Cleveland Police Department officials have completed an investigation into allegations regarding a longtime officer accused of violating the department’s drug policy.
According to Evie West, information officer for CPD, it was recommended that Lt. Steve Tyson be terminated after he allegedly violated three drug-use policies.
The Internal Affairs investigation reportedly “revealed Tyson violated three Class A policies: Policy 5-A Alcohol, Narcotics and Drugs, Subsection 4 (Use of Prescribed or OTC Drugs while on Duty or During Training), Policy 5-A Alcohol, Narcotics and Drugs, Subsection 6 (Reporting for Duty or on Duty While Intoxicated) and Policy 5-II Unlawful Conduct Offenses, Subsection 1 (Commission of Misdemeanor) which all result in termination of employment. In accordance with departmental policy,” according to West’s information from the investigation.
The recommendation to terminate Tyson was made to City Manager Janice Casteel’s office this week, and Tyson has filed an appeal over his termination. Casteel has 10 days to schedule a hearing, according to West.
West also said the findings of the investigation “have been forwarded to the District Attorney General’s Office to review for criminal charges or order of a criminal investigation. It will be at the discretion of the District Attorney’s Office whether or not to pursue criminal charges.”
Tyson is a 27-year veteran of CPD and most recently held the rank of lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Division Property Crimes section.