JPD Officer at Center of Rape Investigation
JACKSON, Tenn. – Jackson Police Chief Gill Kendrick confirms he has suspended one of his officers due to an allegation of rape. The officer’s name is not being released because he has not been formally charged. Chief Gill Kendrick sat down with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News exclusively to talk about the allegation made against his patrol man. According to Chief Kendrick, the complaint was made on April 4 by a 39-year-old female acquaintance of the officer. “As soon as we were made aware of it the officer was placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation,” Kendrick said. The officer has been with the department for less than two years and is still in his probationary period, according to Chief Kendrick. The officer was not on-duty when the alleged incident occurred. “We very much want to reassure the community that they can put their trust and so forth into us,” Kendrick said. “We will give them that level of integrity they expect.” Chief Kendrick said once their internal investigation is complete, they do plan on seeking charges in the case. If the district attorney finds there is enough evidence to go forward, Kendrick said the accused officer would face a felony charge. Officers with the Major Crimes and Special Investigations Divisions of the department are investigating the rape allegations.