(Neb)-Updates Showing State Patrol Making Progress In Addressing Problems
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Governor Pete Ricketts has released an update of the August report by state Chief Human Resources Officer Jason Jackson that was highly critical of the organizational climate of the Nebraska State Patrol and made recommendations for continuous improvement.
Jackson's update of his own report highlights progress in 3 key areas: Investigations into Officer Misconduct, Policy and Procedure Deficiencies, and Needed Legislative Reforms
Ricketts says that under its new superintendent, Colonel John Bolduc, the State Patrol has already taken significant steps to improve the operations and workforce climate.
Bolduc released a statement thanking all levels of agency staff for their hard work and expertise in bringing about the changes in policy and procedures detailed in Jackson's update...adding that he looks forward to continuing to improve the Patrol's ongoing mission to ensure a safe and secure Nebraska.
Ricketts also released a memo outlining the measures he'll ask the legislature to pass to continue that process.
They include increased oversight powers for the Nebraska Crime Commission, requiring the disclosure to the commission of the reasons officers were fired, removing internal investigations from collective bargaining, and dropping sergeants from the bargaining unit.
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