had Larry Deen's name on it. Get your facts straight people!!

    April 9, 2011 7:06 PM

    So the Undersheriff just happens to be out giving literature, at one business very busy on a Saturday, on the first weekend after Deen said he would not run and right before he announces his intention to do so? It may have been planned a long time ago but is a very strange coincidence for sure.

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  123. Sheila said...
    By the way...it takes a big man to be ugly and dishonest and keep his identity anonymous. Impressive...

    April 9, 2011 7:18 PM

    I got the below message when I went to your blog so isn't it hard for you to criticize folks for posting as anonymous?

    "The Blogger Profile you requested cannot be displayed. Many Blogger users have not yet elected to publicly share their Profile".

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  124. Sheila,
    Dean is a joke, dempsey is a joke, Whittington is a joke, and myrick is a joke. Operation Exodus is the proof. Ask any law enforcement officer and they will tell you how stupid that program is. Most of the good ideas that Dean came up with he got from other agencies then parades around like he came up with it himself. Operation Exodus is his completely. JOKE

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  125. Anonymous said:
    April 9, 2011 7:18 PM

    I got the below message when I went to your blog so isn't it hard for you to criticize folks for posting as anonymous?

    "The Blogger Profile you requested cannot be displayed. Many Blogger users have not yet elected to publicly share their Profile".s said...



    I do not have a blog. I posted this on here using my name. I do not have a problem with people knowing what I think or what my name is. And if so many people hate Dempsey...he's probably doing something right! Just might have to vote for him...

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  126. I got the below message when I went to your blog so isn't it hard for you to criticize folks for posting as anonymous?

    "The Blogger Profile you requested cannot be displayed. Many Blogger users have not yet elected to publicly share their Profile".

    April 9, 2011 10:03 PM


    So all we know is she posts using the name "Shelia" because she keeps her personal info as a blogger user private? So beside the name "Shelia" we know as much about her as we know about any anonymous poster. So then why is she upset with people using anonymous?

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  127. I do not have a blog. I just saw this one and commented. But it's nice to know that if I did, I have a fan! :)

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  128. Anon @ 10:06

    I just read the mission statement on the Sheriff's website for Operation Exodus. So like you I agree it's a big joke!

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  129. Sheila said...
    I do not have a blog. I just saw this one and commented. But it's nice to know that if I did, I have a fan! :)

    April 9, 2011 10:41 PM


    Click on your name and see where it takes you. I don't know you well enough to say if I'd be a fan or not. Maybe...

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  130. I was reading through the blog and saw this.
    Sheila said...
    I do not have a blog. I just saw this one and commented. But it's nice to know that if I did, I have a fan! :)

    April 9, 2011 10:41 PM

    Shelia many times if you sign in with your GMail account it will show the B beside your name in blue. I think this indicates a person has a blog or can show info other blog users can see. That happened to me before so I just sign in as anonymous. This might be what happened in your case.

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  131. And we don't even know if her name is Sheila. The Name/URL option will allow you to use any name you insert.

    Plus, it's easy to identify yourself if you are part of and/or support the establishment. Sometimes those we need to hear from the most, the ones who are exposing the establishment, must remain anonymous to protect themselves. Even the most simple-minded should see that.

    But too even the most simple-minded would have realized Dempsey, regardless of what it appeared to be doing at Home Depot, was campaigning. And there is nothing wrong with that. I am ready to hear from him and the other candidates to hear what their platforms are so I can start making my decision on who to support.

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  132. so BPSD deputies have a MANDATORY meeting Monday.......just to tell us we better be at Dempsey's announcement to run Thursday night
    at the civic center.....And better bring all your family to make it seem he has our support.........As usual they will have the clip boards checking the names off.......Better go with the flow or you wont have a job.....And they say we can support someone else? Go ahead and you wont have a job to comeback to...just ask the ones that didnt go with the flow in the past.

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  133. Anon 4/9 9:36
    I appriciate the opportunity to answer your question about Whittington and Dempsey being "jokes". Under no circumstances do I think they are jokes. During the time I spent at the Bossier Sheriff's Office, I observed many things that i did not agree with or condone. Some things were dishonest and down right illegal. The biggest part of the deputies making false arrests is due to the lack of training. We in law enforcement do not have the luxury to make mistakes. We wind up dead or spending time in a federal prison. I was astounded when I observed the lack of training the new road deputies received. This lack of knowledge of the law was not limited to road deputies but to supervisors also. They constantly gave bad information to subordinates. The Bossier Sheriff's Office needs a leader who knows the law and has the experience to guide it and its people in the direction it needs to go. So, I have come full circle to your question reguarding Whittington and Dempsey being a "joke". Again, the answer is no, but I must add that neither meet the bare minimum standard of knowledge or experience with crime to fill the roll of the chief law enforcement officer for the parish. Thanks for the questin and with Jim's permission, I will be submitting an article for his readers which will outline other things that the citizens of this parish will find interesting about it's sheriff's office. Again, thanks for the question and I encourage more.
    www.mikemcconnellforbossiersheriff.com

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  134. Mike, as you know I'm happy to publish anything for any candidate to help get their message across to the people.

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  135. Hey Mike,

    I am a former deputy (from many years back). I look forward to what you have to say about what goes on at the sheriff's department. I hope you will eventually speak out about a few things that bothered me when I was there . . .

