*Post republished with Springfield Police Officer Rhet Spengel’s picture.
Springfield, Illinois – The City of Springfield has confirmed that there is a current open Internal Affairs investigation of a Springfield Police Officer.
Springfield Police Officer, Rhet Spengel, a 17 year veteran of the Springfield Police Department is the subject of an Internal Affairs Investigation. The City of Springfield confirmed that a complaint has been lodged against him and a “final determination” has not been made yet.
The City told Springfield Leaks they aren’t able to release the Internal Affairs documents because it could impede the course of the investigation. According to a source close to the investigation, it has been recommended to terminate Spengel from the Police Department. Our source confirmed that Spengel has had his police powers stripped from him and he was served with a termination.
Even though the recommendation has been made to terminate Spengel from the Springfield Police Department, the final decision currently lies with Chief Kenny Winslow. Before the termination can be made final, against Spengel, a hearing has to take place with Chief Winslow, the City of Springfield Corporation Counsel, Spengel, The union and the union attorney. The meeting is set up to see if anything can be done to reduce the discipline, according to our source. It is unknown at this time if that meeting has already occurred.
In addition, Spengel used to be a neighborhood patrol officer (NPO) for beat 400. According to the City of Springfield’s website, “NPOs are each assigned to one of the eight beats that make up Springfield and work hard to improve the quality of life in those neighborhoods. The NPOs actively work with the residents to identify issues and concerns in their areas and develop appropriate solutions. The NPOs also serve as liaisons between the Police Department and the various neighborhood associations throughout the city.” Although Spengel is still listed as the NPO for beat 400, a Springfield Police source confirmed to us that a new NPO for beat 400 has been assigned, and Spengel was removed from that position. The current officer, who has been assigned to beat 400, is Officer Rudolph Brida.
Since Wednesday, October 23, 2019, we have placed multiple calls to a cell phone number, which is listed on the City’s website as a contact for Spengel. All calls, placed by us, immediately went to voicemail. On the voicemail recording, Spengel still identified himself as a Neighborhood Patrol Officer for beat 400, although he’s been removed from that position.
At this time, it does not appear that a final disciplinary decision has been made by Chief Winslow. Although, we can’t confirm the exact nature of the Internal Affairs investigation, we’re told that it is a terminable offense.
Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for additional updates.