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Monday, September 1, 2008

[GA] Sr. Officer Oliver is back at work without uniform or weapon

[Chief] ..."I could not allow him to continue to work the street as if nothing had happened, thus the administrative suspension of three days and then reassignment to administrative duties. All of this was to maintain or protect the integrity of the department and adhere to my professional obligations and responsibilities to the citizens of Metter.”

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MPD Officer returns to work with administrative duties
Metter Advertiser
by Jerri Goodman
8/26/2008
Senior Patrol Officer Ryan Oliver returned to Metter Police Department on administrative duties on Monday, Aug. 18. Oliver had originally been placed on administrative leave with pay following his arrest on charges stemming from a domestic-related dispute in Bulloch County on Aug. 7. According to Police Chief William Hooper, Oliver has not been fully reinstated to the force. “He is on administrative duties, assigned to work the desk,” he said, adding that Oliver does not wear a uniform or carry a departmental weapon or police ID. “I could not see paying him to take a vacation and sit at home when there was sufficient work to be done around here,” Hooper continued. “However, given we are a small city and department, I could not allow him to continue to work the street as if nothing had happened, thus the administrative suspension of three days and then reassignment to administrative duties. “All of this was to maintain or protect the integrity of the department and adhere to my professional obligations and responsibilities to the citizens of Metter.” According to Hooper, a meeting had been planned with City Manager Joseph Mosley to discuss the internal investigation that was started as a result of Oliver’s arrest. Any action taken against Oliver, Hooper said, will follow an appeals process. “It is imperative that the city and department ensure that all due process rights entitled to the employee are met,” he said. Oliver was charged with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor charge, by the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department and was released on bond the same night. [LINK]

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