The Triangle Chapter of the N.C. Police Benevolent Association and the North State Law Enforcement Association is [sic] supporting the candidacy of Durham Deputy Police Chief Ron Hodge to become Durham police chief.
The leadership of both organizations surveyed their members with the majority supporting Hodge over Hartford, Conn., Assistant Chief Jose Lopez.
Durham police Cpl. David Addison, president of the Triangle Chapter of the NCPBA, said, "... The desire for change within the department requires someone who is familiar with making the unpopular decisions. This will allow our department to learn and grow utilizing the experience and working knowledge of Deputy Chief Hodge."
The Triangle Chapter of the NCPBA and North State represents more than 80 percent of the officers employed with the Durham Police Department.
To both Triangle dailies, Cpl. Addison wrote:
The Durham Police Department has been subjected to yet another round of criticism from the city's leaders. This is like the first round of a fight with Mike Tyson. The decision has already been made.
We continue to stand in silence because our teaching shows us that retaliation does not profit anyone. As we stand bloodied from the slander and vicious attacks, we are just blocking punches. The air of voice is beaten out and the eyes of clarity have been closed. The only things we have left are the legs which are supported by over 500 sworn officers and nearly 200 civilians. We are still able to think but even the referee penalizes us for blows we have not thrown. How much more can we take? A lot, I suspect. However, we cannot and will not subscribe to the philosophy of abuse or continue to be victimized.
It is amazing, or is it just an election year? You decide.
June 10, 2007
In support of Addison's attack on the investigation into the DPD's role in the Hoax, Midgette wrote:
"We support any legitimate investigation that includes the review of all those involved in the Duke lacrosse case. A legitimate investigation based on the rule of law and procedural due process would certainly include the investigation of some of those who have called for the investigation.Cpl. Addison is not the only ranking PBA official to endorse Hodge and his avowed intentions to maintain the status quo. Durham Police Department Lt. Andy Miller, president of the NC Police Benevolent Association, offered his support to Hodge's candidacy in a recent interview with the News & Observer.
Durham's police officers are highly trained professionals who risk their lives daily serving and protecting their citizens. Their input is valuable in finding the truth and solving the issues. Rank and file officers should not become scapegoats for the indiscretions and poor decisions of others who may be rethinking their own original actions." - John C. Midgette, executive director of the N.C. Police Benevolent Association
Lt. Andy Miller, who has worked with Hodge for 18 years, said most Durham officers want Hodge because he's professional, straightforward about his expectations and knows the job.
"He takes a stand and ... isn't one of those people who says one thing today and does something else tomorrow," Miller said.
Given the choice between Hodges who stated:
"Folks, I can tell you there's nothing broke with your department...I don't recall that the Durham Police Department has been involved in something where we made major mistakes in the last five years;"and Hartford Deputy Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr. who offered:
I think philosophically, I would put an imprint that it is a transparent organization with the community, that the us-against-them mentality doesn't exist;it is not surprising that Cpl. Addison follows his simultaneous efforts to silence the department's critics, stifle the ongoing investigation into his and other's alleged misdeeds, and avoid responsibility for his repeated misleading public statements with the endorsement of Hodge.