RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — 8News uncovered a local law enforcement officer with a police record.
Keith Glenn, who is married to Richmond’s Chief Administrative Officer Selena Cuffee Glenn, is Richmond Sheriff’s Deputy. Court records show Glenn was indicted by a grand jury in 2015 for filing a false police report. He later pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of falsifying a report to police.
8News asked Dana Schrad with the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police how someone with a record of lying to authorities gets a job in law enforcement?
“Well, I would say the majority of chiefs and sheriffs in the state would look at that as being a disqualifying offense, conviction that say you know, we can’t trust you in this environment,” said Schrad.
The conviction stems from an incident in Suffolk. Glenn reported a hit-and-run to police. He claimed his white Chevy had been struck and damaged but 8News’ sister station WAVY found markings on the white car may have been made by a pickup truck parked in front of Glenn’s home. An eyewitness told investigators Glenn crashed into his own car while driving a gray Dodge pickup truck registered to his wife.
8News reviewed the qualifications listed on the Richmond Sheriff’s Office website for applicants. It states: “No serious misdemeanors or misdemeanors involving moral turpitude.” We tried to ask the Sheriff Antoinette Irving about that. The office confirmed Glenn is a deputy sheriff but refused an interview telling 8News the Sheriff’s Office does not discuss personnel or personnel matters.
“In most cases that would lead to termination in a police department or another law enforcement agency in the state,” Schrad told 8News.
While it might be grounds for termination, Schrad told 8News the misdemeanor wouldn’t be grounds for decertification, meaning barred from working in law enforcement somewhere else. She said, “What he was convicted of falls outside of the definition of a crime of moral turpitude.” And Schrad admits these days law enforcement is struggling to recruit applicants.
“It is so difficult to hire. There are not a lot of great candidates going into law enforcement. So it is difficult when someone who commits an offense that isn’t standard to decertification to say, ‘ok we’re done with you,'” Schrad said. “You really can’t lower your standards because there is not a sufficient employment pool.”
Schrad also told 8News the Association is looking to change the law.
“We want to change Virginia’s law to add that truthfulness standard into the decertification statute because truthfulness is such at the core of being a law enforcement officer. If you are found to be untruthful we really don’t know how you can be in the profession,” she said.
It can become a real issue if an officer is called to court to testify. In the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland it was established that prosecutors must disclose to defendants any evidence that is favorable to the accused on the questions of either guilt or punishment, or that may be used to impeach the credibility of a prosecution witness. If there is an issue with an officer’s integrity, it must be addressed and possibly disclosed.
8News reached out to Glenn for comment but he did not respond.