Written by: StaffWriter Source: WACH Fox
The State Law Enforcement Division has opened an investigation into the Columbia Police Department.
Citing agency policy SLED would not say what the investigation is about, other than the investigation stems from a complaint against the department.
This announcement comes one day after Columbia Police Capt. David Navarro was fired in part for recording a conversation with Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago without Santiago’s knowledge – a violation of city policy.
According to Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson, Navarro also shredded documents at CPD, and spread rumors about the police department.
Wilson says she does not know what documents were shredded, but city officials are investigating to determine whether they were city documents.
The investigation is the latest in an ongoing series of developments at CPD.
In April Chief Randy Scott took a leave of absence from the department, ultimately resigning as chief citing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Scott was hired by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department as a uniformed investigator a day after his retirement from CPD. Scott had previously worked as a Chief Deputy at the RCSD before joining the CPD.
Scott’s predecessor was fired in May 2010 after refusing to turn over to the S.C. Highway Patrol an investigation into a serious car wreck involving the then-mayor-elect.
Deputy Chief Ruben Santiago was named Interim Chief after Scott’s resignation. Wilson says the city plans to hire a new chief by September.