LCPD officer accused of misconduct back on the force
LA CROSSE, (WKBT) — One of the La Crosse Police Department officers that was under investigation for allegations brought against him for workplace misconduct is back on the job.
According to La Crosse Police Department Officer Dan Ulrich returned to the force full time on June 17th.
The officer who raised the allegations, Nathan Poke, is still on administrative leave at this time.
La Crosse Police Chief Ron Tischer said on Aug. 17, 2015, the department opened up an internal investigation into Officer Poke after department supervisors and citizen witnesses accused him of misconduct while on and off duty. About two weeks later, on Aug. 31 Chief Tischer told Poke that he was being re-assigned from his neighborhood resource officer position. That’s when Poke claimed misconduct against his partner, Officer Dan Ulrich. Chief Tischer said he immediately opened an internal investigation as well.
Then, on Sept. 11, Poke went to La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat’s office and claimed retaliation by the department and that’s when the mayor called for an outside investigation.
There was found to not be evidence to support the claim of retaliation by the external investigation.
There were found to be some discrepancies when it came to placing donated funds in the right spot that the department said was corrected.
The two internal investigations against the officers that started up again after the external investigation was completed were carried out by a third party.
According to police the internal investigation into Officer Poke is still open.