On April 22, 2015, the State College Police Department discovered evidence of thefts from the police department’s evidence room. The department has identified a specific police officer suspected to have been involved in the thefts. That police officer has been placed on leave with all access to the police facility and any of the police systems removed pending completion of both the internal affairs investigation and the criminal investigation.
Because the suspected thefts involve a State College Police Officer, Chief Thomas King contacted the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop G, Hollidaysburg on April 23, 2015 requesting they initiate and conduct a criminal investigation. The Pennsylvania State Police accepted this request and this week began their criminal investigation into this matter. Chief King also contacted the Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller to notify her of these developments.
The State College Police Department recognizes the citizens of the State College area have endowed us with a public trust. We must honor that trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of professional police conduct at all times. When there is reason to believe that has not occurred, it is essential that thorough inquiries are conducted and any police officer violating that trust, be held accountable for his or her actions. That will happen in this case.
The State College Police Department also recognizes that it is important to inform the public when a police officer is being investigated criminally unless by doing so would jeopardize the investigation. The investigations are underway and based on the findings from both the investigations, appropriate employment and criminal action will be taken.
Because this involves a personnel matter, the State College Police Department is unable to provide any further information related to the internal affairs investigation at this time. Regarding the separate criminal investigation, inquiries should be directed to the Pennsylvania State Police in Hollidaysburg or the Centre County District Attorney.
Chief Thomas R. King