Saturday, July 13, 2013

Baxter Initiates, Completes 68 Tasks As Chief

  
And Saved GPD From FBI Takeover

He tells YNN: "There were three police officers going to jail from one agency. I challenge you to look at any agency in America and find three police officers at one time that went."

Not only that, Baxter says the department was down to 78 officers when it called for 100. There were only two fulltime bosses on the road when there should have been 12.

"It was just not only a recipe for disaster, but it was spiralling. If it wasn't for the good, hard work of the people that took the helm when the head got chopped off this organization and the fact the people have supported me, well, since I've been here, this place would have been controlled by the FBI and been under a consent decree like a lot of organizations are."
 
SCATS ~~ That's the first time I've heard the FBI was about to take control. Another Auberger/Loszynski cover-up?
  
  

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think this statement implies that the FBI was planning to take tie dept over but rather Baxter's supposition that without his work as a "savior" the turmoil would have reached the point where someone like the FBI would have stepped in

SCATS said...

To 4:46PM ~~ I'm not so sure of that because of the other part pf his claim: "this place would have been controlled by the FBI and been under a consent decree like a lot of organizations are."


Tell me of some other PD in NY where this happened? He makes it sound like a frequent happening.

Anonymous said...

Schenectady , Beacon City, Suffolk , Yonkers

SCATS said...

To 9:10AM ~~ Interesting ... especially in light of Baxter's earlier remark: "I challenge you to look at any agency in America and find three police officers at one time that went."

I Googled Schnectady, and the first article stated that FOUR COPS were sent to prison in 2002 on drug charges.

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Probe-clears-police-at-last-4164914.php

Baxter doesn't seem to really know what he's talking about whenever he starts putting out details.

SCATS said...

By the way, I do not define FOUR as "a lot."

Anonymous said...

Baxter loves the camera as much as Schummer. When this white knight rides into town and goes to your fireman's dinner or neighborhood meeting he is getting comp time that he cashes out at 1.5 the rate at the end of the year. Over $100.00 per hour to visit your group and you the tax payer are paying. Yes isn't it wonderful he showed up to our event!

SCATS said...

Here's an insightful piece by the FBI on ethics, corruption, etc. within a police agency: Police Corruption
An Analytical Look into Police Ethics


http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/may_2011/law_enforcement_professionalism

Based upon what I read there, I conclude GPD still has corrupt cops because they continue to employ (and even promote!) many WHO KNEW & LOOKED THE OTHER WAY during the Rahn scandal.

Anonymous said...

4 is more than 3 right?

Anonymous said...

I wonder who the next chief will be that will be giving press conferences telling how he cleaned the mess up that Baxter is making?

SCATS said...

To 6:32PM ~~ Doh! Don't try to tell me Baxter's comment meant just three and not more. He's not that smart.

Anonymous said...



638 Just for my info, Explain to me your meaning for the mess he is making. Maybe you could give me an example of a few to back up that remark.

SCATS said...

To 6:55AM ~~ I'll give you one, even though I can think of several individuals it pertains to. Baxter trusts people (typically civilian women ... i.e, badge bunnies) he should not be trusting, before he knows them. Look at the recent one in the news for crying "rape". He had her serving on his task force panel!

Anonymous said...

While we are on this subject again, let us ltake a look at some of the facts that led to the criminal activities of those jailed and who should be held accountable for their contribution to the GPD scandals.

1. Rodger Boily who hired Merritt Rahn. In 1995, when he was approached by three high ranking officers regarding Rahn's theft of items from the department property room, ignored their allegations. He took no action until one of the officers went to the DA. it wasn't until then that he acted and the board suspended Rahn. His year long hesitation, allowed crucial evidence to be lost due to statute limitations. Rahn should have been fired then if not for that fact and political interference from the Conservative Party leadership.

