Posted: Jun 12, 2011 5:30 PM by Matt Stafford
Two felony arrests in the last month of Colorado Springs police officers have been a black eye for the department.
"There's probably not a group of people more disappointed about this, outside of any victims, than the police department itself," says Sgt. Steve Noblitt.
However, Officers Carrier and Huffman were officers that at one time the department showed pride in.
Officer Joshua Carrier was arrested in May on child pornography charges; then re-arrested later for sexual assault. He was a school resource officer at Horace Mann Middle School in 2009.
Looking back at department records obtained by News First 5, Carrier had a good record. He earned mostly high marks in reviews and received praise from superior officers like, "highly recommend," when he applied for the school resource officer position; and, "Josh would be a good fit for the middle schools." Carrier eventually got the S.R.O. Job, but was moved within the department after the position was eliminated.
Officer Sydney Huffman, who was arrested Friday for trying to influence a public servant, was an award winning police officer as of 2009. Huffman, along with nine officers, received the department's Medal of Valor -- given for courage when facing risk or injury. Our partners at the Gazette report that Huffman and another officer wrestled a battery powered saw from a man attempting suicide.
However, instead of the positive points... Now the department is focused on the officers' criminal records.
"We're a large agency, and just like any other agency we're not immune from a few bad apples," says Noblitt. "We're going to be honest and transparent; we're going to bring this to your attention when it does occur."
Carrier is due back in court June 14th for a hearing; he's been suspended without pay. Huffman has been arrested, but formal charges have not been filed. If and when felony charges are filed, Huffman can be suspended without pay.