Billings Police Officer Matt Frank, a 91/2 year veteran of the department, has been disciplined for his off-duty conduct stemming from an incident at the Grand Stand Casino in January.
The press release from the City of Billings says the city requires off-duty police officers to act professionally both on and off duty. The Montana Department of Criminal Investigations and the Billings Police Department handled an in-depth investigation of Frank’s actions at the casino.
The investigation determined officer Frank violated policy from his actions in January with a temporary suspension of 80 hours with no pay. He must do mandatory counseling and training sessions focusing on conflict management, ethics, and integrity. Frank will also be on a probationary period of 24 months and will not be assigned special assignments. He also no longer has a specialized position and is now only put on patrol.
“I am deeply troubled by the officer’s actions. I am responsible for any department deficiencies in general, and officers specifically. I take full responsibility for this incident and need to do a better job ensuring that all members of the BPD understand our values and expectations for their conduct, regardless of whether the member is on-duty or off-duty. We will redouble our efforts in areas of peer support and counseling so in the future, we can create a healthy culture that supports officers like Matt Frank, who until this incident was an exemplary officer and consummate professional, from doing something to damage their career,” says Billings Police Chief Rich St. John.
Officer Frank was put on desk duty earlier this year after the Billings Police Department learned of this incident.