administrative leave

On March 29, the Beaumont Police Department announced it has initiated a criminal and internal investigation of an officer in the department. According to Sgt. Cody Guedry, the officer is on administrative leave with pay, which is "standard procedure."


One of several Port Arthur Police Department officers placed on administrative leave pending an investigation has been reinstated effective March 20, reports city spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter. 

"Owens has been reassigned as a shift commander within the field operations division," Carpenter stated in an email. 

Prior to being placed on administrative leave, Owens was a major in the criminal investigations division at PAPD. He was demoted to lieutenant in field operations.