Perkins Twp. won't release alleged drunken officer report

Perkins Township officials and their attorney are refusing to offer a reason for withholding information on an incident involving an allegedly drunken officer.
Emil Whitis
Dec 7, 2012

Following a marathon closed-door meeting Thursday, township authorities would not release facts surrounding Officer Kate Barker's alleged drunkenness as she was about to start work on Thanksgiving Day.     

At least two other officers are also the target of an internal investigation into the matter, but Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar has refused to identify them or explain their role in the incident.   
Township officials held a five-hour, closed-door meeting Thursday to discuss possible discipline for the officers involved, but they ultimately emerged without announcing any decisions.  

It's been a full two weeks since the incident involving Barker, and Klamar and township trustees are still refusing to provide answers.

For more on the initial incident and Perkins Township official's refusal to release information, pick up a copy of Friday's Register.

Comments

rickross2

Trying to stir the pot or what?

Joker

It's illegal for the law enforcement agency to withhold the report. It is the news organization's responsibility to report when law enforcement agencies break the LAW.

badboy

Let's be clear - they are refusing to answer the Sandusky Register's questions.

rickross2

Lets be clear......Everyone knows that because Mrs Westerhold already did a smash and bash article. TODAY. I call that, stirring the pot. I dont feel that they should disclose information on a ongoing investigation. Then again, I voted for Romney, I dont feel that sense of entitlement that engulfs you Obama guys.

Good 2 B Me

Well Spoken! People that would vote for Romney would be in favor of Hiding facts, censoring the Newspaper and not telling the truth!

Randy_Marsh

Maybe they are sealing her records early so she can run for public office.

Dont Worry Be Happy

OMG give it a rest, it will all come out soon enough.

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DEEPsix

listen folks, NO GOOD comes from these late invests.... those doing invests are as dirty as those being investigated. come clean, fire the idiots, and hire new idiots. these people CARRY GUNS, RULE THE ROADS, OUR VERY LIVES, YET THE BOSSES DONT ACT ON VIDEO EVIDENCE!!!!! NOTHING NEW IN SANDUSKY AREA IT IS A LOST MANS SOCIETY, NO CILTURE, HIGH CRIME, AND BUDDY PROTECTING BUDDY!!! THIS STUFF HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR OVER 60 YEARS, THATS WHY YOU HAVE WHAT YOU HAVE!!!!

HaRley44

Cant argue with that one bit

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DEEPsix

has any one every wished, or prayed for a massive natural disastor to hit lake front and sandusky?

Unassumer

I don't pray for it every day but sometimes. Flushing some crap out would be good for the area.

Professor Playdoh

I know I sleep better at night knowing that Ken's running the show..That and my new Kimber 45 and a Troy M4.... Thanks Santa..

yellitoutloud

They wont release the report? I am sure Emil thinks he is entitled to it. Mr. Whitis get a life. Not everything is open to you when you want it. Think you found that out on several different occasions already.

kURTje

Double standard.

44846GWP

Oh, but if it were any of us......everything would be in the paper!

Cityslicker

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2cents

It would appear that the PPD has taken a big black eye on this one. Their best choice would be to let her move on, most of the general public has been taught to respect the police and the police with their position should always be on their best behavior either on duty or off duty, after all they choose that career and with it requires that they be respectful citizens and have moral conduct above and beyond any typical public individual.

So if this officer stays on the job, pulls over a local for speeding that knows the entire story and the person just for fun asks her, “So How much have you had to drink tonight?” Then what?

Just asking!

cam

What I think you all fail to remember here is that there still is a INVESTIGATION going on here. I think the Cheif is doing a great job. Why would he release info before the investigation is over??? Just because McClung wanted his name in the paper 3 or 4 times a week doesn't mean this Cheif wants to. Let the investigation finish then I am sure he will let the report and the findings out.

By the way. Thanks Cheif for not talking before it was done so you don't get Perkins in a lawsuit so my taxes being a Perkins resident go up.

JACKEL

I am confused.Arresting officer comes in from shift and says to supervisor,"I wrote eight tickets tonite,oh by the way Madam X was passed out in drive through in car.""Did you perform the required test's'"Yes,I did,was she over limit,?"Yes"Did you issue ticket"?Yes"But ,she is a police officer"Oh,well we better check the manual for that"Manual says blah,blah case closed !

my oh my

Typical cover up stuff by Perkins Twp.This has gone on for years and continues.Kind of hard to discipline an officer when her superiors are also guilty of being intoxicated and impaired rather frequently such as the officer(s) that were in the Pump lounge the same night when she was there and basically tattled on her so they would get off the hook.Let's discuss when the officers also get wasted at Two Cans in White's Landing and then drive home from there as well...Big can of worms will be opened here people...Not saying I condone her actions but they should took a long hard look at themselves as well too...

