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Former LO officers could lose police careers


State board to consider alleged sexual misconduct

Two former Lake Oswego police officers who resigned while under investigation for allegedly having sex on the job could lose their certifications to be police officers anywhere in the state.

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training’s Police Policy Committee reviewed the charges against Martin E. Bradford and Joshua P. Day on Aug. 15 and unanimously recommended to decertify them.

“These are positions of public trust,” said Erik Gabliks, the director of the public safety standards department, “so this committee and the board takes public safety professionalism to a very high standard.”

As first reported in the Review last week, Bradford and Day wrote letters denying any sexual misconduct and urging the board to let them keep their certifications. Both resigned from their positions with the Lake Oswego Police Department in October 2012.

“I know that while on duty I engaged in what some would deem inappropriate talk but nothing that I have not heard fellow officers, sergeants, lieutenants and even captains speak,” Bradford wrote.

In his letter, Day said, “I have already lost my marriage, home, savings and reputation. Please allow me to keep my certification so I can provide for my children.”

Bradford has worked in law enforcement since June 2003. Before coming to Lake Oswego in July 2007, he worked for Manzanita’s public safety department.

Day began working in law enforcement in September 1998 as a civilian employee in the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. He then worked as a police officer for the Fairview Police Department. The Lake Oswego Police Department hired him in August 2006.

Lake Oswego Police Chief Don Johnson previously said he couldn’t comment on either case because they are personnel matters.

Of three women employees mentioned in the cases against Bradford and Day, two still work for the city. The Review is not naming the women because they weren’t the subject of the state committee’s reviews.

The police policy committee’s recommendation now goes to the full board, which will have a hearing on the case in October.

— KOIN 6 News contributed to this story.