Police Officers Vote "No Confidence" In Chief, Administsration
Port Arthur, Texas
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Reader Survey
ߦ   Applications Being Accepted For Entry Level Police Officer - City of Santa Fe
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Inmate/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Constables arrest Evading Suspect
ߦ   Dallas officer loaded up on groceries at Wal-Mart, then walked out, police say
ߦ   Former Federal Penitentiary Lieutenant Pleads Guilty to Abusing Inmate and Attempting to Cover it Up
ߦ   Galveston County Commissioners Court Special Meeting Agenda - Nov 28
ߦ   Jailer Pleads Guilty to Abusing Inmate at DeKalb County Jail
ߦ   Lufkin Celebrates Third "Blue Santa" Arrival
ߦ   Tobacco Companies to Begin Issuing Court-Ordered Statements in Tobacco Racketeering Suit
ߦ   Update: Hurricane Harvey FAQs
ߦ   43 States Suspend Licenses for Unpaid Court Debt, But That Could Change
ߦ   Constables Need your help finding Violent Robbery Suspect
ߦ   Dallas Man Sentenced to 210 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography
ߦ   Denaturalization Sought Against Five Child Sexual Abusers in Florida, Illinois, and Texas
ߦ   Feds Plan Nationwide Operation Targeting Food Service Chain Over Undocumented Workers
ߦ   FEMA Registsration Deadline for Galveston County
ߦ   Former Postal Employee Federally Charged in Case Related to Death of Co-Worker
ߦ   Grand Jury Indicts Dallas Man Who Fired Multiple Shots at a Vehicle on Firearm and Drug Charges
ߦ   Katy Securities Agent Fined for Disclosure Failures
ߦ   Leadership Lessons From Psychopaths
ߦ   Local Man Heads to Prison on Multiple Drug and Firearms Charges
ߦ   Lufkin Police Dept - Daily Media Report
ߦ   Man Found Passed Out In Car Convicted Of DWI
ߦ   Man Pays Price for Trafficking Box Turtles to Corpus Christi
ߦ   Officers Convicted of Using Excessive Force Against Arrestee and Obstruction of Justice
ߦ   Sheriff’s Office Arrest Fourth Suspect for Felony Injury to a Child, Case Still Active
ߦ   Sugar Land Man Pleads Guilty In Child Porn Case
ߦ   End Cruelty Now
ߦ   Alvin Police Dept - Week Offenses/Arrests Bulletin
ߦ   Brooklyn College Reportedly 'Preferring' That NYPD Use Bathrooms Away From Student Areas
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Inmate/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Chalk Hill Road Homicide Investigation – Arrest Made
ߦ   Chief's Weekly Executive Summary
ߦ   Dallas Man Sentenced For His Role in November 2015 Armed Assault on Federal Officers

   Next >>
 
Search Archives:

The Port Arthur Police Association conducted a vote of its membership regarding the leadership of the Port Arthur Police Department. The vote started at 8:00 am October 27, 2017. Voting by the membership ended at 8:00 am November 6, 2017. The membership was asked to respond to the following question:

As a Port Arthur Police Officer, do you have confidence in the Police Chief, and the administration he has put in place, to effectively and efficiently manage the Department in a manner that promotes a good working environment among Officers, provides leadership to Officer's, and provides the citizens of Port Arthur the services and protection they deserve?

Members of the Association were asked to answer "yes" or "no" to the above question. The vote was anonymous and conducted on line via a secure web site. Based on the vote of the Association's membership, 85% of the voting membership responded "NO", indicating the overwhelming majority of the voting membership lack confidence in Police Chief Patrick Melvin and the administration he has put in place.

The association agrees that changes within the department were necessary and recognizes that a new chief will make personnel and policy decisions based on their management style and philosophy. Patrick Melvin was hired as Police Chief for Port Arthur on or about September 29, 2016. Chief Melvin's leadership and management style has resulted in approximately 25 members of the department leaving since he was hired. Many of the Officers that elected not to stay under Chief Melvin's leadership were long time Officer's and Supervisors at the department that had countless years of experience to offer to the department and the City.

A significant void in leadership occurred as a direct result of Chief Melvin's leadership style and philosophy. That void in management was filled with persons that lacked leadership experience. The result has been a further decline in the number of Officers and deterioration of morale among the Officers that remain. The lack of experience and leadership within the department was obvious during the tragic event of Hurricane Harvey making landfall in Southeast Texas. In addition, under Chief Melvin's leadership, the City has experienced more litigation against the City by Officers than at any other time in the history of the department, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees being incurred by the City.

The Executive Board of the Association welcomes the opportunity to discuss the direction of the department and these serious issues in detail with City Council and/or City Management to create a positive working environment that will benefit the City and the Citizens of Port Arthur.

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Facebook   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2017 The Police News. All rights reserved.