Peru officer suspended for 5 days for making false claims

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PERU, Ind. (WISH) – A police officer in Peru has been suspended for five days without pay after making false allegations of criminal activity within the police department.

Officer Fred Lloyd was suspended on Monday, according to 24-Hour News 8’s news partners at the Kokomo Tribune. Interim Police Chief Rick Keller took action after the Peru Board of Works determined Officer Lloyd made the false allegations.

The first accusations of the criminal activity were reported in September after Lloyd was put on the agenda for a request that a letter of reprimand be expunged from his file.

In October he gave over 50 pages of unrelated paper work. Lloyd then failed to show up at another board meeting where he was to give further testimony about the possibility of criminal action.

Peru Mayor Jim Walker said he supported the decision Chief Keller made.

“It’s not an easy decision, but when a member of the police department makes statements that there is criminal activity going on in their department, and there’s no basis for it, we feel that’s something that needs to be addressed,” he told the Kokomo Tribune.

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