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Virginia Crime Panel To Revisit Police Decertification

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RICHMOND, VA. (AP) - An apparent loophole in Virginia's police officer decertification law is on the State Crime Commission's agenda.

The commission is expected to discuss a possible legislative remedy when it meets Tuesday in Richmond.

The panel heard about the problem last month. State law allows decertification of an officer for a felony conviction, failing to meet training requirements and failing or refusing to submit to a drug test. But an officer can lose certification only if the transgression is reported to the Criminal Justice Services Board, and that's only happened four times over the last two years.

That mean some officers deemed unfit are able to get law enforcement jobs elsewhere.

Among the options the commission may consider is making the reporting to the Criminal Justice Services Board mandatory.

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