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.