There have been many allegations that I am responsible for press coverage of an internal investigation at the Sheriff’s Office of the K9 program. The reality is I have withheld my opinion for lack of information.
Based on the record, it’s my opinion Corporal Ballew took one on the chin. The reprimand says the basis was a training event that resulted in injury of a fellow officer. While the case can be made Deputy Ballew exercised bad judgment in conducting a training exercise in a busy office, I believe the same case can be made the error was on the part of supervisors. I believe the records indicate inadequate supervision and support of the K9 program. Records indicate Deputy Ballew was successful as a K9 officer while the records of his successors and chief accusers are questionable.
I was told much of the information on which I based my opinion on will be published @ www.Radiolegendary.com within the next 12 hours. In summary, the Sheriff has problems but I think Deputy Ballew, based on a review of the records, is not one of them. Disagree? Debate/Cuss/Discuss it here – https://www.facebook.com/randall.s.gates