Four St. Louis city police officers are under criminal investigation after they were allegedly found submitting overtime hours for time they were spending at home, a police source said.
The four officers were assigned to South Patrol, which includes Districts 1 and 2, and are on forced suspension without pay. Three of the suspended officers, according to a police source, are Daniel O’Brien, Michael Langsdorf and Brian Jost – who are all white. The source did not know the other officer’s name.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department did not immediately confirm these names.
The department did say in a statement on Tuesday, March 28, “Internal Affairs Division is conducting both internal and criminal investigations into false reporting of duty hours by four St. Louis police officers. After a month-long investigation, the department discovered inconsistencies in overtime submissions by the officers. In addition to these inconsistencies, one officer was also found in violation of the residency rule, as he lived outside the City of St. Louis.”
Police Chief Sam Dotson said in the statement that the officers’ actions betrayed the community’s trust.
“It is disheartening when those sworn to protect and uphold the law are accused of stealing from taxpayers,” Dotson stated. “We hold our officers to a high standard, and the actions of a few should not tarnish the hard work and dedication of the men and women who serve without fail.”
The Internal Affairs Division is expected to finish its investigation in the next few days, according to the department. Dotson told The American that Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner has been briefed on the case.