Bellevue police chief sidelined

Don’t ever let Dennis Brandal tell you he’s a straight shooter. Not that he’s a bad guy or anything — he just can’t hit his target.
Shawn Foucher
Mar 26, 2013

The Bellevue police chief was placed on unpaid leave last week, after failing his shooting qualification test, according to Bellevue safety-service director Jeff Crosby.     

Brandal is required to pass the shooting test once a year, obtaining a specific score at the shooting range. 

He failed once earlier this year, then failed again last week, Crosby said. 

“It wasn’t a matter of one or two points,” Crosby said. “He didn’t pass the test. He wasn’t successful.”   

Brandal was placed on leave March 19.  He’s scheduled to retake the shooting test today. 

He was hired as a Bellevue officer in 1987 and his current salary as chief is a bit more than $55,000, according to city records. 

“Because he can’t perform his job duty, he was taken off the payroll,” Crosby said. “He can’t do his job.” 

Bellevue police Capt. Matt Johnson had filled in as acting chief during Brandal’s absence last year, but Brandal reclaimed the title when he returned in December.

Given these latest developments, however, Johnson is once again assuming the role as acting chief.

 

Comments

The Bizness

I don't know the man or anything, but this head line kind of makes me mad. It is the reason people continue to say your paper is nothing but tabloid garbage.

If you would have just left it "Bellevue police chief sidelined" then that is fine, but the sub title just irked me for some reason.

The Dusk

I agree with you, its not a very professional sub-headline. Who lets this get published?

The Bizness

Someone silly, that is who.

wiredmama222

The editors, that's who. this is what sells their papers. They could have written other things like "Chief fails shooting test" or Bellevue Chief Fails Test" but that isn't as catchy. Sad but true. I feel sorry for the guy.

starryeyes83

Come on, what's next a report of every LE in the 4 county area every time they take the shooting test?

Might as well. You sorta opened a can of worms , didn't ya?

Just Because

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AnAmerican

I agree...he has been harrassed since the last Mayor was elected, the same Mayor who decided to keep Crosby on the job afterall. Crosby wants his buddy Johnson in the job and they've been at Brandal for a few years now trying to oust him.

TuffNutts2011

If all the area law enforcement were required to pass a shooting test like the one the chief took half of them wouldn't pass it either. Not all the departments hold this high of standard.

Pragmatic

Whoa, Bellevue must be the Wild Wild West!

I didn’t realize there was that much of a need to know how to hit a target over there. It would seem, if you have issues with this task related skill, that he would be given some remedial practice.

If a Paramedic is having problems with starting an IV (just as important as law enforcement in my opinion)….do you send them home? Or, would it be better to have him/her do some remedial training and keep them and the rest of their talents on staff? This is the case with all professions.

Just tossing someone away is costly (unless there are ulterior motives). I’ve seen police officers in the surrounding towns who are so overweight they couldn’t chase a snail. That’s a danger to the public too. But, they aren’t sent home.

It sounds like there is another agenda here.

Colonel Angus

Good thing there are no snails in Perkins.

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Remedial training is fine, but at some point you have to verify the requisite skill level with a test. He had/has multiple opportunities to be re-tested.

This is especially important given that a person in that area was recently injured by a stray police bullet.

AnAmerican

Johnson is buds with Crosby and has been chomping at the bit to be Chief. You wouldn't believe the hoops Brandal has had to jump through just to come back from sick leave!

kjan2

These articles do not need to be put on the front page either. Even better, not at all. Maybe we should put everyone's evaluation of their job in the papers!

AnAmerican

Good point, how about we eval Johnson and Crosby and do the same?

PaulYall

This is one skill that 95% of all LE never have to use! It sure comes in handy when the 5% comes into play! But to put the chief on leave for this is ludacris! In my trade we don't let the old timers carry the weight of a young man! He is there for leadership, wisdom and most of all his knowledge! Put the man back on his job and take care of your people like you would your own family!

formerpj

Amen!

bobaluey

Sounds like Crosby and HIS cronies should be the ones ousted instead ! What a load of bull.... too many big city ideas floating around in that town lately.

AnAmerican

Crosby should have been gone when this Mayor was elected. The people were buffaloed

Just Because

Chief passed his test this morning. Now see if they can discount this passing score like the did the last one. The City officials already ignored one passing score.

formerpj

It's a shame that good people like Brandal have to face this sort of abuse. It sounds like the city, corrupt as it is, is trying to force him out. What a shame. I'm glad he passed his test.

deertracker

The police chief should know how to shoot a gun. Simple as that! Stop making excuses for the guy just because he is a cop. Now, let's work on that BMI.

Just Because

Obviously you have not seen him for quite some time commenting on the BMI!!! Let's see .... should you be throwing stones?

deertracker

Relax, I am referring to All cops!

AnAmerican

BMI? where have you been, the Chief has never looked better. But if you insist on going there, we should also talk about Johnson's BMI, right? Didn't think so.

formerpj

Good for you! Brandal looks very healthy these days! He's worked very hard to achieve that healthy status, whereas the other guy? Not so much.

bobaluey

How about some of the BMI's of some other area LE including those of the area sheriffs, deputies and others and what about firefighters and emt's

There are some hefty, obese first responders in this whole dang area.

deertracker

Agreed!

formerpj

Truth be told, Brandal is an excellent police chief who has been recognized, elsewhere, for his dedication. He is a good man who volunteers his time for church and his children's schools, and his children are an example of what we all wish ours to be. God bless him and his family as they struggle with the nastiness that is small town politics.

