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YPD officer Chance on leave, given ‘last chance’ in early April



Published: Wed, September 12, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Police, prosecutors and the law department remain tight-lipped about the latest investigation of Officer Phil Chance.

Chance’s personnel file shows four internal-affairs investigations since last year that led to a “last-chance agreement” wherein Chance agreed to abide by all department rules or be fired.

Police Chief Rod Foley confirmed that Chance, as of late last week, is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into a new matter.

Foley and Law Director Anthony Farris said they cannot discuss the details of the current investigation into Chance’s activities, but the four internal-affairs investigations have been made public.

The last-chance agreement with Chance was signed in early April and says the four incidents preceding the agreement could justify termination. Chance, in the agreement, agreed to comply with all police department and city work rules going forward.

The agreement details some specific conditions for Chance to follow.

The agreement calls for Chance to discontinue the use of a drug that could “negatively impact his ability to perform the essential functions of his job” and has not been approved by a city-selected medical review doctor.

Chance, who was suspended for 60 days in April, agreed to enter into a substance-abuse treatment program while on suspension and present monthly attendance sheets to the chief documenting his regular attendance at those meetings.

He also agreed to reduce his use of medications that affect his job and take a drug-screening test before returning to work.

Chance also was subjected to three drug-screening tests upon his return from the April suspension. He also can be made to take a monthly drug-screening test.

The four incidents leading to the last-chance agreement were a report that Chance failed to complete a crash report in November 2011; a report that Chance left his assigned duty post in December 2011; a complaint from a citizen that Chance did not dispatch an officer to her house for more than an hour after it was hit by gunfire and she believed the shooters were still outside; and a December 2011 report of several complaints involving declining job performance and safety concerns.

The December 2011 complaints led to a drug screening in January of this year. The screening showed a controlled substance in his system, but Chance later supplied doctor’s notes for three prescription drugs he was using.

Officers are required to report any use of prescribed controlled substances or narcotics to a commander. Chance was found to be in violation of the reporting requirement.

Chance, the investigation revealed, said he did not use the drugs while on duty, but was found to have the substance in his system the day of his drug screening in January. Chance was scheduled to do drug raids with the tactical response team on that day.

Chance made headlines in 2010 when he shot an 18-year-old male in the parking lot of a bar in the 900 block of Midlothian Boulevard while trying to control a large fight. The teen driver reportedly ran Chance down with a car just before the shooting.

Chance ultimately was cleared in the shooting. The teen driver pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of obstructing official business and driving under the influence.


Comments

1grand4dad(196 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Time for him to go.

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2jimmyd123(196 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Why does the city keep giving this low life a chance?? Are we that hard up for officers??

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3georgejeanie(793 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

It is all in who you know. Next, he will be filing for disability, and you and I the taxpayer will be footing the bill until this low life dies.

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4redneckwonder(13 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I have a feeling steroids are at work here!

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5Harley_Guy(112 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

First off - I AM NOT busting on unions...

That being said; YPD has to answer to unions and if they fire Chance or other officers (detectives) the union will fight the city for reinstatement. It's probably cheaper to keep them on the payroll than to spend the money to fight the union on an action everyone else deems reasonable.

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6DwightK(1251 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

There are plenty of police academy graduates that will do this job without any of the hassle. Time to give them this guy's slot.

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7peggygurney(392 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I have the utmost respect for the YPD as a whole, and for the officers that I personally know.

However, the citizens of Ytown are obviously not safe under this officers' watch, so WHY are we still paying his salary?? Officer Chance needs to go.

NOW.

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8gdog4766(1473 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Chance should have never been hired. You hire a member of a crime family and later he's trouble and your surprised. Look at his lawyer Bernard, she was dismissed as a YSU trustee because she was hooked up to this idiots father. The only way he could have been hired was that Strollo (who owns his father) or one of his people ordered it. Strollo still needed eyes and ears in the department.

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9Overit(1 comment)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

How quick everyone is to judge a policeman that you would be thanking if he showed up in your time of need. Not one of the offenses listed sound like a reason to attack a person's character or demand their job. I doubt anybody else has a perfect work record. I don't condone misconduct. But I thank Officer Chance and all the other police officers out there that are willing to put their life on the line for so many unappreciative people. Some of us do appreciate you.. Keep your head up

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10HeMyPO(92 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I to have to utmost respect for Police Officer's. However, this Chance guy is a total Screw up !! He has been given many opportunities to clean up his act. Guess what, he isn't doing a good job at it. Youngstown Police need to send this guy packing. Enough with the breaks. He clearly doesn't deserve anymore !!!

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11GTX66(343 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

@jimmyd123 Why don't you go an apply for a job as a YPD Officer? Are you a low life? You talk like one.

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12candystriper(575 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

The United States consumes 90% of the worlds opiates...Big Pharma knows exactly how to hook 'em ... the reality is Big Pharma won't raise your children when you are dead.

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13USMC0331(150 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

z123go

Theft reports are low on the priority list. A lot of the time the police dept is dealing with fight after fight. Break in after break in. Shooting after shooting. Had the call at your fathers house came in as it was in progress the response time would have been much greater. Sometimes that's not the case either. Sometimes priority calls have to wait. Reason? Undermanned police dept. Oh ya, you can thank your current city council and the previous mayor for that. Sometimes officers are on a report or on a priority call and are ordered to "break" from that call to take yet another call. Its an endless fight.

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14unbeeleeveable(4 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

This guy is a sap. Crooked, ignorant, and dishonest. His rap sheet is longer than most of the criminals he arrested...kick him out and bring back some integrity to the force...

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15USMC0331(150 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I agree. Well, when the police go to fights they don't always go with lights and sirens on. However, now you can call down and do a report over then phone. That was the doing of the current chief which helps the officers on the road tremendously. Hopefully they can continue doing things like that to free up time.

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16jimmyd123(196 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

GTX. First of all I am far from being a low life. I have a good job and never wanted to be a police officer. Second. I don't go to work while on drugs like officer Chance. And if I did I would no longer be employed. Now some of these post are correct. Now he will go on disability and we have to pay for it. It's the same old thing in Youngstown. The good old boys taking care of each other.

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17southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Just exactly what our community does not need - an officer using prescription meds while on duty...

Ironic that Chance was scheduled to do drug raids with the tactical response team on the day of his administrative leave.

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