    1. The assignment of cars to non-essential, non-law enforcement personnel, and the assignment of cars to those who are part-time or not even employed at the department. While I can appreciate clerical people driving around in marked cars give the impression of a higher law enforcement presence, I don't think it's up to the taxpayers to provide them with transportation to and from the courthouse on a daily basis.

    I also wonder about the liability. That patrol car is a sign of help to anyone in distress. What would happen if a clerical person with no experience, field training, courage, etc. drove up on a life-threatening situation and got hurt, or worse, failed to act? It seems very risky.

    2. The pay scale (or lack thereof). I have never understood how a clerical person who works 8 to 430 Monday thru Friday, who never works a holiday, weekend or nightshift, and who never has to respond to life-threatening situations, can make as much, and sometimes even more, than the brave deputies out there by themselves on the road keeping us safe.

    3. Patrol staffing at night. Most folks see all the patrol cars during the day (see comment 1) and have no idea that sometimes there are only three or four deputies out in the whole parish in the middle of the night, when the citizens are most vulnerable . . . at home sleeping.

    Thank you. I look forward to your campaign.

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  136. I was visiting a rural cemetery recently, and when a BPSO deputy saw my car there, he pulled in and looked me over, which I did not resent considering the vandalism that happens in cemeteries. But after he was that I was just an old man being a history buff and looking at all the old tombstones, he continued to sit there and watch me, so I slowed down my visit and spent more time there just to see how much time would be wasted on a situation which anyone with good sense could tell was not at all criminal in nature. It was a full half hour that I was watched and then when I left the cemetery, the deputy drove right behind me, at an unsafe following distance all the way back to Bossier City. What a ridiculous waste of resources!

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  137. Anon April 10, 2011 12:50 PM
    1. The assignment of cars to non-essential, non-law enforcement personnel, and the assignment of cars to those who are part-time or not even employed at the department.

    I wouldn't really be surprised but did he actually give Sheriff's cars for people to use who are not even employed by him?

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  138. 8:11 - The two I know about . . . one is a local preacher who serves as a chaplain, as needed, and the other was a 12 year non-law enforcement retiree who kept his SUV for several years beyond his retirement until his death a few years ago. Both of these were long after I left the department, but I knew them both. Maybe there is a deputy serving now who knows more about it or may even know of others. Then there is the garage employee who works two days a week that has an unmarked pick up truck assigned to him permanently. I saw the chaplain and his wife going to a local restaurant in his car a few weeks ago.

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  139. 4:16,
    I read in the paper all the time about old perverts doing perverted things in public places. I say good job to that deputy.

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  140. Anon 4/10 12:50pm
    Thanks for the questions. The reason that there are non-emergency employees that are given take home parish owened vehicles by this administration is considered a perk or a reward. Some would say that it is warranted and some would say that it is not. The citizens of this parish would have to make up their own mind on that matter. And, yes there is a huge amount of civil liabiliy that hangs over the sheriff's office concerning employees driving marked units and who are not certified law enforcement such as the "Possie". By policy, they are not to carry firearms. This only compounds the problem because many of them do. I want every abled bodied "Possie" member to be certified to carry a firearm who can because I don't want to read the headlines where they were killed after walking in on a robbey at a Circle-K unarmed. They have no less rights than any other law abiding citizen of this parish.
    In referance to the outrageous pay scale for the sheriff's office administration, I look at it with raised eyebrows just like every other taxpayer in this parish. If you go to my political website at www.mikemcconnellforbossiersheriff.com and read the artical on the last page, you will know my thought on the topic.
    You are correct in referance to there only being 4-6 deputies assigned to the whole parish on the graveyard shift. Some times there are only two. This is wreckless and irresposible management. I have a plan to possibly double the manpower on any given shift with no added expense to the taxpayers. I will utilize deputies from the jails to accomplish this. As you know, we get into law enforcement to make a difference on the streets, not in the jaill. Unfortunately, that is where everyone starts at a sheriff's office. Jail deputies will jump at the chance to get their feet wet on the streets. This is a win-win situation for the sheriff's office and for the citizens of this parish. A thirty minute response time for a citizen calling in a crime in progress is ridiculous especially if life is in danger.
    I hope I have answered your questions and I encourage those who need answers to ask. You can find me here on the blog site or email me at mike@mikemcconnellforbossiersheriff.com

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  141. April 10, 2011 11:31 PM

    LoL.. Also, anyone couldve done the vandalizing after the policeman left the scene... I agree that he was doing his job and was most likely driving close to read and call in the plates just to double check. That's all fine and dandy to me since I don't have anything to hide...

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  142. Mike

    You said in an earlier post that you would be posting and article to this forum, which would be outlining your plan as Sheriff. I was just wondering when the article will be posted for viewing?

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  143. It would be really nice if someone with a long military history would jump in this race.

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  144. they are unmarked get it straight.......easy to sling mud just make sure to at least get the facts straight.

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  145. Anon 5:28
    Uh... what? I am sure you are speaking of Mr. McConnell's Q an A. He is speaking about "MARKED" police cars being a liability..... you get it straight.

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  146. I agree with 5:49, Mr. McConnell answered the question the way it was asked.

