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      Former IOP police captain accused of falsifying items in evidence

      ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) -- A former Isle of Palms police captain was arrested Tuesday by state police on breach of trust and misconduct in office charges.According to a release from the city administrator, Dawn Caldwell was arrested by State Law Enforcement Division agents on Tuesday. She was charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent over $2,000 and misconduct in office in connection with alleged falsification of items while she worked as evidence technician for the department.The release from the city says the arrest came after an audit of the evidence room that yielded some discrepancies. At that point, SLED was called in to investigate.According to affidavits released by SLED, Caldwell was selling evidence at a local Money Man Pawn Shop for personal gain. The affidavit states Caldwell pawned a Glock pistol at least twice.Officials say Caldwell falsified data in the evidence room, which has led to the department re-evaluating its evidence room procedures. Now officials say two witnesses are required to check items out of the evidence room."We have identified the mistake and taken the necessary steps. The citizens of the island can rest assured that we are committed to providing the best services possible," said Police Chief Thomas Buckhannon.Before the reported breach, officials said an evidence officer takes in the evidence, secures and maintains evidence it in a property room, and releases it under department-approved conditions."Anytime that somebody steps out of line that we take aggressive action for. {}As in this case, we took aggressive action by notifying SLED. {}Laying it out to them. {}Telling them what we had. {}And by them conducting an investigation, that should also reassure the citizens that we take this very seriously," Buckhannon said.According to Isle of Palms officials, Caldwell left her position in the department on June 6 for a job at the North Charleston Police Department. North Charleston police said Caldwell was hired on June 9 and was going through the departmental training process when she was fired on Tuesday.Caldwell was being held in the Charleston County Detention Center but was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.{}
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