ReallyGood

Bottom line...it's shady. The register is doing their job reporting and keeping up with the investigation to keep the public informed. Not that I'm a fan of half of what the register reports on. I'm just sayin. There are individuals who want this hushed, and there are individuals who want to know the facts. Which we as the public....are owed. End result...this is a big deal. There were a lot of laws broken knowingly (by the info that was stated), a lot of cover up (by the pd) and a lot of assumption. Clear it up. That's it. Just put it out there and let's move on.

allrhetoricanyway

Good for you REALLY GOOD to have so much faith in the rag that is reporting! I truly believe that that the PPD is in a deep mess and truly believe that they are resolving the issues at hand without trying to destroy a persons life infinite. BIG. HUGE. MISTAKES. These people DEF need to get their circles back to square! I just would love to see how you handle an issue that can potentially dissolve a persons FUTURE, LIFE, FAMILY, SELF-WORTH, and may I repeat LIFE. When all of you AUTHORITY bloggers turn back and look with clear eyes on your own life, hopefully you hold yourself to the same standard that you hold every person that is condemned in a city rag! She screwed up BIG time! She won't even get a job as a dog walker without suspicion...........I'll place bets she feels like a true a$$!! Go forward without guilt that you have NEVER made a major mistake in your life, then make a plan to CHOOSE the people you want to protect you...unless it be yourself????

ReallyGood

I must have missed where I said "I have so much faith in the rag" ??? What is that anyway? I was clearly addressing the important issue at hand. Not the reporting or "the rag" lol
Buuuuuuut okay....

allrhetoricanyway

When you believe the "register" is doing their job...that's considered FAITH! You give empowerment to a media that has the opportunity to skew opinions and thoughts when you support them. Buuuuuuuuuuuu you're one of them!

lifetimeresident

Fellow officers or officer tattleing. I thought they were suppose to have each others back. I wonder whos riding in the car with who now. This is going to get real good. Pull up a chair.

luvblues2

Let's be realistic about this. It would be harder to get a teacher or instructor fired from a learning facility than it would a cop fired from the job. They have to be PR conscience as well as dig to the bottom of this. ALL, while doing their daily jobs. Just because we want immediate answers doesn't make it happen.

And to be sure, I'm certain that if my butt was getting hounded about this, that report would set in my files for a coupla days before I let anyone know. The lady will not be able to work for PPD or anywhere close in this area. If she pulled me over tomorrow, I'd laugh and leave. See where that would go?

More than likely, she'll be terminated and not allowed to be in LE for a coupla years. She should get higher schooling and counseling in that time period.

called out

Until an investigation is complete Officers do not have to release any information. When the investigation is completely done, then they have to give the information to the people. Just wait it will all come out but let the PD do their job for now. I believe in Ken and really think he would not try to cover anything up. She will loose her job.

dontcare

It seems to me that the Register seems to have a sense of entitlement when it doesn't exist. The information will be released when the investigataon is done. The Register could (would) take a partial investigation, spin it, and then spit out their biased vomit. Their headline already tilts the story even though the investigaton cannot be released util it is finished.
I would of thought that Westerhold knew that, however he also thinks that all cops are allowed and obligated to talk to the press. I am shocked that he is so ignorant about the law and rules and regulations related to law enforcement and the media.

SamAdams

The internal investigation of other officers allegedly involved is one thing. That kind of investigation usually IS kept fairly secret until it's done and over with. Whether you consider it to involve confidential employee information, or you don't want to jeopardize an ongoing investigation, there are reasons — good ones — to hold off on going public.

That being said, there's no reason at all to withhold information on the incident that started the whole mess. If you fall asleep (drunk? drugged? sick?) in a Taco Bell drive-thru, you WILL be discovered, and there WILL be a report which WILL be made public. Refusing to release reports or answer questions doesn't make the officer look good, and it makes the Police Department look even worse.

I don't object to certain information being withheld under certain circumstances. But this? This is a stonewall. As much as I hate to say it, The Register has a real point here. I'd also point out, though, that those who suggest The Register has some sort of an anti-police agenda where local departments are concerned have a boatload of evidence that that's the case. While it would be WRONG of the Perkins Police to drag their heels in cooperating with the newspaper, I have to admit it would be understandable!

dontcare

Sam, how do you know there is no reason to withhold the information? The information is apparently ongoing therefore it's not required to be released regardless of what we think, especially to the Register who have shown a bias toward the police.

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