In a statement dated June 6, Mr. Darden of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance says that the bigger problem if the ex-chief of police at Sandusky Police Department was not returned would be if the "inmates start running the asylum."
With the exception of officers on probation, all officers currently at SPD belong to the Fraternal Order of Police Lake Erie Lodge 17, and as its president, I find Darden's words to be demeaning and disrespectful. His comment on page 23 of that statement dishonors not only SPD officers but also every other member of this lodge, not to mention law enforcement officers everywhere.
I do not personally know Darden, but have heard nothing but respect for this man over the past weeks, so it surprises me even more that this "man of the cloth" would direct these words toward anyone, let alone law enforcement officers. Any apology from IMA or Darden at this time would be shallow and meaningless, but that portion of the statement was totally unnecessary and unwarranted.
The officers at SPD have acted as professionals throughout this investigation and have gone about their jobs as "business as usual," protecting and serving this community as they have always done, even before the arrival of the ex-chief in August 2006.
President, Fraternal Order of Police
Lake Erie Lodge 17