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Friday, September 28, 2012 8:38 AM

KBI investigates Franklin County Sheriff's Office

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Staff Writer

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff’s public information officer has confirmed.

“KBI agents came to our office Thursday, and they have initiated an investigation of the sheriff’s office,” Jerrod Fredricks, sheriff’s office master deputy, said. “The sheriff’s office is cooperating fully with the KBI’s investigation.”

Fredricks said the sheriff’s office is confident no officer has done anything inappropriate and that the office will be cleared of any wrongdoing.

“We believe the timing of this investigation is politically motivated — not on the part of the KBI but by the people who made the complaint,” Fredricks said, with the general election looming a few weeks away on Nov. 6. “We think the investigation will show that the accusations are frivolous.”

Sheriff Jeff Curry is running unopposed in the general election. Curry was out of town participating in drills with the U.S. Marine Reserves and could not be reached for comment.

Fredricks said he could not divulge the nature of the investigation because it is ongoing.

But he did offer the analogy that “if a person brought a complaint against an officer in our department, we would be obligated to investigate that complaint, no matter how frivolous it might seem,” Fredricks said. “That’s standard operating procedure.”

No one in the department has been suspended, pending the outcome of the investigation, Fredricks said.

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