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Falsification of report leads to Fort Smith police firing, resignation

by Thomas Saccente | April 27, 2021 at 12:52 p.m.
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FORT SMITH -- One police officer was terminated, another was reprimanded and a police sergeant resigned amid an internal investigation into a falsified accident report.

All of this stems from an accident in which a department vehicle was backed into a dumpster on private property, Police Department spokesman Aric Mitchell said. Although the accident took place Feb. 12, the accident report was given a false date of Feb. 16 under the direction of the then-supervisor of the narcotics division, according to Mitchell.

This discrepancy was reported to the department by one of the officers involved in the incident, Mitchell said. This officer was given a written reprimand for not coming forward with this information while the other officer, who did not come forward, was fired. The supervisor resigned.

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