TOPEKA—A Topeka police employee was terminated, two supervisors were "written up" and three commanders were suspended for one day without pay for behavior linked to a situation that involved the use of force during the first quarter of this year, Topeka Police Chief Bill Cochran said last week.
Those actions resulted not from the specific use of force but because of "other cursory issues" of conduct, Cochran told the Topeka City Council.
Topeka police acted in accordance with their department’s policies and procedures when they used force in all 104 cases that have been examined by independent police auditor Edward Collazo during his nine months in that job, council members were told at their weekly meeting.
But the department has seen "a fair number of personnel actions" linked to use of force cases, even if the actual use of force was cleared, said Mark Jones, the department’s legal adviser.
"The uses of force were all good," Cochran said. "But there were other corrective actions that took place."
Topeka city manager Brent Trout hired Collazo last year to carry out duties that include helping Trout police the police.
Collazo said that while he hadn’t seen any problems serious enough to be referred to the city manager, he had at times identified and pointed out to Cochran matters of concern involving such things as training issues or policies or protocols that needed to be adjusted.