2 Auberger's hiring of Joseph and Pignato inspite of their problems in the RPD. Again an example of political cronyism . The rank and file of the Greece PBA, who had appossed the hiring of Pignato, refused to vote him into the PB

3 The sudden retirements of two key command officers with close ties to Auberger one of which was to become a target of a potential criminal investigation into his theft and personal misuse of department provided equipment and credit cards. His forced retirement avoided that investigation although it should not have been handled in that manner.
Those action and inactions by those mentioned above pretty much cleaned up most of the then existing problems in the PD. That is not to say that problems still may exist, they always do The impending departure of Auburger from the scene hopefully will bring about the biggest of all positive changes in our PD.

SCATS said...

To 10:06AM ~~ How can you say what happened " pretty much cleaned up " GPD when the head of the snake, Auberger, was left to continue on as he had before? Or that officers who ignored the problems got PROMOTED as soon as Baxter put on his badge?

Anonymous said...

Scats read my last sentence. I have no idea who you are talking about but when Baxter took over, there existed a real shortage of supervision both on the Road Patrol as well as support services.
. BAXTER PROMOTES NO ONE .These officers all come off existing Civil Service Lists, Civil service rules govern the selection process. While it is true that following these rules, Baxter does RECOMMEND those who qualify to the Town Board., It is they who actually promote the recommended officers. Given, while not likely, they could refuse his recommendation .As you so adeptly point out, Auburger would play a huge role in who Baxter recommends off that list. So, why blame him for what he is directed to do by theBOSS.
Again, my last sentence is in reference to what I hope happens when Auburger is no more. What happens from there on regarding Baxter's leadership capabilities would be a fair assessment of his overall effectiveness as Chief of Police. Of course this would depend on the actions of our next supervisor who I believe will give Baxter a " free hand" as to the operation of the PD.

SCATS said...

To 2:32PM ~~ You sure do write a lot in defense of yourself after admitting "I have no idea who you are talking about" lol

Re:"why blame him for what he is directed to do by theBOSS." Because anyone who attended that promotion ceremony came away believing Baxter was 100% fine with it all, as if it was his idea.

Anonymous said...

There is no Baxter Task Force. There is only a PC group consisting of neighborhood watch captains. Captains only.

If your so called task force exists,.prove it. Who's on it? What purpose does it serve? Give us the details.

Anonymous said...

C'mon Scats your grasping at straws for god sake, What else could he do , pull out his crying towel and stomp around the floor saying things like, " this was not my idea or the Devil made we do it" GET REAL !!!

SCATS said...

To 7:07PM ~~ Please don't attempt to downplay the importance of the position this wackjob badge bunny was entrusted with as a veritable stranger at that time. There are business people and others who sit on this advisory panel. In the end, she cost GPD and the taxpayers because of it.

To 7:39PM ~~ What else could he do??? As the NEW CHIEF, he could have insisted on making the choices, delaying the promotions until he knew the players better, etc. There are always options, if the person gets a bit creative.

Anonymous said...



SCATs being creative in Greece under the dictatorship of Auburger is asking to be cremated .

Anonymous said...

After watching the tennis match regarding Baxter, I would like to make a few points in this regard.
First and foremost , it is important to be aware of a critical factor regarding chiefs ability to run his department Independant of political inteference.
NYS Suburban Town Law has a section that deals with local suburban town PD's operations and command structure in regards to which town official has over all control of the PD.
It spells out the fact that in the absence of a Designated Commissioner of Public Safety, an elected Supervisor or Mayor is considered to be empowered to perform that function. In our case, since no such position exists Mr Auburger is in charge of public safety. As such, he is in control of our PD. Therefore, Baxter can be directed to what his boss, Auburger , requires him to do. Therin lies the problems surrounding some of the issues discussed on this blog.

SCATS said...

To 9:57AM ~~ Yes, of course. I knew that. Baxter knew that when he signed-up to become GPD Chief. The problem for me is that he often conveys a different reality to the community when the truth is that Auberger holds his purse strings, and those puppet strings too.