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Lawrence police officers involved in ticket scandal this year keep state licenses

December 28, 2012

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The state agency that licenses law enforcement officers will not be taking disciplinary action against two former Lawrence police officers, Michael Monroe (top) and Matt Sarna, who were involved in a ticket-fixing scandal.

The state agency that licenses law enforcement officers will not be taking disciplinary action against two former Lawrence police officers, Michael Monroe (top) and Matt Sarna, who were involved in a ticket-fixing scandal.

The state agency that licenses law enforcement officers will not be taking disciplinary action against two former Lawrence police officers involved in a ticket-fixing scandal.

Earlier this year, the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training, or KSCPOST, received “notice of termination” forms from the Lawrence Police Department for former Sgts. Mike Monroe and Matt Sarna.

Such forms, required when an officer in the state leaves a department, prompted the commission to investigate the cases. The investigation could have led to license revocation, barring Monroe and Sarna from working in Kansas law enforcement.

But after an investigation, no action was taken and the case was closed, according to a spokesman for KSCPOST. The agency, however, does not comment further in such cases.

The KSCPOST termination forms, obtained through a Journal-World open records request, state that Monroe was “terminated” on March 22, while Sarna left the department on Feb. 24 after an “involuntary negotiated resignation,” which means the officer “was offered the opportunity to resign to avoid potential disciplinary or adverse employment of legal action.”

The Journal-World was unable to reach Monroe or Sarna for comment.

Monroe had previously declined comment about the KSCPOST investigation and said he was still going through the city’s grievance procedure related to his firing. City of Lawrence manager David Corliss said there were no updates to release about Monroe's grievance case.

Comments

KiferGhost 1 year, 11 months ago

Another reminder while the KUAC is trying ot screw the city with back room dealings that indeed, college sports do corrupt. Too much money in it not to expect the worse.

FlintlockRifle 1 year, 11 months ago

Why not bar them for working in another city doing LAW WORK ?? They a crooks , good people to be around but still crooks.

stevemarkcraig 1 year, 11 months ago

then tell us the story since you know tell us how tickets got into the officers hands and then tell us how they fixed the tickets given to them by officers for infractions inside the city

greenworld 1 year, 11 months ago

They definately made poor decisions but are definately not bad people. They were 2 of the best Lawrence cops around. One bad decision cost them. It was a sucker punch no more than that.

stevemarkcraig 1 year, 11 months ago

if they were the best cops in Lawrence then they would still be cops in Lawrence instead they went into ticket sales it probley don;t pay as good but that was there idea to sell tickets

pancho 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow if they are the best that do not say much for the others, or for the dept in general.

lawrenceborn7 1 year, 11 months ago

Do you guys honestly believe that this was the only thing going on behind closed doors? We are naive to believe that this scandal is the only thing that has gone on in the department. It just so happens this was the one that got busted.

usesomesense 1 year, 11 months ago

It's really pretty simple - most people would ask. The answer should be pretty simple - 'The Lawrence Police Department doesn't allow officers to forgive tickets once the ticket has been submitted.' and the Lawrence Police Department 'Gratuity Policy' should read 'No officer or employee of the Lawrence Police department shall accept a gratuity ever under any circumstance. Acceptance of any outside gratuity or compensation is grounds for immediate termination.' There's really not that fine of a line - it's bribery even if the officer doesn't consider it that.

stevemarkcraig 1 year, 11 months ago

that is very true why mess up a 60,000 year job over tickets when you have a family to take care of

Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 11 months ago

They let Lew Perkins get away with it....why not these guys. Whoever did the investigation on this screwed the pooch.

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