By Elizabeth F. McNamara
In a letter to Chief Stephen Brown, Patrolman Scott Cole resigned from the East Greenwich Police Department Friday.
His resignation comes after a District Court judge issued a temporary restraining order against him earlier this month following accusations by a former girlfriend that he had harassed her via text and social media.
Cole, a member of the EGPD since 2016, was arrested for driving while intoxicated in April 2018 in West Warwick. He was suspended with pay after that incident, which was transferred to Veterans Treatment Court (Cole is a military veteran). He returned to work in July 2018 but in August he was accused of sending inappropriate texts to a woman he arrested for DUI. That incident was treated as an internal personnel matter and Cole was again suspended with pay, returning this past April.
At the time of Cole’s return to duty, Town Solicitor Mike Ursillo declined to details the conditions of his return citing the state Law Enforcement Bill of Rights and personnel privacy concerns. But he added, “I will tell you the town’s interests have been looked out for and protected.”
In other police news, Patrolman Paul Nahrgang resigned as school resource officer last week, Chief Brown said Monday. Nahrgang had been made a temporary SRO in August, after Bert Montalban was suspended following his arrest for cyber harassment. He returned to patrolman duties.
Police Chief Stephen Brown declined to comment on either Cole’s departure or Nahrgang’s decision. He said he had not yet named a replacement school resource officer.