3 Minn. Cops Disciplined Over Footwear Receipts

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Three police officers in Grand Rapids have been disciplined for submitting false receipts for footwear.

The Grand Rapids Herald-Review reports the officers were suspended last month without pay.

The newspaper obtained documents from the city through the Data Practices Act. According to the documents, the three officers submitted expense receipts — each in the amount of $213.75 — for boots from the Cop Stop in Grand Rapids.

But the Herald-Review reports one officer bought a pair of cheaper boots, another officer actually bought boots from Gander Mountain in Duluth, and the third intended to use the reimbursement to recondition another pair of boots.

Two officers were suspended for 28 days each and one for 14 days.

Grand Rapids Police Chief Jim Denny did not immediately return a phone message Thursday.

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  • Nice

    Great quality in a cop(s), stealing dirtbags

  • Dave Seavy

    Suspension? They should have been fired. How can the public have any confidence in a dirty cop? When you’re given a badge and the power, you’re expected to conduct yourself lawfully. They are human and humans are subject to faults. However, their job is to enforce the law, not break it. When a cop does something like this, they should be banned from police work. It’s not realistic to expect cops to be perfect – nobody is. But it’s also not realistic to merely suspend a cop for essentially stealing from their employer – the general public.

    • Richard in Minneapolis

      For this you are going to throw away the tens of thousand of dollars spent on recruiting and training? Suspension is the appropriate penalty. If I were in charge I probably would have settled for a letter of reprimand in their personnel file, which pretty much ruins any future promotions. Action was necessary, but there is no reason to overreact.

      • Richard in Minneapolis

        Oh, you mean to say the cops in question are going to personally pay for the recruiting and continuing training of their replacements? Or will it come out ot the city budget? You didn’t realize that?

        I am not a cop groupie, but a former mayor and city councilman of a mid-sized city who has actually had to make the call on these types of cases. I believe this is a situation where corrective action will be sufficient. They inflated their expense reports, and need ot be called to account for it. Have them reimburse the difference between the $213 and what was actually spent, have them sign a statement that they will behave in the future and that they understand that repeat violations will mean a more serious penalty, AND MOVE ON.

        • George Perkins

          You’re the typical city council type that supports dishonest cops that have squandered integrity for a measly couple hundred bucks..When citizens break the law,you demand full prosecution & accountability,yet when these “trusted public servants” rip off the tax payers by conspiring to steal from the coffers you give em a wink & a pass..You’re part of the problem too..Reward yourself with a donut.

  • Sgt.Pinocchio

    This is typical Cop behavior,not some isolated incident.

    • TL

      Typical criminal response from someone with not so good contacts with Law Enforcement in ones life.

      • @TL (total loser)

        Typical kneejerk comment from a one dimensional cop groupie.

        • jim

          Typical criminal response. How many times have you been booked?

          • law abiding tax payer

            never once jailbird!

  • Jeanne

    They committed a crime.

    Why weren’t they charged with a crime?

  • shawn

    One can only assumme these officers were reported from an outside source and judging from the justifications given the chief and the city officials are doing there best at damage control. This would appear to be standard operating procedure for this mayor and his well compensated administrator. The reality is if this was any other citizen they would be charged in criminal court for theft, so why not here? Where’s the honesty, integrity not so much from these officers but the city officials and chief who would do anything to just put out the fire and move it off the page? These are the people that need to be gone!

  • tbone

    Its law and order for everyone, unless you are sworn to uphold it

  • rockfish

    Every industry has people that skirt the rules. Punish them and move on.

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