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Apr 22, 2010 4:12 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sergeant Schucht retires from Southampton Village Police Department

Apr 22, 2010 4:12 PM

Southampton Village Police Sergeant Arthur Schucht is retiring after some 28 years of service, Chief William Wilson confirmed this week.

Sgt. Schucht submitted his retirement papers to state officials in Albany, and his retirement will take effect on May 22, according to the chief.

“He has decided to move on with his life,” Chief Wilson said.

Word of the retirement comes just one week after it was discovered that Chief Wilson had launched an internal investigation of the possible misuse of department computers and the resignation of safety dispatcher Amy Hertling, who was among the staff Chief Wilson planned to question. Ms. Hertling said she resigned because of a scheduling conflict with her children.

Last week, the chief said all police computers were undergoing an internal audit to determine whether they had been used to view sexually explicit material or other material that is personal in nature and unrelated to an employee’s official job function. On Wednesday morning, Chief Wilson said the probe is continuing, but said, “As of now, there’s no indication of any pornographic or sexually explicit material on the computer workstation that Ms. Hertling and others worked on the majority of time.”

The chief confirmed this week that Sgt. Schucht had been a duty supervisor in charge of the midnight squad from 10 a.m. to 8 a.m., the same shift Ms. Hertling most recently worked, and that Ms. Hertling had been assigned to Sergeant Schucht’s squad. But asked Tuesday if the sergeant’s retirement was connected in any way to the department’s ongoing probe, Chief Wilson said, “It’s not related to the investigation,” and added that it had no connection with Ms. Hertling’s recent resignation.

Sgt. Schucht was one of four Village Police officers involved in the 2004 Taser death of David Glowczenski, a mentally ill man who police were trying to take into custody. Mr. Glowczenski’s family filed a lawsuit against the village in connection with his death, and the civil case is still pending.

Sgt. Schucht could not be reached for comment. Chief Wilson said the sergeant would be off duty, as part of his regular schedule, for the next three or four days and would be forbidden from commenting on the internal investigation.

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Coincidences abound!

But after 28 years, the good Sergeant should be allowed to retire gracefully.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Apr 21, 10 2:19 PM
What might be on the other side of this Blue Line?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 21, 10 6:37 PM
dont worry, Sargent. We'll still pay you $100,000 a year for life plus benefits and now you don't have to feel guilty for taking 2 or 3 side jobs. Oh wait, this is Southampton. that stuff is legal.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Apr 21, 10 9:07 PM
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Why is it wrong for a man to work more than one job? I know Airline Pilots that work a second job,is that wrong?

Last time I checked, this was America. We believe in getting ahead; living "The American Dream";The Pursuit of Happiness. To retire computably & not be a burden on society.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Apr 21, 10 9:23 PM
It's not wrong to work second jobs, the issue is that the police are paid far in excess of what the average person makes on the East End, they have extremely generous retirement benefits that pay out in addition to earned income they will get from early second retirements, plus Social Security (eventually) and many opportunities to take high-paying off the books security jobs that come in through the badge. And you know what you can do about it? Nothing, because you're a second class citizen without ...more
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Apr 22, 10 2:56 AM
A wise person once told me not to count another persons money. Is the issue really about how much money these officers make? Does the fact that they earn high salaries mean that they do not have the right to make more if they choose to? I know that its the SVPD and not NYPD but these officers are there to protect and serve and place themselves in harms way everyday. I think that fact alone calls for a higher pay scale. Of course no one appreciates this because as far as I can recall, no SVPD ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Apr 22, 10 11:07 AM
SHV Mayor is a part time job. Why shouldn't Mark still work his regular job? Doug Murtha didn't sell Drivers Seat when he was mayor. Romo was still teaching at the beginning of his time in office. Bill Hattrick continued to be a financial adviser...