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  147. anon 5:28

    I have it very straight.
    Enjoy every minute with the BSD.
    Hate to hear someone who was there for a heart-beat blur that straight line.There was a good reason Mike left the department,but he wont bring that to the table.Do we really want a leader who quits when he does not get his way? What a primadonna..one who thought his S#!% didnt stink.....Got all my FACTS STRAIGHT I have worked there a LITTLE longer than the mud slinger been in the trenches with the best of deputies...And for him to say we are poorly trained. What a load of S#!$.He left because he couldnt hack it....HE WILL NOT GET MY VOTE....Cant stand a quitter shows his true character.If he didnt like the way the BSD did the "illegal" things like he said...why didnt he stand up like a leader and do something???? BECAUSE they didnt happen...If he did see things go on and did nothing about it, he is just a guilty??? RIGHT?

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  148. Mike is doing what any man of integrity should do. He resigned and he's gonna take it to the people. If the people want more of the same, then he will move on. If they want change, then he will take over and correct all he saw that was wrong with the department.

    When I was there I saw deputies doing questionable things. I saw deputies do things they should have been fired over move up in the system and become supervision and administration. There are many good deputies in the department but there are as many who don't belong there.

    There are a lot of people who enjoy every minute at the department. That's because they are overpaid and have perks beyond what a public employee should have, while the hardest working most courageous deputies languish at the bottom for eternity.

    I don't understand your comment about the cars being unmarked. The discussion included both.

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  149. Anon 6:18
    My life is an open book and the terminology in use today is "transparent". I have nothing to hide. I will tell you and everyone else who wants to know why I left the sheriff's office. I say "office" because the seat is filled by an elected official which makes it an "office". When I questioned authority or tried to give advice I was sent back to the jail and when I asked why, I was given different answers.
    My supervisors who only had about five or so years on the department were threatened by me because of having over forty specialized law enforcement schools, a bachelors degree, assigned to two different street crimes units, six years working as a robbery/homicide detective, and having more commendations and awards than the whole sheriff's office put together. Not to mention it would take a bossier deputy several life times to gain my experience.
    I qm not trying to come across as overbearing, you asked the question so now I am answering. I stood up and that's what I got. I could have done like everyone else and not made waves, but I got into law enforcement to make difference and that means inside and out.
    I am not a mud slinger, I am presenting fact and I might loose this election but my parents didn't raise a quitter. I resigned on October 28th, which was two months earlier than planned, to run for sheriff. Ask anyone qho knows me an they will tell you that I have planned this for at least ten years.
    One of the reasons I hired on with the S.O was to gain knowledge about the department that I had aspirations to some day lead. Needless to say, it didn't take long for me to see the problems within.
    I can tell by your post that you are upset with the plain and simple truths that I have spoken. I assume you are of rank within the department and not some young deputy as you claim. You have my name, now make yours known so that you can get brownie points and move up the chain, because that's how it works there.
    Thanks for the question.

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  150. Anyone that knows Mike McConnell first and formost knows that he isn't a selfish person and by no means thinks that his S**T doesnt stink....he is very open and very willing to do whatever in his powers to make changes....and he may have resigned early or whatever but in my book wouldnt you rather someone be honest and do things the right way and try to better things then brown nose their way in some where? And if you are willing to be a "mud slinger" then you need to get the facts right and not be such a coward and at least state who you are...your remaining anonymous because you know what your stating about mike is not true!!!!

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  151. Larry Deen has served the Parish well. He has done many wonderful things for the people of Bossier Parish throughout his tenure. One of Deen's faults is his way that he treats some of his employees. (No, I'm not some disgruntled employee) The best example of how unfair he has treated employees, was the promotion of Doyle Dempsey to second in command. This man was a former 18 wheeler salesman with zero law enforcement experience. From day one, Dempsey was placed on this pedistal, for some reason, and fast/tracked through the system. Dempsey spent very little time in a patrol car, patrolling the streets of Bossier Parish. One of the only attributes Dempsey has is the "gift of gab". A politician must possess the "gift of gab", but should also be very knowledgable of the office in which he is applying for. Dempsey is a good man but is being prematurally groomed for such an assignment. There are many others at the Sheriff's Ofc. who have been promoted just like Dempsey who do not deserve such assignments but this one is probably the biggest slap in the face of those who have been there for many years. Deen has truly surrounded himself with some real questionable people of the years. One, who is currently a Captain, that should have been prosecuted years ago for attempted murder. (prior to being hired as a Deputy) Hell, he's a Captain that hasn't even attended a Basic Criminal Justice Academy. There are many other un-deserving folks at the department, to many to list in this comment. Currently there is one, well more qualified person in this race and I am sure there will be more that enter. The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Ofc. needs a face lift. Deen may not be publicly endorseing a candidate in this race, but I assure you, there are those who are currently in those lucrative positions are. So much so, they are the ones applying pressure to other, lower ranked individuals that are. Pressuring those through intimidation and tactics that are grossly
    un-ethical.

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  152. If Mr. McConnell knows about any of this, I hope he replies. If these prior comments are true, then somebody knows about them. There is no way any of this could have been kept quiet around the Sheriff's Office. What do you have to say Mr. McConnell? Any thoughts?

