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Grand jury to conclude Shreveport Fire Dept. leadership investigation this month

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The Caddo Parish grand jury will conclude its investigation into Shreveport Fire Dept. leadership next week, nearly a year to the day after the alleged prostitution incident that tarnished the department's reputation.

Chief among the concerns is why it took more than five weeks to hand the initial complaint- members of the Station 8 A-Shift had hired a prostitute for a mentally disabled man June 14- to SFD internal affairs, and why police were not informed of the allegations.

Court documents show Chief Craig Mulford spoke with firefighters involved June 22, but they all denied the incident happened.

"The two sets of conduct are very different, one involving the five former firemen we now have charged really involving an operational conduct [and] a hands-on conduct," ADA Dale Cox said. "Whereas, the Grand Jury investigation is really looking into the administration's response."

"This ongoing investigation into this matter started on June the 26th, and it has been ongoing since then," Chief Craig Mulford said in a press conference. "If someone has given you some information or made a statement that otherwise happened, that is not true."

In his first and only press conference on the Station 8 scandal August 6th, Mulford's biggest point was that the alleged actions took place on one day, on one shift and at one station. Arrest warrant affidavits, however, include information that would imply two mentally disabled men were mistreated by A-Shift workers for a period spanning years before that date.

Another complication is whether or not SFD leaders tried to iinterferethe criminal investigation.

According to police, Chief Craig Mulford ordered a FBI special agent from city property and forbid the investigator from talking to firefighters.

Grand jury proceedings are confidential, but a list of witnesses includes SFD employees who are seemingly unrelated to Station 8 but could testify on other problems inside the department.

An attorney familiar with police and fire complaints said there are laws that require immediate reporting of instances of abuse or neglect or adults to an adult protecting agency or local law enforcement.

KTBS 3 News reached out to ChChiefulford for this story, but he was unavailable for interview.

The district attorney's office says they have not sent any target letters regarding this case but expect to do so soon.

Whether or not the grand jury finds reason to indict anyone in the department's leadership, the district attorney's office has charged five former firefighters related to the alleged misconduct at Station 8.

Billy Glass, Derrick Harris, Clint Richardson and Jason Vaughan were scheduled for trial June 19 on the misdemeanor charge principal to prostitution, but that date's was pushed back to allow for more pre-trial hearings on June 20. Those four men, as well as Randy Chandler, have a trial for felony cruelty to the infirm scheduled for August.

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