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    NOPD officer punished for wearing the wrong uniform

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    NOPD officer punished for wearing the wrong uniform

    by Brendan McCarthy, The Times-Picayune Wednesday July 09, 2008, 8:41 AM


    UPDATE: Riley defends actions, calling punishment "appropriate." Click to read story.
    NOPD officer Robert L. Guidry in 2005
    With minutes left in the last shift of his 35-year New Orleans police career, Sgt. Bobby Guidry received a call from a supervisor telling him he had been suspended for wearing the wrong uniform shirt, the veteran officer said.
    The Police Department confirmed the censure Tuesday, though it quibbled with the term "suspended." Rather, Guidry is "under investigation for wearing the wrong uniform," said Police Department spokesman Bob Young.
    Instead of the standard-issue all-black uniform, Guidry, a veteran officer in the city's Uptown 2nd District, chose the powder-blue uniform shirt that he wore to work for more than three decades.

    He viewed it as a simple statement, not an affront to rules or department leadership.
    "Eighteen people died in the line of duty in that powder-blue shirt while I was with the department," Guidry said. "I went to each of those funerals. I wore that shirt on a Saturday, on my last day, out of respect for them."
    Police brass apparently didn't appreciate the sartorial statement, which took place June 28. Young said the improper uniform complaint originated in the 2nd District. The department's Public Integrity Bureau then opened a formal investigation with about 15 minutes left in Guidry's career.
    The punishment will not affect Guidry's pension or benefits, but, as it stands now, he will not receive his retired police commission and will not be accepted into the NOPD's reserve unit, for which he had applied, Young said.
    Superintendent Warren Riley, who could not be reached for comment, was apprised of the investigation, Young said.
    Young said Riley stressed that "an officer has to maintain professionalism at all times, whether it is his first or last day."
    For Guidry, the whole affair turned what might have been a bittersweet day simply bitter.
    Guidry said a Police Department investigator called him and suggested he "write a letter to the chief and apologize."
    He hasn't done that yet.
    "What do I apologize for?" Guidry said. "I wore the wrong shirt. . . . I'll take a letter of reprimand, but a suspension? That's rough."
    Guidry's attorney, Eric Hessler, said the retired officer will cooperate with investigators but appeal the disciplinary action. He called the timing of the reprimand particularly disrespectful to Guidry's many years of service.
    "He was literally moving his stuff from his office into his car," Hessler said Tuesday. "He was basically done."
    On his last day, Guidry said his supervisor advised him that he was suspended and a city employee called him days later with the same news. He has since received no paperwork or formal reprimand, and he said he hasn't been interviewed by NOPD internal investigators.
    Young disagreed with the term "suspended," but he said Guidry's permanent record will reflect that he "retired under investigation."
    The powder-blue uniform shirt had been worn by officers since the Police Department's inception. Riley changed the uniform after Hurricane Katrina to all-black uniforms.
    "A lot of uniforms were displaced after the storm, and they wanted to eliminate the possibility of uniforms getting into the hands of criminals," Young said of the change.
    Some officers protested the change. Many complained that the all-black uniform was too hot and that it bucked tradition.
    Riley, in what some in the Police Department call a move to boost morale, recently announced that the department would revert to powder-blue shirts, probably by the first of the year.
    . . . . . . .
    Brendan McCarthy can be reached at bmccarthy@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3301.

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    It's his last damn day. If he wants to wear flip flops and shorts, let him!


    Only the department will come out looking like assholes in this. Shameful.
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    Sounds like he had some not-so-friendly acquaintences higher up the totem pole who wanted to fuck this guy however they could.

    The PD is only bringing bad press to itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pudge113 View Post
    It's his last damn day. If he wants to wear flip flops and shorts, let him!


    Only the department will come out looking like assholes in this. Shameful.
    After watching that ass clown on television during Katrina, do you really think Riley gives a rats ass about anything except his little empire palace?
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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    After watching that ass clown on television during Katrina, do you really think Riley gives a rats ass about anything except his little empire palace?

    Too true
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    One of many reasons why I could never work for a metro department.


    I like my little 40 man department...any bigger would suck
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    That's just fucked up. At the very least -- why wait all day? Even then -- whose agency would require an investigation for wearing an improper uniform? Sarge'd call you in, depending on the history and degree of improperness, slap you on the wrist or write you up, make you change, and send you on your way...
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    What they've done to him is a disgrace.




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    That's just plain BULLSHIT, but you just have to look at the type of management they have there. My sister lives in NOLA and I keep up on their BS. This takes the cake of a long time Vet buy folks with an axe to grind.
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    he was out of uniform don't mater if it was his first day or last, rules are rules. how can he as an officer hold others to do what is right when he can't or won't follow simple rules.
















    what a bunch of crap. it's his last day give the fellow a break. somebody was holding a gruge.
    remember the butt you kick today might be the one you must kiss tomorrow.


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    It doesn't say but it seems as though he had a clear record prior, what an insult to him and to the officers he was honoring by wearing the blue, to treat him in such a shoddy way.

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    That is just crappy of the brass.

    One of my best friends wore tan cowboy boots on his last day here, it has always been kind of a tradition to do something odd here on your last day. His act actually had a meaning, an honorable one at that.
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    Bullshit..After all the years of service he gave to them, then suspend him on his last day for honoring fallen officers..Obviolsly the brass had a hardon for him..

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    JLK yeah okay rules are rules. What discipline does this merit though? Enforce the rule then, but do it fairly. Put a letter of reprimand in his file. Don't make his status "retired pending investigation," and prevent him from being a reserve,etc. That's just plain petty snake in the grass bullshit.
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    You guys should read the comments that are under the story if you click the link I put at the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five-0 View Post
    You guys should read the comments that are under the story if you click the link I put at the top.
    Well good on those people. Sad to say, but around here the citizens would want to hang the guy who wore the wrong color shirt.
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    In that city, I seriously wonder if Riley has a protective detail - from his own.
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    Maybe his second career should be to run for city council.
    It would be cool if he won it
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    Clearly, some in that department have forgotten about something known as discretion. I'm all about rules and ethics, but I'd say this is over the top. Sounds like he's at least got support from his peers and the community.

    One of the sergeants at my department recently retired after something like 25 years with our agency, plus additional years somewhere else prior. On his last day, he was told to come in wearing civies and, although he technically was the shift supervisor, we wouldn't let him leave the station. We wanted to make sure he got through his last day okay.
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    What a crock. I hope Guidry sues the City and the Chief.
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