Shawnee #police officer Gary Moore was swiftly terminated from his position after being arrested at a downtown bar in the early hours of recently on suspicion of drug distribution. Moore, a veteran officer at the Shawnee Police Department, had been under investigation by multiple police agencies, including the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, the Pottawatomie County District Attorney’s Office, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, and the Shawnee Police Department.
Undersheriff Travis Dinwiddie reported that Moore was arrested outside the Brickhouse Saloon in downtown Shawnee. The investigation is ongoing, with the current affidavit containing limited information. The owner of the establishment, Karla Jennings, stated that she was not on the property at the time of the arrest and was unaware of the details surrounding the incident.
The Shawnee Police Department, in collaboration with the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office, released a statement confirming Moore's arrest and subsequent termination. The department emphasized its commitment to upholding a high ethical and moral standard among its officers.
As of Friday, Moore remains in custody at the Pottawatomie County Jail without bail. The investigation, which has been ongoing for an undisclosed period, raises questions about the duration of Moore's alleged drug distribution activities while serving as a police officer.
The swift termination of Shawnee police officer Gary Moore following his arrest on suspicion of drug distribution underscores the challenges posed by having police investigate their own colleagues. The ongoing investigation by multiple agencies highlights the gravity of the situation and raises significant concerns about the potential for conflicts of interest within law enforcement.