YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Youngstown Police Department traffic investigator and detective has been suspended for four days without pay for violating department rules regarding time card procedures and the taking of prescription medication.
A disciplinary hearing was held Feb. 19 for Det. Sgt. Patricia Garcar. A letter was sent sent to her Feb. 26 outlining the violations and informing her of the suspension, which began Monday and ends Thursday. In his disciplinary letter, Youngstown Police Chief Robin Lees said the four-day suspension takes into consideration three previous incidents in which Garcar failed to follow the department’s rules and regulations.
According to the internal affairs report:
- On Oct. 21, 2011, Garcar was given a verbal reprimand and was deducted 15 minutes of accumulated time for being late for work
- On May 4, 2012, she was given a verbal reprimand for not being available while serving in “on call” status.
- On Jan. 30, 2013, Garcar was given a verbal reprimand for failing to complete her assigned annual inventory on time.
In the latest incident, Garcar did not accurately fill out her accumulated time sheets on two separate occasions, Dec. 21 and Jan. 4. The internal affairs report also states Garcar failed to report in writing to her supervisor that she was prescribed a narcotic medication after having surgery.
To see a copy of the internal affairs report, click here.