Lebanon officer resigns after not issuing traffic citations for years: Police say

Lebanon officer resigns amid administrative investigation
Published: Apr. 4, 2022 at 5:42 PM EDT
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WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - A now-former Lebanon police officer accused of failing to submit at least 28 traffic citations could face criminal charges.

An administrative investigation was launched by the Lebanon Division of Police that led to the officer’s resignation.

According to Lebanon Police Chief Jeffrey Mitchell, the officer would pull someone over, but during the traffic stop, he would not write any sort of ticket or citation. The officer then, after the fact, would fill out a citation form that was only used for internal accountability, the chief explained in a press release.

So, while the police department thought these citations were being issued, the documents never made it to the courts because they were never issued to or signed by the drivers of the vehicles.

In the release, police said, “The actions of the former employee were his alone, and no citizen was issued a citation from these fraudulent citations.”

Lebanon Police say the allegations against the officer raise concerns for them when it comes to Code of Conduct, Honesty, Malfeasance, Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and Officer/Victim Relationship.

These allegations span four years, however, the investigation started at the beginning of March.

The officer resigned on March 8, and the case was referred to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office two days later. The sheriff’s office has since wrapped up its investigation and now their findings are on the prosecutor’s desk.

He will review them to see if criminal charges are necessary.

Chief Mitchell said the police department has reviewed its policies and made necessary changes.

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