SPD communications officer arrested, placed on leave

SPD communications officer arrested, placed on leave

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport Police Communications officer has been placed on departmental leave following his arrest Wednesday evening, according to a statement released by the department early Thursday afternoon.

Police say they were called to a home on Buncombe Rd. around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in response to a report of "domestic trouble."

When they arrived, they were told by 23-year-old Fredrick Freeman's girlfriend that he had assaulted her. Freeman was detained, and after an investigation conducted by detectives with the department's Domestic Violence Unit, he was arrested and charged with one count of domestic abuse battery with child endangerment.

According to the SPD statement on Freeman's arrest:

Freeman, who was hired as a police communications officer with the Shreveport Police Department back in October of 2015, was immediately placed on departmental leave by Interim Chief of Police Alan Crump. The rules and regulations of the Shreveport Fire and Police Municipal Civil Service Board mandate that, "When an employee is charged with a felony he shall, and if a misdemeanor he may, be immediately relieved of duty and placed on "departmental leave" for up to one week at full pay and with continuing seniority."

The position of Police Communications Officers at SPD is described as follows:

Employees in positions of this class perform entrance-level work in operating communications equipment, keeping records, and other duties in the communications center of the police department. They answer Public Safety, Emergency, and 911 telephones in the Communications Center, dispatch police units and keep simple records of these activities following department procedures. Duties of this class require the ability to act independently following standard operating procedures. Communications Officers report to and have work reviewed by the supervisor assigned to the communications center.

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