But an internal investigation shows other activities on duty were not so outstanding. Bird was found to have engaged in sexual misconduct with a former female sheriff's deputy while on duty once nearly two years ago. He was suspended for three days. A waiver of liability for a police ride-along lists 38-year-old LeaAnn Ruiz as his passenger.
Fellow officer Steven Hutchinson is also accused of sexual misconduct with her.
It occurred once and also while he was on duty. Hutchinson was also found to have committed sex acts with a Fort Smith police dispatcher. He was on duty; she was not.
One incident allegedly occurred in a patrol car behind a closed business during daylight hours. Because of numerous violations, Hutchinson received a 12 day suspension.
Chief Lindsey defended the decision not to fire the officers.
"Part of this chain of command review involves a review of what the punishment should be," he said. "In the big picture of things these are definitely moral violations. They're definitely not condoned by the department."
Lindsey says the department has a substantial investment in these officers.
"In my opinion as chief you have to look at employees and see if their salvageable."
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