Hartford Police Dept. Investigates Officer, Detective

By Ari Mason and Amy Parmenter
|  Thursday, Jan 23, 2014  |  Updated 7:27 PM EDT
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A detective, the subject of a fraud investigation, is on paid administrative leave and an officer who has been previously suspended is now on desk duty and at risk of losing his job pending an internal investigation.

Nader Abu-Rabei

A detective, the subject of a fraud investigation, is on paid administrative leave and an officer who has been previously suspended is now on desk duty and at risk of losing his job pending an internal investigation.

A Hartford police detective, the subject of a fraud investigation, is on paid administrative leave and an officer who has been previously suspended is now on desk duty and at risk of losing his job pending an internal investigation.

According to police sources, Hartford Police Det. Tishay Johnson has been placed on paid administrative leave and is the subject of a criminal fraud investigation.

Johnson is responsible for overseeing gun permit approvals in Hartford, which typically require several payments. An internal audit is working to determine where that money ended up.

“The matter with the pistol permits was an audit that we conducted on ourselves,” said Hartford police spokesman Lt. Brian Foley. “Unfortunately, there was a discrepancy in some of the funds.”

In keeping with the investigation, Johnson is no longer allowed in the police administrative building. He has not been charged criminally at this point.

Officer William Smith is also under investigation after a dead body was overlooked on Linnmoore Street in August, according to police sources. Smith has an extensive personnel file and has been previously suspended.

“He’s been put on desk duty within the department,” Foley said. “There’s an administrative process going on, and we should know more within the next few weeks.”

The Hartford Police Union did not return a request for comment on Thursday.

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