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Tampa police demote detective

She is caught at another job while supposedly on duty.

Published January 18, 2007


No one disputes Tampa police Detective Evonski Lennear reported to work, albeit sometimes 20 to 30 minutes late. But what she did while on police time got her demoted, according to an internal investigation.

Lennear shopped for shoes, looked at real estate, took long lunches with friends and worked another job all while on duty in her police cruiser, a department investigation found.

A 12-year Tampa police veteran, Lennear was promoted to detective in December of 2005. After that, her supervisors noticed her productivity was significantly lower than her peers'.

So internal affairs trailed Lennear for several weeks. They watched her attend church meetings, visit the local mall and drive her police cruiser out of city limits to Golden Owl Investments, a company that deals in real estate, where her employer knew she worked on the side.

The investigators also said that a review of Lennear's computer habits indicated she used her police-issued computer for nonpolice business, like searching for property.

District 2 Maj. Sophia Teague said when she first learned of Lennear's poor productivity, she assigned her to ride with a senior detective for additional training. "The senior detective said, 'She knows what she's doing,' " Teague said.

It appears Lennear did try to make up for time she lost to personal commitments, according to the investigation. Teague said Lennear worked nights and weekends, though she was not approved to work flex time.

With the demotion, Lennear will receive $1,456 less than the $67,184 salary she was making as a detective, a police spokeswoman said.

Lennear could not be reached for comment. She can appeal the disciplinary finding, if she chooses.

[Last modified January 18, 2007, 06:01:25]

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