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Greenwood police officer fired

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A Greenwood police officer was fired Friday after dozens of reprimands, primarily for not completing police reports, arriving late to work and not investigating possible crimes.

The city police merit commission chose to end officer Paula Redd's 14-year career with the police department based on the request of Chief John Laut and the recommendations of officers who worked with or supervised her.

The decision came at 2 a.m. Friday after the merit commission conducted a nine-hour meeting where officers testified and attorneys for both sides presented their case.

Redd was suspended, verbally reprimanded or reprimanded in writing 44 times since she training as a new police officer at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2000.

She didn't respond to police reports filed online, including a resident's concern that a protective order was being violated, which could have been dangerous, Laut said. He also said Redd lied to him about completing reports and burdened other officers who had to work shifts with her when she repeatedly showed up late to work

She also talked over and over about personal problems, which hampered other officers' work, he said.

Sgt. Jeffrey McCorkle, Redd's supervisor for nearly seven years, said he's only suspended an officer one time in almost 20 years working for the police department, and that officer was Redd.

City attorney Krista Taggart asked McCorkle how many times he's tried to coach Redd about arriving at work on time.

"Too many times to list," he said. "I additionally placed my own career in jeopardy to try to protect her."

He has talked with her, yelled at her and tried to have her peers pressure her into being a better employee by showing up for work on time and completing police reports on time, he said.

"I could not make her do it," McCorkle said.

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