Kingsland Officer resigns after alcohol found in system following on-duty crash

KINGSLAND, Ga. — A Kingsland Police Department officer involved in a single-vehicle crash while on duty and driving his department-issued vehicle was found to be under the influence of alcohol Wednesday, leading to his immediate resignation.

As per KPD policy, a breath test and urinalysis/drug screen were conducted on the officer involved in the crash, which revealed that he had consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel. The officer was relieved of his duty immediately and later submitted his resignation instead of facing termination.

In his resignation letter, the officer expressed remorse and accepted responsibility for his actions. He also apologized to the citizens of Kingsland and his fellow officers for his behavior.

Following the incident, Chief Evans of the KPD released a statement emphasizing the importance of accountability and transparency in law enforcement. He stated that the department is committed to serving the citizens of Kingsland in the safest and most efficient manner possible.

Chief Evans further stated that the department would continue to investigate the matter and ensure that all necessary steps are taken to maintain the trust of the community. He urged the public to report any instances of misconduct by police officers to the KPD, assuring that such reports would be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.

Law enforcement officers are expected to maintain a higher level of professionalism and accountability and must accept the increased expectations that come with the responsibility of their badge.

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William Clayton

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