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A look at administrative leave

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Eight Shreveport firefighters are currently on paid administrative leave. The decision ultimately comes from the top with Chief Craig Mulford signing off on each leave, but the boundaries are set by the Louisiana State Examiners' Office.

"Because Civil Service law protects the employee's rights, we have to make sure that we are doing things in accordance with the law so that things are not thrown out," Fred Sanders, Assistant to the Chief, says.

Sanders says there are rules regarding why a firefighter would be put on administrative leave, but not necessarily any time limits on when it would be enacted.

Although SFD top brass were notified of alleged misconduct at Station 8 on June 25, the first group of firefighters were not put on admin leave until more than a month had passed on August 3.

"I would think that that's an administrative decision made by the chief to what he or she may deem is necessary at that particular point," Sanders says.

At Shreveport Police Department, most Internal Affairs investigations involve policy violations reported from within the department. Chief Administrative Assistant Bill Goodin says- on occasion- officers ask for the time themselves.

In the case that a complaint comes from the public, SPD installed dash-board cameras and microphones on officers. Goodin says the technology keeps their own people honest and allows for maximum evidence collection.

"We have a policy that says a patrol officer who is involved in any sort of interaction with a citizen- whether that's something as simple as pushing a car out of the road, working a crash, investigating a domestic disturbance- they're required to have their recording device operational, working when they have that contact with a citizen," Goodin says.

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