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Fort Wayne Board of Public Safety delays action on petition to discipline officer

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 7:51 am

The Fort Wayne Board of Public Safety voted Thursday to postpone until Sept. 4 discussing a petition for disciplinary action against a Fort Wayne Police officer.

Sgt. Fredrick Rogers was charged with an administrative misdemeanor offense for allegedly overlapping work for city police with a job at a local fast-food restaurant.

Board members voted at their June meeting to set the hearing on Rogers' case for Thursday. But the delay until September will give both sides more time to discuss the matter, board members said.

In other business, the board:

Learned Det. Thomas K. Andrews completed a one-day suspension in June for failure to complete an investigation in a timely manner.

Recognized in the meeting records the 15 recent graduates of the Fort Wayne Police Department's Academy.

Twenty-two candidates started the academy Feb. 10, and 15 graduated June 27, Police Chief Garry Hamilton said after the meeting. They are the department's 60th recruit class.

The graduates will spend the next six months working in the patrol division with a field training officer, Hamilton said. The new officers then will work in patrol for six months without a training officer. After successfully completing their first year, they can apply to work in any division of the department, he said.

The new officers include two women and 13 men; two of the men are African Americans, Hamilton said.

With the new recruits, the city now has 442 police officers, Hamilton said. The department is budgeted for 460 officers, so police already have started assembling their next recruit class.