Posted by Mike Zahara on May 12, 2012
There are actually two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments—one populated the normal people professionals and one by the psycho shitheads, and never the two shall meet.
That’s a good thing too. Unfortunately, for the good people, they do have to work together.
This has been a reality since at least the mid-1990s as the city and the LVMPD has grown, the disconnect between the law enforcement professionals and the LVMPD’s shithead adherents to the old mob-dominated ways of Metro became more pronounced and easier for outside observers to differentiate between the two factions and faces of Metro.
A department observer noted recently that an LVMPD person we both admire knew how to ‘turn it off’—meaning that they didn’t live, breathe, and obsess about the LVMPD 24/7, and when I gave it some thought, they had hit the nail on the head about what the main point of differentiation was between the good guys and gals, and the shitheads so powerful and prevalent at Metro.
<–To a man and woman, the good guys know how to ‘turn it off’ and they have other lives—families, interests, hobbies, homes, fun, faith—the bad guys and gals can’t ever stow their own the bullshit on top of the daily bullshit from ‘The Tower’ they participate in, away until the next day.
I know officers who are always looking for perps while watching their kid’s soccer games, or driving to Wal-Mart, or are constantly looking over their shoulders for IAB and Metro’s other spying units tailing them…
That’s not emotionally healthy, that’s not professional, and that doesn’t make the officer a better cop, but more often results in a paranoid nutcase. Surely all officers are aware of things around them while off-duty and one would want that, but the inability to never let it go, is a major contributing factor in why it is becoming rarer that officers make it past the 10 year mark and often disintegrate well before their prime years on the force in Las Vegas.
The subrosa LVMPD isn’t formal, there are no secret meetings or plots and plans, there is no secret leadership, structures, or membership lists; it’s more of a coming to terms with the reality of how truly piss-poor and super-corrupted Metro’s senior management continues to be as the department has grown and taxpayer money and resources are expended to those in favor and withheld from those who are not, and this continues completely unchecked without any credible oversight from the city or the county…or from the media.
Councilman Bob Beers, an Auditor by profession, wasn’t even allowed to consider an assignment that would have included the oversight of Metro and its budget—the LVMPD brass simply won’t allow any credible persons or credible firms to take a little look-see at everything. Those rare times that outsiders have come in, they were never given an all-access, all information pass necessary to really do a credible audit because no one here really wants to know what’s going on at the LVMPD.
That’s because there is far too much money to connected insiders going to sweetheart contracts and quid pro quo kickback deals to LVMPD people like super-corrupted uber-shithead and one of Metro’s very worst Captains, Todd Fasulo of the Convention Center Area Command. Captain Fasulo apparently enjoys a very lucrative moonlighting perq—besides his representing the Kotex family of fine feminine hygiene products for free!—allegedly representing a company called IAPro—a division of CI Technologies—which peddles a run-of-the-mill Internal Affairs software that Metro purchased at Fasulo’s urgent pleas when he was a Sergeant assigned to IAB some years ago.
As a reward for the very juicy sale to Metro, IAPro apparently hired now Captain Fasulo and Metro signed off on this very sleazy and remarkably inappropriate—not to mention quid pro quo very lucrative—deal for Captain Todd Fasulo to stuff his pockets full and travel to luxury locales apparently representing a private sector concern while stealing $202,635.85 in annual salary from Clark County taxpayers via his job at Metro!
Sweet deal, huh? You can be fired at the LVMPD for accepting a free meal or even a cocktail, but super-sleazy sweetheart deals that reward corrupt and connected insiders like Todd Fasulo are just dandy with Sheriff Douglas Gillespie—America’s very worst police chief!
But Fasulo’s daily sleaze is chump change compared to Dougie’s old pal and bestest butt-buddy in the whole world, Phil Roland, who was the LVMPD’s civilian Chief Information Officer and who made out and off like a bandit trading on his position at Metro and his friendship with Gillespie.
This guy’s corruptions are truly magnificent and I will give him his props for at least retiring out last year and no longer stealing a salary from Clark County taxpayers while de facto representing various multi-billion dollar private entities like Mircosoft through their ISAT-related products he enthusiastically shilled for along with now Assistant Sheriff Greg McCurdy who couldn’t spell ‘cat’ even if you spotted him the c and the t!
Apparently, Phil Roland’s greatest coup was snaring a very lucrative position with Harris Corporation which now owns the digital radio system known as Open Sky which Metro dubbed, Desert Sky and which has had major problems and issues since launching last year.
I was at the meeting when the initial appropriation of federal Homeland Security grant monies got the ball rolling for this necessary improvement in communications for our county; too bad no one knows what the hell they’re doing with Desert Sky though!
Cost to Clark County taxpayers? Some say in excess of 70 million dollars to date…and still climbing with no one saying a word about its outrageous costs and its operational failures which have gravely endangered our officers in performance of their duties.
Gillespie, always on the lookout for busy-work activities other than tiddly-winks and hacky sack to occupy and distract now Assistant Sheriff and all-around perv, Greg McCurdy, decided that Gregie would head up Desert Sky’s launch when he was a Deputy Chief!!!
He also oversaw construction of the new headquarters on MLK and it’s a good bet that a strong wind may blow the entire complex down because of that assignment to McCurdy!
Of course, McCurdy—as per usual in every single thing he has ever done at the LVMPD—screwed it up so badly with Desert Sky that Dougie had to cover for him by assigning a Sergeant to take over Desert Sky duties so AS McCurdy could spend more quality time in the Men’s Room taking craps and reading the paper and whatever else he may think of doing while he’s parked in a stall contemplating life’s great mysteries like why the toilet paper at Metro is so rough on his no-talent ass!
I have confirmed that the Sergeant can spell ‘cat’ without any help and that he doesn’t spend an inordinate amount of time in the Men’s Room, but he may not know what he’s doing either!!!
Only at the LVMPD would this corrupted shit occur!
And for failing so badly with the Desert Sky launch, could McCurdy have done anything else but get promoted to Assistant Sheriff for his failures???
…and the reason such corrupted insider shenanigans continues completely unchecked? The LVMPD has no legal requirement to disclose any of this insider pocket-stuffing to the Fiscal Affairs Committee—or to even comprehensively disclose it in its budgets—which is why outside auditors would never find this stuff either!!!
It’s a very sweet deal with public money that our fine police department can continue to control very lucrative contracts handed out like candy to its stoolies and stooges without a single person in the county asking them any questions at all!!!
There are no laws or even rules and regulations; the sheriff can legally decide who feeds at the private sector trough paid for with taxpayer money and those who cannot. He/she has no requirement to disclose, to declare, or to divulge any favored Metro employee’s relationship to any concern they may be financially benefitting from and paid for by you and me!!!
No wonder the good guys and gals at Metro learn how to ‘turn it off’ the second their shifts are over at the LVMPD in the face of such super-corrupted conducts every single day of the year.
And that’s how it goes on every single day at the LVMPD under Sheriff Douglas Gillespie; the very worst police chief in America today