Pinellas Park officers sent to Panhandle after hurricane under investigation

Published November 5 2018
Updated November 5 2018

PINELLAS PARK Several police officers who were deployed to the Florida Panhandle to help after Hurricane Michael are now under investigation for their conduct there, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department.

The complaint of "potential misconduct" was made to Pinellas Park police on Oct. 26, the department said. Chief Michael Haworth ordered an internal affairs investigation on Oct. 31. Police disclosed the investigation Monday after a media inquiry into the matter, said Capt. Brian Unmisig.

The investigation is administrative, not criminal. The officers will remain on duty during the inquiry and work their usual assignments, Unmisig said.

The department, though, did not disclose the names of the officers, the nature of the allegations or who lodged the complaint.

Investigators expect the inquiry will take several weeks to complete.