Bartow Police Department said Julian Slade was on duty working as a patrol officer in the city when he became involved in a personal disturbance with his girlfriend.

BARTOW — A Bartow police officer was arrested on a domestic battery charge Wednesday.

Julian Luis Slade, 26, was arrested by the Bartow Police Department.

In a media release issued Thursday, Bartow PD said that Slade was on duty working as a patrol officer in the city when he became involved in a personal disturbance with his girlfriend.

During the course of the argument, Slade pushed her several times on her chest, which was witnessed by an off-duty Bartow police officer, according to reports.

The off-duty officer notified his sergeant of the incident. The girlfriend was not injured.

BPD said the sergeant on duty responded to the parking lot where the incident was occurring and opened an investigation, determining probable cause that Slade had battered his girlfriend.

Slade was immediately arrested, and after being transported to the police department, tendered his resignation immediately, BPD said.

“I am extremely disappointed in Slade's actions,” Chief Joe Hall said in the release. “I hold all Bartow Police officers highly accountable for their actions and expect them to be model citizens at all times. As a result of this incident, I immediately accepted his resignation.”

The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor.

Slade faced first appearance Thursday at the Polk County Courthouse before Judge Lori Winstead. The county jail website listed his release as pending late Thursday afternoon.

Slade was sworn in as an officer with the agency on July 31, 2017. He was assigned to the patrol section and his annual rate of pay was $38,735.84.

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