Thursday, March 5, 2015


Termination rather than prosecution can have several substantial advantages for the agency, for justice, for the public and for the officer.  For the officer, it keeps him out of jail.  Some offenses are not substantial, but the officer should no longer work as a cop.  For these policy violations termination is best.

The agency will get rid of the officer in a timely manner and be able to put the incident behind them quickly.  For the public they won't have to deal with that officer in an official capacity any longer.  The termination is not only faster, but cheaper, so it also serves the public.

The officers file should reflect that he was fired rather than prosecuted for his violation of policy; so that his chances of being hired by another agency are low.  This would be proper for minor violations such as a petty theft, or other misdemeanor type crime; that's what the SGT Says.

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