Goshen Police Chief, Mayor discuss police officer arrested for OWI
GOSHEN, Ind.—Goshen Chief of Police, Jose Miller and Mayor Jeremy Stutsman read prepared statements and answered questions regarding the suspension of Officer Brody Brown following a Board of Works and Public Safety meeting on Friday.
The Police Chief said that Brown, who was arrested on December 14 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, will remain on unpaid leave pending the results of the investigation.
Miller asked the public to continue to “believe in the Goshen Police Department and to believe in the men and women who serve your community and to not hold all accountable for the actions of a few.”
According to the Police Chief, following the criminal investigation, an internal investigation will occur to review any rules and policies that were broken.
“I believe the support of the community has been good through this process and that the officers out there every day feel that support,” Miller said.
“I truly believe Officer Brown is a good person and this was a bad judgement call,” Mayor Stutsman said. “The choice to drink and drive is a mistake this is not a common occurrence with him.”
The Board of Works and Public Safety meeting agenda showed a request for unpaid leave for Brown.
Neither the Mayor nor the Police Chief could comment on the investigation. It is not known how long the investigation, conducted by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, will take.