More lying cops : Three St. Pete lieutenants falsified work hours

How about these “Sworn officers of the court”? Never assume that a cop is telling the truth. It is much easier to lie when it is assumed that you are telling the truth. If you are ever on a jury just remember that the cop is just as likely to be lying as the defendant.

“ST. PETERSBURG — Three lieutenants responsible for supervising the police officers who patrol the city were found to have been faking their work hours instead of showing up for duty on time.

In some cases, the watch commanders submitted time sheets stating they were working overtime while their police cruisers were still parked at home.

That’s according to an internal St. Petersburg Police Department investigation. A command review board examined their cases this week and on Wednesday demoted two of the lieutenants back to patrol officer. The third lieutenant retired early.

“It’s a disappointment,” police Chief Anthony Holloway said. “It’s frustrating to know that with all of the experience that they had, they would get that lazy or that complacent to not show up to work on time.”

Lt. Dennis Bolender, 52, had planned to retire in the fall but chose to retire this week before his case was heard, officials said. Lts. Cynthia Davis, 54, and Cleven Wyatt, 51, were both demoted.

Bolender had been with the agency since November 1986 and became a lieutenant in 2005. He made $110,614 annually.

His personnel file contained a few minor reprimands. One from three decades ago was similar to his most recent offense. In May 1988, a sergeant chastised Bolender for leaving his shift early at 6:51 p.m. instead of waiting until 7 p.m.

“I apologize and will see that it does not happen again,” Bolender wrote in a response to the complaint.

Davis made $105,768 a year. She joined the department in June 1996 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2016. There were no disciplinary letters in her personnel file.

Wyatt was earning $110,614. He was hired in October 1987 and had been a lieutenant since 2006. His file shows he has been disciplined for a few minor incidents such as failing to turn in an arrest report, pointing a gun at a subject who was deemed not to be a threat and failing to appear in court for a case.

Both former commanders will now make $79,518 a year, and the pay cuts will affect their pensions.

As watch commanders, the lieutenants were responsible for leading a team of about 10 officers who patrol sectors of the city. The internal investigation found that when the three lieutenants were supposed to be on duty from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., they were instead still en route, driving to and from their houses. Two live in Tarpon Springs and another lives in Lithia.

The internal investigation started after a tipster reported in January that the three lieutenants were not correctly checking in for work.”

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/St-Pete-police-Three-lieutenants-lied-about-their-work-hours_169351839

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