Steve A. Bracknell, would later become the Chief of Police for the Lake Mary Police Department (LMPD), the other, David A. Prince, would become a Lieutenant in the Professional Standards/Internal Affairs section of the LMPD.
Steve A. Bracknell began his career in law enforcement on 5/13/1979 and joined the Winter Park Police Department (WPPD) on 11/27/1979.(1) David A. Prince would begin his career in law enforcement on 8/11/1983 and would also join the WPPD on 11/17/1983. (2) SeminoleWatch.com will not dwell into the history of either of these officers while at the WPPD except for the manner in which both ended their employment.
, was involved in what would later be revealed as a career altering motor vehicle accident/crash while off-duty. (3) As a result of the injuries reported by Lt.
was unable to perform the duties of a police officer.
On February 22, 1999 Lt.
Bracknell was advised by the City Manager of Winter Park, James S. Williams, that the City of Winter Park proposed to end its employment relationship with Lt.
for over a year during which time Lt.
utilized all of his
sick time, vacation time and 180 days of City Time during which Lt.
was unable to perform the physical requirements of a police officer.
From the documentation obtained it appeared as Lt.
continued to refuse to grant permission in order for the City of Winter Park to consult with Lt.
Bracknell could perform the essential functions as a Law Enforcement officer.(6) Upon examination of the November 9, 1998 letter from Randy B. Knight, City Manager Winter Park, it was revealed that the injuries were so severe that Lt.
qualified for the "Long-term disability program.
was not physically able to perform all of the essential functions of any lieutenant's position at the WPPD
Bracknell's doctor and medical records. (7) Four months later after exhausting every remedy available the City Manager, James S. Williams, advised Lt.
on March 3, 1999, of the following:
"Based on all of the information available to me and the City
, and for the reasons set forth in my February 22, 1999 letter to you and the enclosures, this is to inform you that your employment with the City of Winter Park is terminated as of 5:00 p.m. today."
The following day, March 4, 1999, Mr. Bracknell
responded to this notification that he
was terminated and advised:
Steve A. Bracknell
is terminated, fired, let go, given the boot, or handed a pink slip.
Whatever word or phrase you choose to use, can we agree that Lt.
did not tender, summit and or give his
Can we agree on this point? (10)
Time passes, and on July 12, 2001, Steve A. Bracknell
submits an employment application to the City of Lake Mary for the position of "Inspector".(11) SeminoleWatch.com is attempting to obtain information concerning when this position of "Inspector" was created and what other persons held this position before or after July 12, 2001.
As information is obtained we will notify our readers.
Now the interesting thing about this "Employment Application" is found on page number 2.
Mr. Bracknell advised that he had been previously employed by the Winter Park Police Department from 10/23/1980 until 3/3/1999 and that his response to the question:
"REASON FOR LEAVING", Mr. Bracknell
Now as we all know words are supposed to have the same meaning.
So who is lying here?
Is it the City Manager of Winter Park Florida or is it Mr. Bracknell?
One says "terminated" and the other says â€œretirementâ€.
So what is the big deal after all it isnâ€™t like Steve A. Bracknell
signed this Employment Application under the statement:
did sign the application under this declaration.
retired due to an injury sustained while off duty."
held a supervisors position at the Winter Park Police Department
prior to his
"Mr. Bracknell retired from Winter Park Police Department due to a non-work related automobile accident."
Also listed on page one of the report under references was:
"2. Sergeant David Prince of the Winter Part Police Department was contacted and stated he has known Mr. Bracknell since 1969.
Sergeant Prince had nothing but complimentary things to say about Steve."
On 8/27/2001 Steve A. Bracknell
employment with the Lake Mary Police Department. (1)
Re-enter Inspector Steve A. Bracknell, remember at this time he is employed with the Lake Mary Police Department.
On January 22, 2002, one day after David A. Prince letter of resignation goes in effect, Steve A. Bracknell
issues a "Certificate of Training" to Mr. David A. Prince. (17)
And how was it that Inspector Bracknell
even knew that Mr. Prince needed this training?
3. The Certificate of Training identifies Steve A. Bracknell
as a Certified Human Diversity Instructor.
Problem: An examination of the Global Profile Sheet revealed that Steve A. Bracknell
did not receive his
Instructor Certificate until 2/15/2002, approximately three weeks after he
conducted the Sexual Harassment Training on 1/22/2002. (1)
On page 2 of the Global Profile Sheet it advised the following training received by Steve Bracknell
It is unknown if this class was conducted through the LMPD or the Seminole Community College where Steve A. Bracknell taught at the time and presently still teaches.
A public records inspection revealed that Steve A. Bracknell
Who was compensating Bracknell
was giving this class?
Is there a class roster for this class given on January 22, 2002?
Was Mr.Bracknell permitted to give classes for Seminole Community College
from a tax payer funded location?
for giving this class on January 22, 2002?
Is there a class roster for this class?
Where is the class syllabus?
Status as Operator of own business
Was Mr. Bracknell
authorized by the State, County, or Municipality to conduct this business?
Was Mr. Bracknell
licensed to operate a school?
As the answer to the previous questions are obtained we will note these facts in an upcoming article.
So let us now move forward in time four months.
On or about May 24, 2002, Inspector Steve A. Bracknell is assigned to conduct a background investigation on Mr. David Allen Prince for the position of Sworn Law Enforcement Officer for the City of Lake Mary.
In the "Background Investigation Report" completed by Inspector Bracknell we discover the following: (24)
Inspector Bracknell writes:
Naturally Inspector Bracknell would immediately travel down to Winter Park and â€œview the applicantâ€™s fileâ€ as Deputy Chief McEachnie suggested.
Or would he?
Well if Inspector Bracknell did travel to WPPD there is no mention of this trip or of the resulting information contained in David A. Princesâ€™ file.
As a matter of fact there is no mention at all of the Sexual Harassment Complaint, the Internal Investigation, the Sustained investigation, the punishment to include suspension, demotion in rank and agreement to tender his
(Princes) resignation from the WPPD
Could it be that Inspector Bracknell
, the highly trained, experienced, educated, honest Law Enforcement Officer just forgot to put these minor details in the report?
Steve A. Bracknell becomes the Chief of Police of the Lake Mary Police Department on 6/18/2007.(30) Officer Prince moves up the Chain of Command and becomes a Lieutenant and is in charge of Internal Affairs/Professional Standards.
We can assume that with a Police Department the size of Lake Mary it was common knowledge that Chief Bracknell and Lt.
Officer Marie Crawford filed a Complaint with Chief Steve A. Bracknell alleging multiple occasions of sexual harassment by Lt.
On May 18, 2011 Chief Steve A. Bracknell advises FDLE via a CJSTC Form 78, Internal Investigative Report, of the Allegation of Sexual Harassment. (34) It should be noted that this notification was mandated to be forwarded to FDLE within 45 days.
David Prince as well as the Background Investigation Report conducted by Inspector Steve Bracknell on David Allen Prince.
Prince and of the Certificate of Training issued by Steve A. Bracknell a request was made for the investigation of Chief Bracknell.
Global Profile Sheet - Steve A. Bracknell