Washington sheriff’s office warns officers not to have sex on duty (video)By Mason White 1:02 PM June 9, 2014
By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) The head of a Washington sheriff’s office has released a statement ordering officers not to engage in sexual activities while they are on duty.
Ozzie Knezovich of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, sent the memo to officers this week.
The memo was written to remind everyone that having sex while on duty, falsification of official documents and intentionally filing false information will not be tolerated. Knezovich said that he did not like the memo, but was advised by his legal team that it was a good idea in light of a situation that occurred earlier this year.
In that incident, an employee of the sheriff’s office was found having sex on duty and intentionally falsifying records. The sheriff’s office fired that person, but he got his job back after going to arbitration.
The legal team advised the sheriff’s office to send the memo so that the arbitrator’s decision would not be seen as a precedent.
“I know and understand that the vast majority of staff do not think this type of behavior should be tolerated in our agency. Most of us enter our profession because we thought we were playing an important role in our society, the protection of our citizens. We recognize that we are to be held to the highest standards. Most of us believe this, and is for those who wish to carry their cards with honor, I say what is obvious to most, sex while on duty and providing false information commonly known as a lie will not be tolerated,” the sheriff wrote in the memo.