Detective disciplined while on-duty activities investigated
Feb 27, 2013 04:52 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A Metro police detective has been decommissioned pending an investigation by the Office of Professional Accountability.
Detective Jacob Pilarski was decommissioned on February 7.
Police spokesperson, Don Aaron said, "The Office of Professional Accountability is looking into whether Pilarski was devoting his entire work time to duty."
Aaron also said a Metro parks police officer responding to a tip, saw Pilarski on the morning of February 19, in Shelby Park with a woman seated in his police vehicle.
The police department has received information that Pilarski and the woman, who works for the Davidson County District Attorney's Office had been seen in the park previously.
Nashville's News 2 talked to one of the maintenance workers at Shelby Park who said he began noticing suspicious activity involving an unmarked police car last August.
The parks employee said he noticed the unmarked vehicle parking in the same spot, and another car pulling in to the same area shortly thereafter.
According to the employee, a woman would get out of her car and join the officer in his vehicle.
The parks employee also told Nashville's News 2, after seeing this happen several times, he called police because he became suspicious.
Aaron told Nashville's News 2, "Part of the investigation will focus on the relationship between the two, and will work to determine what, if anything, was happening while Pilarski was on duty."
Pilarski has been with the police department since May 16, 2001.
Pilarski was honored by Metro police in April 2005 for "Bravery and Outstanding Acts," after he was shot in the line of duty chasing a suspect.
On Wednesday afternoon, the D.A.'s office released the following statement, "We are aware that a non-attorney member of our staff has met on a number of occasions with a Metro police officer in an area of Shelby Park."
The statement continued, "We have been reviewing these allegations, and so far understand that any meetings took place outside of the scope of this employee's work hours, during lunch hours, or during days off, and did not interfere with her work responsibilities. We continue to look into the matter and also await the findings of the Metro police department's review before determining what, if any, action is appropriate."