What Else Happened to Sergeant Jeff Corbett?

This blog revealed the other day that according to former Fullerton PD Sergeant Corbett, he essentially let former City Manager Joe Felz skate on DUI/Hit-and-Run charges because the former Police Chief Dan Hughes told him to just run a “physical assessment.

Did Corbett think that Hughes would cover for him and have his back? We have two pieces of information that look like they lend themselves to that assumption.

The first is a photo that was entered into the record during another officer’s termination investigation. It was photographed inside the locker an officer’s locker at FPD:

Hughes Untouchables

This photo appears to be a photoshopped poster for the 1987 movie “The Untouchables” with Dan Hughes’ face where Al Capone’s is on the original poster.

The other faces on the poster are said to be those of Sgt. Gharah, Sgt. Corbett, Sgt. Radus & Sgt. Petropulos.

To be fair, this poster of “The Untouchables” doesn’t mean these men thought they were untouchable and that they’d cover for one-another, but it certainly sets a questionable tone in an environment where ethics and accountability should be paramount.

The question the poster forces us to ask is if any of these men thought they were untouchable and that leads us to our next bit of information.

There has long been a rumor floating around Fullerton PD that Sergeant Jeffrey Corbett was involved in an incident where it was alleged he was having relations with a woman not his wife in his patrol vehicle.

It looks as if there might be more to those allegations than mere rumor and innuendo.

Corbett PSB

PSB #2013-96
Other Misconduct

Sergeant Jeff Corbett

Potential Policy Violations:
340.3.5 (z) Performance
706.3 Use of City Vehicle
706.3.5 Authorized Passengers

Recommendation to Staff: Not Within Policy
Suspension – 40 hours
Approved

That reference, PSB #2013-96 means that this suspension took place in 2013 and was investigated by the Professional Standards Bureau (also known as Internal Affairs).

Here are the code citations:

340.3.5 (z) Performance:
Any other on-duty or off-duty conduct which any employee knows or reasonably should know is unbecoming a member of the Department or which is contrary to good order, efficiency or morale, or which tends to reflect unfavorably upon the Department or its members.

706.3 Use of City Vehicle:
City-owned vehicles shall only be used for official business and, when approved, for commuting to allow members to respond to department-related business outside their regular work hours. Members shall not operate a City-owned vehicle at any time when impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. Any member operating a vehicle equipped with a two-way communications radio, MDC and/or a GPS device shall ensure the devices are on and set to an audible volume whenever the vehicle is in operation.

706.3.5 Authorized Passengers:
Members operating City-owned vehicles shall not permit persons other than City members or persons required to be conveyed in the performance of duty, or as otherwise authorized, to ride as a passenger in their vehicle.

We know based on this info that Corbett had somebody in his car who shouldn’t have been and he did something that was considered “unbecoming a member of the Department”. For these findings, he was given a 40 hour suspension which for all we know was a paid vacation by way of “Admin Leave”.

If Corbett and Hughes were two of the “untouchables” and in 2013 Chief Hughes allowed Corbett to walk with a slap on the wrist for alleged improprieties on duty in a patrol vehicle – what else did Corbett believe Hughes would cover for him and vice-versa?

This would seem to put the Joe Felz accident into a different light and it certainly deserves looking into but don’t expect our City Council, City Manager or District Attorney to bother.

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12 thoughts on “What Else Happened to Sergeant Jeff Corbett?

  1. Boning on the clock while you’re supposed to be protecting and serving? That’s a 40 hour paid vacation when Danny Hughes has your back.

    Hughes ran one of the most corrupt police departments in California. Does he still run security at Disneyland? Someone should let them know.

  2. This new law requiring the release of police misconduct records has been quite eye opening. The law should apply to fire department personnel as well. The firefighter’s bill of rights is even more obnoxious than the police version.

  3. Nothing happened. What is the big deal. You guys keep trying to bring up old stuff. You have nothing new!!! All these people have moved on with their lives. You fucks keep living in the past!!! New PD, new personnel and new attitude!!!

    1. No, they’re living in the present. Same old FPD (and city/police management style), some new personnel, but same old attitude.

    2. So your contention is that we don’t know of NEWER cover-ups and corruption so we should ignore older stuff we’re just now able to prove?

      That’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard in a while. Maybe if you asshole who believe “snitches get stitches” cared more about integrity and ethics there would be nothing to “snitch” about in the first place.

      1. You guys just suck at everything and complain about nothing. FPD has put together great cases and allowed you to sleep securely at night. You should stress about the small things. They deserve a raise as they are one of the lowest paid agencies. Hopefully the city can throw some coinage their way!!! Let’s keep what we have before more fire and police personnel leave for other rewarding agencies.

  4. So what? Corbett got a hummer in his comapny car. Happens all the time in the private sector, right? At least that’s what they’re always telling us.

    1. A hummer is perfectly normal!!! A hand job would have been better to explain but certainly not a deal breaker. Happens in every situation. Who cares anymore??

  5. The city loves to hand millions. They refused to put an idiot lying asshole on the stand and now he is sitting pretty laughing at the city everyday. No worries, which he never had to start with.

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