The Midland Borough Police Chief has directed his officers to stop doing certain police work because he and the town’s Mayor have been receiving too many complaints.

Midland Police Chief Keith McCarthy issued a memorandum to his officers dated August 24th instructing them to curtail their interactions with motorists, “Due to a rash of citizen complaints we are asking you to stop traffic stops significantly.”

A confidential law enforcement source provided the Beaver Countian with a copy of the departmental directive on condition they not be identified by name.

Chief McCarthy’s memo noted it came after a conversation he had with Midland’s Mayor, Angela “Poobie” Adkins. McCarthy informed his officers that although they have all been doing a “very fine job,” he now wants police in the town take a “seen but not heard from” approach.

McCarthy told his department they should not ignore a “blatant DUI” that could lead to a loss of life, but otherwise wants his officers to disregard violations they may see while out on the road, “No more turn signals, plate lights, head lamps etc. I am well aware that these and many others are illegal violations, but we cannot sustain a department where we have dozens of complaints a month.”

“I understand some of you may not be able to do this, and it is sad to say, but this may not be the department for you at this time,” wrote Chief McCarthy, who added that he will be closely monitoring the officers’ body and dash cam videos to ensure compliance. “No one will get fired or face discipline for not following the request of myself and the Mayor. But if individuals can not follow this request hours will go more to those who can.”

Chief McCarthy wrote he wants officers to see things from his perspective, “I hope you can understand where myself and the Mayor are coming from, people are not showing up at your door steps, they are showing up to ours.”

“I hope that all can understand and comply,” he concluded. “I am sorry to even ask this of you.”

The Beaver Countian has learned that the Pennsylvania State Police opened a criminal investigation into the directive — law enforcement sources say Police Chief Keith McCarthy has already been questioned by investigators.

The Memo To Midland Officers From Their Chief

Subject: Traffic Stops

Message: To all officers,

I’d like to start by saying you are all doing a very fine job. Any Chief would be proud to have you as his/her officers. That being said after speaking with the Mayor some changes need to occur.

I understand what I am about to request of you is very difficult, I was a patrol officer for 9 years. Due to a recent rash of citizen complaints we are asking you to stop traffic stops significantly. No more turn signals, plate lights, head lamps, etc. I am well aware that these and many others are illegal violations, but we cannot sustain a department where we have dozens of complaints a month.

Many departments follow a ‘seen but not heard from’ type of attitude. For the temporary time being I am requesting that we become that type of department.

This hurts no one more than me, as I have loved what you find officers have been accomplishing. Basically, I need you to answer your calls, take the appropriate actions, and patrol. Now if you have blatant DUI in front of you I’m not asking you to look the other way for someone who may kill another for their blatant disregard for other’s safety.

I understand some of you may not be able to do this, and it is sad to say, but this may not be the department for you at this time. I’ll be monitoring the reports and body and car cameras much more diligently to make sure all are following in line with this. No one will get fired or face discipline for not following the request of myself and the Mayor. But if individuals can not follow this request hours will go more to those who can.

I hope all can understand where myself and the Mayor are coming from, people are not showing up at your door steps, but they are showing up to ours. As I said this is only temporary until things calm down. I hope that all can understand and comply. I am sorry to even ask this of you.

Chief

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Jan McBride
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Jan McBride

Wag the dog… Unbelievable!!! It’s becoming a lawless society… Better be locked and loaded…

Lisa smith
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Lisa smith

I agree with the mayor and chief. I know people in midland and experience it myself. They pull people over left and right. I must say the officers in midland are very bored

Lisa smith
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Lisa smith

They pull people over left and right and gotten out of control. They are bored but them on trash detail

k. Blanchard
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k. Blanchard

Maybe the people getting pulled over left and right as you put it FUCKED UP drivers. Did you think of that, or are you a fucked up driver that pulled over?????Retired Phoenix Police Motor Cop of 33 years…..U are a shit bag

Bill Whitesides
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Bill Whitesides

One of the stupidest things that I have ever seen. Police should ignore traffic violators, speeders, and every other violation that occurs. Funny thing, 20+ years of law enforcement experience has taught me that people that violate traffic laws are also the same ones that have no problem violating every other law. People that don’t respect simple things like traffic laws usually have no problem violating other laws if they think it benefits them.

ABJ
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ABJ

The mayor and police chief are spineless and do not care about law enforcement. They are politicians and want to suck up and stay employed at their easy jobs.

Dave Rock
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Dave Rock

You dont really mean “Police work”, you should change the title to, “Police Chief Orders Officers To Stop Generating Revenue Through Fining Working Class for Simple Vehicle Infractions”

Big Cheese
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Big Cheese

Simple infractions lead to big arrests, dumb ass!!

zippo57
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zippo57

That’s right…..too many of poobies friends can’t do business, gittin stopped all da time

Sean Corfield
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Sean Corfield

You’re exactly right. And here’s how I can prove it. How many traffic laws do cops break to pull someone over for a minor traffic violation? Half the time they drive like maniacs even when they’re going nowhere specific. When they’re going after someone who looked both ways and barely rolled through a stop sign, lookout. Roscoe P. Coltrain is in hot pursuit.

Lori Lawrence
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Lori Lawrence

So we can run all of the stoplights now???

Lori Lawrence
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Lori Lawrence

I can sleep in an extra 10 minutes. Lol

R A DEA
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R A DEA

And drive 100 miles per hour everywhere you go.

Selena George-Little
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Selena George-Little

Last time I checked, it’s their JOB

Gregory Moats
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Gregory Moats

They took an oath to enforce the laws of their city, state and nation….

Big Cheese
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Big Cheese

“Poobie” Adkins. BLM snowflake. Try to find a “safe space” in Midland. Chief McCarthy, you are a disgrace to that uniform.

Theo
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Theo

So much for law and order in Midland! What a disgrace! The mayor and police chief should step down!