A Benewah County Sheriff's Deputy is on leave after the Idaho POST opened an investigation on that deputy's certification.
The officer has been on leave from the sheriff's office since the beginning of October according to Benewah County Sheriff Tony Eells.
The officer on leave has not been officially named since he is still under investigation.
“With a deputy down it puts us shorthanded,” Sheriff Eells said. “There's been a lot of overtime that our deputies are working.”
According to the POST Academy's Manager for the Office of Professional Responsibility, Dan Smith, the officer's credentials are now in question due to an issue brought to POST by an Idaho defense attorney.
According to court documents, the officer in question had been convicted of a felony charge in 1996.
He was later expunged of the felony charge in 2003 by Judge Douglas Payne. The officer did not attempt to receive his post certification until 2010.
According to the Idaho Police Officer requirements, an applicant must have no past criminal history.
“Somehow it fell through the cracks and we said “how did that happen?” Smith said. “We looked into it and that incited an investigation.”
“There is a process happening at this point,” Smith added. “He is cooperating fully.”
According to Smith, POST and the officer under investigation has exchanged paperwork regarding the matter and POST received it's last bit of paperwork November 3.
Smith said POST has a 28-day period from the time it receives a response from the officer to complete the investigation.
The investigation is slated to be finalized the week of December 15.
The Gazette Record is following this story as it develops and will give a report on POST's decision regarding the officer's certification.
If in fact the deputy fraudulently acquired his POST certification he should be held accountable and every arrest/conviction he made while being a deputy should be vacated immediately. Good to see the karma bus coming for corrupt and unethical law people. You should do a story on the probation officer that was recently fired too!!
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