Anonymous letter leaves Buckeye PD under investigation

Misconduct, mishandling of city funds and falsified crime statistics are just some of the allegations listed from an anonymous letter that caused an outside investigation into the Buckeye Police Department.

An anonymous letter leveled disturbing and dramatic allegations against Buckeye police officers accusing each other of sex on the job, misuse of money and fudging crime stats in the city.

All the claims stem from an anonymous letter mailed to city hall. 12 News read the letter and all the allegations, then asked city officials like Communications Manager Annie DeChance about all the claims.

“We know that the residents and the public in general have a right to know what's going on and we take these allegations very seriously,” DeChance said.

The allegations include claims of trips and affairs paid for with city dollars and falsifying crime statistics to make the city seem safer, not to mention sex on the job and even a few drinks before operating a city vehicle.

“We released the letter to let everybody know this is going on and we've hired an independent private investigator to ensure that we have a fair outcome for everyone,” DeChance said..

Because the letter was sent anonymously from numerous members of the police department, DeChance said it's tough to determine the validity of the accusations. She said proof of the alleged problems would help get to the bottom of the wrong-doing.

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“Chief Hall has stated that he absolutely supports the city manager's decision to have an independent investigation done on these allegations," DeChance said, "because again that's the only way we’re going to have a really thorough, fair and unbiased outcome."

The claims surfaced in late September and DeChance said the city took immediate action because their overall objective is to keep the citizens up-to-speed and safe.

City officials said they hope whoever sent the letter knows an investigation is underway and for anyone caught in connection to these allegations will be held accountable.

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