Craig Police Department: Internal investigation results in officer termination
"After reviewing all the information developed in the above investigations, Chief Walt Vanatta terminated Officer (Frank) Schmedeke's employment as a Craig police officer on Friday, Dec. 16th."
— Craig Police Department in a news release issued this morning
The Craig Police Department issued a news release Friday morning regarding the department’s internal investigation of Officer Frank Schmedeke.
The release is below:
“On Nov. 27, 2011, at approximately 10:15 p.m., officers from the Craig Police Department were dispatched to (the 1100 block of) Legion Street in reference to a domestic violence incident that Officer Frank Schmedeke was involved in.
“To maintain the integrity of the department and remove any employee conflict of interest, the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office was asked to conduct the initial investigation and the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office was asked to conduct an independent investigation.
“Commander Jerry DeLong was assigned to conduct an internal investigation into possible policy violations. The Craig Police Department takes the responsibility of investigating officer misconduct seriously, and we have an obligation to conduct objective, fair and impartial investigations into any employee’s actions that may fall outside the parameters of the department’s core values of integrity, respect, service and equality.
“Commander DeLong’s investigation found that Officer Schmedeke’s actions violated department policy and values.
“Although the 14th Judicial District ruled that there was not sufficient evidence to proceed with prosecution, the fact remains that the incident occurred.
“After reviewing all the information developed in the above investigations, Chief Walt Vanatta terminated Officer Schmedeke’s employment as a Craig police officer on Friday, Dec. 16th.”