Pigeon Forge internal police probe results expected next week; personnel to be shifted to make up for staff loss

Jun. 22, 2013 @ 09:32 AM

Personnel within the Pigeon Forge Police Department have been shifted around to handle the load following the suspension of three officers during an internal investigation.

The department is conducting an internal investigation of three patrol officers who were suspended without pay Wednesday amid allegations of misconduct.

Police Chief Jack Baldwin said the officers have been suspended "for conduct unbecoming of an officer."

Baldwin said an individual registered the complaint on June 9.

Baldwin would not give any details of the complaint until the investigation was concluded, which he hopes will be in the next several days.

"I'm not at liberty to talk about it," he said. "Hopefully next week we will be able to let everyone know."

In the meantime, Baldwin said, personnel changes will need to be made to accommodate the depleted staff. All the suspended officers were regular patrolmen.

"We're going to have to move some folks around and work some overtime to fulfill our needs to the city and its residents and guests," Baldwin said. "We'll do what we have to do to cover our bases for the protection of the city."

Baldwin said nothing like this has ever happened during his time as chief.

"We've got some dedicated people who are doing their job, but as with any organization, sometimes you have something that surprises you," Baldwin said. "You have to deal with it as it comes."

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