The rise in desertification stems from a push for police reform
RICHMAND, Virginia (WRIC) – In Virginia, the number of police officers fired for dishonesty or excessive force is growing. According to Virginia Department of Criminal Justice 146 officers were stripped of their certification as of mid-January. This means that they are currently not eligible to serve as law enforcement officers in the Commonwealth.
8News first looked at the top list of deserters in Virginia officers back in July. 46 new officers have been added since then. More than half of the 146 officers deprived of certification have been added to the list in the last two years alone. The department began maintaining the list in 1999.
The increase in desertification is the result of a push for police reform following the assassination of George Floyd, as well as a new law that expands crime to deprive of certification, including excessive force and lies.
“We need to make sure only the best serve,” said Chesterfield Police Chief Colonel Jeffrey Katz.
Katz included four officers on the 2021 desertation list and confirmed they are no longer from the department.
“I would say that our list of four people that we have presented is a representative example of how we protect ourselves,” Katz said.
Katz spoke publicly last year about former officer Brendan Hyde, who was fired after an internal investigation revealed he had requested inappropriate photos from a 17-year-old girl.
Katz described the incident, saying: “This is a difficult day for our community and for our department. not because we arrested a former officer, but because we admit that Mr. Hyde has tarnished the badge we are proud to wear. ”
Among the other three Chesterfield police officers who were deprived of certification, two had their police certificates revoked for false statements.
“If someone’s behavior indicates that they should not be in a position of public trust, we must exclude them from our profession,” Katz said.
Also recently stripped of his certification last year was Hanover Deputy Sheriff K. Ryan Payne, who has been named Officer of the Year several times. Asked about the desertification, a spokesman for the Hanover Sheriff’s Office told 8News that he “could not speak to the details of the internal investigation.”
The revocation of Payne’s certification in the list of public records was concluded in the report of inaccuracies. Hanover County has confirmed it no longer works in the department.
Richmond Police Officer Richard Chinapi III was stripped of certification in January. He recently made no allegations of animal crueltys after he fatally shot his bride’s dog and then lied about it to police.
A statement from Richmond Police said:
“Officer Richard Chinapi III was hired by the Richmond Police Department on October 31, 2016 and during his tenure was assigned to the precinct as a patrol officer. Chinapi is on administrative leave. He remains on administrative leave as the criminal case continues. Upon completion, the department will continue our internal administrative process. “
It seems that each department treats desertification and employment differently. For this reason. Chinappi and others on the list have not yet undergone proper procedures. Officers have the right to appeal the decision to revoke certification and possibly get their certification back. These factors force some officers to wait for a certain period of limbo until their name is made public.
The Criminal Justice Committee could also find that the police department was wrong and the officer could return to police work. For this reason, some say that the new laws on the process of revoking certification still need to solve the problem.
Law enforcement said it did not take place at the table when the law was being considered.
Katz commented on the new legislative processes, saying: “They may have been with good intentions, but they were not well thought out.”