LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A La Crosse police lieutenant has been arrested on possible criminal charges.
Brian Thomson appeared in court today and is free on a $5,000 signature bond.
Thomson was arrested yesterday and faces possible charges of misconduct and attempted possession of narcotic drugs.
Thomson has submitted his resignation. He was a 15-year veteran of the La Crosse Police Department.
UPDATE: A Department of Justice spokeswoman says Thomson was booked into the Monroe County Jail on potential drug-related charges and misconduct in office. She says the Division of Criminal Investigation's investigation is ongoing. She does not anticipate that a criminal complaint will be filed on Wednesday.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (LA CROSSE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) - On August 13, 2013, La Crosse Police Lieutenant Brian Thomson was arrested as part of an investigation that was initiated by the La Crosse Police Department. Once the La Crosse Police Department determined that possible criminal activity was suspected, we immediately requested the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to take over the investigation to ensure to the community that an unbiased, impartial, and thorough criminal investigation was conducted. As a result of DCI’s investigation, Brian Thomson was transported to Monroe County Jail. He will return to
La Crosse County for a bond hearing at 1:00 pm today.
Brian Thomson was a member of the La Crosse Police Department for 15 years, with the majority of this time being on third shift (11:00p – 7:00a) including his last assignment of lieutenant. Prior to being taken into custody, Brian Thomson resigned his position with the La Crosse Police Department.
Based on the information developed by DCI, the La Crosse Police Department is confident that this breech of the public trust is limited to the actions of Brian Thomson.
The circumstances that lead our department to request DCI to conduct a criminal investigation on one of our own members, along with the preliminary findings of the investigation that lead to criminal charges are unsettling and in direct contrast to the principles embraced by our members. One of our primary duties is to hold ourselves and our Department accountable for our actions and today is a vivid example of this. Law enforcement is a profession that demands the highest integrity and accountability; as such the La Crosse Police Department will not tolerate anything less from its members.
The La Crosse Police Department will continue to provide further information when made available; however, the criminal investigation is being conducted by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, therefore the details of this case and the exact charges will be released by DCI and the designated prosecutor’s office.