PITT COUNTY - Greenville Police have released a dismissal letter that explained why they fired one of their officers, who is the subject of an SBI investigation.
According to Chief Hassan Aden, Rose Edmonds was officially fired last on Monday, Feb. 18, because she allegedly falsified a departmental record. The 49-year-old is also accused of lying and gross negligence, but police did not explain exactly what she allegedly did.
Edmonds has not been charged, but the State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case.
According to the dismissal letter, Edmonds did not file an appeal or grievance. The 20-year veteran of the Greenville Police Department turned her badge in on Feb. 14th. She had been a narcotics detective for the past 12 years.
A Greenville police officer, being investigated by the S.B.I., has turned in her badge.
At a news conference Friday afternoon, officers said Rose Edmonds, 49, was terminated from the Greenville Police Department due to "policy violations and potential criminal activity." Her firing won't be official though until Monday.
On Thursday, the narcotics detective was put on a three-day suspension without pay pending dismissal, police said. She turned her badge in on the same day.
Former District Attorney Clark Everett and Police Chief Hassan Aden requested the investigation of Edmonds. That request came in December of 2012, investigators said. Aden said the department first conducted an internal investigation.
"My administration understands that officers will make mistakes...But this situation that we're dealing with is different. It involves a willful act that betrays the public's trust," Aden said.
Chief Aden said it was difficult for his department to hear the news. He discussed the issue to more than 200 officers in the department on Thursday.
"You could see it in their faces. A lot of disappointment in the actions of the one employee and a lot of shaken heads. But I can tell you we're going to come out and this is a signal to how acceptable we are to the community," Aden said.
Aden said he will do whatever is necessary to maintain the public's trust.
"I will be very aggressive as things are discovered and handling those both administratively and legally. Swiftly and efficiently," Aden said.
Chief Aden confirmed Edmonds was a narcotics detective for the last twelve years. She had been with Greenville Police Department since 1993.
Edmonds has not been criminally charged at this time.
NewsChannel 12 is working to get the facts right on what prompted the investigation.