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Madison PFC Complaint Re Heimsness 062113

Madison PFC Complaint Re Heimsness 062113

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A complaint filed by Madison Police Chief Noble Wray to the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners of the City of Madison seeking the dismissal of Officer Stephen Heimsness for violation of departmental rules, filed June 21, 2013.
A complaint filed by Madison Police Chief Noble Wray to the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners of the City of Madison seeking the dismissal of Officer Stephen Heimsness for violation of departmental rules, filed June 21, 2013.

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Count 41

Between December, 2008 and January, 2009, while on duty Officer Heimsness took Office
Shawn Kelly‟s holstered secured handgun and “field-stripped” the handgun putting the weapon in
pieces (frame, slide, barrel, spring, magazine and chambered round) handling the handgun in an
unapproved departmental manner and in an unsecure and unsafe storage method, in violation of
MPD Rules 2-225, Firearms Safety.

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Count 42

On October 2, 2012, at approximately 11:00 p.m., while on duty Officer Heimsness removed
Officer Anderson‟s rifle from the rack in the armory and placed in a soft case, under other cases
on a 6‟4” shelf, handling the rifle in an unapproved departmental manner and causing a safety
issue for Officer Anderson by not allowing Officer Anderson access to her rifle, in violation of
MPD Rule 2-225, Firearms Safety.

FACTS:

A.

Paragraphs A through L of Section II, A are reasserted here.

B. In December, 2008 and January, 2009, Madison Police Officer Shawn Kelly was a
Probationary Police Officer and did not have a locker assigned to him.

C. Officer Kelly selected a locker to secure his gear. Officer Kelly selected a locker that
was difficult to open, so that one would have to pull hard on the handle to open it.

D. At the end of a shift, Officer Kelly placed his uniform, including his name tag, gun belt
with handgun and jacket in the locker for storage and closed the door to the locker.

E.

Officer Kelly returned the following day and found his handgun had been placed on the
top shelf of the locker in pieces. The frame, slide, barrel, spring, magazine and
chambered round had all been taken apart.

F.

Next to the “field-stripped” handgun, Officer Kelly found Officer Heimsness‟ business
card with a hand written note on the back which stated something to the effect of “next
time it‟s mine – got it?”

G. Officer Kelly discussed this incident with his Field Training Officer Rhonda Hennessey
and asked Officer Hennessey if it was harassment.

H. Officer Hennessey expressed concern over this incident and viewed Officer Heimsness‟
behavior as an officer safety issue.

I.

Paragraphs B through II of Section II, D are reasserted here.

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