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Two FMPD officers fired over knowledge of improper relationships

Posted at 2:28 PM, Mar 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-10 20:43:39-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Gulfcoast Police Benevolent Association says it is representing the former officers as they seek to get their jobs back.

Two Fort Myers police officers have been terminated following an internal investigation.

According to internal documents, officers Evelyn Hodakoski (Roberts) and Sarah Hodakoski were fired at the end of February for being "untruthful" about improper relationships each were having with an unidentified informant.

The documents also say the pair were not truthful when they denied knowledge of an improper relationship with another former officer, Jason Jackson. Jackson was terminated in November 2021.

An officer's integrity must be beyond reproach. Anything less is unacceptable. FMPD holds its officers to the highest possible standard which requires the agency to police itself. The terminated officers do not represent the men and women who put on the Fort Myers Police uniform every day and risk their lives to serve our community.
Fort Myers Police Department
"Officers Sarah and Evelyn Hodakoski's termination is not supported or based on just cause. Additionally, these Officers were denied due process, and their Police Officer Bill of Rights was violated on several occasions during the investigation. Even more troubling, the IA investigators never took a sworn taped or written statement into the allegations against their Officers from the only witness, an unreliable confidential informant. We are seeking all legal avenues to have these Officers reinstated."

Matt Sellers President at Gulf Coast Police Benevolent Association