Troy police disciplined for accessing snacks at fire station

Internal investigation closed, police said they believed they were welcome to the food

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 12, 2019

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TROY — Troy police entry into a locked walk-in food pantry at Troy Fire Station 4 in January sparked an internal Police Department investigation.

According to a joint press release from the Police and Fire departments, after Fire Department administrators informed Police Department administrators Jan. 15 that police had been entering the food pantry, the Police Department launched an internal investigation.

In the interim, the Police Department discontinued the practice of allowing police officers access to fire stations.

According to the release, 20 police officers admitted to entering the locked food pantry at the fire station, located on Maple Road, near John R Road, to get snacks and other food and drink items.

The release states that “the Fire Department has long been gracious hosts to Troy police officers, and has invited officers to partake in the snacks available at each fire station. Police Department personnel have allowed key fob access to all fire stations within the city, which officers use for meal and restroom breaks.

“The fire station in question was recently remodeled. Snacks were moved from an open area in the kitchen to the locked pantry at the time of the remodel. Involved officers, during the internal investigation, indicated that they believed they were allowed to access the snacks as they had in the past. The Troy Police and Fire departments continue to enjoy a positive work relationship, as we have historically. Many Troy police officers also serve as Troy volunteer firefighters.”

According to the release, all officers involved in entering the locked pantry have been disciplined, and the matter is considered closed by administrators of both departments.

Troy Police Department Sgt. Meghan Lehman said the officers received a written reprimand.

Lehman said that police officers will be allowed back into the fire stations to partake in snack and drink items.

The items in question were individual snack packs, Lehman said.

“The Troy Police Department holds our police officers to the highest standards, and entering an unauthorized area of another city department, no matter what the rationale, is unacceptable,” the release states.

“The Police and Fire departments look forward to moving ahead with the same outstanding working relationship.”

“It was an unfortunate situation — dealt with by the Police Department,” said Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts. “We’re moving forward, working together as we always have.”