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Sheriff Knezovich: 'No Sex On Duty'

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Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich sent a memo to all Sheriff's Office personnel saying that sex on duty would not be tolerated. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich sent a memo to all Sheriff's Office personnel saying that sex on duty would not be tolerated.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich sent a memo this week to his entire staff. The memo was written to remind everyone that having sex while on duty, falsifying official documents, and intentionally providing false information in reports, interviews, and investigations will not be tolerated.

The Sheriff indicates that does he not like to send out memos like this one, but was advised by his legal team that it may be a good idea in light of a situation that happened earlier this year. In that incident, a Sheriff's office employee was found to have had sex on duty and intentionally falsify official records. The Sheriff fired that person, but he got his job back due to an arbitrator's decision.

The Sheriff's legal team advised he send out this email so that the arbitrator's decision would not be seen as precedent setting. Part of the Sheriff's memo reads "Contrary to the arbitrator's view and the view of some in our agency that sex on duty is a minor rule violation, sex on duty is a breach of not only the public trust but also it is a breach of our code of ethics, core values, officer safety, etc."

He goes on to write "I know and understand the vast majority of you [his staff] do not think this type of conduct should be tolerated at our agency. The majority of us entered our profession because we believed we were fulfilling an important role in our society, the protection of our citizens. We are looked up to and known as the County's finest because we hold ourselves to and acknowledge that we are to be held to higher standards. Most of us believe this, and it is for those who wish to wear their badges with honor that I am stating what for most is obvious, sex on duty and providing false information commonly known as lying will not be tolerated."

You can read the entirety of Sheriff Knezovich's memo below. And we want to know if you think this is this overly cautious or a good call on the Sheriff's part? Be sure to weigh in on our Facebook page by clicking HERE: https://www.facebook.com/KHQLocalNews
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