Evansville FOP says ‘small problems’ led to ‘no confidence’ in Chief

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Evansville Fraternal Order of Police President D.J. Thompson held a press conference Thursday to answer questions about the FOP’s ‘no confidence’ vote in Police Chief Billy Bolin.

Thompson said that most of the issues that the FOP members have had with the department were small problems, but there were so many that it became a bigger issue.

Retired and active members of the police department were allowed to vote, but their votes were tabulated separately so that the FOP could show how many active members voted ‘no confidence.’

The vote totals for active members only differed by a few percentage points on each question, according to Thompson.

On Eyewitness News at 9 p.m., tune into CW7 to watch Brad Byrd sit down with Chief Billy Bolin for his thoughts on the vote.

The Evansville Police Department released this video on Facebook from a press conference held in response, featuring Sgt. Jason Cullum.

Sgt. Cullum rejected several statistics cited by the FOP in reference to staffing and crime, saying that some were not accurate.

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The Fraternal Order of Police said 256 of its 290 eligible members voiced their opinions in a ‘no confidence’ vote for Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin.

This means 88% of FOP members participated in Wednesday’s vote, which was held between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m.

A series of seven questions were asked and most of the answers were negative.

Here’s a look at the questions and results:

As an Evansville Police Officer, do you believe the citizens of Evansville are safer and crime has been reduced under Chief Bolin?
78% NO

Do you believe Chief Bolin ensures adequate staffing of motor patrol to provide for the safety of citizens?
84% NO

Does Chief Bolin prioritize the duties of law enforcement officers and the everyday functions of the Evansville Police Department over media relations?
82% NO

Has Chief Bolin’s elimination of the traditional chain of command improved performance and morale within the ranks of the Evansville Police Department?
80% NO

Are taxpayer dollars appropriately allocated within the Evansville Police Department under Chief Bolin?
72% NO

Are policies and procedures, including those pertaining to discipline, administered fairly and consistently within the Evansville Police Department under Chief Bolin?
77% NO

Do you have confidence in Chief Bolin’s ability to effectively lead the Evansville Police Department?
74% NO

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(This story was originally published on September 19, 2019)

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