It's amazing to me that people are so against other people having 2 jobs. First they attack the police for having second jobs (something cops everywhere do), now its wrong for Mayor Epley to keep his regular job while he's Mayor.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Apr 25, 10 9:02 AM
I think this Sgt. position should not be filled for a reasonable period of time, maybe a year or so.
One or more of the many Lt's or Detectives could fill this gap at substantial savings to the taxpayers. The responsibility could be shared - Alternating weeks on call?. What is the total # of Detectives and Lt.s on the payroll and how busy are their schedules? Police Commisioner should know the answer.
An an alternative to directing a Lt. and/or Detective to be on call to perform such honorable ...more
By whocanutrust (17), Southampton on Apr 22, 10 1:50 AM
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Sorry about the typo mistakes but I think you can catch my drift-
Be well and remember to forgive everyone for everything-
By whocanutrust (17), Southampton on Apr 22, 10 2:14 AM
Congrats Artie.. Nice job, always liked and resepected, .....and hopefully your retirement wont take place till after the Village's fiscal year, so you can reap the benefits with the next contract thats being negotiated...,,,,,,Good Job wish you Health and Happiness.....

to the rest of you......last time i checked the Civil Service tests were open to all of us not just a select few....dont knock the Civil Serveants.......we could have been there if we took the test and did decent, or didnt ...more
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Apr 22, 10 11:50 AM
Mayor Epley and/or the Village Board should request that the Suffolk County Police Department Internal Affairs Bureau conduct the internal investigation of Chief Wilson and remaining Officers and Civilian Dispatchers involved.

This has been done in the past by both Chief Overton and Chief Ray Dean. The Village Employees and the Village residents would be better served.
By PBA (14), Southampton on Apr 22, 10 9:10 PM
iNVESTIGATE THE CHIEF and others? Are yiou insane? He is "The Dude"
Beyond reproach - The commissish asked the Chief "Is this true?"
Chief said No - Gommish believed him 100% - End of investigation!
Others should have the same option. If they say "No, not true," then end o f investigation- just like Eply did with Wilson. Hello? Live and let live - All is well as the world turns.- We are forgiven only if we forgive. Seems simple?
It really is that simple-
Be well and do well- ...more
By whocanutrust (17), Southampton on Apr 23, 10 1:16 AM
the press is becoming just another liberal rag. Let's just throw out some insinuations and maybe the readers will connect the dots. Shame on Ms. Reynolds for trying to smear an outstanding career. If I was Artie I would Sue Ms. Reynolds & The Press for defamation of character.

Congrats Sarge, may you have a long & healthy retirement.
By politcal pawn (121), Flanders on Apr 22, 10 11:22 PM
What is the problem with working a second job? If working a second job does not effect an officers official duties it is not a problem by any means, people need to mind their own business and stop concerning themselves with an officers secondary employment. I ask you this question , If you had the opportunity to make more money wouldn't you?
By BlueStreak (34), East End on Apr 23, 10 9:38 AM
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I'm sorry...where is it even documented that Sgt. Schuct HAD a second job? The information released last month per the Press' FOIL request had no information on him having a second job, nor is it mentioned anywhere in this article. If you have a beef with officers having secondary employment, please keep it where it belongs. Randomly throwing up information that is obviously incorrect does no good for anyone.

Sgt. Schuct, thank you for your years of service, and best of luck to you in the ...more
By LocalMom (36), Southampton on Apr 25, 10 5:09 PM
Re: Unautherised use of computers-
Oil floats on water. Incompetence floats to the top. In the end, truth and justice (what is right) prevails. Sometimes it takes a while, just be patient - all will be well! Peace to all who have faith! As the world turns, the evildoers will crash and burn and what is right will prevail, in my humble opinion.
Have faith-Keep a positive thought! - This is a temporary situation. I think the police commisioner has awakened and will do the right thing for ...more
By whocanutrust (17), Southampton on May 1, 10 2:09 AM
There is no reason why someone can't have a second job to help pay the taxes on Long Island. If regular citizens can have two & three jobs why should a police officer not be able to have a second job. If it is not written in the contract then there is no violation or wrong doing in having a second job. The saying goes,"if it isn't written down, then it does not exist." My hat goes off to all police officers no matter where they work, they put their lives on the line everyday that they put their ...more
By loveawolff (1), Beverly Hills, FL on Jul 10, 10 12:58 AM