Longtime Fort Worth officer accused of lying about leave time is fired

A Fort Worth police officer was fired after he was investigated over the use of his leave time, the police department announced in a news release Friday.

While placed on restricted duty related to a previous investigation, Stephen Thompson’s supervisors discovered that he had been untruthful regarding his use of leave, according to the release.

After a review of the Internal Affairs investigation, Thompson’s chain of command determined that he violated multiple policies of the department. As a result, Police Chief Neil Noakes terminated Thompson.

“The Fort Worth Police Department exists to safeguard the lives and property of those we serve, and is committed to the highest standards of professionalism in doing so,” the release stated. “In this case, Officer Thompson did not conduct himself in a manner that represents the professionalism of our officers.”

Thompson was with the department for 20 years and was assigned to the fleet division at the time of his termination.