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State Patrol investigation results in 7 being disciplined | Rural Radio Network

State Patrol investigation results in 7 being disciplined

State Patrol investigation results in 7 being disciplined

Three Nebraska State Patrol Troopers are no longer with the agency and two have been demoted after a several month long internal investigation.

Colonel John Bolduc released the results of the investigation Wednesday, after nearly 1,300 investigative hours.

The investigation began when Governor Pete Ricketts’ fired former Colonel Brad Rice on June 30th. At the time, Ricketts said that six other employees were placed on paid administrative leave.  However, Bolduc said that a seventh employee was identified in the investigation.

While the employees were not formally identified, most of the employees are from Troop E, which covers the panhandle.

As a result of the investigation, one Trooper was fired, one resigned effective Tuesday, and a Lieutenant Colonel retired, effective Wednesday.

In addition, a Major was demoted to Captain, and a Captain was demoted to Lieutenant.

An additional Trooper and a Seargent were disciplined internally, but will remain in their current positions.

Buldac said the investigation revolves around two incidents in 2016, one involving a Tactical Vehicle Intervention and one involving excessive use of force. The two incidents occurred in rural areas of Sioux and Sheridan counties.

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