Police chief responds to recent media reports
I must start out by saying that I am amazed at how much attention the news media is putting forth for a violation of a departmental memo. I have worked as a police officer for over 27 years during which time I have been shot at stabbed at, punched, kicked and spit on. I have suffered a broken leg, a broken hand, broken fingers, torn bicep tendons, a broken foot, cracked knee cap and a broken back, all job related. None of these could compare to the pain I am suffering through the way the media and the Kingston Borough Administration is attacking me for what at the most was a violation of a memo.
To clarify a few things, every reporter I spoke with about this incident, I stated that I “did not recall” seeing a written policy but I did recall meeting with the mayor and the administrator discussing one. I never stated that I knew nothing of the policy as Times Leader reporter Ed Lewis relayed to Kingston’s administrator. If I was shown the memo, I simply do not recall seeing it. This was in 2009, four years ago. Mr. Keating I am not a liar. As you are well aware, I have always been willing to admit when I made mistakes.
I would like to point out that no one has ever contacted me about this internal investigation. I told Times Leader Reporter Ed Lewis that I believed I received a letter via Fed Ex on Monday, June 3rd or Tuesday, June 4th. My wife reminded me later that it was delivered on Friday May 31st. When I received the letter I typed a response and forwarded it to the F.O.P. for review to make sure it was in my best interest. The so called “Independent Investigative Report” was dated June 4th so I never had an opportunity to talk with anyone about this. How the municipality’s attorney can conduct an independent investigation is another story. I tried calling Mayor Haggerty and I was told I had to go through his attorney.
As far as this being a conspiracy between Chief Keiper and I to cover up the fact that officers were working special duty, I would ask how this would be possible. Paul Keating, the Municipal Administrator, attended almost all of the Wyoming Valley West football games. He saw our officers, in uniform, providing security. It was common knowledge that our officers worked security at the Wyoming Valley West Middle School dances. How can he or the Mayor or anyone else say we tried to hide the fact that we were working these details?
Officers were not paid by Wyoming Valley West for school dances. They were paid by the individual parent groups, wrestling, softball, baseball, honors orchestra, etc. I had notified my tax accountant of this a few years back and again this year and he advised me that because officers were being paid by different groups and not by the school district, there was no need to file taxes. That being said, if the IRS does investigate and find that taxes were required, I and I’m sure any other officer would gladly file an amended tax claim in order to pay whatever taxes might be owed.
As for Chief Keiper and I managing our own security company as stated by the Municipality’s Law Firm, this is absurd. Neither Chief Keiper nor I profited from officers working special duty. When an officer worked, he got the money for working.
When I was promoted to captain in 2005, I was listed as a signature for the special police fund. When an officer worked, it was my responsibility to cash the checks and provide the officer(s) with the money they earned from working the special duty. This is why they are saying that I had 111 policy violations. I did not receive the money for 111 checks.
I do not deny that as an administrative officer of the department, I was responsible to ensure policies were being followed. I also do not deny that after time this memo was not followed and things reverted back to the way they were done in the past. I accept responsibility for that, but do I deserve this?
Daniel E. Hunsinger
Chief of Police
Forty Fort Borough Police Department
D-Day invasion prompts thoughts on conception
I was watching a TV special on the Normandy invasion. One of the points of interest was the comments and pictures of the unbelievable courage these men showed in the face of such horrible slaughter. After many examples of the super human courage just displayed one commentator made the point that he found it very interesting that the men of that great generation had a much lower rate of suicide than the now shocking rate of suicide for the baby boomers of today.
Personally I was not surprised. So many of their generation have taken God out of schools, out of politics, and generally made it politically incorrect to mention His reality. They have, if only by their silence, contributed to the death of over 56 million totally innocent babies. When you remove God, you remove conscience. Statistics – like the fact that married people who attend church every Sunday have a 20+ percent better chance of their marriage surviving – are ignored. Catholics who do not artificially contracept and attend Church each week cut the national average of 50 percent divorce rate to single digits.
Good Catholic pre Canna classes try to make the fact known that today’s natural family planning is 90+ percent effective – much higher than artificial contraception. When you remove God from your life you ignore facts and are guided by emotions and secular opinions. We all have to speak out and take back our rights to freedom of speech and religion without interference. It was so hard won by our forefathers, with the help of God, and so easily lost.
Forget the past, be doomed to repeat it in the present
“First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.”
This is a famous statement and provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the sloth of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. Now in 2013, in the United States of America: First is Benghazi and the State Department, and I didn’t speak out because my government hid the truth.
Then the Attorney General came for the press, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t the press. Then the IRS came for the conservatives and religious, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t conservative or religious. Then the NSA came for me and there was no one left to speak for me. Where is President Obama? Well, he left town to go on another campaign trip! God help us!