A recent investigation by the Ohio Inspector General’s office has revealed 18 Ohio Division of Wildlife field officers might have been deer hunting while on the clock.
An article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer says the state began investigating reports of officers hunting when they should be working in 2012 after discovering photos of two officers, still dressed in uniform, posing with deer after a successful hunt. Both men submitted time sheets claiming they were working at the time the hunts took place.
“The officers named in the investigation will be given administrative duties, restricted to ODOW district offices and won’t have a law enforcement capacity,” said Bethany McCorkle, spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. “We will conduct an internal investigation. This type of behavior will not be tolerated, but we also want to be sure the officers receive due process.”