Utah Employment Law Letter - October 2013: EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT: How a police officer hanged himself with a bracelet


Police officers have a tough job. They have to deal with people at their worst, and they always need to be wary of potential threats and dangers. Because of this stress and given the unique authority they possess, it’s understandable that some officers may occasionally cross the line. But just because something is understandable doesn’t make it right. A municipal police officer from Orem learned that lesson the hard way, and it cost him his job. Read on to see how even municipal laws can play an important role in making sure employees toe the line.

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By October 29, 2009, the Orem City Police Department (OCPD) had terminated Dennis Nelson’s employment. He had served as a police officer in the OCPD for approximately 14 years. His termination stemmed from events that occurred on September 18, 2009...

Originally published in the Utah Employment Law Letter - October 2013.

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