Three officers have been fired from the Woodstock Police Department after an investigation of the officers’ alleged illegal drug use, according to a WPD spokeswoman.

In late September, the department announced the termination of Michael Smart and that three other officers were on administrative leave. Since then, two other officers have been removed from the department, said Woodstock Police spokeswoman Brittany Page on Wednesday. One former officer was identified as Dylan Cotter; another officer is appealing the decision and was not identified, Page said. The officers were allegedly using cocaine.

According to the police department, a fourth officer was exonerated of any wrongdoing during the investigation.

The investigation began when the department received an anonymous tip alleging illegal drug use by one member of the department.

In the September news release, the department stressed a commitment to thoroughness and transparency in the investigation.

“The Woodstock Police Department is committed to thoroughness and transparency in investigating allegations of employee misconduct and want to assure the public that appropriate action will be taken when warranted,” the statement reads.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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