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A third party, independent investigation into the actions of Zebulon Police Department chief Jonathan Hemphill came to a conclusion at the Dec. 13 Zebulon council meeting.

Investigation of ZPD chief ends

Zebulon council members heard the results of an independent, third party investigation at their Dec. 13 meeting. They approved a motion to give Zebulon Police Department chief Jonathan Hemphill an oral reprimand and require him to attend POST training related to anger and de-escalation. They will review his progress in six months.

City attorney Rob Morton reviewed part of the independent investigations findings, stating that the radio frequency change was not a retaliation for being pulled over and that Molena Police chief Matt Polk stated to the investigator that the MPD could still access the Zebulon radio stations if needed.

Morton said the investigator recommended a possible disciplinary action – per city policy – of an oral reprimand based on the evidence that Hemphill’s actions brought discredit to the city and it was his first offense.

Find out more about the investigation in the next edition of the Pike County Journal Reporter.

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