Po­lice­man rep­ri­manded for coun­cil frat­er­niza­tion

The Covington News - - Local news - By A.J. Archer ajarcher@cov­news.com

Por­terdale Po­lice Sgt. Ja­son Cripps has been ver­bally rep­ri­manded for frat­er­niz­ing with city coun­cil mem­bers and pre­sent­ing an un­pro­fes­sional im­age.

The al­le­ga­tions were filed by for­mer Por­terdale so­lic­i­tor Qader Baig.

Al­le­ga­tions against Cripps in­cluded that he had been in­ap­pro­pri­ately frat­er­niz­ing with coun­cil mem­bers, had con­sumed al­co­hol at a pub­lic event and then re­sponded to an auto in­ci­dent in his pa­trol car and that he had mis­han­dled Por­terdale’s K-9 unit.

City Man­ager Bob Thom­son started the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the al­le­ga­tions, but it was even­tu­ally turned over to Po­lice Chief Geoff Jacobs.

Jacobs de­ter­mined the sup­posed frat­er­niza­tion did not stem from de­sire for per­sonal gain. He also found that the blood al­co­hol con­tent Cripps would have had was “ neg­li­gi­ble,” and that al­le­ga­tions against Cripps’ use of the K-9 unit were un­sub­stan­ti­ated.

Jacobs did, how­ever, agree that the fact he showed up to an ac­ci­dent scene af­ter drink­ing was a “ ter­ri­ble per­cep­tion” of the law en­force­ment agency.

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