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  153. This is to Anon 5:28,

    I am new to this post, but not new to the website and read with interest your posts.

    From reading Mr. McConnell's posts, I find that he is willing to bare his beliefs as well as his credentials in order for those of us that are truly attempting to make an informed decision about who to vote for in the Sheriff's election.

    Having said that, I believe that Mr. McConnell has stated, albeit, indirectly, that he can stand the heat and does not quit. Anyone who can be employed with the Shreveport Police Department for as long, and accomplish as much has he states he has, does not have anything to prove to me. Although I do not live in Shreveport (I live in Bossier Parish), I commend those officers across the river. I do not wish to live there or have to work as a police officer there due to the amount of crime.

    From what Mr. McConnell wrote, he stated that he did attempt to stand up for what was right and was sent back to the jail for doing so. Seems to me that instead of complaining about the administration, he decided to do something about it. He has decided to run for Sheriff.

    I don't know much about Mr. McConnell, but I do know this. If he has the opportunity to be the next Sheriff of Bossier Parish, instead of telling his deputies to go to work, he won't pass up the opportunity of getting in the car seat next to them.

    Isn't that what we all expect of our next Sheriff?

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  154. Mike,
    From one law enforcement officer to another, I think your assessment of BPSO is spot on. Most of the deputies of BPSO would agree. I'm not for sure how your going to be able to get through the brainwashing in which Larry Dean has placed on the voters of Bossier Parish. I'm afraid your gonna have to play dirty politics and force Whittington and possibly Dempsey to answer for the ridiculous and often times illegal things Dean has done over the years.
    If you sit back and just explain how your going to improve BPSO your going to lose. I would name all of Dean's top dogs and show where they have little or no law enforcement experience. Playing nice will cause you to place dead last. Ask Sam Wyatt if you don't believe me.
    Most of the deputies are begging for someone like you to come in and give that organization some structure which has never had before.
    To all the Bossier parish residence,
    Bossier Parish is no longer a small community. More people means more crime. They tell you every January that the crime rate is down but none of those individuals can tell you how a crime rate is figured. Wake up. Politics and policing do not mix.

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  155. Me and my fellow law enforcement officers have sat back for years in disgust at just how easily people can be tricked by slick politicians, especially at the law enforcement level. I don't want to pick on Deen because he is leaving, but for an agency that is so soft on crime to be hailed as a highly progressive crime fighting machine over the years has been laughable.

    3:55 is dead on. Not that he needs to hear that but the voters surely do.

    Voters remember . . . you can feel safe or you can be safe. You decide. I choose to be safe. Spin masters can make you feel safe when you really may not be.

    Let's pay attention to the candidates and infuse some real professionalism into the Bossier Sheriff's Department this fall. It is long overdue.

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  156. to april 12, 355, There is no doubt that bossier has one of the most corrupt sheriff offices in louisiana. That is why Deen is not running, he is trying to protect himself. I am sure some of his dirty little secrets will come to the surface. Wyatt not winning the marhal's election had nothing to do with keeping quite. He lost because he was not qualified in all areas of the office. He also did not have the full support of the Bossier Police Department. A lot of the officers of BPD simply did not like Wyatt and did not get out and vote for him. Some of the people of Bossier did not like the idea that he left the police dpt and went to work in the public sector. His low numbers reflected all of the above. The only mud slinging done in that race was by the tea party against Austin.
    I do hope that facts get presented in the sheriff's race, but mud-slinging does not come in play. This is a very important election for the citizens of Bossier Parish. Each voter needs to study the facts presented and research each candidate. Where they came from, why they were hired in that first place, what they have to offer, and in some cases, why they left the department. Deen will be supporting Dempsey, make no mistake. Will that be good or bad for Dempsey? Will be interesting to watch.

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  157. Read McConnells posts - all of his bragging, better than any deputy or policeman, thinks he has more credentials than anyone - sounds like a Hitler to me. Thought the "Dictatorship" was what he was trying to get rid of.

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  158. I appreciate all the good citizens of this parish who want to make and informed decision and who ask questions of me and my campaign.
    In reference to the question asked by "Voice of Reason", Anon 9:36 made a great assesment of Sheriff Deen doing a good job as sheriff, but some where down the line, as he built his kingdom, he lost sight of what truley matters the most which is service to the citizens of this parish. He proved it when he raised taxes last year and by being very waistfull with our tax dollars (keeping his management team lavished in luxury) and other things. I suspect that it was greed that clouded his judgement along with all of the interesting friends he picked up along the way. I also agree that Under Sheriff Dempsey was skyrocketed to the top without merit and that other more deserving men and women were passed over for the position. Under my leadership, I will institute a true rank structure within the department which will entail taking a promotional exam. This is fair for all employees of the sheriff's office. I suspect the reason a rank structure has not been put in place before now is that Sheriff Deen arbitrarily gave pay raises over the years and when you give pay raises, you can also give yourself one. This accounts for Sheriff Deen's pay also being out of alignment.
    While campaigning, I have learned many interesting things about the Sheriff's Office spending. It reminds me of working a homicide where you follow leads that take you in all sorts of directions. I will be bringing out these facts later in my campaign and on this blog in the near future.
    In reference to the statement about there being a Captain on the S.O. who should be in jail for Attempted Homicide and that this same person has never been to the P.O.S.T (Police Officer Standards and Training) Academy, I find this statement very interesting. I have never heard of this before, but, let me say this on the matter, if it is true, then the conspiracy runs deep. It starts at the top most position in the sheriff's office to the Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs to the head over the academy. It means that P.O.S.T documents have been falsified before sending them to Baton Rouge, which means Malfeasance in office, Theft (felony) of State Supplemental Pay and every ticket and every arrest made by this person was illegal which means criminal and civil litigation against everyone envolved and also the sheriff's office. If this is true, then the powers to be do not want it out of the bag.
    I also expect that others will jump into this race now that Sheriff Deen in retiring. I am the only person to run against Sheriff Deen in 22 years and I made it known to the public on 1/11/11. I am the only person to have the guts to run against the incumbant Larry Deen. Everyone else is jumping in because he is retiring and not because they were standing up for justice. I am disappointed that he is retiring though... maybe he saw the writing on the wall.

