UPDATE: Monroe Police Union to Meet on Internal Survey

UPDATE Wednesday 4:40 p.m. -- The president of the Monroe Police chapter of the International Union of Police Associations confirmed to KTVE/KARD they will address the department's recent internal survey at their next monthly meeting.

That meeting is set for next Wednesday at 4 p.m.

President Michael Calloway said union representatives will meet with MPD Police Chief Quentin Holmes and Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo before the meeting convenes.

Calloway said they hope to help Holmes and Mayo develop a plan of action to address the surveys results.

We will bring you the latest once we receive more details.


UPDATE 10:00 p.m. -- An anonymous internal survey was conducted inside the Monroe Police Department.

Mayor Jamie Mayo said it's just like any other process inside any other department or business, meant to help improve the department.

"What you will find once we go through the process of what my expectations are is that we make those changes that's going to enhance our police department," Mayo said.

The highest number of officers surveyed have been with the department for more than 20 years.

Mayo said the survey did reveal positives.

"A pride of ownership as it relates to public service," he said. "They appreciate their jobs. They also appreciate the technology, the new technology that we've put in place and the new equipment. They appreciate the new cars."

Indeed, 63% of officers in the survey agreed they get the latest technology.

70% said their work gives them a sense of achievement.

But there were also negative elements of the survey.

86% of officers said overall morale is much lower than it was in the past.

What's more, 88% said many officers would leave if they could find a job somewhere else.

Mayo said a plan of action is now coming to address these concerns.

"In terms of what we can do to reduce some of the concerns that they have and possibly eliminate as many that we have," he said.

Mayo said a meeting of the police department union is coming next Tuesday.

Monroe Police Chief Quentin Holmes issued this statement: 

"I need to improve my internal and external relationships and communications. I need to help build a better environment that allows all our personnel to feel more valued at all times."

"We're not panicking. We're not jumping out a window, but we are looking at it very, very closely," said Mayo.

KTVE/KARD contacted the president of the local chapter of the International Union of Police Associations for the Monroe Police Department, but so far our messages have not been returned.


MONROE (KTVE/KARD) -- A recent survey done inside the Monroe Police Department has been  released to the public.

And not everything it reveals is good. Now public officials are weighing in on it.

An anonymous internal survey was conducted inside the Monroe Police Department to help city officials and the police chief develop a more effective department.

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says the survey showed positives like officers having a sense of achievement and appreciating having updated technology, but the survey also reports morale is much lower than in the past.

Mayor Mayo says a plan of action will now be put together.

"We feel good about the fact that we are learning about what some of the issues are, what the challenges are and the weaknesses are and we're going to do something about it," said Mayo.

But Mayo also says the survey was released through a public records request too early and that a plan of action hasn't been given time to develop yet.

Nonetheless, the mayor says the process will continue on making that plan.

Nick Lawton will have more tonight on FOX 14 News at 9 and KTVE 10 News at 10.

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