KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The assistant police chief at the University of Tennessee police department has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of internal and external investigations, a department spokesperson confirmed Monday.
UTPD Assistant Chief Keith Lambert has been placed on leave, but the department has not said what is being investigated.
“Due to the level of the position and community trust, we understand that people are interested in this situation,” said UT Police Chief Troy Lane said Wednesday in a statement released to the media. “It is for that reason that we want to understand all the facts before we can comment further.
‘Premature to speculate’
“It is premature to speculate on the outcome of an investigation that is ongoing.”
The internal investigation has been assigned to the campus police’s internal affairs investigator who reports directly to Lane.
The internal affairs investigator has also been in contact with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, said Lola Alapo, the department’s public information officer.
Sheriff’s Office unable to comment
“The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has had multiple inquiries into the investigation on Assistant Chief Keith Lambert with UTPD, ” said Kimberly Glenn, communications director for the Sheriff’s Office.
“The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is unable to comment on the ongoing investigation regarding Assistant Chief Lambert,” she said. “In addition, we can’t comment on his status with UTPD.”