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Glendale police investigated for using squad car for Las Vegas trip, road rage incident

Six Glendale police officers were placed on administrative leave for a variety of alleged incidents, including using a police vehicle for a trip to Las Vegas and a case of off-duty road rage, a source told The Times.

Glendale police would not provide details of the cases, saying they are internal administrative matters and are prohibited for speaking about them publicly.

But officials said the action is part of an effort by Glendale’s police chief, Ron De Pompa, to maintain a zero-tolerance policy on police misconduct.

"Chief Ron De Pompa has initiated these investigations into the alleged misconduct in four unrelated incidents," said Glendale police spokesman Sgt. Tom Lorenz . "Chief De Pompa will continue to hold his police officers to a very high professional standard to ensure that the members of this community have confidence that they are getting the best possible police service."

One case dates back two years and involves an officer alleged to have had a sexual relationship with the estranged wife of a man who was a suspect in a criminal investigation.

Another more recent incident involved three officers accused of using a police vehicle for a personal trip to Las Vegas during the holiday season, according to multiple sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Another case involves an officer accused of a road-rage incident in Burbank in December. The Burbank City Attorney's office has charged the officer with misdemeanor battery.


Six Glendale police officers placed on leave amid investigation

--Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton

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Sounds like the plot from that show with Bill Murray's brother, cant remember the name but I think it was set in Bakersfield.


So what happens when they get fired?
Does anybody care where they're hired?

This shows that they seem to think they are above the law.

I thought what happened in Vegas...stayed in Vegas?

Virtually all cops think they are above the law.

Being a cop used to be a respectable thing 30-40 years ago. Now, they are nothing but paid gangbangers.

Fired them without any pension,ASAP

a 300 mile road trip in a city car doesn't hold a candle to four M.B. cops in a corvette fleeing a hit an' run-- with a fifth passing on the police report.

sad the chief is "retiring."

Until these officers are fired there is no such thing as "zero tolerance", it's all a game to look good for the press.

Just stupid humans being stupid humans.

Thugs in uniform abusing power. Police come from same society with all types of people. so they are no different. But they get special treatment and get away mostly

is anyone surprised that this happened in Glendalian.

let's see how committed this Chief remains when one of his cronies or his buddies get crossed up

There are always a few bad apples in every bunch. Looks like the Chief is handling the issue. From my experience, the Glendale PD has always had a good reputation and offers some of the best police service anywhere.

Hey Charlie Brown,

you said: "So what happens when they get fired?"

What world do you live in?? These cops got "Administrative Leave", i.e. paid vacation.

When was the last time you heard a police officer getting fired??? Short of committing a major felony a police officer's job is as secure as they come.

They will just get a slap on the wrist... I think im going to become a cop, that way i can break the law, be corrupt, and do just about whatever i want and i wont be punished or fired for it.... Hell i might go out and kill someone while im at it and pretend like my life was in serious danger too

When these officers get fired, they can all work for the City of Maywood where they will be given a second chance. Check this link http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-maywood,0,4678304.story

haha! Glendale!

Where's the Benny Hill intro song when you need it? Clown show in Glendale...

Glendale? Hmmm . . . isn't that where the infamous Police Chief Randy Evans from the City of Bell was working before he got his job at Bell?

The same Police Chief who got off easy and slipped from prosecution because the D.A. who lost the election, what was his name?
Steve Cooley, yeah right.
The same D.A. who had a thing about not prosecuting policemen regardless of what they did?
The old boys network . . . .

fire their butts. administrative leave? probably with pay. unacceptable

Maybe Chief DePompa wouldn't have all these problems with big dollar lawsuits and misconduct if he hired his officers strictly based on qualifications instead of ethnic background, gender or connections in the city. The same thing is happening with the fire department there. There used to be high standards to be hired as a cop or fireman....no more I guess.

At least they weren't delivering pizza

I really like Chief Ron de Pompa. I remember during the 1980s, the Glendale Police were very lax about officer misconduct. It actually seemed to get worse for awhile. My husband is an attorney who used to work out of the Glendale Public Defender's Office and it was well known that even the Glendale judges knew that the police were violating people's rights. A zero tolerance policy on officer misconduct is what this city has needed for a long time. Glendale police standards have always been highter than L.A. but only now am I hearing about zero tolerance.

Fire them - period! And, pay restitution including any salary used.

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