LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — A Lancaster County jury convicted former Lincoln police officer Gregory Cody of First Degree Sexual Assault on Friday.
Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) arrested Cody in 2017 following the investigation of a report made by a victim to a healthcare professional at Bryan West Hospital in Lincoln, who then reported the assault to NSP.
Read the full statment from the Lincoln Police Department below:
On June 21st, 2019, a Lancaster County jury rendered its verdict in the 1st Degree Sexual Assault trial of Gregory Cody.
The Lincoln Police Department does not tolerate employee conduct that violates our General Orders, Code of Ethics, and in general, our philosophy of policing in partnership with the public.
From the moment that the Lincoln Police Department became aware of the criminal allegations against Gregory Cody, we fully cooperated with the Nebraska State Patrol’s investigation and the criminal justice process. In addition, LPD immediately placed then-Officer Cody on investigative suspension and initiated an internal investigation. Cody resigned two days later, but LPD continued its internal processes. The Lincoln Police Department’s internal investigation found that Cody had violated LPD’s policies and Code of Ethics, as well as failed to protect a vulnerable member of our community.
The Lincoln Police Department provided numerous updates to the public about its internal investigation in 2017 and 2018. Moreover, LPD also solicited input from community leaders in Lincoln. We analyzed our vetting practices, including the background investigation process, psychological exam, and polygraph. In response to the investigative findings, LPD enhanced supervisory oversight, modified its General Orders, and re-affirmed expectations with personnel about ethical and professional conduct in every aspect of their duties and responsibilities. LPD also mandated training for all personnel concerning ethical interactions with those we serve, as well as expanded future ongoing education.
The actions of one person do not define the cornerstones of our department’s culture, namely, dedicated public service, community partnerships, and fair and impartial policing.
Chief Jeff Bliemeister