Interesting, the exact details would be even MORE interesting.
Basically they kept their own hours and records since they worked out of their home. Any of you ever do that? The log for tagging the deer overlapped when records showed they were working. I know this Officer comes to our club meetings in the evening for example (for updates and questions). For example he might start an hour late in the morning knowing that he will make that hour up in that evening. They were just moving hours around mixing personal and work time. It was a common practice for them.
If he spent a morning hunting he would just add that lost time to other days to make it up.
Well there was clear abuse in a few cases (as I read it) leading them to dig deeper and make sure it was not widespread. What they dug out made it appear as if there WAS a bigger issue. So they were suspended pending further investigation.....probably WITH pay.
That deeper investigation exonerated them (again as I am reading it) but also revealed some were not following procedures, making them possibly part of the problem that led to them getting essentially a paid vacation til it was sorted out.
These officers are sworn LEO in Ohio, they have full LE powers, and they write tickets and fine people who quite possibly made the same types of paperwork errors.
For the purpose of workers compensation and civil liability at the very LEAST it is important to establish a record of exactly WHEN they were working for the state of Ohio, and when they were on their own free time. That record should be iron clad and not able to be edited by anybody but a supervisor (somebody must administer them). This is exactly why many hourly employees must clock out to leave the property for lunch, then clock back in when they return............to protect the company somewhat for liability purposes.
So maybe this will nail that down a bit better.
I am glad we did not have as large a percentage of "bad apples" as it first appeared, but even the percentage we DID have is alarming in light of the fact that they ARE sworn LEO and entrusted to manage and report their own work hours.