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Ceres Police Department
Tuesday September 16th, 2014 :: 10:47 a.m. PDT


Ceres Police Department Response to Concerns Raised at Recent Ceres City Council Meeting

Ceres, CA – Members of the community, including President Frank Johnson and others from the local NAACP chapter, raised the issue of allegations of employee misconduct during the Citizen Communications portion of the Ceres City Council meeting on September 8, 2014.

The Ceres Police Department recently conducted, or is in the process of conducting, two separate internal affairs investigations. The first case was initiated in October of 2013 and the City has taken corrective action. The second investigation was initiated in May, 2014 and is ongoing.

State law precludes the release of any information regarding peace officer personnel matters so Ceres Police Department is unable to further comment on the incidents. As a separate matter, both cases were sent to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office for a review of any possible criminal charges.

Of these allegations, Acting Chief Brent Smith said, “As the Acting Police Chief, I want to assure the public that we take personnel complaints very seriously. Each case is thoroughly investigated and handled according to department policy and state law. The Ceres Police Department remains committed to the people of Ceres and will continue to ensure its employees work in a professional manner.”

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Ceres Police Department
2727 3rd St
Ceres, CA 95307

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Non-emergencies: 209-538-5712

Brent Smith, Acting Chief

2727 3rd St
Ceres, CA 95307

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