Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 01:43:06 EST
Dear Residents of Inglewood and Ladera Heights please find attach my
statement to the community regarding false allegations made against me.
Please pass on to anyone you wish.
Thank you for your continued support.
To: The Inglewood and Ladera Heights Community Members
Subject : The false allegations and rumors made against me
On May 25, 2006, I was hired as the Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management by the Inglewood Unified School District. During the interview process, the Superintendent had indicated to me that she was having a lot of problems with her Police and Security Departments and wanted someone who was strong enough to straighten out both Departments.
Once hired, I conducted an audit of both the Police and Security Departments and determined that both departments had significant professional and integrity issues.
The problems that the School District Police Department was experiencing were so egregious and outrageous, It was puzzling how or why they existed for so long.
Below is a list of some of the issues pertaining to the Police Department that had to be addressed immediately:
1. School Police Officers were working security at Starbucks in Ladera Heights while at the same time their timesheets indicated they were working security at the School District, thus getting paid by Starbuck’s and the School District for working the same hours.
2. School Police Officers were working off duty employment at other job sites during the evenings. Once the Officers got off work from their night jobs, they would come to the District and report to work. Instead of working, the Officers would go into the back office of the Police Station and sleep for several hours.
3. When a narcotic’s arrest or the seizure of narcotics evidences were removed from any of the schools’ campuses, the Officers would lose, discard or misplace the evidence that was suppose to be presented in court. This type of behavior has caused cases to be dismissed as well as cast shadows of suspicion over the District’s Police Department.
4. School Police Officers would stay inside of the Police Station and respond to calls for service from the station. On many occasions they would ignore the calls, leaving the problems to be handled by schools’ Administrators and Teachers.
5. School Police Officers would come to work wearing street clothes and on several occasions, would not change into their uniforms. There were also times when some Police Officers would the School Police vehicles and leave the station to unknown destinations. On many occasions, I would go to different School Police Officers’ homes and find them and the Police vehicle parked at their homes.
6. Some of the School Police Officers would take vacation days, sick days and personal leave days and never turn this information in to the District’s Personnel Department, Consequently, the time would not be charged to their accounts.
The issues that the Security Department was facing were no better than those of the School Police Department:
1. Some Security Officers were coming to work under the influence of alcohol and narcotics.
2. Some Security Officers were not wearing the proper uniforms and when parents dropped off their children, it was hard to distinguish between the Security Officers and the students.
3. Some of the Security Officers were involved in inappropriate relationships with female students.
4. Some Security Officers were letting students walk off the campuses and in most cases, they would open the side gates themselves.
5. Some Security Officers were caught smoking marijuana with some of the students and in some cases, were bringing the narcotics on the campuses to sell.
6. Some Security Officers were caught up in physical altercations with students and parents.
7. Some Security Officers would take their security radios home and when they were supposed to report to work in the mornings, they would stay home and check in through their security radios and never report in to work.
There were so many other infractions involving both the School Police and Security Departments that needed to be corrected. Immediately, I started making recommendations that (02) permanent School Police Officers, (06) Reserve Police Officers and (08) Security Officers be terminated.
I implemented a strict dress code policy for all School Police and Security Personnel. I also began conducting ethics training and implemented a zero tolerance policy on alcohol and narcotics use and distribution on school grounds by any Police Officer and Campus Security. Every Police Officer and Campus Security Officer were held to higher standards and accountability.
I made random visits, without notice, to the District schools, conducted surprise inspections, and any School Police Officer or Campus Security Officer who were not in Uniform were either written up or removed from the campus and sent to the District’s Personnel Department for disciplinary action.
As a Police professional, I understand that people do not like change and feel uncomfortable when change happens. There were several School Police Officers and Campus Security personnel who wanted things to stay the way it was and rebelled against every new policy that I implemented.
In an attempt to discredit my reputation, one of the School Police Officer told community members that in 2005 I was under investigation with the LAPD for being in an inappropriate relationship with a minor. Since that time, I have repeatedly stated that I have never been under any investigation for sexual misconduct at any time in my life or Law Enforcement career. Unfortunately, this disgruntled School Police Officer put these rumors out in the community and throughout the Inglewood Unified School District without any evidence to support these allegations.
To prove to the community that these allegations were false, I voluntarily went through three different investigations and each time the allegations were proven to be false and without merit.
Once I was cleared of these allegations, I was immediately released from desk duty and resumed my full responsibilities as the Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management. At this point, the Superintendent or the District’s Legal Counsel was supposed to publicly clear my name of these allegations but did not.
On March 18, 2008, I left the District and was hired at a Police Captain for the Palos Verde’s Estates Police Department. During that interview process, which included a thorough background investigation and lie detector test, I passed with flying colors.
I recently submitted an Employment Application to be reinstated to the position of Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management for the Inglewood Unified School District, as this position has remained vacant since my departure. I realize that because the former Superintendent nor the District’s former Legal Counsel publicly cleared my name, along with the fact that a few mean-spirited people felt it necessary to continue spreading these same old vicious rumors, the Board of Director requested that another thorough background investigation be conducted before I would be considered for reinstatement. Once again the investigative report came back clear of any evidence to support the allegations that were previously made against me.
During the past (12) months, I have undergone (05) background investigations and (01) Lie detector test. Every one of the investigations plus the Lie detector test came back clear. I assure the community that these allegations are false and are simply without merit. There has never been any documentation, evidence, witnesses or victim produced to support these allegations. Nor has the authors of these vicious rumors ever presented any evidence, documentation, witnesses or a victim to substantiate these allegations.
I believe that with strong leadership, dedication and honest employees, the Inglewood Unified School District can regain its prominence within the community. I also believe that together we can achieve this goal and want to be part of the change. Therefore, I ask the Inglewood Unified School District Board of Directors as well as the Inglewood and Ladera Heights communities for full support and trust in my abilities to serve as the Inglewood Unified School District’s Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management.
Kevin C. Scroggins