Updated 10/05/2012 11:00 PM
Greece Police Officer Faces Charges
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"The fact is we will police our own, and we will hold that fine line of the integrity of the police department,” said Chief Todd Baxter of the Greece Police Department.
Baxter says Ross has been with the GPD for seven years, and for the last year, he's served as the department's K9 handler.
"He was a very spirited K9 officer. He actually spearheaded that program for us. It was a brand new program that we brought back in the Greece Police Department and that took a lot of work behind the scenes and Officer Ross put a lot of work into the program,” said Baxter.
Baxter says in September, he received a tip that Ross was providing alcohol to a 18-year-old man he met on a social media website. He says that happened on three different occasions in the Town of Irondequoit.
"Based on the District Attorney's recommendations we turned that investigation over to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, who completed the criminal investigation for us."
Baxter says Ross turned himself into the Monroe County Sheriff's office on Friday.
The department plans to continue its internal investigation. It's a process that could wrap up in less than two weeks.
“What I can guarantee is we'll do what's right and whatever I feel as the Chief of police. I'm going to have to be accountable to the public and our constituents"
Baxter says Ross will continue to care for Hunter, a K9 dog, for now.
The officer is due back in court October 23rd.