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Raleigh Mayor Discusses Internal Police Investigation

Posted July 16, 2006 2:37 a.m. EDT

— The Raleigh Police Internal Affairs Unit is looking into the off-duty work schedule of one or more officers.

Investigators uncovered what they call "possible irregularities" during an internal inspection. Police Chief Jane Perlov immediately ordered a comprehensive audit of off-duty employment.

Now, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said he wants to get to the bottom of this.

"At this point, we didn't know if it's a misunderstanding or real violations," said Meeker.

Sources close to the investigation told WRAL that the officers in question are accused of pocketing money from off-duty jobs while on the department's time clock.

Meeker said a city ordinance recommends nightclubs and other businesses that serve alcohol hire sworn police officers for security. The department allows it only when officers are off-duty.

"Most people who need security, whether it's for a parade or nightclub, do want to have a police officer or someone who is trained to handle situations when they come up and get help if help is needed," said Meeker.

The mayor doesn't know what type of off-duty work the officers are suspected of doing while on duty. He said, however, his office will work closely with the Perlov to make sure officers are not taking advantage of the system.

"One of the strengths of our police force is that it has very good internal affairs," said Meeker. "They'll get to the bottom of this quickly and if any actions need to be taken, they'll take it quickly."

Meeker said the internal probe should be completed within the month. At that time, Perlov will receive the report and take any appropriate actions.