A Kent Council District Court judge gave EG police officer Scott Cole, 30, who has been suspended with pay twice in the past 18 months, a temporary restraining order Tuesday after Cole’s former girlfriend told the court 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 ended up in Veterans Treatment Court. Cole is a military veteran, and he returned to work in July but in August he was accused of sending inappropriate texts to a woman he had arrested for DUI. An internal personnel matter, Cole was again suspended with pay, returning this past April.

“I will tell you the town’s interests have been looked out for and protected,” said Town Solicitor Mike Ursillo in April.

Police Chief Steven Brown declined to comment about this most recent incident. New Town Manager Andrew Nota said this via email Friday:

“I am extremely concerned about this and other matters pertaining to officer conduct within the police department. The incident is presently categorized as an internal personnel matter, so I can provide no public comment regarding the details of this situation. I have been working closely with the police chief, solicitor’s office and others to better understand the root of each of these recent incidents and develop an appropriate course of action moving forward to reestablish the departments professional presence and trust within the community. I feel these incidents are isolated matters specific to the conduct of the individual officers involved and are not representative of the commitment and professionalism of the remaining men and women that makeup the department. The town is monitoring this most recent matter allegedly involving Officer Cole and will provide for additional information at the appropriate time.”

This follows School Resource Officer Humberto Montalban’s arrest in July for cyber harassment of a former girlfriend and the resignation of probationary officer Mark Edmonds in June after he was charged with three counts of felony assault.

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