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Two Odessa Police Officers Terminated; One Resigns

Odessa , TX (Big 2 News) - "Whenever an officer goes astray and acts in a manner that's unacceptable, of course it draws great attention in headlines," said Odessa Chief of Police Tim Burton.
Odessa , TX (Big 2 News) - "Whenever an officer goes astray and acts in a manner that's unacceptable, of course it draws great attention in headlines," said Odessa Chief of Police Tim Burton.

According to Chief Burton, two police officers were terminated earlier this week after investigations revealed they violated Odessa Police Department policy.

Chief Burton says Cpl. Brian Sirmon was terminated because he was untruthful about an improper relationship he had with a woman he arrested in January.

"When people deviate from those standards in ways that are unacceptable for professional police officers, we act."

According to investigation documents, Sirmon lied about his relationship with the woman, claiming he was gathering information on a suspected drug dealer.

Police documents also revealed Sgt. Wesley Huse used a city owned phone to communicate with a woman he began a relationship with between December of 2013 and January of this year.

Records show Huse met with the woman while on duty, which took him away from his duties of being a supervisor.

"Maintaining professional discipline and maintaining the ethical standards of a professional organization are absolutely paramount," Chief Burton said.

According to Chief Burton, Officer Ricardo Rodriguez resigned on April 23rd.

Chief Burton says Rodriguez was under investigations for a number of separate violations.

Including public intoxication in Rowlett and an altercation at a local Ihop back in January.

It all adds to the staffing shortage the department is facing.

"Sure, we are facing staffing problems, but we're fully capable of living up to our obligations and our duties," Chief Burton said.

Burton adds it's unfair how the actions of these now former police offers reflect on the department as a whole.

"The vast majority of this organization is made up of many men and woman working very hard everyday. And men and women who do the right thing thousands and thousands of times," Chief Burton said.

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