You know when that Tiger Woods-hired and Augusta National Golf Club-approved security goon reportedly asked a Masters patron if she was "the stripper," few believed that any ex FBI or Secret Serviceman could be so stupid. Well, maybe the Tiger security detail isn't coming from such, uh, good stock if you read Henry Pierson Curtis and Susan Jacobson's lengthy Orlando Sentinel look at the vaunted Windermere PD, first responders (by choice!) to the Woods residence on November 27th.
Several current and former officers have a history of legal troubles: drug abuse, domestic violence, lying and assault, according to court and police records reviewed in six counties by the Orlando Sentinel.
Two of those officers are bodyguards whom Woods trusted with the safety of his wife, Elin Nordegren, and their two children.
And one responded to Woods' one-car accident Nov. 27.
Well, he liked the treatment he received. Wouldn't you if you were passed out after crashing into a tree and not under suspicion of a DUI?
Early that morning, two Windermere officers left their own beat to reach the crash scene first. A day later, the department later broke protocol by revealing details of what happened. International attention followed, plus the ire of law-enforcement officials for undermining the crash investigation.
Saylor defended his department's intervention, saying a life was at stake.
One of Tiger's protectors:
Part-time Officer Timothy N. Cash, who regularly guards Woods' family. He resigned from the Orange County Sheriff's Office while facing termination for two incidents, including getting drunk and dragging an ex-girlfriend by her hair out of Rachel's, an adult-entertainment club in south Orlando, records show.
Cash, who operates a private security business, accompanied Nordegren on a January outing in Windermere, photos show. According to published photographs and video, he also guarded the children at a SeaWorld Orlando show and accompanied Nordegren in Miami in April.
Windermere policy prohibits its full-time police officers from working off-duty security details and "all other jobs that require law enforcement expertise," but Saylor said he does not have the authority to curtail Cash's work because he's a part-time employee.
Works for me!
• Part-time Officer John C. Hein is the other member of the Woods security detail. Hein claimed on his police application to be a former member of U.S. Special Forces, but military records contradict him.
"According to academic records … Mr. Hein attended Special Forces training in 1984 and despite several attempts was not selected to earn the Green Beret," wrote Maj. Dave Butler, a spokesman for the center at Fort Bragg, N.C., in an e-mail.
But it was the thought that counted.