Atlanta police Maj. Moses Perdue, commander of the department’s Office of Professional Standards, was relieved of his command by Chief George Turner Aug. 19 following allegations of misconduct, the department announced.

Perdue was returned to his former rank of lieutenant, required to turn in his weapon and badge and has been placed on administrative duty in the department’s Fleet Management Division pending outcome of an investigation by the Compliance Unit of the city’s Law Department, the police department said.

The acting head of OPS is Captain Elder Dancy, who most recently was assigned to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The Office of Professional Standards is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct by employees within the Atlanta Police Department.

“Those who are appointed to ‘police the police’ must be held to a much greater standard,” Turner said.

–John Schaffner