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GSP investigation finds officer sent explicit texts, violated other policies

Swicord will remain suspended with pay until GSP Deputy Commissioner Lt. Colonel Russell Powell makes a final decision/Georgia State Patrol

MACON, Ga. -- A Georgia State Patrol officer remains suspended after an 8 month internal investigation found that he violated several policies.

In March 2017, Blake Swicord was placed on administrative leave with pay after violating a Department of Public Safety policy in which an FBI raid discovered that he sold guns to a restaurant owner with a criminal history.

Following this, an investigation into Swicord's conduct was organized and it was discovered that the he has violated other policies.

According to the internal report, he exchanged explicit texts and naked pictures with women using his work phone.

Additionally, the report states that he persuaded a Tybee Island police officer to clear a traffic ticket for his girlfriend.

The report's findings state that these actions caused Swicord to be in violation of the DPS utilization of technology policy.

The report also states that he worked security for the Luke Bryan Farm Tour after his request to do so was denied because it violated the Depart of Public Safety's off-duty work policy.

According to the report, Swicord was paid to work security for the tour. He maintains that he was not paid, although the report states that an Oct. 26, 2017 polygraph test that Swicord took indicated he lied regarding compensation.

The findings of the report establish that Swicord violated the DPS conduct policy and outside employment policy in disregarding the commissioner's directive not to work off-duty.

Major Tommy Waldrop with the GSP recommended firing Swicord earlier this week, although he is appealing that recommendation.

Lt. Colonel Russell Powell, Deputy Commissioner of the GSP, released an inter-departmental memo on Thursday, Nov. 30 stating that Swicord will remain suspended with pay until Powell makes a final decision.

View the memo below.


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