Highway Patrol report finalized

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January 5, 2011 12:18:51 PM PST
The ABC11 I-Team has obtained a draft of what will likely be the final report to Governor Beverly Perdue from a blue ribbon panel looking into problems at the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Over the summer, the patrol was rocked by embarrassment after embarrassment - often sex-related, and in some cases, senior officers were at the heart of the allegations.

In response, Governor Perdue appointed a six-person panel to take a hard look at the agency and offer advice.

The panel's draft report just needs the signatures of its members. It makes a series of recommendations on how to rebuild the integrity and image of the patrol.

Click here to read the full draft report (.pdf)

Among the recommendations:

· Trail audits of serious misconduct that focus on the employee's supervisor.

· A re-investigation of every sworn employee every five years.

· A quarterly report on disciplinary action circulated throughout the patrol and made public.

The panel also recommends a change in state law. Currently, commanders must be chosen from within the Highway Patrol.

Panel members suggest opening it up to a much broader pool of candidates, which would require a legislative change.

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