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New CEO for IADLEST Appointed

Letter from Richard P. Clark, President, IADLEST:

It is my honor and privilege as President to report on the recent significant changes to our organization.

On January 19, 2012, the IADLEST Executive Board made an historic decision to solidify our leadership by appointing Michael Becar as the organization's full-time Executive Director, and Patrick Judge as Deputy Director.

These appointments were made as part of the implementation of a new strategic plan. the establishment of a CEO to oversee day to day operations will strengthen IADLEST's ability to manage critical projects, expand the organization's responsibilities to raise professional standards for peace offices nationally, improve the quality of training, and carry out our vision for future growth and development.

Both Mike Becar and Pat Judge bring extensive background and experience with law enforcement, professional standards and IADLEST. Mike Becar retired from the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training as Executive Director with over 39 years of law enforcement experience, and is a past president of IADLEST. Mike also managed grants and contracts for IADLEST for the past three years. Pat Judge started his law enforcement career as a Detroit police officer before accepting a position with the Michigan POST. He worked in every professional position as a Michigan POST staff member, including several years as its Director. For the past 15 years, Pat has served as the IADLEST Executive Director. With proven professionals like Mike and Pat, we have a very bright future.

I am excited about where we are now and confident that in the years to come, under the leadership of Mike and Pat, IADLEST will continue to grow as an outstanding organization.



IADLEST Launches the New National Decertification Index Delaware Becomes the 30th State to Join

August 1, 2011, The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) announced today the launch of a complete redesign of the National Decertification Index (NDI). The Index is a nationwide registry of law enforcement officer certificate or license revocation actions relating to misconduct. The information is provided via a secure internet-accessible platform.

The NDI keeps law enforcement agencies from potentially hiring officers with criminal backgrounds or who have had their certification revoked for cause by a contributing state. The NDI is a key component of a thorough background investigation. The system can flag potentially rogue officers who are jumping from one state to another after having their license or certification revoked in their home state.

"The NDI is a vital tool for maintaining credibility and our public trust in the law enforcement profession" William Muldoon, Director of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center and NDI Chairman "before we had the NDI, we had no way of knowing if an officer had been decertified for cause in another state."

Information contained in the NDI is provided by participating state government agencies responsible for licensing or revoking law enforcement certificates. The NDI currently contains over 14,000 records.

Recently, the state of Delaware became the 30th state to join the NDI and actively contribute decertification records. "We hope that every State will join this effort" stated Richard Clark, IADLEST President "Access to the NDI is free of charge, and no law enforcement agency should hire an officer without making sure that they have checked the NDI first. It is our duty to uphold the highest professional standards."

 

About IADLEST

The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) is an international organization of training managers and executives dedicated to the improvement of public safety personnel. IADLEST serves as the national forum of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) agencies, boards, and commissions as well as statewide training academies throughout the United States.

About the NDI

The purpose of NDI is to serve as a national registry of certificate or license revocation actions relating to officer misconduct. The records contained in the NDI are provided by participating state government agencies and should be verified with the contributing authority. Inclusion in the database does not necessarily preclude any individual from appointment as an officer. The National Decertification Index is a program funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse this website (including, without limitation, its contents, technical infrastructure, policies, and any services or tools provided).

Oregon Case Shows NDI Works

 

By Eriks Gabliks, Director

Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

 

           

IADLEST established the National Decertification Index (NDI) in the late 1990s to reduce the interstate rehiring of law enforcement officers decertified for misconduct by Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Boards and Commissions in the United States. This system provides general information regarding state policies and guidelines as well as access to the searchable index, the NDI, by approved law enforcement hiring entities.  Participating states enter decertified criminal justice officers into the index that is used as a pointer system that directs employing agencies and/or certification bodies to the agency that made the entry.   As of July 2011, the NDI contains more than 14,000 decertified officers from 30 states. 

            The following illustrates the benefit of the NDI.  The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) revoked the police certification of Sean Sullivan on July 19, 2005.  Sullivan, a Police Officer in Coquille, Oregon, was convicted of two counts of harassment.  As part of his sentencing, Sullivan was ordered to surrender his State of Oregon police officer certification and never work in any capacity as a police officer. DPSST entered Sullivan’s name in the NDI as an officer whose certification had been revoked. 

            Since that time Sullivan has attempted to gain employment as a police officer in two other states.  Three months after his conviction in Oregon, Sullivan applied to be a police officer in Klawock, Alaska.  On his application he indicated that he had never been convicted of a crime nor had his police certification been revoked in any state.  Later that month he applied to be a police officer in Cedar Vale, Kansas.  On his application he again marked that he never been convicted of any crimes. Sullivan was hired and served as Police Chief in Cedar Vale until May 12, 2006 when Kansas POST became aware of his revoked status and began an investigation.  Kansas also looked into allegations that Sullivan may have engaged in other unlawful conduct while serving as a police officer.  The NDI was used as a vehicle by both states to identify the Oregon revocation and take appropriate action. 

            DPSST’s revocation and denial process is under our eleven-member Standards & Certification Program.  This program serves approximately 10,000 police, corrections, parole/probation officers, and 9-1-1 telecommunicators who work at more than 300 city, county and state criminal justice agencies.   In 2004, DPSST received legislative funding to establish a full-time Professional Standards Coordinator.  Since that time Oregon has revoked the certifications of more than 500 police, corrections and parole and probation officers and 9-1-1 telecommunicators.  DPSST also publishes a monthly Ethics Bulletin which describes cases which lead to loss of certification.  To view a copy, please go to the publications section of the DPSST web page at

www.oregon.gov/DPSST





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