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  159. To show you how smart McConnell is - the sheriff's salary is set by state law. He cannot give himself raises. Do the people of Bossier Parish actually want someone like McConnell that keeps making all of these false accusations. Bossier Parish is a lot smarter than that. Even Shreveport didn't want McConnell.....

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  160. Anon 3:55
    Thanks for the support. One cop to another, I will not sling mud, I will though, bring out the facts about the Bossier Sheriff's office and it's leaders. Some hecklers will try and say it is mud slinging, it is and will be the truth. You cannot fight against the truth. Under my leadership I will reduce the huge amount of waistfull spending (if your budget doubles in 6 years from 15 million to over 36 million, there is a problem). I will put more deputies on the roads with no extra cost to taxpayers, give more duties to our Posse members, introduce structure and rank to the sheriff's office, bring equality for ALL employees (which means women on patrol- come on, its 2011!), give extra and specialized training to everyone, not just a few elite. This is just a few of much more changes I will make.
    I would like to talk a little about your statement that every year they say crime is down but they can't tell you how crime is figured.
    Departments that have a population between 200-250,000 report their crime statistics to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and not every crime is reported, only eight. These crimes are manipulated (cooking the books)and sent to DOJ and then administrations relate this information to the public to make it look as if crime is low. There are several other ways to "cook the book" which I will cover in other posts. Fact: Bossier Sheriff's Office cooks the books and I have seen this first hand and I will reveal it.
    Thanks for the question.

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  161. @ April 12, 2011 10:32 AM

    Hey man, I don't know McConnell, nor do I know you, but it looks to me like you have an apparent problem with him. It's almost as if you're posting under "Mike McConnell" and then bashing "him" with how you really feel... McConnell this, McConnell that... Geez, give it up... The BS didn't work against Austin and it's not gonna work against McConnell...

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  162. "Do the people of Bossier Parish actually want someone like McConnell that keeps making all of these false accusations."

    It sounds like it's you making all of the accusations. If you can't follow your crap up with facts then get lost.

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  163. McConnell - one man show

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  165. 1:29PM - I am replacing your comment with this:

    I think Anon. 4/11/11 @ 9:36 is referring to (deleted). Saw him one day upon entering the courthouse and could not believe he had become a lawman, knowing what I know. He shot a musician years ago outside a night club in Bossier. Rumor was he shot him unprovoked.

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  166. i think that you (anonymous) need to get your facts straight mcconnell is sitting here telling yall straight facts and if you are a police officer you should appreciate that he is laying it out on the line and is trying to make changes...i mean can you seriously sit here and say the things your saying and just because he satated that he has all this training and degree's doesnt mean that he is bragging...he is trying to let the people know the training and back ground he has...i dont understand why you would want a dishonest person in office or someone that is not willing to state the things that he is sharing people deserve to know whats going on and where their money is going..and the changes mcconnell is willing to make come on now!!! stop being so selfish!!!

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  167. I happen to know the deputy that referenced in the attempted murder. I also know the man he shot and the woman it was over. no charges were ever filed. Said deputy went on to serve in the military. i will not name the deputy, but if asked he will tell you the whole story in detail.

    Mc Connell seems like a blow hard to me and just as full of hot air as Deen. This is just my opinion. I cant see myself voting for someone who finds fault in all aspects of the department. My family has a long line of law enforcement in Caddo, Bossier and Bossier City, he has already lost our votes by his posts to this blog!

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  168. Anonymous...if he has already lost your votes then y do you keep taking the time to post to the blogs....and because he is speaking the truth and making it a point to speak the truth about the department and the bad things that go on he is full of hott air? mike is far from this he would give anyone the shirt off his back and do anything to help anyone or make the best out of things that he could...

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  169. Mr. McConnell
    Since you're being so open with everyone. I've never heard the full story on the facts surrounding you discharging a shotgun in front of a S'port HS at a car. I've always reserved judgement due to never hearing the whole story. I was told that that incident was one of the contributing factors with you leaving SPD. Please explain what happened, if there was any disciplinary action and if you feel like you made the corrrect decision that day. Thank you

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  170. Amber
    I am the spouse of a former BSO deputy who got the short end of the stick handed to him by Myrick and Deen. There isn't alot that Mc Connell can tell me about the department I myself don't already know. I nor my spouse ever drank the "kool aid"! 22 yrs with the BSO. This is Bossier Parish not Shreveport. His ideas will not fly or be well received in the manner he is trying to convey them.I am not in agreement with him on training, etc. I know several deputies who assisted the US Marshall's Office in several raids and still works closely with them today....Apparently they don't have a problem with the training at BSO!

