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5/7/2013 8:01:00 AM
PVPD officers challenging disciplinary action in photo radar probe
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Ken Hedler
Special to the Tribune

A Prescott Valley police lieutenant and sergeant are challenging disciplinary action that stemmed from an outside audit that concluded they dismissed photo enforcement violations against family members.

Lt. Wayne Nelson and Sgt. Mark Postula requested a review that began April 22 to challenge any punishment they received, according to Human Resources Director Karen Smith. Both she and Administrative Sgt. Brandon Bonney declined to say what disciplinary action Nelson and Postula faced because the process is continuing.

"We have three steps to our review process," Smith said Monday afternoon. "Each step allows for 10 working days for a response. We are in the first (step)."

The first step is before the director of the department - in this case Interim Police Chief James Edelstein - Smith said. The next step will be before Town Manager Larry Tarkowski and the final step is before the town's Personnel Board, which consists of town staffers and community members.

The officers are entitled to a union representative and an attorney, Smith said, adding she does not know whether they have hired an attorney. They also may request a hearing in public before the personnel board.

Nelson and Postula remain on the payroll and are not on administrative leave, Bonney said.

Nelson and Postula are going through the process in response to an audit dated March 1 by public safety consultant John Wintersteen, the former police chief of Paradise Valley, that documented a number of cases of police dismissing photo-enforcement violations involving family members using vehicles registered to the officers.

Twenty-two cases involved family members who activated the cameras by driving at least 11 mph faster than the posted speed limit. Photo enforcement has been in effect in Prescott Valley since October 2006, and involves stationary and mobile cameras and red-light running.

Wintersteen's report states a traffic sergeant (Postula) admitted to dismissing seven violations over a four-year period that ended in February 2012 involving his wife. Nelson is Postula's supervisor.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Article comment by: Tammy Scott

I would like to know how a paid by the public officer has the right to be exempt from any disciplinary action due to the abuse of the radar tickets... If you are going to hold the public accountable then hold the officer to the same standard. What message are you sending to the residence and our children?
This is one of the worst idea's this town has ever had.. If you want people to be aware of there speed then purchase the speed towers and put them in key locations a visual reminder, it more effective at drawing your attention to your speed and there is no lease on the equipment. To excuse the officers for dismissing these tickets is offensive, unless of course the public also has the same right.. I would like to see a copy of the oath the officer took when sworn into office,, highlight the section please where they swear to o bide and uphold the law. As far as there union goes shame on you !! I am also a union member and would be fired for blatantly abusing company policy and in this case the law.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Kim Jady

Once again the PVPD proves to be an embarrassment to the community. This along with the wannabe biker incident is proof that this is a corrupt PD.

I can almost guarantee that the union bosses will get them off though.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: peter white

the town of PV must deal with this matter in an open, straight forward manner or else they will lose all credibility with us, the citizens of PV and Yavapai county. I would have a hard time respecting an officers badge if i was pulled over by Sgt. Postula or Lt. Nelson. What makes Postula think that he doesn't have to play by the same rules as the rest of us.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Old Vet

Just another Gang Of Thugs With Badges! Probably why they like their LAPD look a like uniforms and squad cars.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Old Vet

More evidence of what a fine upstanding honest police department PVPD is, NOT!

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: E D

Just have one question to everybody. How many of you that have received a photo ticket and your vehicle is registered in someone else name, and all you did was make a copy of your license and checked off you were not the driver. No different than the police officers. So just let it go!!!

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: pond scum

This PVPD is a joke. They have absolutely no credibility whatsoever. This is great for me though because I currently have a case pending regarding one of their lying officers. So come on guys help me out and do some more dishonest things to SHOW ME THE MONEY....

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: PV resident Police lies

This is clear proof that the Prescott Valley police Department is corrupt, There is no way that the hire ups did not know this was taking place. The department need to fire the officers and needs to start an internal investigation into the department to look at all actions of its officers.The police department works for the people however once again POWER CORRUPTS and with the power they have they need to be looked at on a regular basis. Also get rid of the cameras they are only there for the revenue they are not there to help with slowing down drivers. Money and power bar fights corrupt officers looks like this town is taking a turn for the worst. Stand up people fight for your rights and this town

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: EX PAT

I hope they have been given desk jobs, what would your reaction be if one of them pulled you over and you saw the name badge???.
They cant work in our community they can no longer be trusted.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Billy Jack

They crossed the line that police officer's should never cross. That means termination and a grand jury inquiry.

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: PV Resident

Suck it up boys. Quit wasting our town's time and money with appealing your punishment and just deal with it. You did it, own up to it.

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