Fri February 1, 2013
Providence Police fire a 15-year veteran
The Providence Police Department has fired an officer who admitted having sex with the victim
of a domestic violence dispute. The city is moving to strip him of his pension.
On May 8, 2012 Providence police officer Khatchig Kazandjian had sexual relations with a woman who had been involved in a fight with her boyfriend. The woman reported it as a sexual assault the following day and Kazandjian was placed on paid administrative leave.
Although a grand jury declined to indict, a hearing committee of the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights upheld the city’s decision to fire him.
Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare called the officer’s conduct “outrageous and despicable,” adding "It brings no pleasure or joy to have to separate and terminate a police officer. But the behavior of that officer on that day will not be tolerated by this department."
Pare says "you don’t deserve wearing a badge when you treat people that are either victims or suspects in a manner in which this officer did."
Until last May, Providence police officer Kazandjian had never in a 15 year career had a complaint lodged against him. He has earned a pension but city officials say they will try to deny it to him on the basis of the honorable service clause of the city’s pension code.
Police say the officer was needed on other calls while he was assaulting the woman.
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