Decertification

Most states have a process for revoking police officers’ certification when they are convicted of felonies or certain misdemeanors, as well as for other forms of egregious or repeated misconduct. Decertification is intended to remove officers who are unfit to serve and also operate as a deterrent to misconduct. For a variety of reasons, however, police officers often remain on the job—either at their original agency or because they were rehired elsewhere—even after they have participated in misconduct that qualifies them for decertification. States and the federal government can address these gaps through a combination of reforms, including the improved gathering and sharing of data and the adoption of broader grounds for decertification.

 

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