The new National Decertification Database (NDD) is providing those who hire police officers with a federalized database to review the histories of job applicants, reports Officer.com. “It's an effort to improve the profession of law enforcement and public safety in the U.S.,” said the database's founder, Ray Franklin, who developed the program for the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), and serves as the organization's Police Officer Standards and Training Network (POST-Net) operations manager.
Franklin said the NDD system now operates among twenty states, and contains 7,000 records of officers who lost certification for cause within their agencies. “Cause” is defined as misconduct and does not include retirement or other administrative loss of police authority. Franklin said the NDD is designed to be an investigative aid that helps hiring bodies eliminate the “bad apples.” An officer could be decertified in one state for an act that would not be deemed an offense in another state; the database is intended to be a “pointer system” that encourages hiring bodies to contact out-of-state agencies to obtain more detailed information regarding applicants. A grant ceiling of $100,000 was approved for the NDD last fall by the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.