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Dumfries has place Police Chief Calvin Johnson on administrative leave.

DUMFRIES, Va. (WUSA) -- A mystery in a small Virginia town. Why has Dumfries put its police chief and a police officer on leave? Why is the FBI, another police department and the Prince William County Commonwealth's Attorney investigating?

Investigators have copied the files of three department computers, a laptop and two desktops in the squad room.
The town manager has suspended one veteran officer-- and Police Chief Calvin Johnson.

"We're not going to rush to any judgments," says the new acting chief, Maj. Ray Colgan, a veteran major crimes investigator who just retired from the Prince William County Police

Neither Colgan nor the town manager will offer any explanation of the allegations against the law enforcement officers.

"It will be investigated fully, fairly and completely," says town manager, Kim Alexander.

"It's a personnel matter, and that's just about all I'm going to say about it," says Colgan.

The mayor says the suspended officer, John Chapman, has received several awards for leading the tiny department's efforts to catch child sex predators on the internet.

Less than a year ago, another officer was fired amidst allegations that he'd misappropriated police equipment.

Some people in town are concerned about being left in the dark.

"If people shouldn't be concerned, they should let us know, and tell us they can't talk about it," says Tina Maier, who works in Dumfries. "I think it's terrible. The people deserve to know if they're in any kind of danger," says Kim Roessel. 

"Do they need to stay awake at night worrying about this?" says Acting Chief Colgan.  "No."

Tough economic times have already cut the number of Dumfries officers on the street, and now the force is even smaller. But the acting chief says Prince William County officers are ready to help, if they're needed.

Dumfries Mayor Fred Yohey was elected almost four years ago on a pledge to clean up the police department.

Written by Bruce Leshan
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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