Chief: ‘We take these things serious’

(WDTN Photo)

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) –  The Kettering Police Department announced Thursday morning that one of its detectives is under investigation.

The Kettering Police Chief spoke with reporters Thursday.

Chief of Police Chip Protsman said he would not go into details about the investigation. He did refer to the Facebook post and said he believes it is important to be transparent. Prostman pointed out that he is not saying anything about guilt or innocence but wants the public to know an investigation is underway.

The chief said detective Ryan Meno was placed on administrative leave on March 11. Prostman said he is, “very disappointed in what we’ve discovered.”

Protsman said to community members during the press conference that for the past 60 years the entire department has worked for the community and the acts of one person should not influence that. He also restated what he wrote in the Facebook post saying, anyone who tries to victimize them will be investigated “no matter who they are.”

A post appeared on the KPD Facebook page around 9:00 a.m. Thursday.

FILE - In this image from 2009, Officer Meno was recognized with a Distinguished Service award for saving a man attempting suicide. (WDTN Photo)
FILE – In this image from 2009, Officer Meno was recognized with a Distinguished Service award for saving a man attempting suicide. (WDTN Photo)

The post only says that Officer Ryan Meno has been under investigation for several months into “criminal activity.” The Facebook post is attributed to the Chief of Police, Chip Protsman.

The post goes on to say, “When someone victimizes or attempts to victimize our citizens we will do everything in our power to bring them to justice…”

Meno joined the Kettering Police force in 2005. In 2009, Meno and another officer were recognized with a Distinguished Service award for rescuing a man attempting suicide.

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