ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford Police Officer Daniel Basile is facing sexual assault charges, but before he was arrested on Wednesday, an order of protection had been filed against him back in August.
“There are, unfortunately, police officers who have had orders of protection against them,” said retired Circuit Court Judge Rosemary Collins. “That’s the thing about domestic violence, sometimes people don’t understand, it affects every occupation. There are lawyers who have orders of protection [against them.]”
Despite Basile’s job in law enforcement, Collins says the court does not notify the police department when a cop faces any sort of legal action, adding that it’s part of a judicial ethical code.
“We don’t discuss cases with the police department,” said Collins. “We don’t discuss cases with anyone. The courts are very strictly bound by the rules of not having conversations about cases unless those conversations happen in courtroom.”
According to the Rockford Police Department’s policy, it is the officer’s responsibility to inform supervisors of the order.
“The burden is really on the person getting the order of protection to report that, and the police department to follow up on that,” said Collins.
Rockford Police say how an officer is dealt with will depend on what the judge has written out in their ruling. Officials say, typically, officers are put on administrative duty.
“Every order of protection will be different. Police officers are not immune from having orders of protection sought against them.” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea. “Every one is viewed and looked at differently and we handle them accordingly.”
Rockford Police would not comment on whether Basile reported the August order of protection to supervisors or if he was put on administrative duty.
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