Greenfield police officer resigns amid theft investigation

CREATED Nov. 13, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov. 13, 2012

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GREENFIELD- A Greenfield police officer has resigned following allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female jewel theft suspect.

Greenfield police say that investigators learned that the officer and a female suspect in a jewel thief were exchanging sexually explicit text messages back in August.

Shortly afterwards, the officer was suspended with pay while investigators gathered evidence in the case.

According to a press release, on September 4, Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt determined the officer violated the department's rules and standard of conduct.  Shortly after that determination, on September 7, the officer resigned.

Chief Wentlandt issued the following statement:
"The Greenfield Police Department values the high level of trust and confidence placed in our officers by the community stakeholders we serve and we are fortunate that the vast majority of police officers are honest, loyal and exhibit the highest level of honor and professionalism.

"All members of the department expect that their coworkers will abide by the law enforcement code of ethics and our standards of conduct.  In this case, the department took immediate action to investigate the tip we received, even though no formal complaint of officer misconduct was ever received. We were preparing to file charges for his termination when he resigned.

"The officer involved in this matter clearly engaged in behavior which does not conform to the high level of standards we expect of our personnel. His actions are an anomaly and do not represent the fine men and women of this agency."