Chesterfield County, Virginia (WRIC) – The Chesterfield County Police Chief has announced the dismissal of one of the county detectives who is currently on administrative leave.
Chief Jeffrey Katz shared an ad in a Facebook post the night of February 24th.
While filing a search warrant for the investigation, Katz said an unnamed detective completed his sworn testimony to authorize a search warrant.
Katz said the details in the sworn testimony were true and accurate, but added that when a detective undertook to issue a search warrant, a task a “magistrate usually performs after reading and approving a testimony,” the detective left blank. a description of the items he intended to look for.
The search warrant was approved by the magistrate, and several arrests were made on the basis of the confiscated contraband.
Upon completion of the search, the operative noted that information about the items to be searched was set out in the testimony, but was not filled in the search warrant. Katz said the detective himself filled out a form with missing information and filed warrants to fill out in court.
Katz went on to say that the information needed to establish the probable reasons for the search has not changed, but after the warrant was issued and completed, an omission of information was added, which was missed by both the detective and the magistrate.
“This change to the public document is inappropriate and potentially illegal,” Katz said in a statement. “This behavior goes beyond my expectations and our standards of conduct. What was a simple mistake has turned into a serious challenge to trust. “
Katz said that upon learning of the incident, the operative was immediately placed on administrative leave and his powers suspended. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The Commonwealth Prosecutor has dismissed all criminal charges related to the investigation, and police are working with the organization to handle any other cases the detective has been working on.