Three officers of the Delta Police Department remain on paid leave pending the results of an investigation into a physical altercation in the Walmart parking lot in late February.
The investigation is being conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation at the request of Delta Police Chief Robert Thomas, who said he understands CBI is still processing some of the evidence.
"I'm not part of the investigation so I'm not privy to what's going on," he said. "I would like my three officers back, but I don't want to hinder their investigation."
The officers were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle occupied by two people in the parking lot. A physical altercation ensued and a citizen was hospitalized. No other details have been provided.
The results of the CBI investigation will be forwarded to the district attorney for review. After the criminal investigation is wrapped up, Chief Thomas said an administrative investigation will be conducted to determine whether any of the department's policies or procedures were violated. He plans to ask an outside agency to conduct that investigation.
In the meantime, Chief Thomas said he has had to cancel some officer training and make adjustments to the schedule to fill in for the three officers.
"It's frustrating, but I want the CBI to do a thorough job," he said.
The department is not fully staffed as it is,
Chief Thomas said. There is one vacancy for a patrol officer and eight applicants are currently going through the interview process. Among the applicants is Jesse Stanford, who has stepped down as patrol sergeant.
The process to select his replacement is also taking place. The successful applicant will join Trevor Hawkins and Charlie Kettle as the department's patrol sergeants.blog comments powered by Disqus