Volusia County Sheriff Sgt. Jeffrey Wingard Internally Investigated
For Allegedly Falsifying A Law Enforcement Report.

VCSO Investigation Failed To Sustain The Falsification Allegation

June 6, 2014
"Police throughout the United States have been caught fabricating, planting, and manipulating evidence to obtain convictions where cases would otherwise be very weak. Some authorities regard police perjury as so rampant that it can be considered a "subcultural norm rather than an individual aberration" of police officers."
Dale Carpenter - Flagrant Conduct: The Story Of Lawrence v. Texas

Rule #1 In Law Enforcement
Never Document You Did Something, Until It's Actually A Fact
Failure To Do So, May Lead Some To Perceive, That You Falsified A Report

In December 2013, VCSO Sgt. Jeffrey Wingard was involved in a stolen vehicle recovery, whereas, the VCSO questioned whether he processed that vehicle recovery within accepted VCSO protocols.

VolusiaExposed.Com invites our readers to view the attached internal affairs investigation into the allegations lodged against Sgt. Wingard. --- >

Fortunately for Sgt. Wingard, the VCSO internal affairs investigation did not sustain the most serious allegation against him. The question of whether he falsified a law enforcement report.

In short, Sgt. Wingard admits that he documented in his report, that the vehicle had been processed for finger prints - when in fact, it had not.

Sgt. Wingard states that he had every intention of having the vehicle processed, but that he never got back to it.

But that's not the point - is it? The point is - whether he documented the facts of the case, not whether he did or did not process the car.

Sgt. Wingard might have had a better defense, if he had documented a false belief that the car had been processed, when it had not been processed. But again, that's NOT the case here, is it? In his own statements to the IA investigator, he clearly admits his knowledge that the car had not been processed when he submitted his report to the contrary.

Volusia Sheriff Department IA-14-02
Sgt. Jeffrey Wingard

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Sgt. Wingard's admission to the IA investigator, that he did not have the vehicle processed for finger prints, brings to light some new problems with Wingard's initial report. How was he able to document in his initial report, that "no fingerprints were located for recovery"? And, if he already knew there were no fingerprints for recovery - why would he even consider, as he stated in his internal affairs interview, going back to process the vehicle for finger prints?

We (VolusiaExposed) suspect that these statements and admissions equate to the smoking gun regarding Sgt. Wingard's actions and intentions. What do you think?

The Benefit Of The Doubt Vs. Reasonable Doubt
Today, Sgt. Wingard Gets The Benefit Of The Doubt
Tomorrow - That Benefit Of The Doubt May Be Enough To Give A Jury - Reasonable Doubt

Did Sgt. Wingard submit a falsified police report? Well, according to the VCSO internal affairs findings - that charge was NOT sustained. Under some unknown rationale, they (VCSO) appear willing to give Wingard the benefit of the doubt.

While we (VolusiaExposed) will not directly challenge the VCSO's internal affairs findings regarding Sgt. Wingard. We do suspect that by giving Wingard the benefit of the doubt today - the proverbial door has been opened to question, whether there is reasonable doubt / suspicion attached to the veracity of both Sgt. Wingard AND the VCSO. We (VolusiaExposed) can easily imagine this topic being introduced in some future criminal court pendings.

Rule #2 In Law Enforcement
If It Isn't Written - It Didn't Happen
Our Rationale For Including Sgt. Wingard To Our Brady List

There is an old adage in law enforcement - "if it isn't written - it didn't happened".

Criminal prosecutions will sink or float on the river of law enforcement reports. Without accurate and complete reports, the criminal justice system doesn't have a chance of providing justice to anyone - victims, defendants or the public in general.

While the VCSO's investigation did not sustain that Sgt. Wingard falsified a police report, it did sustain allegations surrounding his abilities to properly process and document law enforcement incidents. Further the IA report supports that Sgt. Wingard has a history of such.

Since exculpatory evidence is the main ingredient in the creation of any Brady List, we suspect that Sgt. Wingard's history of failing to properly process and document law enforcement incidents is, in of itself, probable exculpatory evidence. Therefore, Sgt. Wingard is our newest Brady Bunch member.

Sgt. Jeffrey Wingard's Report
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If you found this article to be thought provoking, we (VolusiaExposed.Com) invite you to review, the below linked, Special Investigative Report, exposing law enforcement corruption with the State of Florida.


by Matthew Doig and Anthony Cormier
Tarnished badge, flawed system
Police unions / political clout
Predator in uniform?
What the personnel files reveal
Problems and solutions
Flagrant abuses invite little scrutiny
Problem officers still find work
How serious offenses go unreported
Sworn to protect....their pensions
Governor investigates CJSTC
Additional concerns surrounding the
Volusia County Sheriff's Department

VCSO deputy supplies underage females with alcohol.

VCSO deputy sexually approaches female prisoner?

Sex and the Badge
Extra-martial affairs within the VCSO?

VCSO deputy engaging in sexual relationship, while on duty?

VCSO deputy attempts romantic relationship with felony suspect?

VCSO deputy sexually assaults handcuffed woman.

VCSO deputy reprimanded for domestic violence arrest

VCSO Frangiamore-Carper murder-suicide incident

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