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Jun 10, 2009 12:20 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Officer suspended for misconduct

Jun 10, 2009 12:20 PM

A Southampton Town Police officer has been suspended without pay for personal misconduct, according to a Town Board resolution adopted Friday, May 29.

The Town Board voted to sanction Patrolman Herbert Loper for conduct deemed inappropriate for someone in his position, Town Supervisor Linda Kabot said. The supervisor added that a thorough investigation is ongoing, and that Patrolman Loper might be allowed to return to the department.

While Ms. Kabot would not go into details, she did say that the matter had to do with personal misconduct and does not seem to involve any illegal activity on the patrolman’s part. All Ms. Kabot would reveal is that the situation had to do with images of a questionable nature communicated via text messages.

Although it appears that Patrolman Loper’s misconduct happened while he was not on duty, Ms. Kabot said police officers are held to a higher standard, “even when they are off duty.”

Pat Aube, president of the Southampton Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, said the matter was still pending but was hopeful that Patrolman Loper would soon be back on the job. “I made my case that he should come back to work,” Mr. Aube said. “I hope we can reach an amicable agreement.”

Brian Bossetta

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He was off duty and didn't do anything illegal. Leave the guy alone and let him do his job.
By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on Jun 11, 09 11:09 AM
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It is common knowledge that public officials (police officers, teachers, firemen, etc.) are held to a higher ethical and moral standard. I don't know what he did, but my guess is that it was something that questions his ethics. As a public official he should know better.
By haj80 (11), Chapel Hill on Jun 11, 09 12:50 PM
if he was off duty, and made some stupid drunken text message to his ex-wife at 2 am, I'm fine with it, who cares.

But why did they suspend him?, and why is it in the newspapers? The public needs to know what he did, otherwise we will just speculate... Did he make a racial slur, did he threaten to kill someone?
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Jun 12, 09 1:36 PM
OFF DUTY AND TRYING TO MIND HIS OWN BUSINESS.....WOULD BE NICE IF HIS OWN BACKED HIM UP INSTEAD OF TRYING TO TEAR A GOOD OFFICER DOWN. MAYBE THE PAPERS OUGHT TO PUBLISH THE REST OF THE STUFF IN HIS FILE....THE LETTERS FROM THE PPLE THAT HE HAS HELPED OVER THE YEARS....THE TIRES HES CHANGED IN THE POURING RAIN, OR THE PEOPLE STRANDED AT 2AM ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD....OH BUT WAIT!!!.....THE GOOD THINGS NEVER MATTER ITS ALL ABOUT CRAZY PPLE IN THIS WORLD TRYING TO RUIN PPLES REPUTATIONS!!....AND THE ...more
By chris76 (1), jamesport on Jun 13, 09 8:16 PM
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Not for nothing but is clear to suspend a Police Officer there MUST have been some serious type of evidence against him.... What makes it right for police officers to break the law? Aren't they suppose to proTect and serve? Apparently this didn"t apply to this officer. Who knows what the text messages stated or what but it appears to be clear that it was a intent to harass someone or disturb them. Time for cops to get a grip. PUT YOURSELF IN THE VICTIMS SHOES AND REALIZE THE HELL THEY WENT THROUGH......
By hamptonslove (1), Hampton Bays on Jul 16, 09 12:00 AM
While Ms. Kabot would not go into details, she did say that the matter had to do with personal misconduct and does not seem to involve any illegal activity on the patrolman’s part. No Illegal activity, No Laws Broken. End of story.
Who Protect's the Cops from Cop Stalker's? Someone else needs to get a grip.
By 1640sWhaler (74), Southampton on Sep 7, 09 11:25 PM
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