Three Hutchinson Police officers fired following internal investigation

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

Three Hutchinson Police officers have been fired following an internal investigation.  Hutchinson Police Chief Jeffrey Hooper updated reporters on the case during a news conference Wednesday.

On Monday KAKE News reported Captain Troy Hoover had been terminated. Chief Hooper said two other officers were fired, one has been suspended and another was cleared. One employee remains under investigation. 

"This agency will operate with the utmost integrity. We will hold ourselves accountable, and that's exactly what we're doing here.Those employees that are not honest, don't have integrity and are not professional, and can't serve our community appropriately will not be working at the Hutchinson Police Department," Chief Hooper said.

Chief Hooper confirmed the investigation centered on the traffic stop of an off-duty police officer in February. Several drivers called 911 to report an erratic driver. Instead of conducting a field sobriety test, an officer was ordered to drive the off-duty officer and her child to the police department in her personal vehicle. She wasn't cited and no incident report was filed.

The officer who was stopped told KAKE News she was having a medical emergency and didn't receive preferential treatment.  She resigned from the department in September.

Chief Hooper and the city manager determined the traffic stop was not handled appropriately.   

Former Hutchinson police officer, turned whistle blower, Devin Berman, has been vocal about how the traffic stop was handled. It led to the investigation. Berman says this latest response is what he wanted from the city.

"I wanted to see the people in these positions of great power held accountable," Berman said.

Some accuse Berman of being a disgruntled former employee seeking revenge. He says he wants the community to have an honest police force.

The KBI and FBI continue to conduct a separate criminal investigate in the case.

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A veteran Hutchinson police captain has been fired following an internal investigation. 

Hutchinson Police Chief Jeffrey Hooper said Capt. Troy Hoover was fired today.  He'd been with the department for nearly 30 years.  

In February, at least seven different 911 callers reported seeing an erratic driver.  Witnesses told dispatchers the woman behind the wheel was weaving across the center line and into the ditch for miles.   It turned out the woman behind the wheel was an off duty Hutchinson police officer and her baby was in the car with her. 

The officer was never given a field sobriety test and an ambulance wasn't called to check her out.  Instead, a former officer told us it was Captain Hoover who ordered an officer to drive her and her child to the police department in her personal car.  Later she was taken home. 

News of the possible cover up and preferential treatment led the District Attorney to ask the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the FBI to investigate. 

Previous Story: FBI investigates Hutchinson Police Department

The officer told KAKE News she was having a medical emergency and wasn't given preferential treatment.  She said she resigned from the department on her own in September.  

Hutchinson police are expected to release more information at a news conference Wednesday.  
 

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