VanBlarcum still investigating corrections officer's Facebook post
Patricia Doxsey is reporting in the Daily Freeman it has been a month since an Ulster County corrections officer posted a racist and discriminatory message to Facebook and Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum is still trying to determine if the post violated the department's social media policy. VanBlarcum said in an email December 21, that he does not expect the investigation to last "much longer.” The offending message, posted by Charles "CJ" Polacco on Nov 20, drew the ire of County Executive Michael Hein, who said he was “repulsed and infuriated” by it. He called the post "offensive and repugnant to a civilized society." County Legislature Chairman Ken Ronk called the post “disappointing” and suggested Polacco apologize for “a lapse of judgment.” Policy states that Sheriff’s Office employees are the embodiment of the department's mission and should strive to maintain the public trust, both on and off duty. It also states the online activities of Sheriff’s Office employees should reflect the higher expectations and standards to which police personnel are held. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.