Officials confirmed that six police officers were put on leave after Chief Ron De Pompa addressed the disciplinary action as stemming from enforcement of his zero tolerance policy for alleged misconduct.
City officials are continuing to investigate claims involved with that group of six, including that some officers took a patrol car on a joy ride to Las Vegas, that an officer allegedly had an affair with the estranged wife of a man he arrested, and that an off-duty officer was involved in a road-rage incident in Burbank.
Marko Swan, president of the Glendale Police Advisory Council, said he wasn’t aware of any additional officers on leave, but was satisfied with De Pompa’s zero-tolerance policy.
“It’s just a sign that they are doing their job,” Swan said. “I would be concerned if they were being covered up. You would hope people in the department are getting the message that stuff isn’t going to be tolerated.”
It can take weeks for disciplinary investigations to be completed. In addressing the Civil Service Commission earlier this month, Doyle said the outcomes can include
days of suspension, demotion, termination or mandatory employee assistance or rehabilitation.
Employees also have the right to appeal the alleged violation with management before a final determination is made.
During those appeals, managers can choose to uphold the disciplinary action, modify the terms or throw it out, Doyle said.
Employees have five days to appeal the decision to the Civil Service Commission. Typically, discipline-related hearings are private, but the employee can choose to have it open to the public.