State Commission Considering Stricter Decertification Standards

Virginia state crime commission is crafting a proposal to strengthen the state’s police officer decertification law. According to reports, the commission is working with the Department of Criminal Justice Services to strengthen the existing statute. Currently, an officer can be decertified if he or she is convicted of a felony, fails to meet training requirements, fails a drug test or refuses…

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Drug Defendants Released After Chemist Charged With Lying About Drug Samples

More than a dozen drug defendants have been released and three state officials have resigned in the wake of charges a 34- year-old Massachusetts chemist lied about drug sample results. Annie Dookhan was arrested Friday for allegedly faking drug results, forging paperwork and mixing samples at a state police lab. Officials estimate Dookhan handled more…

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