Overheard scanner conversation reveals Harbor Patrol problems

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On Tuesday morning, watchdog reports at The Post and Courier taped a conversation via police scanner that sounded like two officers complaining about how the Charleston Police Department was fudging statistics for its Harbor Patrol.

After bringing the recording into Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen and Maj. Tony Elder, it turned out that the conversation wasn't as serious as first believed. However, the conversation did reveal problems in the way the department defines activities performed by its Harbor Patrol, not that the department was inflating its data.

Chad Womack, a sergeant who took over the Harbor Patrol unit last year is relatively new in the position and was never informed about how his predecessor defined unit activities.

Read on and listen in on the recorded conversation at The Post and Courier.

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