MPD officer accused of misdemeanor has positive work history - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD officer accused of misdemeanor has positive work history

Anita Bennett (Source: Memphis Police Department) Anita Bennett (Source: Memphis Police Department)

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis police officer accused of striking her ex-husband has a personnel file that is full of glowing praise.

Officer Anita Bennett faces a misdemeanor domestic violence charge after she allegedly struck her ex-husband on the back of his head during an argument.

Wednesday in court, Bennett was ordered to return in early November. Until then, she reminds free on bond.

Bennett's MPD personnel file shows a mostly clean work history with the police department, and includes praise from supervisors.

Bennett started with Memphis Police Services in 1982, when she was assigned to the department's property room at 201 Poplar.

In 1985, she took a job as a police radio dispatcher. During that time, she received two written reprimands: one for being late to work, and a one-day suspension for leaving a duty assignment at shift's end, even though she had been asked to stay late to work overtime.

In October of 2000, Bennett graduated from the Memphis Police Academy and became a commissioned officer.

During the Summer of 2002, she request a hardship transfer to a different shift. In a written letter, she cited her duty as a "primary parent" to three small children while, "currently going through an extremely difficult and stressful divorce."

In 2006, Bennett was transferred to the Memphis Police Academy, where she received several rave Observed Behavior Reports. One supervisor wrote, "By taking your responsibility seriously, you provided the recruits with a positive image of what a police instructor should be."

Bennett received two different awards for her dedication at the annual commendation ceremony.

She goes back to court November 2nd.

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