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5/1/06-Jacksonville

Jacksonville Police Officer Suspended

A 2 year veteran of the Jacksonville Police Department has been suspended. Ray Bouman was removed from duty last week following a complaint.

The Jacksonville Police Department normally has 27 officers. "We are about 5 officers short right now," says Lieutenant John Page, Jacksonville Police Department.

Patrol Officer Ray Bouman was suspended after officials received a complaint from an outside source.

"He was placed on paid suspension it's not necessarily a reflection on him but that's just our policy that when we get certain types of allegation," says Lieutenant Page.

He says the suspension of Officer Bouman has nothing to do with a recent investigation of the department.

"It's just kinda an unfortunate situation that all of this has hit us at the same time, as far as how many people have left and it's just something we are going to have to work through the best we can," says Lieutenant Page.

The management of the police department has been under investigation for about a month. It began just days after Police Chief Mark Johnson was placed on paid suspension. Monday, City Manager Mo Raissi got the results of that investigation.

"I haven't even looked at it yet it just came in through the email," says Raissi.

After he and the city council review the report they will make a decision on whether or not to reinstate Chief Johnson.

Two other the Jacksonville patrol officers left a few weeks ago to pursue jobs at another police department.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

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