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Updated: 05/08/2014 08:00:06AM

North Port chief ‘not afraid’ of scrutiny

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SUN PHOTO BY DREW WINCHESTER

North Port Police Chief Kevin Vespia talks to the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce members at the Olde World Restaurant on Wednesday.

SUN PHOTO BY DREW WINCHESTER

North Port Police Chief Kevin Vespia talks to the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce members at the Olde World Restaurant on Wednesday.

Kevin Vespia

Kevin Vespia

By DREW WINCHESTER

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NORTH PORT — North Port Police Chief Kevin Vespia addressed recent department controversies Wednesday morning during a North Port Area Chamber of Commerce function, and while he was quick to tout transparency and accountability, he urged patience while investigative processes play out.

Vespia did not specifically invoke the names of Melanie Turner and Ricky Urbina, two officers charged with the sexual battery and false imprisonment of a 38-year-old woman in March at a North Port party, but he did promise swift action if the allegations prove true.

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