On Sunday, July 26, 2015, an investigation was initiated into actions taken by Colorado Springs Police Officer Paul Patton. Officer Patton disclosed information during the investigation which led to the establishment of probable cause for his arrest. On July 27, 2015, an arrest warrant was obtained for Attempt to Influence a Public Servant (Class 4 Felony), First Degree Official Misconduct (Class 2 Misdemeanor) and False Reporting to Authorities (Class 3 Misdemeanor).If convicted of the felony, Patton's days as a police officer are over in Colorado, because any felony conviction brings disqualification by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board. Both misdemeanors for which Patton is charged also carry disqualification consequences, according to the POST website.
On the evening of July 27, 2015, Officer Patton was taken into custody on the listed charges. Officer Patton is a 39 year old male. Officer Patton has been employed with the Police Department since August 7, 2000. Officer Patton was assigned as a detective with the Violent Crimes Section, Homicide Unit.
This is an ongoing investigation being conducted in conjunction with the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. As such, facts concerning this investigation cannot be released at this time. According to Chief Peter Carey, “The arrest of an officer has a significant impact not only on department members, but our community as well. It will be handled in the same manner and with the same integrity as every other investigation”.
Mr. Patton has been placed on Administrative Leave with pay. The case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for the filing of formal charges. If and when felony charges are filed, the Administrative Leave may be modified to be without pay.