Skip to comments.Kings County sheriff's deputy jailed on embezzlement charge (Nabbed by a bait car)
Posted on 12/12/2011 10:35:01 PM PST by Respond Code Three
A Kings County sheriff's deputy is under arrest for embezzlement after fellow officers set up a sting and caught him stealing $500 from what appeared to be a stash of drug money.
Patrol deputy Nick Simpson, 33, a five-year veteran of the department, was arrested Friday, one day after he had been dispatched to a bait car with a hidden video camera, Sheriff Dave Robinson said Monday.
What Simpson didn't know was that the car in rural northwest Kings County had been planted with 1 ounce of methamphetamine and $1,760 in cash.
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You can’t get rid of bad cops fast enough.
Only the ones that act as bullies, Nazi’s and thieves and puppy killers.
I think we are saying the same thing that the bad ones need to go. but, the good ones can continue with the work.
I think 95 percent of cops, my experience, actually try to live the motto, ‘to protect and serve’.
Reading closer, it appears they did not conduct this sting until they were tipped off. And it appears or suggests only this one deputy was targeted, who was likely the target of the tip.
This begs the question: Are these internal stings done randomly, if so, how often? If not, why not?
Do they have to be "Tipped off" before conducting random internal investigations to determine the extent of corruption?
See #8. It appears they were not pro-active and did not conduct this sting until they were informed or tipped off.
Pro-active would be random stings to determine the extent of corruption.
“You cant get rid of bad cops fast enough.”
That’s the money statement in this thread. And sadly, today, there are more bad cops than ever. The biggest place for these kinds of offenses is in connection with drug interdiction. There’s just too much money and “salable material” around for the weak officers not to tap in to. Here in Contra Costa County. California we have a number of Sheriff’s deputies in jail on this kind of crime together with illegal gun trafficking. The other thing that is rampant is cops failing to observe normal traffic laws while on duty. They routinely fail to obey laws for which they would cite you or me. Finally, another bit that’s happened here is cops working with private investigators working for a particular lawyersin divorce cases helping to set up husbands in compromising situations. They’ve got the cops and the PI. I just wonder if they are going to go after the lawyer who instigated the setups. The whole thing stinks and those of you who revere law enforcement unconditionally, should do yourself a favor and look around.
That’s why I train all newbies that if you find anything of value in a car, money, dope, guns, ANYTHING, treat it like the FEDS are filming you.
They just might be and it’s an easy case and easy way to throw your cert and career away forever.
BTW, this incident here was not random, or pro-active as some up thread suggested.
I can't answer as to the frequency of pro-active "sting" operations run by the various agencies. They could have run all the stings on me they wanted, and if I found drugs, guns, or cash it ALL would have been booked into property. Our department's internal affairs did have a policy of making random calls to see how the officer handled the call, his/her conduct and overall professionalism. If someone screwed up, we wouldn't necessarily all know because of the confidentiality of the investigations.
We read of the occasional officer who is arrested, or the occasional TSA agent being arrested for theft from passenger's luggage, or of a member of ICE arrested for smuggling illegal aliens. There is a Freeper who has run tons of articles about officers getting arrested.
I had the same attitude. I would look a trainee in eye and tell them if I screwed up, and he/she had to give a statement, DON’T YOU DARE LIE! If I made the mistake then I would be the one to suffer the consequences, and I didn’t want a good officer to throw away a career on my account.
I’m sorry to read about the corruption up there. My wish is that any officer who is involved in felony activity be found out and dismissed from the force.
Officers are constantly reminded to be aware of officer safety. After Columbine, our Department Head made it clear that if the lives of students were in danger, that the officers WILL engage the suspects and do his best to save their lives. Our boss and others in our department, were highly critical of the actions of the police at Columbine.
The overwhelming numbers of officers take the “protect and serve” side of the job seriously. God bless them.
Thank you. I have known officers who screwed up and were terminated for things like theft, alcoholism, drug abuse, possession of child porn, lying during an investigation, and excessive force. No one at the Department disagreed with their firings. Law enforce agencies do a lot of housecleaning that never makes the newspapers.
Random means random, no specific target. In this case, they did not act until they were tipped off, and had a specific target. They likely had no choice but to react, as there was likely a paper trail, supporting documents/complaint etc.
If law enforcement want's to be pro-active, reduce corruption etc, internal random plants/stings would occur frequently.