Terre Haute police officer under investigation

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Aug 2 An investigation is underway after the Terre Haute Police Department received a complaint about criminal behavior by an off-duty police officer.

The department received the complaint Saturday, chief Shawn Keen said in an email.

“In accordance with policies and practices related to a criminal charge, the officer was placed with immediate relief from duty pending the outcome of an investigation. While on duty with immediate relief, an officer may not take any police action and his badge, firearm, equipment and computer and access to the building have been removed,” Keen said.

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As per its policy, the department also contacted the Vigo County prosecutor’s office to request an investigation by an outside agency, Keen said.

“After consultation with the prosecutor’s office, I should refer any further questions about the investigation to their office,” he said.

Indiana State Police are conducting the investigation, said Sgt. Matt Ames, public information officer at ISP’s Putnamville post. “We have been requested by the Vigo County Attorney’s Office to investigate a complaint about Trevor Singer,” he said.

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Singer is a Terre Haute police officer. Tribune-Star records show that he was sworn in to the city police in October 2020.

Keen stated that if a criminal charge results in an indictment, the police commission will determine whether the department member should be suspended pending the resolution of the criminal case and whether such suspension should be with or without payment.

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A separate internal investigation may also be conducted if it is determined that the behavior may also violate departmental guidelines, Keen said.

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