Wednesday, October 12, 2011

El Mirage police officer accused in assault, disorderly conduct

An El Mirage police officer was arrested early Saturday morning in Surprise in a suspected domestic-violence incident, according to a department official.

Surprise police arrest documents said Officer Susan Gallant, 44, was arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct at 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

El Mirage Lt. Ronald Hergert said the arrest stems from two incidents between Gallant and her domestic partner. The partner, whose name was not provided by Surprise police, was also arrested, Hergert said.
Hergert said Gallant will be assigned desk duty when she returns to work Friday at the El Mirage Police Department for the duration of the criminal case.

"She won't be on the street in a normal enforcement role," he said.

Gallant, who has worked as an El Mirage officer for at least four years, also faces an internal investigation in Saturday's incident.

Hergert would not comment on the details of the case, saying that he had not received the police report and that any information he has is "hearsay at this point."

"As we would with any employee, we're going to take administrative action at an appropriate time if warranted," he said.

Hergert, who was serving as acting chief Tuesday while chief Steve Campbell is on vacation, conferred with City Manager Spencer Isom about placing Gallant on administrative leave after she was arrested. The situation did not warrant suspension, he said.

Surprise Municipal Court records show that in 2009 Gallant was ordered to take a defensive driving course after her unmarked car rear-ended another vehicle while she was on duty.

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