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SFD releases timeline for firefighter misconduct investigation

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

Shreveport Fire Chief Craig Mulford and Mayor Cedric Glover responded to a series of firefighter arrests Tuesday afternoon at Government Plaza.

Billy Glass, 37, was booked 12:40 PM Tuesday into Shreveport City Jail on one count of cruelty to the infirm and one count of principal to prostitution.

Derrick Harris, 50, and Clint Richardson, 26, were recently arrested and charged with the same offenses.

Chief Mulford says the three arrests all stem from one alleged incident at Station 8 on Velva Street, but Mulford would not give details on the event in question.

Mulford says an internal complaint reached his attention on June 25, and the department launched an investigation the next day.

Shreveport Police and Mayor Glover were notified of the allegations in late July.

Mulford confirms that the three remaining fire fighters scheduled to Stations 8's A-Shift in June and July are currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

In a press release following Glass' arrest, Shreveport Police Cpl. Marcus Hines writes, "The investigation continues at this hour and police believe additional arrests may be forthcoming."

Chief Craig Mulford's afternoon statement:

Let me start by saying there is an ongoing investigation into alleged criminal activity at Fire Station No. 8. My department is fully cooperating with this investigation and I am taking the proper disciplinary steps as we proceed. Although I won't get into the details of either the criminal or the internal investigation, I will say this all relates to a single shift at a single fire house and does not represent circumstances that can be attributed to any of the other 21 stations across the city. So, let's not take out the broad brush and make assumptions across-the-board.

I take these charges very seriously and I want the honorable men and women who make up our fire department to know that I won't allow their integrity to be compromised by any ill-advised actions taken by an accused few. I also want to remind our citizens that we have devoted men and women who come to work every day prepared to serve and protect their lives and their property.

Traditionally, fire stations have always been open to the public. We consider our workplace a shared space that's been entrusted to us by the people who live in the city of Shreveport. So, our goal is to always make our citizens feel welcome and safe when they visit a fire station. At this point, I don't see us making a significant departure from the spirit of that practice. But this unfortunate set of circumstances provides good reason to pause and review how we operate, and if necessary, take the steps needed to protect everyone involved. With us, public safety always comes first and that won't change.

Again, this investigation is relegated to one station and I'm confident that the legal system will run its course and justice will be served. Meanwhile, we'll continue to strive to be a fire department that makes our city proud.

SFD's Fred Sanders has released this investigation timeline on the department's behalf:

  • June 25th Complaint Letter received from employee at Station 8
  • June 26th Notice of Formal Investigation given to five firefighters
  • July 8th Meet with C-Shift Command Staff
  • July 10th Notice of formal investigation given to one firefighter
  • July 29th Police Chief made aware of possible criminal conduct at Station 8
  • July 30th Information sent to SFD Internal Affairs
  • July 30th Fire Chief meets with SPD Detective
  • July 30th Fire Chief meets with FBI
  • July 31st SPD begins criminal investigation
  • August 2nd 1st arrest made: Capt. Derrick N. Harris
  • August 2nd Station 8 Capt. placed on administrative leave
  • August 3rd Five firefighters assigned to Station 8 placed on leave
  • August 5th 2nd arrest made: Firefighter Clint Richardson
  • August 6th 3rd arrest made: Fire Engineer Billy Glass

 

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