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deputies, teach­ers and other public of­fi­cials from friv­o­lous ar­rests.

The of­fi­cer has been with

the Colum­bus depart­ment for less than a year and still is in his pro­ba­tion­ary pe­riod, mean­ing he does not fall un­der civil ser­vice pro­tec­tions and can be fired im­me­di­ately.

In a press re­lease, Colum­bus

Po­lice said the of­fi­cer has been placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave.

The Colum­bus City Coun­cil will take up the mat­ter at its meet­ing Tues­day night.

“Since this is a per­son­nel

mat­ter, we will not be re­leas­ing any de­tails on the charges or the of­fi­cer in­volved,” said Colum­bus Po­lice Chief Fred Shel­ton. “This is an on­go­ing crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion that is be­ing con­ducted com­pletely

by the West Point Po­lice Depart­ment. The Colum­bus Po­lice Depart­ment is not in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion but is co­op­er­at­ing fully.”

The of­fi­cer worked at the for­merly Lown­des

County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment, but not as a deputy, ac­cord­ing to city sources. But Sher­iff’s Chief Deputy Marc Mi­ley said he was not aware of any­one who might fall into that sit­u­a­tion.

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