Fort Wayne Police Department detective facing criminal charges

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — A detective with the Fort Wayne Police Department is facing criminal charges after he allegedly trafficked with an inmate.

Court documents show Robert Kirby is facing charges of trafficking with an inmate outside a facility and official misconduct. The charge comes after Kirby allegedly helped facilitate dropping a bag of tobacco and related products where inmates were working between September 2-4.

Investigators say the drop was located between two buildings where the offenders work at the Jefferson County Proving Grounds. There was a plastic bag with 28 bags of loose tobacco, 12 mini lighters, 10 packs of rolling papers and a pack of electrical tape.

An offender at the Madison Correctional Facility told the investigators Kirby was her boyfriend and that he was not supposed to drop the items himself.

Kirby has been with the Fort Wayne Police Department since January 1987. He has been a detective with Vice and Narcotics since October 2002.

Kirby has been placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation has reached a conclusion.

Jacob Burbrink

Jacob Burbrink

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