Database Starts To Track Decertified Police Officers


Crooked police officers take note: Ray Franklin has your number, reports the Baltimore Examiner. Franklin, deputy director of the Maryland Police Training Commission, has developed The National Peace Officer Certification System, a shared database that tracks nearly 8,000 police officers nationwide who have had their police powers revoked. In 2004, nearly 2,000 officers tried to slip through the cracks. “If they lose their certification to be a police officer in one state, they sometimes go to another state to get a job,” Franklin said. “In the past, information about their record was not shared, and they could sometimes get away with it.”

The database, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, collects data from “post” agencies – police regulatory boards that certify officers across the country. The data is stored on a national database that can be checked when officers apply for a job. The system, which launched last week, collects data regularly from 24 police regulatory boards across the nation. Franklin said the long-term goal is to make the service available to every U.S. police agency. “Agencies can check on an officer at the front end of the hiring process,” he said. “That's the key to preventing problems down the road.”


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