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  171. @ Amber -

    You said "and because he is speaking the truth and making it a point to speak the truth about the department and the bad things that go on he is full of hot air?"

    It's like a vehicle, a person can tell you all day that one is great but when you had a bad experience in the past, you will always hate that brand, or model... This is the same instance with this anonymous cat on here... She can't seem to understand that just because of one bad experience, the rest may not be that way...

    Those people are the first to complain when they get scolded for coming in 5 minutes late, and say, "But I've been 5 minutes early all week"...

    @ Anonymous - Take the good with the bad and weigh them out with facts before raging out to someone on a blog.

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  172. Lsu04 thats what the other person said it that he is full of it becasue mike is saying all this stuff I think they are just mad becasue he is speaking the truth and thanks your right about taking the good with the bad!!! people just need to get it together and be HONEST but these days not very many people are honest!!!

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  173. He did this same crap at SPD.....i was there!

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  174. bossier bob..what crap did he do at spd? just asking?

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  175. i think that ya'll are taking the way that mike is talking about BPSO in the wrong way..and that yall should read more into it and ask more questions then just making accusations...yes everyone has an opinion and a say in this but i think that everyone of these guys running should be giving the benifit of the doubt and really if it matter to them they would be on here defending there self as mike is and answering the questions and clearify the things that everyone is talking about...

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  176. Once again McConnell is wrong on pay raises for BSO. The citizens of Bossier Parish voted a tax in so that are deputies could get a raise. The raises were based on so many dollars per year of service. Where was Mike when deputies didn't even clear $1700 a month???? The state sets Deen's salary.

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  177. This isnt about who gets paid what its about the citizens and the protection of these citizens...and making changes in my book and yes the pay is nice but i mean isnt the concern here about more than just money and who has this and that? lets be adults and see what McConnell is trying to change and make right..i dont think he is after the money at all he is just stating that things have been done wrong and gone about the wrong way!!

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  178. Anon 3:02
    I began processing with the Bossier Sheriff's Office in late summer of 2008 and was envolved in a shooting in October. I was assinged to the Robbery/Homicide Unit as an Investigator and was headed to eat when I heard radio traffic of a vehicle pursuit on the west side of town. I continued on to the restaurant but monitored the pursuit which had now progressed to the east side of the city. The officers involved radioed that the suspect was running red lights in excess of 60-70 mph. There was also radio talk that the suspect was possibly wanted for a carjacking in Texas. I was several blocks away from the intersection of Line Ave/Kings Hwy when the pursuit came north on Line Ave from Pierremont. I knew that if the suspect got to Line/Kings he would probably kill someone if he ran the light. I was able to get to the intersection before the suspect and stopped all traffic to let him through. As I was holding traffic at a standstill with me in the intersection, I could hear the sirens from the pursuing units, but did not know the suspect had gotten so far ahead. As I was walking out of the intersection, I happened to look up and observed the suspect vehicle coming straight for me at high speed, and at that moment, I knew I was going to die and leave my wife without a husband and my five year old little girl without her father. I fired one round at the suspect from my shotgun in protection of my life which lodged in the front of the pickup truck. Some might ask why I armed myself with my shotgun when I exited my detective car. The soft lead pellets of a shotgun round have less penetration than that of a 40. caliber round. I also knew that if the suspect were to crash in that intersection and run towards the school, I was going to have to use deadly force against him. I could not, under any circumstances let him enter the school to possibly take hostages.
    After the shot was fired, the suspect changed course and continued on. He subsequently made it back to Queensboro where he crashed and later taken into custody.
    The new Chief of Police, Henry Whitehorn (Ret. LSP)gave me a letter of reprimand for the incident which was later overturned by the Civil Service Board after they heard the evidence and watched the dashcam video of the initiating officer. The Board consistes of 2 police officers, 2 fireman and 3 civilians. The vote was unanimous to overturn the letter of reprimand and then chastised the Chief for disciplining me for saving lives.
    It is unfortunate that we in law enforcement cannot predict the time and place when we are involved in a life or death confrontation with suspects, I wish we could. When I got home that night, all I wanted to do was hold my little girl because I promised her, the first time I held her, that I would always be there for her and see her grow up. I cannot imagine being without my family. That day haunted me for a very long time.

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  179. April 12, 2011 3:02 PM
    Did that answer your question?

