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DENHAM SPRINGS - Chief Scott Jones denied allegations made to a civil service commission surrounding how his department operates.

Thursday, the Denham Springs Civil Service Commission began an investigation into the Denham Springs Police Department. A former officer accused the force of abuse of power and favoritism.

Friday, the chief acknowledged a preliminary investigation into a sergeant who is on leave. But, he said other issues are unfounded.

"I really don't know specifically, time, dates, et cetera," said the police chief concerning the former employees accusation. "I really don't know what he's talking about."

The chief defended his reputation and said he welcomes the investigation. Fired officer Jared Kreamer alleges that Chief Jones ignored reports that another officer was working while under the influence of narcotics.

The chief said he does not recall Kreamer making coming forward with the initial allegation, despite Kraemer saying in a previous interview with WBRZ News 2 that he had talked to the chief about the situation.

"If there's a citizen that wants to file a complaint, that's fine for me. I'm not worried about it," Chief Jones said. "[If] we find no evidence to substantiate the complaint, it doesn't go any further."

The civil service commission will begin interviewing witnesses related to its investigation next week and the investigation can last no longer than 60 days.


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