CINCINNATI -- A Cincinnati police officer was caught stealing from a restaurant's cash register while he was working an off-duty detail there, according to City Manager Harry Black.
Joseph Simpson, 40, was indicted this week in Hamilton County on a felony count of theft in office. According to a memo from Black, Simpson was assigned to the city's District 5, which covers the central-west portion of Cincinnati.
According to the indictment, the incident is alleged to have occurred on or about Dec. 27.
Simpson's indictment came after an internal investigation by the department, Black wrote.
"We've got some very upstanding, hardworking, committed men and women who make up this department," Black told WCPO Wednesday night. "They do a fantastic job. Again, this person acted in a way that is totally not acceptable -- it's intolerable -- and the process that they will go through, not only with the Hamilton County court system, but with our own internal investigations process, we'll be treating this as a high, high level event in terms of its seriousness."
The city manager declined to say how much Simpson is accused of taking, saying "it's not really about how much."
"It's the fact that someone in a uniform, wearing a badge conducted themselves in this matter, which is again, as I said, not indicative of the hardworking men and women that make up this police department," Black said.
The city manager said he has confidence in the department's off-duty work detail program and described Simpson's indictment as a case of one "bad apple."
“This particular offense represents one of the most egregious offenses that an officer can commit, and it will be dealt with as such," Black said.
Simpson has been suspended without pay, Black wrote, and his police powers have been suspended.
Reached by telephone Wednesday evening, Simpson said he had no comment.