Massachusetts Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Association

Auxiliary police officer fired for making illegal traffic stops

31 Jan 2015 11:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Note: Not Massachusetts but worth the read

9:00 AM, Jan 22, 2015
6:14 PM, Jan 22, 2015

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio - An auxiliary police officer was fired on Wednesday after an internal investigation revealed he was making illegal traffic stops.

According to Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman, Auxiliary Officer Patrick Lange, who is also a teacher at Clearview, was assigned a police cruiser and was typically asked to patrol neighborhoods, businesses and perform holiday checks.

However, the chief said he was caught on cruiser dash cameras illegally pulling over citizens.

Chief Stillman said an auxiliary officer is not permitted to make traffic stops.

It directly violates policy.

"We brought him in for an internal investigation and he knew, he fully admitted what he did was wrong," Stillman said. "Just said he was trying to help people." 

The majority of the traffic stops were for equipment violations such as a missing license plate or a headlight outage.

There were no tickets or citations issued by Lange, only warnings or advisements.

Between 12 and 15 traffic stops were made, Stillman said. 

The Rocky River Police Department launched an investigation after viewing the traffic stops on cruiser dash cams. The completed investigation was sent to the city's prosecutor.

There were no charges filed.

"We found it and dealt with it swiftly. We don't want that type of behavior, we don't tolerate it," Stillman added.

Lange received a letter of employment termination on Wednesday.

Auxiliary police officers in Rocky River are unpaid, unarmed officers with similar police uniforms and are sworn in as auxiliary police.

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