Schenectady County

Three Glenville police officers taken off duty

Three Glenville police officers have been suspended within the last week, town and police officials

Three Glenville police officers have been suspended within the last week, town and police officials said.

Officers Edward Casey and Chris Charneu were suspended with pay on Saturday. They are the subjects of an internal investigation.

Officer Tim Smith was also suspended last week without pay in connection with an unrelated action.

Casey and Charneu remain on paid leave until completion of an internal investigation and could face additional disciplinary actions if warranted, said Town Manager Tony Germano.

There are 21 officers in the department.

Police Benevolent Association President Stephen Janik said he had no comment.

Germano would not divulge the reason for Casey’s and Charneu’s suspensions, but both were apparently connected with the same incident.

“We are still putting pieces together. I want to defer to the completion of the investigation. We did move to discipline the officers. That is happening as we speak,” Germano said.

Smith was suspended for five weeks without pay. Town officials would not disclose the nature of the case.

Police Chief Michael Ranalli said he is overseeing the internal investigation of the three officers. “My best interests are with the town residents and this department,” he said.

Germano said in the case of Casey and Charneu, the department began its investigation several weeks ago. “We had an incident and we responded to it proactively and professionally,” he said.

Town Supervisor Frank Quinn said he was aware of the suspensions involving Casey and Charneu but did not know anything about the one involving Smith.

Quinn called the suspensions unusual and of concern. “Any time there is a question of the reliability of any public safety outfit, for the good of all the citizens you have to get to the bottom of it and get the facts,” he said.

“Until I get the chief’s report, I cannot do anything. He will get to the bottom of it and will make his recommendations.”

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