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Suspended Detective Returned to Work, Disciplined for Profanity

Investigator Said No Proof of Racial Slur


Last updated 8/26/2020 at 8:24pm

Detective Travis Worley

Lake Wales Police Detective Travis Worley is back on active duty after a 10-week suspension with pay. An internal investigation determined he acted unprofessionally by using profanity toward a citizen, but couldn't prove he used racial slurs. His discipline was an eight-hour suspension without pay.

The investigation by Lt. Griffin Crosby concluded that "Officer Worley used multiple profane words while in an argument with Deandre Ward. He failed to maintain professional speech in his dealings and allowed his temper to override good judgment."

The original incident occurred Feb. 22, 2016 when...

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