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For first time, lying Colorado police officers lose certification under new law

Six officers will no longer work in law enforcement anywhere in the state
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Posted at 11:07 PM, Dec 11, 2020

Six Colorado law enforcement officers lost their certification Friday for lying during criminal investigations or internal affairs investigations — the first time police have been decertified under a law passed in 2019.

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser during a Friday meeting of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board said the decertifications were “historic” and commended the law enforcement leaders who pushed for the change.

“Public trust is achieved when law enforcement officers act with honesty and accountability. While the vast majority of peace officers honor this trust each and every day they put on their badge, unfortunately, there are some officers that do not belong in this profession,” Weiser said in a news release issued Friday afternoon.

Decertification means the officers can no longer work in Colorado law enforcement. Prior to the law change, agencies could fire officers for lying but those officers could still move on to a different agency and the POST Board could only revoke officers’ certifications for criminal conduct.

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