An alleged sexual relationship has led to administrative charges that could mean demotion or even termination for a Mobile Police Department precinct commander and one of her subordinate officers.
Third Precinct Capt. Carla Longmire and a Third Precinct patrol officer have been accused of multiple actions stemming from allegedly having sexual relations while on duty.
Chief James Barber said an internal compliant was filed against Longmire and Officer Bradley Latham stating they were participating in “unbecoming conduct” while on duty. The intelligence unit, which concluded there was enough evidence to charge Longmire and Latham, handled the investigation.
“Capt. Longmire has been charged with unbecoming conduct and failure to supervise. The officer has been charged with unbecoming conduct, truthfulness during an investigation and disobedience of orders,” Barber said.
While the charges might seem light to those outside of law enforcement, one charge could result in termination.
“Unbecoming conduct is a very serious charge. While the punishment, if found guilty, is ultimately up to the mayor, there is a range suggested,” Barber said. “For unbecoming conduct, an officer could face as little as 40 hours of suspension up to termination or demotion.”
Unbecoming conduct, Barber said, is anything a police officer does on or off duty that affects the efficiency or operation of the department or discredits the department.
Failure to supervise is just as it seems. It means a supervising officer is spending time on duty doing something other than their task of overseeing other officers. Latham’s charge of truthfulness during an investigation deals with “lack of candor,” Barber said.
The charge of disobeying orders was levied for allegedly attempting to tamper with a police car.
“The charge for disobeying orders was for disabling or attempting to disable the vehicle locator on the police car,” Barber said.
The two officers will be given a hearing in which three superior officers will act as a panel of judges. Each side will be able to present their case. Ultimately, the punishment will be up to Mayor Sandy Stimpson. Barber will make a recommendation to the mayor, however.
The hearings will begin Monday, Dec. 16.
This is not the first time Longmire’s name has been brought up by fellow officers in a negative light.
A senior officer named Longmire as part of the problem with the Police Explorers program.
In an Aug. 31, 2011, memo from Maj. Kara Rose to then-Police Chief Micheal Williams, Rose wrote that several discrepancies were found with the program such as more children were being reported enrolled in the program by advisors than were reported to the Boy Scouts.
Rose laid much of the trouble with the program at the feet of Longmire, who has served as the executive director for the MPD Explorer program.
Longmire has a son who attended at least four trips according to records.
Barber confirmed the program is also under investigation, but the results would take some time due to the amount of documents.
The new chief of police told Lagniappe in a previous interview that he wanted to start his tenure with a clean slate.
“If someone did anything wrong, I want to know about it now. I’ve been in office for nine days (as of Nov. 21). I want to clean out our closets. Transparency is a big part of having the public trust you…. I want to find any misconduct from officers and deal with it. Then we can move forward,” Barber said.
Longmire’s predecessor as Third Precinct commander, Dwayne Hill, left the department under a cloud after allegedly using a Police Explorers credit card for his personal benefit. Hill was indicted by the District Attorney’s Office, although there has not yet been a disposition in the case.
Updated at 10:47 a.m. to include hearing date.