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grandmasgirl

How does anyone know who aired this situation? Someone other than a city official might have brought it to the SR's attention. I wouldn't want to have to call an officer for something, only to find out he couldn't hit a target. It sounds like some of you who are accusing Crosby of being buddies with Johnson are friends with Brandal. Maybe we all just need to let the parties involved work it out.

bobaluey

@ grandmasgirl

Speaking only for myself, I don't any know of them, on a personal level-- but IT IS common knowledge in or out of town.

Darwin's choice

Sounds like andy white is over there......

Darwin's choice

Maybe brad wilson could give the chief some lessons...

SamAdams

ANYbody who carries a gun ought to be qualified to shoot the thing. And somebody who carries a gun as part and parcel of their JOB ought to be even more so!

No, it's not LIKELY he'll have to shoot at anybody. But it's a lot more likely that HE will than you or I will, and yet WE have to qualify to carry!

The man failed his qualifying test. He SHOULD be relieved of duty at that point! So then he practiced (apparently), and took the test again. According to a post here, he passed that test this morning. Fine, now he can be back on the job.

The newspaper may be making a bigger deal out of this than it necessarily ought to be. At the same time, so are some of the people posting here! There's not a one of us who wouldn't face retraining (including that example paramedic who can't insert an IV) or have to deal with changing jobs if we couldn't do the job we have. What on earth makes a police chief exempt from simply being qualified to perform all aspects of HIS job, eh?

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Onemanforce

To all the uneducated an know-it-alls that think they know what they are talking about (tuffnutts2011), the test the chief took is a STATE MANDATED TEST TO ALL LE IN OHIO. It's the standard requalification test that... Are you ready?.... ALL LE IN THE STATE MUST PASS. SO, yes, they all have to take the same requalificaion test and yes: over half and most of them pass it EVERY TIME. Just an FYI.

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I will go to the range and INSPECT this man as he takes his test, just to make sure he is worthy of his salary.

didhejustsaythat76

maybe they all need to be sidelined ,right down the line .since they have so many junkies and people robbing innocent people then walking through town days later smiling at the ones they just robbed ! town is a free for all over there .Dea comes to town and aids in 14 indictments with BPD .most taken into custody were out in less than 18 hours for repeat crimes dealing in pills and heroin .sounds like the "intense probation" plan is acomplete failure ,bump it up over there before the people of town bump it up for you guys !Oh BTW register your extra headline was rather tasteless ,unprofessional

bobaluey

yeah the one dude is or was a "barber" course he's also the same who set fire to his house a few years back.

Centauri

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...
"Fifteen of 24 bullets fired by two Bellevue police officers struck their intended target on Sept. 22. The bullets - fired from .40-caliber and 9 mm handguns - tore through James David Sr.'s jaw, lungs, heart, liver and intestines."

Darwin's choice

murder!

Second Opinion

Wow, I read this when there wasn't any comments and was going to post that I thought the report was heavy handed, but decided not because I thought I would be the only one thinking this.

Grandpa04

Put the target on a chair on the front porch.
The he wont miss!

nobodyfromnowhere

I have to say something seems fishy. A certified peace officer in the State of Ohio is required to pass a shooting qualification each year. Why suspend him now when there is 9 months still in the year?
Also what really makes this front page news, let alone the back handed tag line? I'm dount we will see a follow-up article when the Chief passes on the front page, if it's even reported at all. Unfortunately this article seems like another weak shot, in a growing line, by the SR at a local law enforcement agency.

luvblues2

That tag line is borderline defamation of character. I know Chief Brandal personally and that was just wrong. The author of this article will be watched by me.

Grandpa04

Are u sugesting another cover up?

luvblues2

Cover up of what? Him failing his range test one day and the next day passing it? Are you kidding me? This isn't Watergate.

Just Because

Happy now?

SemperFi 1775

2 things- I think the kid that wrote this article needs to shoot against Brandal in a charity competition. And the fill in needs to get out from under peoples desks.

Practical888

Chief Brandal is back and WHAT?? no newspaper reporting of this? Where is your statements to the press now Crosby? Not so quick to call the papers? Is there an agenda? coverup? Do tell us. Come on SR...only want to print a catchy headline and no follow up or truth?

grandmasgirl

I can't quite figure out why you are so against Crosby. How do you know that he is the one who called papers. How do you know that it wasn't Brandal or his friends who called the papers to get everyone's attention and sympathy? I do not believe either of these men contacted the paper. I think it was just found out and then reported on. BTW, the Gazette has the fact that Brandal was reinstated in today's Headlines. I also can't figure why Chief Brandal would fail the test two or three times, and then when he was suspended, he passed. Was it laziness on his part? Did he think that being chief exempted him from the rules? Or did he just decide that he had to practice more?

Practical888

I don't see the post now, but didn't someone post he had already passed the test but the city wouldn't allow it for some reason? Why would Brandal want the attention...he declined to comment but the City sure commented.

grandmasgirl

No, what they said was that (on the day of most of these comments) Brandal did pass his qualification test. The fact remains that this qualification is something that any officer has to pass before he can carry a gun. As police chief, Brandal had to carry. From what I understand he had been on medical leave for some time. Maybe he was rusty. Sheriff's deputies usually have to qualify twice a year. I also believe that if the media hadn't have asked, this would never have been brought up by the city.

bobaluey

Are you friends with Crosby? There are reasons why he isn't well liked.