Sheriff Aide: ‘Things Are Very Unstable’ In Robbins
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CHICAGO (CBS) — This week in south suburban Robbins, the police chief is expected to be gone and a police captain was fired–accused of claiming he once carried LAPD Badge Number 714, which is a fictional badge from the 1950s TV show “Dragnet.”
“I think things are very unstable,” said Cara Smith, chief of policy and communications for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.
“At the end of the day, the question is, does the village, does the police department, have the capacity to protect the community? And under anyone’s analysis, the answer right now is no.”
Smith says the Robbins police chief Melvin Davis is expected to resign or be removed.
And she says the just-terminated Capt. Douglas Smith misrepresented himself.
“He submitted a resume and some photocopies of badges, one of which, incredibly, was the badge of Joe Friday from the Dragnet television show,” Smith said.
Smith said the sheriff’s office is offering to supply a temporary police command staff to stabilize things in Robbins.
WBBM Newsradio called the mayor of Robbins for comment.