By Rafael A. Olmeda, Sun Sentinel
6:13 p.m. EDT, April 30, 2010
Three Fort Lauderdale police employees were reassigned as the department investigates allegations that they allowed a dog to lick from a peanut butter jar and put the jar back where colleagues could later use it, a police spokesman said Friday.
"There could be possible criminal charges as well as privacy violations," said Police Sgt. Frank Sousa, addressing allegations first made public in the South Florida Times.
The three are police aide Stacy Jenkins, Sgt. Kim Logan-Hancock and Detective Kerrie Hagerty. All three have been reassigned and are not allowed in their previous work areas without an escort, Sousa said.
Police first became aware of the allegations through an audio recording supplied by Detective Colin Cowderoy, a member of the department's Criminal Investigations Division.
Sousa would not discuss details of that recording but confirmed that police are looking into the episode involving the dog, as well as allegations that other recordings were made without the knowledge or permission of those being recorded.
The officers and other personnel who could have eaten the peanut butter or been recorded were notified and gave sworn statements in February, with the exception of the three being investigated, Sousa said.
Reached by phone Friday, Cowderoy declined to comment. Messages were left by voice mail for Logan-Hancock and Hagerty. Contact information for Jenkins could not be found,
According to Sun Sentinel archives, Hagerty was commended at least twice by the department, receiving a lifesaving award in 2007 for helping prevent a suicide and an officer of the month award in March 2006 for chasing a man waving a rifle from his car window. The suspect was arrested and charged with the murders of three people.
Staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report.
Rafael Olmeda may be reached at rolmeda@SunSentinel.com or 954-356-4694.
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