An unnamed veteran Altamonte Springs police officer has been suspended while under criminal investigation according to Altamonte Springs Police Chief Robert Merchant. What is unknown at this time is both the identity of the officer and the nature of the criminal investigation. At this time an outside agency is conducting the investigation, but Merchant declined to name the agency.
According to Merchant, the officer under investigation has more than 10 years experience with the agency and the conduct is related to “off-duty” activity. The officer is suspended with pay until the outcome of the investigation.
This investigation comes on the heels of other officers being investigated for wrongdoing. Deputy Chief George Small is suspended with pay while he is under investigation in a case that reportedly involves ticket-fixing and Lt. Dale Picou is under investigation for losing a portable computer drive that contained information about the agency’s confidential informants. He was not suspended. Also,Officer Ashley Rowe, 24, resigned earlier this year after the Florida Highway Patrol determined she was intoxicated when she was involved in a Dec. 15 crash that seriously injured a passenger in her car. She was off-duty at the time.
Officer Mark Maupin resigned in June as he faced termination for a November 30, 2008 crash in which investigators determined he was driving 104 mph in his patrol car when he crashed into the back of stopped car.
With the exception of Rowe, all of the officers who have gotten into trouble in recent months have been with the agency eight to 30 years, said Merchant.