Locust issues press release on police firing – The Stanly News & Press
Locust City administrator Cesar Correa issued a press release late Wednesday afternoon detailing the city’s recent actions regarding a member of its police department.
According to the statement, Detective Jaman Smith was placed on administrative leave last Friday after learning of his behavior while off duty and outside city jurisdiction.
The statement said Smith’s behavior “constituted detrimental personal conduct, in violation of city and county policy.”
According to the statement, the investigation ended Monday when Smith was fired.
“The Locust Police Department’s investigation of Detective Smith was purely administrative and our actions were taken in view of a clear violation of city and department policy.” The investigation has been referred to agencies including the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the district attorney for their own assessment, ”the statement said.
A letter sent to Smith stated that he had violated the policy “governing the conduct of employees on and off-duty as set out in Section IX of the Town of Locust Employee Personnel Policy Manual and the City of Locust. General Order 7008 of the Locust Police Department Policy Manual and in particular the section covering Personal Injury. conduct.”
Smith had been employed by Locust since October 2020.