Cop arrested using Army Reserve duty excuse for secret vacation

Donald Chen in 2012. Photo credit: Facebook

Stamford, CT police arrested officer and Army reservist, Donald Chen,  this past Tuesday on a larceny charge.  The department found out that Chen took two weeks off in December to fulfill his Reserve duty-mandatory training, and never showed.

According to a news release from the Stamford Police Department, Chen received full pay, per department policy, for what they believed was a leave for training. He had been gone about a week on Dec. 8 when the Army asked the department for help locating him.

Further investigation into the matter revealed that Chen used his approved leave for a Hawaii vacation and did not keep his commitment. Upon questioning, Chen denied taking the vacation and insisted he had gone to Taiwan on a family emergency. He later rescinded his story and confessed that he skipped out on training.

Chen is now suspended without pay for abusing military leave policy, according to department officials. He tendered his resignation on December 14th after a year-and-a-half on the job.

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Donald Chen. Photo: Stamford (Conn.) Police Department)

The two week vacation stint allegedly cost Stamford Police Department more in excess of $2,000 and Chen is still facing first-degree larceny charges. His court date is set for January 11, 2016.

There is no information available regarding fulfillment of his missed training.

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  • Penny M. Polokoff-Kreps earned her BA in Sociology from Queens College of the City University of New York. She is a published author, speaker, FL Supreme Court mediator, and a Guardian ad Litem. She runs a non-profit with her husband, a Vietnam veteran, providing nutritional supplements for veteran cancer survivors, and supporting veterans in obtaining service dogs. She is passionate about veteran's issues especially those related to PTSD and mental health.

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