I-Team: Regaining the Trust

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(WBRE/WYOU-TV)  Many people are talking about Tuesday’s arrest of Wilkes-Barre Police Officer Robert Collins on rape and sexual assault charges.

    Collins arrest comes on the heels of Ashley Police Officer Mark Icker who is also accused of trying to obtain sexual favors from at least three women. 

     The question tonight is… How does a police department regain public trust after these arrests?

      The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick joins us with that part of the story

  “So, it’s a difficult situation but don’t paint all of the police officers with that brush,” Said Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale.

   Speziale knows a thing or two about corrupt cops. He helped put them in jail as New York City Police detective. He and city officials brought in former NYPD Police Officer Dr. Richard Reyes as part of the safe city imitative. A special training program that covers all aspects of police operations including keeping the public trust.

  “Also show the public that we as the police are not afraid to take action against a police officer that commits a crime” Noted Chief Speziale.

 Enter Dr. Richard Reyes he teaches at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on this day he is meeting with law enforcement officials and community groups from Southern Luzerne County.  

“If we look at the numbers the police department corruption is very small and police integrity is very high” said Dr. Reyes.

  “It is so crucial the responding police department to gain the trust of the community when these things happen. Its kind of like push you back a step backward but you know that when you take a step backwards to to work harder to get back” noted Dr. Reyes

 And a big part of that effort means talking a tough stance on those who are supposed to set a higher standard. Like police officers.

  “What I can tell you that under any circumstances police officers can never use their position of power to victimize someone” added Stefanie Salavantis, Luzerne County District Attorney.

Dr. Reyes and Chief Speziale say Actions speak louder than words” there is no play book. But rather. Showing the public that corruption will not be tolerated. And that such actions will not be swept under the rug..

Many people are talking about Tuesday’s arrest of Wilkes-Barre Police Officer Robert Collins on rape and sexual assault charges.

 

     Collins arrest comes on the heels of Ashley Police Officer Mark Icker who is also accused of trying to obtain sexual favors from at least three women. 

 

     The question tonight is… How does a police department regain public trust after these arrests?

 

     The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick joins us with that part of the story

  “So, it’s a difficult situation but don’t paint all of the police officers with that brush” Said Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale.

   Speziale knows a thing or two about corrupt cops. He helped put them in jail as New York City Police detective. He and city officials brought in former NYPD Police Officer Dr. Richard reyes as part of the safe city imitative. A special training program that covers all aspects of police operations including keeping the public trust.

  “Also show the public that we as the police are not afraid to take action against a police officer that commits a crime” Noted Chief Speziale.

 Enter Dr. Richard Reyes he teaches at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on this day he is meeting with law enforcement officials and community groups from Southern Luzerne County.  

“If we look at the numbers the police department corruption is very small and police integrity is very high” said Dr. Reyes.

  “It is so crucial the responding police department to gain the trust of the community when these things happen. It’s kind of like pushes you back a step backward but you know what when you take a step backwards you got to work harder to get back” noted Dr. Reyes

 And a big part of that effort means talking a tough stance on those who are supposed to set a higher standard. Like police officers.

  “What I can tell you that under any circumstances police officers can never use their position of power to victimize someone” added Stefanie Salavantis, Luzerne County District Attorney.

Dr. Reyes and Chief Speziale say Actions speak louder than words” there is no play book. But rather. Showing the public that corruption will not be tolerated. And that such actions will not be swept under the rug..

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