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Abbeville Police Chief James Bradley Says RSN Is Wrong

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
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Date: Oct 12 2020 6:14 PM

ABBEVILLE:     On October 7, 2020 Abbeville Interim Police Chief James Bradley responded to RSN article on the elections and comments about Abbeville Police Department in shambles.


FROM RSN:   "The department is in shambles, people quit before they start. The Henry County Sheriff Department has had to answer their calls. There has got to be a change, quickly."

I stand behind this statement.


FROM ABBEVILLE INTERIM POLICE CHIEF JAMES BRADLEY:   "Our department was able to save just under a quarter of a million dollars on our yearly budget by cutting down on a lot of unnecessary over time and excess driving expenses, while still ensuring that the Citizens did not suffer loss of service by their police department."

BY RSN OCTOBER 12, 2020  

The article was written, factually, that Abbeville Police Department has had a number of issues. Those issues have been hidden from the public.

Fortunately the Henry County Sheriff Department has had the back of the Abbeville Police Department, which they should have. Because the City of Abbeville is in Henry County, not Henry County in the City of Abbeville. And the Sheriff, not the District Attorney, is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the County. All of the county which includes the municipalities.

Chief Bradley wanted to say RSN was wrong and do not believe RSN. And Chief Bradley wanted to brag the Abbeville Police Department has save a quarter of a million of dollars. He also wanted to say that Abbeville Police has joined investigative services with the Sheriff Department and a better working relationship.

I will stipulate Chief Bradley has a better working relationship with Henry County Sheriff Department. And that the Abbeville Police investigator works 20 hours or so a week with the Sheriff Department.

But at times Abbeville Police has only had three or four police officers employed but Abbeville Police is allotted 10 officers, I think. Or my information is wrong. Also go back to what you told the Abbeville City Council on the burglaries in the City of Abbeville. Review who all you said solved them, Chief.

To Interim Chief Bradley: Information for the past 12 months;  (1) list all officers hired, fired and quit, to include the hire date and ending date of employment. Feel free to use initials and not their names (2) list all dates when there were no Abbeville Police Officers on duty and the Henry County Sheriff Department had to answer the calls of Abbeville Police Department. Not if a officer was "on call" but if actually "on duty". (3) how many officers is Abbeville Police Department budgeted for (4) over the past 12 months, by week, please list the number of law enforcement officers employed by Abbeville Police Department.

While I am not trying to start a war with the Chief, the original intent of the article was to say there are issues. With the Mayor elect having odds with the current administration, I did not want something said when a new police chief was appointed.

Chief Bradley, it is easy to save a quarter of a million dollars when you are saving salaries and do not have 24/7 coverage.

Chief, reviewing your FACEBOOK when Noel Vanlandingham was Chief of Police. You bashed Henry County Sheriff Will Maddox, constantly. You bashed the Henry County Sheriff Department. Is the reason you now get along is because you were told you had to by the Abbeville Mayor and Town Council?

Chief, Noel Vanlandingham was a long time Abbeville Police Officer. In fact, I was present when then Police Chief Mickey Shelley promoted Noel Vanlandingham to Lieutenant.

When the Abbeville Town Council hired Marlos Walker as Police Chief, Abbeville Police Lt. Noel Vanlandingham resigned and Sheriff Maddox hired him as a Deputy Sheriff.

When Chief Walker resigned to take the job in Ozark, Sheriff Will Maddox went to the Abbeville Town Council meeting in support of Deputy Sheriff Noel Vanlandingham becoming Abbeville Police Chief. And the Abbeville Town Council did hire Deputy Vanlandingham as Abbeville Police Chief.

To this day I do not know where Chief Noel Vanlandingham and Sheriff Will Maddox got crossed. In my heart I want to feel it was more of the people surrounding "both" of them that fueled the fire between the two.


He is a Houston County Sheriff Deputy. I have not even seen him since hired. Hear him on the radio but not seen him. The people of Houston County and the Sheriff Department administration is glad Noel Vanlandingham is a Houston County Sheriff Deputy. He works hard his entire shift serving and protecting the citizens and guests of Houston County.

I have known Noel since he was a patrolman with Abbeville, knew his daddy who was a Houston County Sheriff Reserve Deputy, then Columbia Police Chief, then a Dothan Police Officer when he passed away. Noel's daddy and granddaddy built the worship center of Memphis Baptist Church decades ago. A very respected family in Dothan and Houston County.

Noel Vanlandingham is someone you want on your side if ever in a battle ( struggle ) with someone you are arresting. He is someone that can hold his ground, knowledgeable of the law and law enforcement.

But something happened or someone fueled the fire for he and Sheriff Maddox to get at odds they way they did. Because when he left Abbeville Police it was Sheriff Maddox that hired him. And Sheriff Maddox supported him being appointed Abbeville Police Chief.

Not saying you caused the strife at all Chief Bradley. But your Facebook posts clearly indicate you had heartburn with Sheriff Maddox, or ...

OK... you have Chief Bradley's view that I am wrong. 

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