Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dear Liberty Dispatch

I truly question the current decisions made by Constable Chad Pafford of Liberty County Constable Pct 4. It is not rumor or gossip but fact that he is allowing two Reserve Deputies within his department to take home county vehicles. This raises several legal and ethical questions. First off, since these Deputies are considered to be Reserve Deputies then why are they receiving a compensation from the county...i.e. county take home vehicles? Reserves are non-paid employees that are normally only keeping their Police License while working other jobs or just enjoy being a Police Officer on a part-time basis and sometimes used as a stepping stone for new Police Officers. Either way, Reserves are non-paid and are volunteers for the community and should not receive benefits from the county as full-time paid employees. I am not questioning how much work or how valuable the work is but rather this is a good decision made by our elected Constable. Secondly, one of the Reserves is Eric Baumgart who is currently a public defender of Harris County, weird? I agree...A public defender, or defense attorney who is a Police Officer, raises questions, not illegal but really, just weird. Deputy Baumgart is the one who does press releases and designs political websites for Constable Pafford as seen at http://chadpafford.com/ So is Constable Pafford exchanging a badge and take home vehicle for work? A question that must truly be answered by his Office or better in person by Constable Pafford. Finally, both reserve deputies currently live far outside Liberty County and rarely come in to work on what is considered a full-time status. So who truly knows how often the vehicle is being driven for personal uses and how often are WE as taxpayers paying the fuel bill for these reserve Deputies to take home county vehicles. Take home police vehicles are designed for three reasons, one for Police presence while driving in the county and being able to answer calls while en-route to or from work. Secondly, on-call Officers being able to respond directly from their residence instead of having to go from their residence to the station and then to the scene. This is clearly not taking place at Pct 4. Please, lets look into this matter in our county and get some answers.

Name withheld.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I met Pafford once. A kid had wrecked his vehicle by running a stop sign, ultimately he wound up in a ditch and I was the first one who arrived on the scene of the accident in which I called police to report the wreck. Pafford was the first officer to respond and he proceeded to say to me that my help was no good and not needed, he also told me that I should get out of here before I interfere with police business in which he said I could be arrested........

Anonymous said...

law enforcement has no duty to cooperate with any citizen who just appears at an accident scene. Given injuries and time constraints (not to mention the appearance and demeanor of the citizen,) they usually prefer to handle situations themselves, and summon professional aid that's needed.

Anonymous said...

I dont dial 911!

Anonymous said...

Pafford is a putz.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like someone got their feathers ruffled during election time. Reserves do a great job and do not get a penny for the time that they dedicate to the community. I am sure a county vehicle ready to make a call
(I would guess close to the county of service) would be much cheaper than a full time officer. I do not know much about the constable in question but I would say that if you do not like him, do not vote for him.

Sounds pretty simple to me.

Anonymous said...

I have insurance, that covers EMT, EMS, paramedic, and ambulance services. I'd prefer the professionals, for medical help- (if I was in any condition to make the choice.) If not, I'd hope that the officer would have the good sense, to limit the access of such good Samaritans- who could cause more harm, than good. What's the hippocratic oath? "At least, do no harm."

To the first poster above: You did your good deed, and promptly summoned aid, via calling 911.
THANK YOU! Now, stand back sir/ma'am, and let the professionals do their jobs.

If you are attracted to the EMS profession, then get trained, and get certified. Otherwise, it's a defined crime: practicing medicine without a license. To drive home the point, fill out a few EMS job applications. You'll get told again, in short order. No license? No JOB! No continuing ed? No refresher courses? Pink slip!

Anonymous said...

Liberty County Deputies at Sheriff's Dept., who lives out of county, cannot take their vehicle home. Seems like County Rules, should include Constable Pafford's people, especially reserves, that are to receive no benfits. Cop and Lawyer, Sounds like Captain Green at Sheriff'sw Dept, who does nothing, but draw salary and drive new car home. Deputy Odell, might be here, if he had a newer vehicle, to see children grow up, RIP Odell.

Anonymous said...

Pafford is letting his reserves drive the vehicles to work in Houston. GO FIGURE! Pafford has to GO.

Anonymous said...

yes very true they have done as they please. even to the point of sreving "fake" tickets!!!! yes you heard correctly eric was arrested on november 17th 2012 wow doesnt surprise me and waiting for the outcome of his charges pafford needs to let them go or he needs to go with them!!