Craig Police Department: Internal investigation results in officer termination

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Frank Schmedeke

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"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.”

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Comments

dennis collins 3 years ago

o.k. all you folks who think the police dept. will hide everything under the rug. what you got to say now ?

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bout2bubble 3 years ago

its sad he got away with the criminal part.i have seen many more convicted just on her word,and less evidence.so he got fired he can still get a job as a cop some where else,and he can if he chooses.but thats the moffat county criminal justice system.the real criminals sit behind the bench,wear the badge,and prosocute the cases.

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Andrew Russo 3 years ago

"o.k. all you folks who think the police dept. will hide everything under the rug. what you got to say now ?"

“Although the 14th Judicial District ruled that there was not sufficient evidence to proceed with prosecution, the fact remains that the incident occurred."

Smells....

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needstoknow 3 years ago

WOW... Sounds like Frank Schmedeke, has a very strong chance at a GOOD lawsuit... If he was smart he would seriously look into it, an go after the Craig Police Department!!!!!

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Shaun Hadley 3 years ago

And that, needstoknow, is exactly what is wrong with America today - Get arrested for domestic violence, an obvious ethics violation, lose your job, then sue the The Department because they fired you for it?? What? That's ludicrous. He is being held accountable for HIS actions. After the multiple black eyes the police department has suffered these past few years, they had an OBLIGATION to deal with this quickly and effectively so as to not diminish the already dwindling public opionion of our police department. He may have done the wrong thing at the wrong time and got a more severe punishment because of past actions by other PD members, but the fact remains - HE is the one who was arrested, and HE must be held accountable. Kudos to the CPD on this quick and decisive action.

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firstofthefallen 3 years ago

"multiple black eyes the police department has suffered" Great pun!

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needstoknow 3 years ago

Well "Say What"... You can't base past troubled officer's for another!!! An for your FYI if ya read into it like others have they found him NOT I repeat NOT quilty of Domestic..... Please read so you know.... Everyone one does WRONG from time to time, just because he is an officer of the law does now mean by any means that he or anyone in this world is PERFECT!!!! I'm sure you yourself have SKELETONS in your closet of mistake's you have made!!!! What about all the others that get away with SERIOUS ABUSE an not charged at all???? Why don't the community get concerned about that???? That's all for now!!!

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Shaun Hadley 3 years ago

Plenty of people do not ever get arrested for domestic violence. Or even arrested at all. You say we all do wrong from time to time, like each and every one of us has found ourselves in handcuffs at one point. I've never been arrested. Nor has a single member of my family. Our closets are full of old jackets and toys, no skeletons in there anywhere. If you don't mind that an officer of the law was arrested violating the very law he is then expected to uphold the next day, then good on ya. You may have your corruption and "Mistakes". I DEMAND an honorable, ethical, upstanding police force. As for why the community doesn't get all in a huffy over "others that get away with serious abuse an not charged at all" well, those don't usually show up on the front page of the paper. Those don't ususally get an Editorial from the Daily Press. Those people don't usually take oaths to uphold the law, and not break it. That's why.

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lonelyone 3 years ago

I wonder every now and then if anyone has ever thought that maybe his wife/girlfriend who is like 15 years younger then he is, could be the real bad guy in this situation? Maybe she is the one that started the fight and Frank defended himself and then she called 911 cuz her mother is a dispatcher and she wanted her mother to make it better?? I know guys who have gone to jail for just such a situation. She starts a fight and he either is trying to stop her from hitting him or is defending himself and in the process she gets knocked in the face or whatever and the phone call is made. Now when there are children in the house, it is my understanding that no matter who started the fight, the woman is going to stay home with the kids and he gets a free ride to jail. I'm not saying Frank is in the wrong nor am I saying she is. I'm saying "NONE OF US WERE THERE" to see what actually happened. Yes Frank as an officer of the law should have had more control over himself, taken himself out of the house before it got to the point of 911 being called, but then again maybe he has reasons for staying? I don't know and neither do the rest of you.

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Rebelgirl 3 years ago

Ok SayWhat, I will say what many others are thinking and if they are not they need to open their eyes. EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE has broken the law at one point or another. Just because you or your family hasnt gotten caught for it, doesn't mean its legal. So don't try to be self rightous and act like you are perfect no one is, and you do have skeletons in your closet not just the "toys and jackets". NO one is perfect and if you say you are then you are hiding something. Just remember everytime you point your finger at someone else for what they do wrong, ten more fingers are pointing back at you for what you do wrong. People mess up, and get into trouble some get caught others don't. The way the law is written officers should arrest everyone that breaks a law, whether they are a fellow officer, meth head, teacher, alcoholic or someone at the wrong place at the wrong time. If you get into a fight and the other person doesn't want to press charges you still get arrested for breaking the law. I really dislike people like you who think they can judge everyone no matter the situation. Wake up and grow up. Your just like everyone else, you make mistakes. Your not above the rest of the community just because you haven't gotten caught.

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needstoknow 3 years ago

@ lonelyone an @ rebelgirl!! Thanx for pretty much sayin what I said as you can tell NO comments back from SAY WHAT... I agree on all that was said by the 2 of ya!!!

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needstoknow 3 years ago

Maybe Say What should go take The Officers place on the force????

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