Ind. Frat. Order of Police president says Straub left department in 'shambles'

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by DANIELLE GRANT & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 23 at 5:43 PM

SPOKANE--The president of the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police gave KREM2 News more information on incoming Police Chief Frank Straub.  He's accusing Straub of leaving the Indianapolis Police Department in shambles.
 
Sergeant Bill Owensby says an overwhelming amount of people within the department didn’t see eye to eye with Straub.  He says Straub wouldn’t listen or communicate with the department or union.

Under Straub’s leadership, Owensby says 900 police officers worked in expired vests, a violation of state law.  That wasn’t the only essential equipment they weren’t getting.  There were often battery shortages for things like radios and tasers.

The Fraternal Order of Police conducted a morale survey before Straub took office.  Eighty-five percent were in favor of the direction of the department.  After a year into Straub’s tenure, 90% of the officers questioned his support.

Sergeant Owensby believes a new chapter lies ahead for the Indianapolis Police Department, but it'll take a while to recover from what Straub left behind.  Owensby did say Straub is an intelligent guy and hopes his new ideas will help move the Spokane Police Department forward.

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