An Aurora police officer was fired on Wednesday afternoon for cheating the time clock, skipping out on his shift early multiple times and then lying about the transgression.
Officer Robert Lyons was fired by police Chief Vanessa Wilson for “untruthfulness and theft of the city time,” according to a police news release.
Between Aug. 3 and Sept. 22, 2020, Lyons left work early for a total of nine days (34.25 hours) without authorization of his supervisor, the release said. Furthermore, Lyons failed to document his work time in the department’s time management system as required.
When questioned by a supervisor about the infractions, Lyons “was untruthful and stated that he had not taken any time off” during the period in question, the release said.
“An Internal Affairs Bureau investigation was initiated and during his interview with investigators Officer Lyons admitted to being untruthful when he was questioned by his supervisor about the time off,” police said.
Lyons’ actions violated the following department directives:
- Unsatisfactory performance;
- Request for leave;
- Making a false or untruthful declaration.
“A police officer who chooses to be dishonest forfeits their credibility and becomes ineffective to the judicial system, our police department and the community we serve,” Wilson said in the release. “My commitment to rebuild trust with our community will not tolerate such deceptive conduct of an officer who has been given the privilege to wear this badge.”
Lyons was hired by the department in 2017 and was last assigned to District 2 Patrol. He has no prior disciplinary record with the department, according to the release.
Lyons is at least the ninth police officer fired by Wilson since she was named interim chief of the department on Dec. 30, 2019. She was appointed the position permanently on Aug. 3.
Last week, Officer Robert Rosen was fired for excessive use of force for beating and repeatedly using a Taser on a man in a grocery store.
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