(Updated at 12 a.m, Friday, Dec. 17.) The two school resource officers at Alexandria City High School have been removed from their posts and placed on administrative leave after a “serious complaint,” according to the Alexandria Police Department.
“APD takes complaints regarding misconduct seriously and is working diligently to investigate this situation,” the department told ALXnow.
The police and Alexandria City Public Schools have not yet responded to questions regarding the SROs. What is not known is whether the officers will be replaced, who lodged the complaint against the officers and what the complaint alleges.
The Washington Post spoke with sources familiar with the case, who said the matter began after a former student alleged “sexually inappropriate conversations” while she attended ACHS.
“The officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. In order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, the City will not comment further on this matter,” the police said.
ACPS said it was cooperating with the police department, and would not comment further.
“The Alexandria Police Department is conducting the investigation, in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, Alexandria City Public Schools will not comment further on this matter,” ACPS Chief of School and Community Relations Julia Burgos told ALXnow.
SROs in Alexandria have been a controversial subject, as they were defunded by City Council earlier this year, and then brought back in October after outcry from the school system.
Alexandria City Police have removed both SROs at Alexandria City High School and placed them on leave for “a serious complaint … of misconduct” though the department will not say what the complaint alleges. @nbcwashington
— Drew Wilder (@DrewWilderTV) December 16, 2021
Notification:: The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a serious complaint involving our School Resource Officers assigned to Alexandria City High School.
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) December 16, 2021
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