by Brian A. Wilkins
ORIGINAL LINK: http://blog.operation-nation.com/2010/03/18/chip-off-the-ol-chief-tempe-cop-jared-blanchard-resigns-over-sex-scandals.aspx
or if he was simply following in the footsteps of his clownboy leader: Tempe Police Chief Tom Ryff.
The story of Blanchard has been talked about on local news outlets and publications for the past couple days. In a nutshell, Blanchard resigned from the Tempe Police Dept. this week, after he admitted to “using his position” to have sex with women. His antics ranged from getting women’s phone numbers off of speeding tickets and calling them…and even an incident where someone he was supposed to arrest got away because Blanchard was too busy spitting weak-ass cop game to a woman during the arrest.
This report from KTVK Channel 3 in Phoenix describes the incident.
I want to highlight two quotes from “Sgt.” Steve Carbajal, the Tempe Police media relations guy: “there’s a lot of trust that goes with the badge…we can’t have people abusing that trust” and “we don’t want our officers to use their position as a dating service.” Apparently these rules do not apply to the chief.
As many of you Arizonans know, Tempe Police Chief Ryff was caught on tape not only encouraging his subordinate officers to lie on their police reports, but also caught on tape arranging liaisons with strippers (listen to the tapes here). Ryff, then admitted to CBS 5 that it was in fact him on the tapes, after initially denying it. Further, not only has Ryff been sleeping around on his wife in the name of Tempe Police, one of his mistresses is Charlene Berge Blum, of Berge Ford auto dealership fame.
This kid Blanchard is obviously just some horny 20-something and is not fit for police work (but neither are 60-plus percent of all current police). However, he was only following the customs and practices of his chief. Ryff is a womanizing POS and has gotten away with his sexual escapades completely unscathed. He and Tempe mayor Hugh Hallman are both Tempe High School graduates, thus Ryff will never be disciplined by his boss, and Ryff has more power than Hallman anyway.
Sexual exploits are no big deal for cops, so Blanchard will easily land another police job in the near future. While Ryff continues to collect paychecks and face no pressure or repercussions for his adulterous activities. If I were Blanchard, I would have forced the City of Tempe to fire me, and make them reason that it was because of sexual exploits (though I’m sure Tempe forced him to resign). Blanchard’s deeds are about as “trustworthy” (says Carbajal) as those of the chief…yet the peon cop is out of the job. And Carbajal will likely get another raise.
Ryff is a cancer to the Tempe Police Dept., and simply an immature horndog who is incapable of performing such an important job in a city like Tempe; with a major research university and diverse population. Ryff should be fired immediately and investigated by the Justice Dept., as it is pretty common knowledge that he has used taxpayer dollars to pay for strippers. How many more of these copycat incidents have to happen before Ryff is held accountable? They don’t call him “Teflon Tom” for nothing. That’s pretty “CULO,” huh Tom.