Connecticut Expands Police Decertification Criteria

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Connecticut police officers who have violated a department’s ethics code or standards of conduct can still work for another department, reports the Fairfield Citizen.  Changes are already being considered to increase the criteria for removing an officer’s certification — including conduct undermining public confidence in law enforcement or excessive force — and some say the list can be expanded even more. Fired officers can seek a lateral transfer at a different department and retain their certification as long as the previous employer doesn’t claim they committed acts that rose to the level of “malfeasance.” In 2020, only one Connecticut officer lost certification, according to a database maintained by POST.  An officer generally loses certification if the person is convicted of a felony or lied in a case.

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