Sexual harassment in the workplace: ASUPD’s dirty little secret!

There have been several posts on indeed.com (here is the entire post with no retractions) that reference the widespread nature of sexual harassment that transpires at ASUPD. It’s hard for people with an outside perspective to really understand the situation, so we wanted to spell it out as clearly as we could. This is, by no means, a complete list of all the instances of sexual harassment that have transpired at ASUPD.

·         Naga (indeed.com):

o   the officer who, upon finding used sex toys in a transients belongings, chased and threw them at other officers on scene while the subject was being processed;

o   Let’s also not forget all of the sexual harassment claims against the former assistant chief, who was allowed to retire with full benefits and is now Director of Emergency Preparedness at ASU. Could it be due to the wife of the former assistant chief being the HR manager of the department? Could it also be due to the former head of dispatch being friends with said HR manager and subsequently driving away all of the dispatchers who made said claims?

·         Insideview (indeed.com):

o   The chief gave a sexual harassment investigation on a former AC to AZDPS (Arizona Department of Public Safety) to investigate, they returned the results of the investigation, and the chief left it sealed on his desk for over a year until the subject of the complaint could exit his position and get into another state job.

o   Everyone here knows how retaliation works because we see it in real time, have no independent system of oversight, and conflicts of interest, ethical abuses are allowed to run wild. Example; when a sergeant becomes known for peeping on couples having intercourse from beginning to end, females urinating in public, disappearing on duty with females, and with complaint after complaint this individual rises up to police commander and then assistant chief of the department? I would go as far as saying this behavior is rewarded, encouraged, and the norm.

o   Another ASUPD assistant chief had a history with sexual no no’s in the workplace when he left on a hot seat from his former police department. He arrived in time to give all the ASUPD employees a formal presentation on ethics and said he’d nail anyone getting a free Big Gulp.

·         T Doggs (indeed.com):

o   One bucking for sergeant, known for how much he thinks he knows, but doesn’t know about police work, has put a great deal of energy into sexual harassment. To date there isn’t one single female that has worked around him that he hasn’t come on to and asked out for a date, even ones dating other officers, dispatchers, etc. One finally complained formally, while the others complained informally fearing he is a supervisor and what that could do to their jobs.

o   When a department doesn’t take steps to curb unethical behavior, sexual harassment bordering on procurement it sends a clear message. That message to the public is, “This is a brothel masquerading as a police department.”

·         Naga (indeed.com):

o   Insideview, so what if all of the parties were free and in the clear, does that still excuse the behavior of that former AC or of the chief? Just because all of the dispatchers that were sexually harassed got run off by AC’s HR wife and dispatch lead friend doesn’t mean it never happened.

o   For example, said former AC who started out in ASU PD patrol, liked to watch couple have sex on campus. How’d he get all the way up to AC position? Same former AC had multiple sexual harassment claims against him? How’d he keep his position? The answer to both is because his supervisor(s) did nothing about it. If those stories are well known, so well known in fact that new hires are told about this, how is it his supervisors “didn’t know anything?”.

Let’s not forget to mention several more instances that are public knowledge at ASUPD that aren’t mentioned on indeed.com!

o   This newly promoted Corporal (Cpl L) that has asked out every female in the department, and is so overbearing many do not want to work with him.

o   Cpl. L has made comments around female employees about not being able to “control himself”.

o   Cpl. L has urinated, in public, in front of a female employee.

o   This newly promoted Sergeant (Sgt N) has scouted for tail while on duty, and has had a physical relationship with a 20 year old Resident Assistant.

o   This Commander (Cmdr. L) has had sexual relations with a prostitute.

o   This former Assistant Chief (AC J) has made remarks about wanting to fire a female officer who was taking FMLA time.

o   This night squad (several people in Tempe, midnight shift) has made offensive sexual remarks to a gay male ASUPD employee.

We hate to sensationalize these instances of sexual harassment and deviancy, but they serve to highlight the hostile nature of ASUPD’s work environment.