Police officer on paid leave, subject of internal investigation

Pine Bluff Police have confirmed that Officer Chris Powell, who is president of the local chapter of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, was placed on administrative leave with pay last month.

Lt. JoAnn Bates, who directs the department’s Office of Professional Standards, said Powell was placed on leave Jan. 13, and is the subject of an internal investigation.

Bates declined to discuss the nature of the nature of the investigation.