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Wyandotte Police Officer Suspended Without Pay for 30 Days

The officer took a police rifle home with him to prove a point, but ended up being disciplined for it.

A Wyandotte police officer will begin a 30-day unpaid suspension on Wednesday after admitting to taking a police rifle home with him without permission, Police Chief Daniel Grant said.

The incident began on Oct. 4 when the department conducted a regular audit of its inventory, Grant said. At that time, the rifle was found to be missing.

Command officers on each shift notified their platoon of the missing weapon and that an investigation was going to be launched.

On Oct. 13, the officer confessed to having the weapon at his home and voluntarily returned it, Grant said.

The officer told police he took the gun to prove a point, Grant said.

According to the chief, the officer works the day shift and found the rifle in his patrol car when he reported for work in the morning. Rather than re-racking the rifle inside the police station, the officer from the midnight shift left it in the vehicle, which didn’t sit well with the officer in question, Grant said.

“He just felt that since it was left in the car when he started his shift, he wanted to see if anyone would notice that the weapon was gone,” Grant said. “He clearly understands that he was wrong. … He’s been told that if he’s unhappy with our procedures, we expect him to make some recommendations on what improvements could be added and we’ll look into it.”

Grant said the officer who left the rifle in the vehicle didn’t do anything wrong.

“If we know a car is going to be used in consecutive shifts, we’ve said it was OK for the rifle to be secured inside,” Grant said.

That policy has since been changed, however, based on this incident and on another involving two police guns being stolen from a patrol car while it was in for service at the Wyandotte Department of Public Services garage.

Grant said the suspended officer has no prior suspensions on his record. The chief said he doesn’t feel the public was at any risk by the rifle being at the officer’s home as he said it was locked up in a gun vault in his basement, along with other weapons that he owns for his private use.

Grant said criminal charges would not be brought against the officer as he returned the gun on his own accord.

While he’s serving his 30-day unpaid suspension, Grant said, officers will be pulled out of the traffic division to fill his patrol slot.

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Christine Orman December 16, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Unbelievable, I'm just baffled that we are revisiting this issue again. It seems like it was just a year ago, but maybe a couple, that certain individuals were in hot water regarding firearms from the Wyandotte Police Department. WPD was purchasing new fire arms and the ones they no longer were using were purchased by certain individuals without it going through the normal process that 'any' equipment being sold to the public. And giving a fire arm to a retiring officer. For months it was debated while we all were schooled in the legalities of 'city owned property' . Are we to believe the officer in question was not aware of the seriousness of the handling of property...including fire arms???? Typically what happens when an officer does something wrong, like break a law that a civilian would go to jail for, the MSP are called in to do an investigation,{hahahahahaha} to determine if a crime had been committed, then when they're done with their investigation{hahahahaha} they turn the report over to the prosecutors office, where the prosecutor denies warrant based on 'insufficient evidence'... no crime.. no arrest, then the WPD will do their internal investigation to determine if any department policies were violated. Oh they are very experienced at sweeping things under the rug to keep it from the public. Now I could see having a bad day and you 'forget' to do something that would cause a violation. To that, I would say a write up would be sufficient.
Steve December 21, 2012 at 01:06 AM
That department is filled with more criminals than they put in the cells. Just go to DoHickey's in the summer and see how many are drinking and then jumping on their motorcycles and heading to their little clubhouse on Sibley. Oh wait, it's a club but if it was a bunch of bikers that were not cops it'd be a gang.
David Justice February 05, 2013 at 01:02 PM
That is exactly what I was going to ask Furpo, when WE do something (civilian) ends up on New Herald and public record to be used against you, when a officer does something there names are with held, this is total bull crap, I will send a freedom of information act form(for the public's benefit) and will post the answer when I get a answer. I will predict it will come back with some excuse why they cannot give the name, our records show up in public yet the ones WE pay to protect and serve are protected with a cloak of secrecy, its disturbing and disgusting, this is why used car sales people are trusted more then police now. All you have to do is go to home wrecking cops dot com to see what officers can get away with and get a paid vacation.
David Justice February 05, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Well put
Honor Thyprivacy March 09, 2013 at 07:10 AM
Sounds like this cop thought he got a free gun. Then pretended to proving a point after being caught.

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