(June 29, 2016)- A Cape Coral Police Detective has resigned following startling allegations of deceiving the Cape Coral Police Department.
Kordelle McKissack, resigned from the Cape Coral Police Department today. Information came to light during a court proceeding yesterday and was provided to the Cape Coral Police Department that McKissack allegedly lied during the employment process with the department 13 years ago. McKissack denied being under investigation on an official form during his application for employment with the Cape Coral Police Department. Information revealed in court yesterday showed that he was under investigation for an allegation of sexual battery at the time of his application with the Cape Coral Police Department in 2003.
“When we received the information yesterday, I immediately directed the Professional Standards Bureau to open an Internal Affairs investigation into this matter. I was informed today that Detective McKissack opted to resign from the department. In spite of this turn of events, the investigation will go forward to completion and the results will be forwarded to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC),” said Interim Chief Dave Newlan.
The Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission is the body that certifies police officers in the state of Florida. Moral character violations, such as lying or perjury, can be grounds for de-certification.
“We go to great lengths to vet potential police officers. Each applicant must complete pre-employment testing, go through a panel interview, satisfactorily complete a background check, and are subjected to a polygraph, drug screen, and psychological evaluation. Fewer than 10% of applicants make it through. In this case, the allegation of sexual battery was not disclosed by either Detective McKissack or his former employer,” according to Newlan. The Internal Affairs investigation will show what occurred definitively.
Background investigators with the Cape Coral Police Department conduct extensive employment and reference checks on sworn and civilian employees as well as volunteers. This process can take several months to complete, especially if candidates or their references are out of the area. Interim Chief Newlan continued, “The Cape Coral Police Department was never provided with derogatory information pertaining to Kordelle McKissack, by his former employer, the Spring Hill Police Department in Spring Hill, Tennessee. In fact, their past Chief of Police, Reggie Pope, provided a very positive letter of recommendation. If the facts of the Internal Affairs investigation support what was alleged to have been happening at the time, this was patently deceptive on the part of Pope.”
McKissack had been on administrative leave since March 7, 2016 pending the completion of a separate Internal Affairs investigation pertaining to allegations of untruthfulness as the affiant in a search warrant in a criminal investigation. This investigation is still pending and will be completed and forwarded to FDLE and the CJSTC as well.
“We hold ourselves to the highest standards of professional conduct here at the Cape Coral Police Department. We will continue to do everything necessary to maintain the public trust we have worked so hard to earn,” Interim Chief Dave Newlan, Cape Coral Police Department.
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