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Redmond Police Lieutenant Arrested Related to Ongoing OSP Criminal Investigation
02/09/2011
Police Chief Dave Tarbet
Redmond Police Department
(541) 504-3400
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

The following are news releases from Redmond Police Department and Deschutes County District Attorney's Office:
 
Redmond Police Department
 
Following a near one-month ongoing criminal investigation requested by Redmond Police Chief Dave Tarbet, Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives, arrested a Redmond police lieutenant Tuesday morning.  The arrest is connected to irregularities and discrepancies discovered in the Redmond Police Department’s firearms / armory inventory and items he is alleged to have personally sold while he was in charge of that program.
 
On February 8, 2011, OSP detectives assisted by OSP patrol troopers and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrested LARRY WAYNE PRINCE, age 48, without incident in Coos Bay.  PRINCE, who has been on paid administrative leave since December 30, was taken into custody and lodged in the Coos County Jail for Official Misconduct in the First Degree, Theft in the First Degree, Forgery in the First Degree, and Money Laundering.
 
Chief Tarbet requested the criminal investigation after a recent inventory audit discovered irregularities, possible missing funds, and firearms and accessories missing from the department’s armory supply.  PRINCE was in charge of the department’s firearms program and armory for about ten years until those responsibilities were assigned to another supervisor for administrative reasons.  PRINCE joined the department in 1994.
 
“I am deeply disappointed regarding the circumstances surrounding this arrest and that the badge of the Redmond Police Department may have been tarnished in the eyes of some people.  As a result of this investigation, we have already made changes to ensure this will not happen in the future after identifying how we can improve our inventory management of this program. However, I am proud of the integrity and courage displayed by several employees during this time and I also appreciate the tenacious efforts of the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division detectives.  We will continue to support and work with them until the case is closed,” said Tarbet.
 
Tarbet asked the community for their continued support and understanding during the ongoing criminal and internal investigations.  “The Redmond Police Department staff and officers are hardworking, honest, and ethical men and women whose intentions are to serve the citizens of this community. I am very proud of my staff and have never worked with a finer team of law enforcement professionals,” he said. 
 
No other information will be released related to the ongoing OSP criminal investigation without approval from the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.  Questions regarding upcoming court appearances should be directed to the District Attorney’s office.
 
Deschutes County District Attorney's Office
 
Yesterday, the Oregon State Police arrested Larry Prince in Coos Bay, Oregon.
 

The District Attorney’s Office was contacted on January 4, 2010 by Redmond Police Department and requested to assist in the investigation of Redmond Police Lt. Larry Prince. During the last month, the District Attorney’s Office has worked in conjunction with the Oregon State Police investigating Prince for offenses ranging from Official Misconduct to Theft in the First Degree.
 

Chief Deputy District Attorney Traci Anderson worked closely with the lead OSP detectives providing legal counsel and assisting in the preparation of search warrants.
 

District Attorney Patrick Flaherty said “I am grateful that Chief Tarbet and his officers immediately brought this matter to our attention. It speaks volumes for the integrity of the Redmond Police Department that as soon as they discovered one of their own may have engaged in misconduct, they requested OSP and the District Attorney’s Office to assume their investigation.”
 

Flaherty said that “Public corruption will not be tolerated in Deschutes County.”
 

Information regarding Prince’s first appearance in court will be available after his transport from Coos to Deschutes County. No further information will be released prior to arraignment.