Springfield police officer faces disciplinary action after reporting weapon missing
The Republican reports:
A Springfield police officer, who reported that his service firearm had gone missing from a Hartford apartment last month during his off-duty hours, was subject to a four-hour disciplinary hearing Wednesday at department headquarters.
Sgt. John M. Delaney identified the officer in question as Kevin Merchant and said a decision regarding potential discipline for him has yet to be made.
Delaney said a written report on the results of the hearing will be forwarded to Commissioner William J. Fitchet, who will then make a decision on potential discipline.
Delaney, aide to Commissioner William J. Fitchet, said the process could take 7 to 10 days. Until then, Merchant will remain on normal duty status with the department.