State Patrol probe needs a law enforcement expert and seasoned focus

The death of a convicted felon in a high-speed chase with a Nebraska State Patrol Trooper has triggered what Governor Pete Ricketts calls an agencywide review of the patrol. The review will be led by the Governor’s Chief Human Resources Officer Jason Jackson.

In a news release, Ricketts said the review will seek to examine the totality of the workforce climate and make recommendations for continuous improvement. That sounds a lot like efforts to determine the climate of the Nebraska Department of Corrections– and we all know how well that has been working out. That department remains plagued by a shortage of staff and violent incidents, ranging from assaults by prisoners against staff to inmate deaths at the hands of other inmates.


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