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Harrison terminated from BCPD

Friday, June 5, 2009

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Terry Harrison
The Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety terminated a police officer Friday.

After meeting in an early morning executive session to review allegations and evidence, Board President/Mayor Ann Bradshaw opened a public meeting for discussion at City Hall shortly after 1 p.m.

Although aware of the meeting, Harrison did not attend.

Without any questions or discussion by the board or the attending public, approximately three minutes later, Sgt. Terry Harrison was dismissed from service with the Brazil City Police Department by a 3-0 vote.

Bradshaw said the allegations came to light approximately three weeks ago and there is an ongoing investigation into the matter.

Although the board members declined comment on the issue out of respect for Harrison, each admitted that it was a difficult decision to make.

In the Notice of Termination presented to Harrison Friday afternoon, the board cited allegations of neglect of duty, violation of rules and conduct unbecoming an officer with regard to funds received from the Indiana University School of Medicine (for the purchase of car seats), neglect of duty regarding $380 of drug buy money and neglect of duty regarding a grant check from Endeavor Communications.

Brazil City Attorney Robert Pell told The Brazil Times Harrison could request in writing to City Hall within five days after receiving termination papers that a public hearing take place on the matter. The hearing would take place within 30 days of that date.

If Harrison makes the request, Pell said all of the evidence the board was allowed to review during the executive session would be made public.

BCPD officials confirmed Harrison received the paperwork Friday, and was in the process of returning all property and equipment belonging to the City of Brazil.

The Brazil Times was unable to reach Harrison for comment.