N Carolina: Entire police force put on leave after Chief and Lt arrested for working second jobs while on the clock

This undated photo provided by Brunswick County Sheriff's Office shows Southport Police Chief Gary Smith. Smith was arrested following what authorities say was a "long-term investigation" by the FBI and State Bureau of Investigation. Authorities say the investigation found that Chief Smith and Lt Mike Simmons were working at second jobs while on the clock.(Brunswick County Sheriff's Office via AP)

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (AP) 07/30 — All police operations have been suspended in a North Carolina town in the aftermath of public corruption charges levied against its chief and an officer.

Southport Mayor Jerry Dove tells WECT-TV that he and the city board last week asked the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to assume all law enforcement functions until further notice. Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David said Thursday that Police Chief Gary Smith and Lt. Mike Simmons had a “habitual and repeated pattern” of leaving their police posts for work at a trucking company.

This undated photo provided by the Brunswick County Detention Center shows Lt Mike Simmons. Chief Gary Smith and Lt Simmons of coastal Southport, NC have been arrested after authorities say an investigation found they were working at second jobs while on the clock. (Brunswick County Detention Center via AP)

 

They were arrested Thursday, the same day multiple search warrants were executed at the police department, town hall and trucking company.

The department’s website says six others make up the force.

David says some officers were whistleblowers. All officers are on paid administrative leave.

https://www.apnews.com/d24043198cdc4af3bacf37f53035e9fa/Entire-police-force-suspended-after-N-Carolina-chief-charged

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