SPD leaders place Sgt. on leave pending investigation


by KREM.com


Posted on January 29, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 9:32 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.— Sergeant Chet Gilmore with the Spokane Police Department was placed on administrative leave Wednesday pending an internal investigation.

SPD leaders said the investigation is not criminal. However, SPD leaders will not elaborate on the issue at hand until the investigation is closed. Spokane Police Ombudsman, Tim Burns calls the allegations against him “serious.”

Police Department leaders said Gilmore was placed on administrative leave after an interview with Internal Affairs officials. Gilmore was banned from SPD facilities while he is on administrative leave.

Sources said Gilmore was placed on administrative leave at least one other time. SPD leaders said they could not confirm that this is the second time Gilmore has been placed on leave because personnel records are purged every 7 years.

“We have to recognize that we’re all human and sometimes we have learning experiences and sometimes past performances is an indication of future performance but not in all instances,” said Police Ombudsman Tim Burns.

Gilmore was recently promoted from detectives to Sergeant and was in charge of the Special Victims Unit who typically handles all sex crimes.

He has been with the department for 25 years. He has worked patrol and he has been a detective in Major Crimes.

Officials said all the preliminary interviews regarding this allegation have already been done and they say there is still much more to do on this investigation.

Another Sergeant within the department will handle Gilmore’s duties.