On August the 4 th WKEU news aired a news story in relation to a Griffin Police Officer Identified as Investigator Keith Dryden who resigned in lieu if termination allegedly for inappropriate contact with a female inmate, and other policy violations of the City of Griffin Police Debarment. “WKEU has received numerous calls from concerned citizens asking why a formal Press Release has not been issued by the Police Department in relative to the investigation that indicated Investigator Keith Dryden “quoting from the Findings of the Investigative report.”
1, The Allegation that Dryden was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female inmate SUSTAINED.
2. Allegations that Keith Dryden failed to properly, document and store evidence is SUSTAINED.
3. The Allegation that Keith Dryden sent a text message to two individuals to intimidate them is
4. The Allegation that Keith Dryden committed acts that tarnished the Professional image of the City
of Griffin, and the Police Department, In addition to engaging in on duty an off duty activity contrary to the city of Griffin Police Department Policies is
The investigation also states that Dryden made many off color, vulgar, offensive, and abusive remarks and inappropriately touched some waitresses by kissing them on the forehead, at the Chick Fil A on Taylor Street. The report indicated that on occasions he would walk behind the counter to the work station and the employees said he would stand too close. The Chick Fil A Manager requested a Criminal Trespass Warning be issued to Dryden and requested he not come back on the property of the Chick Fil A. Dwarf House in Griffin.
The initial report of the illicit activity by Dryden was given to the Griffin Police Department from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department, in a package of March 10th,and from the Public Defender’/s Office report of March 4th 2015, from information received from Andrea Feldman’s attorney. The city of Griffin report started early March and ended in June. The report is about 30 pages in length.
WKEU contacted the Griffin police Department by telephone on Thursday and was advised that Chief Heaton was not going to issue a press release as the employee had resigned.
The Spalding Sheriff’s Department had a similar situation with former Deputy David Gibson that was started with a formal singed complaint was received by the Sheriff in May. The investigation was complete may 19th Gibson was called into the Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Beam gave the option to Gibson of either resigning or being fired. Gibson resigned on May 19th and a Press Release was issued by Sheriff Beam on May 20th.