Police officer suspended, reassigned for violating policies

2012-09-17T19:14:00Z 2012-09-18T17:34:37Z Police officer suspended, reassigned for violating policiesSANDY CULLEN | State Journal | scullen@madison.com madison.com
September 17, 2012 7:14 pm  • 

A Madison police officer who had been working in a city school has been suspended without pay for eight days and reassigned for violating department policies.

The officer, whom the department is not naming because of confidentiality concerns, had been involved in a consensual relationship with an adult staff member at the school and used a police squad to travel and meet the staff member while not on duty on one occasion, said Professional Standards and Internal Affairs Lt. Dan Olivas.

The officer also made significant changes to his work schedule without the department's knowledge, and was absent from an administrative assignment on three occasions without prior approval, Olivas said.

The officer also reported more than an hour late for his 7 a.m. shift 49 times between January and June, Olivas said. The officer said he had worked from home, but a supervisor had not given approval.

An internal investigation found no inappropriate conduct took place at the school or during work hours but determined the officer violated department policies involving performance of duties, use of city property and absence from duty, Olivas said.

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