FARGO – One policeman convinced his fellow officers not to bust a booze party because he knew it could jeopardize a scholarship for one of the minors involved.
Another officer working the scene of a traffic accident gave an injured person the business card of the chiropractic clinic where she worked a second job.
Yet another member of the Fargo Police Department accessed official police reports to learn about a narcotics investigation involving a family member.
Disciplinary records dating back to 2008, obtained through an open records request from metro-area law enforcement agencies, don’t contain an abundance of cases where the personal interests of police interfered with their professional duties.
But that line occasionally is crossed, and local law enforcement officials say such incidents are taken seriously and handled swiftly.
“Those things we take very serious down here, and they are investigated as soon as they come to light,” said Fargo police Sgt. Mike Mitchell, who oversees the department’s internal affairs office, known as the Office of Professional Standards.