Ozark Police Chief Follow-Up on Department Investigation

On Tuesday, News 4 first told you about three Ozark police officers who were put on administrative leave after allegedly being involved with a minor consuming alcohol.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey says since the case is internal, he can't say too much and is bound by confidentiality rules. However, he did say the office received a complaint about the situation last week regarding off duty conduct.

The Chief then directed an internal inquiry that was later sent to his office. He is currently looking into the inquiry to see if action needs to be taken.

Chief Spivey says though this incident may have happened while an officer was off duty, there are still rules that should be followed even when off the clock.

“While these police officers were off duty, there are certain rules that extend to conduct beyond you being on duty and doing your job,” said Chief Spivey.

He says the officers are currently on administrative leave with pay and are not suspended as previously reported and he says that is standard procedure in any case like this.

Officials hope to have the case wrapped up by the end of the week.


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  • by Isiah Davis Location: Alabama on Jun 19, 2008 at 01:51 PM
    Again, the general public is made fully aware of the ineffetive nature of law enforcement when tasked with investigating or policing themselves. Take particular notice that no "non-lethal" Taser weapons were employed. Administrative leave with pay actaully means "PAID VACACTION", so the police officer in this case has an incentive to continue his conduct.
  • by connie Location: dothan on Jun 19, 2008 at 04:40 AM
    I am shocked to hear that another good, caring physician has gone bad. Dr. Johns, was wonderful in the care of my late sister. I do hope that he can get this matter settled and go back to work. We the public need good doctors, however we need to feel safe whenever we go to the hospital or their office.
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