Alleged harassment puts Salt Lake deputy police chief on leave

Published March 7, 2014 9:17 am

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A Salt Lake City deputy police chief has spent the last five months on administrative leave for possible harassment.

Deputy Chief Rick Findlay has been on leave since Nov. 8, according to Salt Lake City police spokeswoman Lara Jones. Findlay's leave was prompted by an investigation that he violated the department's harassment policy.

Jones did not elaborate on the claims against Findlay and said the investigation is not finished.

In a written statement issued Friday, Police Chief Chris Burbank said, "All parties in this matter are governed by confidentiality rules and protected by due process until the matter is concluded. As a result, this statement constitutes the extent of public remarks at this time."

Findlay headed the department's investigation bureau, leading 11 detective squads and other support units. He could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

The Salt Lake City Police Department's policy prohibits harassment based on sex as well as "race, color, age, religion, disability, ancestry, or national origin."

It also notes that harassment of both citizens and department employees is prohibited. Among other things, the policy specifically mentions sexual harassment, reprisals and retaliation, intentional breaches of confidentiality, failure to cooperate in an investigation and other things.


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