SALT LAKE CITY — Two days after the unexpected resignation of Roosevelt's police chief, the department has announced that two officers have been placed on administrative leave.
On Monday, the Roosevelt Police Department announced in a statement that Chief Rick Harrison had "voluntarily resigned from his position over the weekend." Harrison had been chief since 2005.
"RPD and the Roosevelt city administration wish to publicly express their thanks to Chief Harrison for his years of service and sacrifice in behalf of our community," the department stated.
Roosevelt Police Lt. Allan Tucker was named acting police chief as the search for a full-time replacement got underway.
On Wednesday, the department announced that early last week, city administrators "became aware of allegations against some members of the Roosevelt Police Department. Immediate steps were taken, and two officers have been placed on administrative leave."
Details about the allegations have not been released. The city has requested that an investigation be conducted by an independent third party.
According to UBMedia.biz, which covers news in the Uinta Basin, a Uintah County sheriff's deputy reported to his supervisor what he felt was concerning conduct from a Roosevelt police officer in early September. Uintah County's sheriff turned that information over to Peace Officer Standards and Training, the agency that certifies all law enforcers in Utah and investigates officer misconduct.
In 1993, when Harrison was the sheriff of Duchesne County, his state certification was revoked after he lied to an arms dealer and used the sheriff's office to purchase three submachine guns for a friend. He said he was unaware it was illegal for a private citizen to own the weapons.
Four years later, however, he became the first officer in Utah history to have his certification reinstated after being revoked when Peace Officer Standards and Training members determined his offense was not as egregious as previously believed.