Bartlesville Police Chief Addresses Firings

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Updated: 1/19/2012 11:08 pm Published: 1/19/2012 10:21 pm

Days after three Bartlesville police officers were fired the city is looking at changes that need to be made.

Stacy Neafus, Sonya Worthington and Carey Duniphin were forced to turn in their badges.

Neafus and Worthington are accused of roughing up a handcuffed man in the hospital last September.
"This was such an anomaly it caught everyone off-guard. We have never had anything even close to this," said BPD Chief Tom Holland.

"We don't have the luxury of losing control," said Holland.

Witnesses say that's exactly what happened, the officers lost control.

Neafus and Worthington are facing charges of misdemeanor assault and battery.

Now Chief Holland is making sure his officers are well trained to handle themselves, requesting more mental health education a year than the state requires.

He also wants to bring in a mental health professional to evaluate the department and help his officers stay focused.

"We get yelled at, cursed, spit on, but we have to maintain,” said the Police Chief. “It comes with the job."

He hopes the additionally training can help police keep their cool when others might lose theirs.

Neafus and Worthington are scheduled to return to court March 14.

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Struttybuddy - 1/20/2012 9:18 AM
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Pfft. Well, that’s typical B-ville for ya. I grew up being harassed by the Gestapo police FORCE and couldn’t get out of that not-so-good-ol-boy town fast enough. After dad died, I found a file with a litany of casual assaults on EACH one of his children, and their callously casual replies, including that they could do anything they wanted to-they were “the” police, and he’d better not make them take an interest in HIM. Good thing he had already passed when I found that. Sad to say I would have visited him more if I wasn't so afraid to roll into that town. I couldn’t HAVE any more DISRESPECT for any institution in any state!

kindagreywolf - 1/20/2012 4:25 AM
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Misdemeanor? You touch one of them cowards and they can slap you with Felony Assault. What is wrong with this picture?

Unwashed Mass - 1/19/2012 11:11 PM
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The "anomaly" was probably the presence of cameras. Without the video surveillance, it would have been just another case of some "lowlife subject" complaining about some poor honest policemen just doing their jobs.
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