Officials school troopers on 'new normal'

Secretary of Crime and Public Safety Reuben Young and NC Highway Patrol Colonel Randy Glover

July 22, 2010 3:48:48 PM PDT
North Carolina Highway Patrol Colonel Randy Glover and Secretary of Crime and Public Safety Reuben Young spent Thursday talking to hundreds of state troopers in Raleigh.

The officials are part of a trooper conduct tour which patrol officers attend a presentation and then sign a new code of conduct.

Colonel Glover told the media that the tour was not going to be a "dog and pony show for the cameras." ABC11 Eyewitness News was not allowed to see the bulk of Thursday's presentation, which was given at Troop C headquarters on Blue Ridge Rd.

Troopers watched a DVD that most likely dealt with the ethics reform that has been mentioned as a result of recently publicized scandals involving Highway Patrol officers.

Troop C was the last of the state troopers to see the presentation.

Since Governor Beverly Perdue's visit to headquarters two weeks ago to announce what she called the "new normal" for the Highway Patrol, Colonel Glover and Secretary Young have been touring the state, meeting with every trooper in the patrol.

At the end of each meeting, Glover and Young require the troopers to sign a code of conduct, which is supposed to build on the oath they take when joining the patrol.

Among the messages Secretary Young says he's been trying to impress upon troopers is the importance of patrolling their own.

"All of us, regardless of who we are, regardless of what your rank is, have to be the caretakers of this organization, and we have to protect it," Young said.

The Secretary says there's a renewed emphasis for supervisors who find problems within their ranks.

"What did you know and when did you know it?" he asked. "Were there signs, flags, things we could have done to have helped this individual and helped the organization?"

There is one more meeting remaining and it is scheduled for this afternoon. At its conclusion, all of NC's state troopers will have heard about the "new normal."

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