Interim Chief Yahner Informed PLEA that contrary to what was previously stated, the department will be conducting an internal investigation on Lt. Laurie Burgett of the HIKE unit. This stems from potential misconduct allegations tied to an LLC named Money Drop Productions which listed Burgett as one of the Managers of the corporation. The LLC was formed to profit from documentary/reality type films based on activities of the Hike Unit while she was overseeing the same unit.
PSB has, in the past, sustained allegations against rank and file officers for violating the AZPOST Code of Ethics. It will be interesting to see whether or not the PSB Commander sees “Code of Ethics” violations with regard to Lt. Burgett’s conduct.
CLICK HERE to view the signed letter of intent between Flow State Films and the Phoenix Police Department signed by former Chief Jack Harris granting permission to film police activities in connection with a TV show to be tentatively titled H.I.K.E. Squad.
CLICK HERE to go to the website containing the “Ransom City” video trailer which can be found on the upper right of the webpage.
CLICK HERE to read the articles of organization filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission to form Money Drop Productions LLC where Laurie Burgett is listed as a Manager (note: this corporation was dissolved approx six months after being formed).
CLICK HERE to view Burgett’s Notice of Outside Employment filed with the department.
CLICK HERE to view City Administrative Regulation 2.62 dealing with work notices for outside employment (specifically para. 2. A. that speaks to the issue of conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts of interest).
CLICK HERE to view the investigative news piece on this subject by ABC News 15.