Petty Tyrants Thread

I present to you Chief Hudson!

Do you know someone worse?

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Let’s not do what’s best for the dog, after all he is just an animal. :angry:

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Unless the K-9 Officer has done something wrong we don’t know about, this seems like the wrong thing to do.

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To get both sides of the story:

"The City of Shaker Heights seeks to set the record straight regarding its police dog, Igor, and his handler.

Igor is a six-year-old German Shepard and, if his health remains strong, he is expected to be fit for duty, keeping the residents of Shaker Heights safe, for another three or four years. He shows no signs of slowing down.

Igor’s handler, Officer Chad Hagan, received six weeks of training with Igor and has been Igor’s handler since 2018. When Officer Hagan applied to be a canine handler, he understood that the expectation was that he would remain with the force, working with the dog over the years the dog would be fit for duty.

In November, Officer Hagan told Shaker Heights Police Chief Wayne Hudson that he would be resigning to take a position with another department and that he wanted to take Igor. Even though Igor has an expected three or four years of service before likely retirement, as an accommodation, the Chief offered Officer Hagan the option to stay only two more years with the SHPD and then permit Igor to retire. Officer Hagan rejected this offer.

Officer Hagan proposed purchasing Igor. However, according to the City’s laws, the City’s administration, including the Chief, has no authority to sell the dog. City ordinance Section 141.07 (d) states, “A City Police officer who leaves the City’s canine unit while the Police Dog assigned to the officer is still fit for duty forfeits the right to purchase the animal under this section.” This ordinance was adopted by City Council in 2019. It was intended to follow a State law enacted in 1998 (Revised Code Section 9.62), to allow an officer to purchase their canine for $1.00 if the “Dog is injured in the line of duty, becomes disabled and is unfit for duty, or grows too old to be fit for duty…”

The Chief gave Officer Hagan an in-person hearing along with other officers supportive of Officer Hagan, with the Chief’s command staff and the Law Director in attendance. They listened to Officer Hagan’s arguments, but explained that the Chief does not have the discretion to sell the police dog.

The City has made a considerable investment in Igor for the benefit of residents. Purchasing a new police dog can cost $8,500-$13,000, depending on the breed of dog and what the dog is trained to perform. Sending a dog and handler to the initial six-week training course costs approximately $7,200. Ongoing training costs every year are also significant and can involve expenses for travel, hotel, and paying overtime to officers who fill in for the handlers who are away at training courses.

Officer Hagan was instructed to turn Igor in on November 29. Officer Hagan complained that Igor was taken away from him unnecessarily early but, while his last day with the Shaker Heights Police Department is December 10, he has taken three vacation days since tendering his resignation. He is not scheduled to work from December 8 through December 10.

The SHPD did not want to have to retrieve Igor when Officer Hagan was no longer a City employee.

An unnamed “local and national group of individuals” has accused the Chief of retaliating against Officer Hagan and of acting out of spite and with vindictiveness. Chief Hudson, in fact, tried to convince Officer Hagan to stay with the SHPD and met with the Officer in a respectful hearing that included leadership staff. Further, the Chief acted within the law in declining to sell Igor to the officer. The group notes that Chief Hudson told Officer Hagan “on the evening of Thanksgiving” that he would have to make arrangements to return Igor. In fact, Chief Hudson had told Officer Hagan that we would issue his final decision regarding Igor if and when Officer Hagan handed in his formal resignation, and Officer Hagan chose to give the Chief his letter of resignation on Thanksgiving Day, so that is when the Chief replied to Officer Hagan with his final decision on Igor.

Rather than acting out of vindictiveness, Chief Hudson is following the requirements of the law, and acting in the best interests of the residents of Shaker Heights to protect the considerable investment the City has made in Igor, the police dog.

While Chief Hudson is empathetic to Officer Hagan and his family’s feelings about Igor, Officer Hagan understood when he became a K-9 officer, as do all K-9 officers, that the dogs they work with are a highly trained integral part of the Shaker Heights Police Department that provide a service in protecting the community. It is the responsibility and priority of the Chief and the City’s administration to protect the safety of the citizens of the City. Any attack on the judgment and character of the Chief on this issue is unwarranted and unjust.

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Rules are Rules. The police do things all of the time, just because it’s the law. So he get’s the same treatment I would get when confronted with breaking the rule and now he’s complaining about it?

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@Nathan57 thanks for sharing the other side of the story.
I admit I have this bad habit of reading between the lines.

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The department’s actions seem a lot more reasonable now.

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If you want to break a man’s soul you take away his dog or his kids!

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Wife says," He’s with his dog more than with me and his daughter". :astonished: :grimacing: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: That didn’t sound good on the interview. :rofl:

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It probably sounded worse at home without the interviewer :grin:

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