Dothan Police Officer Relieved of Duties

By: Tiffany Howell
By: Tiffany Howell

A Dothan police officer was relieved of duty after showing up for work smelling like alcohol. Disciplinary procedures in the case have already begun.

Police Chief John Powell has declined to identify the officer, but he says after observation and testing, supervisors determined the officer was under the influence of alcohol.

The employee is accused of conduct unbecoming of an officer and violating the city's drug policy.

The officer was hired by the city of Dothan in May.

Chief Powell says the Dothan personnel department has already been notified and a determination hearing is set for Thursday.

“The city of Dothan will not tolerate this type of behavior from our employees. We're concerned any time we have a public safety employee show up for duty under these type of conditions and we will take whatever appropriate action is necessary to correct it.”

Chief Powell says punishment in this case could range from a reprimand to termination. He'll have three days to make a decision after Thursday’s hearing.

According to the city of Dothan’s policies and procedures, because the officer in this case had only been working a few months and was still on probation, the employee cannot appeal to the personnel board, and Chief Powell’s decision will be final.


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