SLED Investigating Columbia Police Department
The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating the City of Columbia, S.C. police department (CPD), multiple sources familiar with the probe tell FITS.
Details at this point are hazy, but we’re told the investigation centers around an as-yet-undetermined amount of “missing money” at a foundation established to support the scandal-plagued Capitol City law enforcement agency.
In possibly related news, a captain with the police department has recently been placed on administrative leave – although FITS has been unable to independently verify his name or confirm whether this suspension is related to the SLED probe.
Calls to the CPD regarding the suspended individual were referred to City Hall.
News of the SLED probe comes two months after former CPD Chief Randy Scott resigned under questionable circumstances. Of course Scott has friends in local law enforcement circles, and quickly landed on his feet.
Ruben Santiago was named interim chief in late April after Scott’s resignation.
UPDATE: FITS has confirmed the name of the suspended officer as Captain David Navarro. And while we’re still chasing down the details, we’re told his suspension is related to the SLED probe.