Brookfield police officer resigns after conduct investigation

BROOKFIELD – Following an investigation by the Brookfield Police Department into inappropriate conduct by one of its officers, a Brookfield police sergeant has resigned.

Peter Coffelt, who served with the department for 14 years, submitted his resignation on July 31. He had been on paid leave since June 30 when the internal investigation began.

"One of our officers had a conversation with someone and brought some information ... and then we pursued that," Police Chief Steven Stelter said.

Stelter declined to provide information about the specific reason for Coffelt's resignation.

Coffelt will receive a payment of more than $23,000 per terms of the resignation, which also stipulates that Brookfield police reveal only information about his length of employment and salary when questioned by prospective employers.

Brookfield police said they at first asked the Public Integrity Unit of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office to investigate, but since there was nothing criminal about the investigation, they declined to pursue it.