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Chief Aden speaks out about former officer's arrest

By Amanda Brannon
Published On: Apr 16 2013 05:54:53 PM CDT
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

The Greenville police chief talked with NewsChannel 12 about Rose Edmonds, a former narcotics detective, who's now under investigation.

Rose Edmonds was indicted by a grand jury last week for allegedly stealing more than $9,000 dollars from college students.

She faced a judge last week for the first time.

Despite this thorn in the side of GPD, Chief Hassan Aden said this one officer’s alleged misconduct isn’t a reflection on the rest of his staff.

He started the internal investigation in December 2012 and also met with the State Bureau of Investigation and the district attorney’s office.

“I’ve been in constant contact with the SBI so I knew the indictments were about to come. But my reaction is you know anything like this it goes wherever the information takes you. So, I was not surprised. Uh, I was not shocked. I was saddened by an officer's career going awry in this manner,” he said.

Chief Aden felt his department acted swiftly. He said by being open and upfront about what was going on; he doesn't believe he has lost the community's trust.

“No, I think the way that you have to be measured is in how you react to it to assure that you still have public confidence in addressing cases of official misconduct. And if there are other cases in the future they will be handled in this way,” Chief Aden said.

Edmonds, a former narcotics detective of 20 years, was indicted by a grand jury on April 8 on six charges including breaking and entering.

Chief Aden couldn’t talk specifics about the case because the SBI is now handling it.

“Our only part is to support them in the criminal trials with files and anything they might need from us. And we plan on doing that 100%,” he said.

NewsChannel 12 went to the home of Rose Edmonds to get her reaction to the charges against her. However, she did not come to the door.

Edmonds is due back in court June 6.