BERTHOUD - In a vague statement on the town's website, officials announced police officers have been placed on paid leave amid a criminal investigation.
Just what that investigation is about and who has been placed on leave isn't exactly clear as town officials decline to give 9NEWS information or comment.
9Wants to Know has confirmed Chief of Police Glenn Johnson and at least one other officer have been suspended.
"In the last several days the town of Berthoud has received numerous inquiries regarding allegations made against several of its police officers," the statement said. "The Town has not substantiated any of the allegations, and the police officers of the town, like other citizens, are presumed innocent until proven otherwise."
9Wants to Know received repeated "no comments" from town officials. Late Monday evening, Town Administrator Michael Hart referred 9NEWS to another statement on the town's website. In it, the statement said, "Police services and protection will not be impacted, and the Town can expect no change in the time or quality of the services received."
A town meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night. Town leaders say the investigation will be discussed during an executive committee meeting. Typically in executive meetings, the public and media aren't allowed to attend.
The Larimer County Sheriff's Department confirms it's conducting an internal-affairs investigation at the request of the Town of Berthoud, and one of Larimer County's sergeants is acting as Berthoud's interim Chief of Police. Larimer County has a mutual-aid agreement with the Town of Berthoud, so they will assist if need be.
The City of Loveland is running their own criminal investigation, according to John Schulz with Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
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