MARION — A police officer in the Town of Marion has been placed on administrative leave in conjunction with an ongoing investigation.

In a written statement, Marion Police Chief John Garcia and Town Administrator Paul Dawson say, "The Marion Police Department has been made aware of a multi-jurisdictional investigation in Bristol County that may impact a member of this department and his conduct related to the performance of his duties as a Marion Police Officer."

The officials named Sgt. Jeffrey Tripp as the officer who is being placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation by the Bristol County District Attorney's Office. Chief Garcia and Administrator Dawson say Sgt. Tripp is not the target of the investigation, but information received by them led to the decision to place Tripp on leave and to conduct an internal investigation by the Marion Police Department.

While the subject of the investigation was not disclosed, the administrators said, "The initial investigation is being conducted by a Bristol County law enforcement task force and the Bristol County District Attorney's Office. The Town of Marion is cooperating fully with that investigation."

Further information could not be released at this time, said Chief Garcia and Administrator Dawson. "Additional information will be released when it becomes available. We appreciate the public's patience and understanding as this process is completed."