Fairborn Police Department loses three officers

Fairborn Police Department

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Two Fairborn Police Officers resign in the midst of an investigation into code of conduct violations. This comes after another officer was fired Monday after posting a Facebook comment that violated the department’s policy.

Sergeant Paul Hicks and Officer James Hardman have resigned from the Fairborn Police Department before an internal investigation was completed dealing with a code of conduct violation.

Both officers submitted resignation paperwork in the past week.

Fairborn’s Chief of Police, Terry Barlow tells 2 NEWS there is no discipline record regarding this incident and he couldn’t comment due to their resignation

But, 2 NEWS Investigates did find Officer Hardman received a written reprimand last month. The documents in his personnel file say he used excessive force on a person arrested who was drunk.

Earlier this week, Officer Lee Cyr was fired for posting a comment on a Facebook message that violates the department’s social media policy.

The post was talking about a Black Lives Matter activist who killed himself on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse. The documents say Cyr wrote, “Love a happy ending.” It was posted on the Ohio Politics Facebook page Wednesday, two days after MarShawn McCarrel II killed himself.

That’s three Fairborn officers gone within two weeks.

Chief Barlow said they have re-arranged their staffing schedule to accommodate the temporary loss of manpower. He tells 2 NEWS they are actively testing new candidates.

He says the citizens of Fairborn should know the department will continue to police the city with no interruptions to service or the safety of the citizens.

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