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  180. Mr. McConnell, I am amazed to read you noting your many credentials and stating that you had more education than probably the whole sheriff's dept. It is obvious you did not get to know many of your co-workers while there. My husband worked there and has a notebook full of certificates, awards, and a college degree, A BS in Criminal Justice. He did not drink the cool-aid and was promoted as he earned it. He is not a liar, thief, or underhanded. Deputies work at the discretion of the Sheriff who is elected by the people. When a new Sheriff is elected everyone in the Dept. will have to re-apply for their job under a new sheriff. They will be asked to follow the policies he sets forth during his administration.He answers to the people that elect him. If you wanted to work for Civil Service for the protections afforded you, you should have not left Shreveport. You, like others left Shreveport because most likely the lucrative salaries that were being afforded deputies at BSO compared to Shreveport and the low crime rate in Bossier Parish. I commend you for stepping up to the plate and bringing the awareness you have to the Dept. but not all is negative and you need to remember and get to know more than a handful of deputies that work there. Some of them are respectable family oriented people who appreciate having a job with a decent wage. I agree secretaries do not need to be making the kind of money these people make. But, if you look in the private sector you will find the same kind of favoritism. You need to educate yourself who the employees that worked for the dept. that raised it to the level of professionalism it is today. No man is an island. Your only as good or bad as the people you surround yourself with. Wasn't Chief Rittenberry, Retired SPD, Sheriff Deens main advisor. Why does everyone fail to mention him. Your isolated incidences of unfairness is only the tip of the iceberg.

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  181. GRASS AINT ALWAYS GREENER

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  182. I cannot speak for Mr. McConnell but...I do not think he intended to offend anyone with his comments. I think he is simply trying to show that he has the credentials and experience to effectively lead as the Sheriff of Bossier Parish.

    Anyone who worked for the BSO for ANY length of time knows that educational opportunities at the BSO have nothing to do with ability and everything with who you are....just like job placement!

    Are you all aware that women are still not allowed to ride patrol? There are female Deputies in Patrol cars but they serve Civil papers and are NOT ALLOWED to answer calls for assistance!

    Someone commented that Deputies pay was based off of months or years of service! Where did you get your information? Because I ASSURE YOU THAT STATEMENT IS INCORRECT!!

    I know Deputies who have been with the Sheriff's office as long as the Sheriff has been in office who make THOUSANDS less than some who have been there 5 years!

    It isn't what you know...it is who your Daddy or Uncle or Brother in law is and if you are a female...you have to work ten times harder!

    I know that emotions are running high....they usually do in matters like this but I ask you all to look at experience and credentials! Just because someone has held a position of authority in the BSO doesn't mean that they have EVER been on the streets fighting crime!

    Make an informed decision! Go to the courthouse to the clerk's office and pull records! EVERYTHING is public record! Go to the Federal Courthouse and pull lawsuits against the Sheriff and the BSO for discrimination..INFORM YOURSELF! Let's stop the mud slinging and be adults!

    This is a serious matter! I personally would like assurances that whoever is elected to the Office of Sheriff will be fair in hiring practices and promotions! Testing for job placement and Rank!
    If YOUR Sheriff isn't fair with his own people how can you expect him to be fair with you? If having the right name or relative or gender is the way he makes decisions to promote or place his Deputies then what do you think will happen when YOU...John or Jane Q. Public are in trouble? Do you think that you will be treated fairly?

    I personally think we need a new administration in the BSO...the old one is based off of "GOOD OLE' BOY" politics....Can Mr. Whittington or Mr. Dempsey promise that they will operate this Department different than it has been operated during their tenure?

    Yes, I support Mr. McConnell...I was a Deputy for MANY years and I know how things work there! I have made an informed decision!
    That is what you all need to do! Research, listen and decide! Don't just follow blind loyalty!

    I had a friend make the comment to me the other night that Doyle was going to win because his church is huge and they would all support him. I told her point blank I thought that was laughable! You would choose your Sheriff simply on the basis that you go to church with him? What about experience? What about ability?

    Let's just try and remain positive...and make informed decisions like responsible adults!

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  183. I was just told the same thing. That Doyle would win because of his church.

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  184. Mr. McConnell,
    I find, after being at work all day, that this forum has grown lengthy in my absence. Some good posts, some not so good, but I can see that the hecklers that are posting may well do you in by death from a thousand cuts. A jab here, a jab there.

    I have not made up my mind as for whom I will vote to fill the position of Sheriff, but I will keep an open mind.

    It is obvious that you are not a politician from your post about your background and experience. You came off sounding arrogant, which I do not believe you intended. A politician is arrogant and does not lend himself to saying so. His actions give him away. An unpolished speaker oft times unintentionally speaks before thinking, which is human nature and understandable. I understood the message and received it the way it was intended, but I also see where your post has offended some.

    I believe that your heart is in the right place and that you have cultivated lasting friendships at both the BPSO and SPD.

    Now on to the reason for this post. Being a psychologist, I see that "groupthink" is developing within these postings.

    Let me explain: "Groupthink" occurs in settings where the alphamale or female (this could be the most aggressive, biggest, or even the most obnoxious person) in a group of people that has been assigned the role of leader.

    The leader says something or makes a suggestion by way of admonition and the others in the group all agree, without questioning the thought process or authority of the leader. What happens is that the group is now only identified by the leader and not by the different individuals within the group. No one thinks for themselves anymore and only go on the thoughts and ideals of the leader.

    Herein lies the problem: The leader makes a decision and everyone in the group says, "Good idea!", without any forethought as to what consequences lay ahead due to the implementation of that idea.

    What I am trying to say is that just because someone says that we should all play in the middle of a highway, does not mean that it is a good idea to do so.

    "Groupthink" is dangerous because we forget how to think for ourselves and go along to get along.

