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City's top cop, captain on leave pending investigation into how department handled call

1 year 5 months 1 week ago Wednesday, February 17 2016 Feb 17, 2016 February 17, 2016 1:14 PM February 17, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

DENHAM SPRINGS - The police chief and a department captain were placed on leave, WBRZ learned Wednesday.

The city attorney said Chief Scott Jones and Captain Steve Kistler are on paid leave while an internal investigation unfolds. The investigation is over how the response to a domestic violence call was handled. Stephanie Bond Hulett wrote investigators will see if policies and procedures were properly followed.

The city did not elaborate on what domestic violence call is at the center of the inquiry.

Earlier this month, Denham Springs Councilman Chris Davis was arrested following an incident that happened in January at a home on Oakwood Drive. The councilman faces a misdemeanor count of first-offense domestic abuse battery. The initial report written by the Denham Springs Police Department states that an incident involving Chris Davis happened at the Oakwood Drive home on January 15. However, details of what happened that day were not released by the District Attorney's Office, since the case is still open.

Both Jones and Kistler have been at the center of inquiries before.  Last year, the civil service commission dropped an investigation into the pair because of a malfunction with a tape recorder used to record hearings over allegations they covered up an officer's drug problem.  The months-long investigation was dramatic at times; at one meeting Kistler had an outburst during an officer's testimony.  

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