Despite the disciplinary letter that said a Baton Rouge police officer's 80-day suspension would start in January after an internal investigation found her logging hours for pay when GPS data instead showed her at her home, a police spokesman said that officer's suspension has been delayed.
Officer Jaime Strahan, who was also demoted from the rank of sergeant to officer after the investigation, is still on the job at the department as of Thursday and has not yet begun to serve her suspension, said spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely.
Her suspension was supposed to begin Jan. 6, as dictated in a letter sent to the officer Dec. 20 by Jonny Dunnam, former interim police chief.
Two Baton Rouge police officers have been demoted and are serving suspensions after an internal investigation found they logged hours for pay …
However, McKneely said Strahan will serve her suspension beginning in March after she completes a yearly training program that was scheduled during the same time period she was to serve her 80-day suspension.
Officer Patrick Martinez Jr., who was was disciplined for similar payroll fraud findings as Strahan, is currently serving his suspension. He was suspended for 90 days and demoted from the rank of sergeant also to an officer, for spending many hours of an August work-week at home, instead of patrolling.
During two weeks in late August, Martinez and Strahan were paid for full 40-hour work weeks, when they were supposed to be serving as uniform patrol officers on the day shift for the department's District 4, the Scotlandville area of the city, their disciplinary letters say.
However, GPS coordinates on their police vehicles showed that during large portions of those work days, their vehicles were at their separate residences — one in Walker and one in Prairieville — which are not in the district and are "miles away in another parish," the letters say.
The investigation determined that Strahan only worked 46.5 hours of the 80 hours for which she was paid over two weeks in late August, her disciplinary letter says.
The investigation into Martinez found he was only at work 11 of the 30 hours he logged for pay on Aug. 23, 24 and 25, his letter says.