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Aurora police officer fired for having alcohol in his system while on duty

Javen Harper was fired Tuesday afternoon following an internal affairs investigation into the October 2019 incident.

AURORA, Colo. — An officer with the Aurora Police Department (APD) has been fired after he showed up to work while under the influence of alcohol, according to a release from the department. 

Javen Harper was fired on Tuesday afternoon following an internal affairs investigation which found that he violated three department policies, the release says. 

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The incident happened on Oct.17, 2019, according to the investigation report. 

The day before, Harper had been assigned to teach a class for other officers, but the report says he called a supervisor early that morning and said he needed the day off. 

When he reported to work the next day, the report says a supervisor smelled alcohol on his breath. He was given a breathalyzer, per department policy. The report says that test showed an initial blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .059. 

Harper then had a blood draw a few hours later, which showed a BAC of .035. 

The report says he violated the following department policies:

  • 14.2.1 Conduct unbecoming 
  • 14.2.15 Unsatisfactory performance 
  • 14.5.4 Alcohol impairment

Harper had been with the department since 2002 and was assigned to the traffic section, according to the APD release. During the time of this incident, APD said he was on restricted duty and not armed. It's not clear why he was on restricted duty at the time.

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