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San Leandro police chief positioned on administrative depart

(BCN) — San Leandro’s police chief was positioned on administrative depart earlier this week pending an investigation into “allegations concerning division coverage violations,” metropolis officers stated Friday.

Chief Abdul Pridgen was placed on depart efficient this previous Monday, in response to town supervisor’s workplace, which didn’t specify the character of the allegations.

Pridgen was appointed to be San Leandro’s police chief in 2021 after beforehand main the Seaside Police Division in Monterey County. Earlier than that, he served for greater than 25 years with the Fort Price Police Division in Texas, finally changing into town’s first and solely Black assistant police chief.

In the course of the investigation, Kevin Hart — a former police chief with two different police businesses who has greater than 35 years of regulation enforcement expertise — will function interim chief.

“His intensive background and confirmed management abilities make him a superb candidate to steer the division whereas Chief Pridgen is on depart,” San Leandro Metropolis Supervisor Fran Robustelli stated in an announcement.

The Danville-based agency Kramer Office Investigations will conduct the investigation into the allegations towards Pridgen, in response to metropolis officers, who didn’t say how lengthy the method may take.

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