    In conclusion, I urge everyone posting to keep an open mind and not listen to the hecklers. They have an axe to grind and are attempting to instill "Groupthink" so that we lose our individuality.

    Listen to all of the candidates. Give them your undivided attention and vote your conscience when the time comes.

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  185. There truly are a lot of fed up employees within the department who cannot speak out for fear of losing their jobs or being demoted to a less desirable position. If being labeled disgruntled because of so much unfairness, then so be it. There truly is major problems with the promotional system in place there and that is fact. Promoting people because of family, money given to "Deen's Deputy" program and so forth is just wrong. There is truly something wrong when someone is hired and then promoted to a rank with little or no experience. McConnell speaks truth about some of the major problems in the department, but McConnell needs to learn some political tact. He must learn to balance the two. No favorotism, just tact.

    Dempsey has no experience in law enforcement whatsoever. He is a good guy, but has no business running for the Office of Sheriff. Get some experience Dempsey and run after you have become a seasoned Officer who truly understands your subordinates perspective of honestly working their way up the chain. You disgust quite a lot of Deputies who have worked many years more than you. Their families who have suffered the loss of their moms and dads throughout their careers because they put in their time working the grave yard shift or got called out to work a crime during a tee ball game and so forth. They took the job and knew what it was about, but fare is fare. You should have had to endure some of this just like the others and earned the respect of your peers. You have had things handed to you on a silver platter and can never understand how it feels to walk in the shoes of those who have paid their dues.

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  186. You hit the nail on the head Voice of Reason! Well said!

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  187. Anon 3:12 and 8:17
    It was not my intension to offend you, your husbands or anyone else and I apologize. I should have been more clear in my post and re-read it for mistakes prior to sending it. I worked with very professional deputies who were and are dedicated to this job. I will not nor will I ever disrespect the deputies of the Bossier Sheriff's Office. What I am trying to convey is that the department's administators are to blame for the lack of deputies training. Once they graduate the academy that is were most deputies training ends. Many deputies who knew I was going to run for Sheriff, voiced their concerns about not being able to recieve more training. Your husband knows better than anyone else that the more training you have, the better you are. The problem with gaining more training is that the ones above you become threatened.
    I want the deputies both men and women to have any training that they want. In Meredian MS, the federal government has instituted FREE training for law enforcement at the Reginal Counter-Drug Academy. They give training in Patrol Techniques, Patrol Spanish, Meth Labs, Advanced Search and Seizure, Patrol Response to Crimes in Progress, Interview and Interogation, the list goes on and on. There is no reason not to take advantage of this free training. Is it so bad that I want everyone well trained? Why is it so hard for administrators to be good to their people?
    When I gave my credentials, I was meerly trying to make the point that I have the experience to fill the job as Sheriff, not to degrade anyone especially my friends at the department.
    Again, I appologize for not checking the post.
    In reference to your statement of going to work for the S.O. for better pay:
    When I left the Shreveport Police Department, I was 9 out for Sergeant and I would have put on the stripes later in the year or the following year. I was making $60,000+ a year with overtime and took a $20,000 a year cut in pay when I hired on with the Bossier Sheriff's Office. Yes, I hired on at $40,000.

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  188. hey one who knows,
    i dont know tghat i have ever seen a negro deputy or female deputy on the street in a police car
    where are thney?

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  189. About the pay. I do not know who sets what but I did a google search and found on the Times website that in 2008 Deen made $155113.06 in TOTAL WAGES AND BENEFITS. That same year PRATOR only made $104780. I think Prator has done a much better job. Why would he make $50,000 a year less? This same year Whittington made $109421.73 and Doyle made $69409.51. Seems thik a lot of money. I would also like to see what they have spent there money on. The world on the street is Deens office is the best man cave ever. Those men in the "house" should had stood up as Mike did and said this is too much. I hate getting my tax bill and knowing that MY money is being spent like this.

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  190. Hey anon,
    You said that the state regulates the Sheriff's pay. Then how do you explain the pay difference between Prator and Dean? Maybe you are the one that is wrong about your information, pal!

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  191. Anonymous....African American Deputies who are on patrol are generally assigned to areas that are predominantly inhabited by African Americans...at least that is the way it was when I was there...As far as the Sheriff's salary....I always thought that it was based off of parish size and population...and yes...it is set by the state government.

    I urge you all to go to the courthouse!! Research! If you are this concerned that you are posting on this blog then be concerned enough to do the research and make your OWN decision!

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  192. Deen's salary is just a drop in the bucket compared to what he puts away via that church. I personally know people who have gotten their children out of legal problems by making a "donation" to that so-called church. I worked with a young man who tried for years to get on with BSO and couldn't. One day he walked in to tell me bye, he was going to work in the plain dealing jail for the BSO. I made a comment like "well you finally got hired, congratulations." His answer was, yes, he had joined Spirit Wind church and made a large contribution.

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  193. Hey Bosser Boob,
    You sound like me, a "heckler"!I think VOR has got your number.He says your a groupthink weirdo!
    Baaaaahaaaaaahaaaaaahaaaa!!!!

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  194. Heckler,

    That is not exactly what I posted.

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  195. Hey Bossier Bob,

    Your initials wouldn't happen to be R.T. from Golden Meadows would it?

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