During a recent routine inspection of digital in-car video logs, it was discovered that a video uploaded from a Patrol Unit assigned to Officer Robert Groves on September 28, 2012 had not been classified, as is required by policy. Department personnel viewed the video. It was determined that Officer Groves had apparently not “logged on” to the camera system, as is also required by policy, and therefore was unaware that a video had been recorded.
Further review of the video revealed that Officer Groves had left his assigned patrol area on two separate occasions to meet with an unknown adult female. Officer Groves remained seated in his patrol car, while the female subject stood outside the vehicle’s closed door on both occasions.
Through the car’s open window, the two had conversations which included sexual related topics. The recorded conversations led supervisors to believe that physical contact of some type may have also possibly occurred. A disciplinary hearing was held on November 13, 2012. Officer Groves was found to have violated the Department regulations of Disobedience of an Order, Personal Conduct, and Moral Conduct.
As a result, Officer Groves has been suspended without pay for ten (10) days. This action, as is the case with any disciplinary action issued by the Department, is subject to appeal. Officer Groves has been employed by the Jackson Police Department since 2008.
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