OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Omaha’s police chief fired an officer for conduct unbecoming and asked the state to revoke the officer’s law enforcement certificate.
But how often do members of law enforcement become disqualified from serving as police officers in Nebraska?
The state has 4,300 active duty law enforcement personnel, and there are fewer than 10 each year who have their law enforcement certificate revoked.
Omaha Police Officer William Klees resigned this week on the same day he was supposed to speak to Internal Affairs over allegations of dumping trash on a woman’s car outside their resort. apartments.
OPD Chief Todd Schmaderer said he would provide documents to the Nebraska Crime Commission to ensure that Klees’ law enforcement certificate is revoked.
But 6 News discovered that this sort of thing doesn’t happen very often here.
“Over the past three years, we have certified 226 officers per year between the five academies,” said Brenda Urbanek, director of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center on Grand Island.
The state averages 4,300 active officers at any one time. She said those who lose their license are a small percentage.
“At the Policing Standards Advisory Council meeting this morning, they voted to remove an officer, and the case count was 220,” she said.
That’s 220 agents in 25 years whose certification has been revoked. This amounts to less than nine each year who lose their certification.
And once a police officer is stripped of his role as a cop in Nebraska, that means he can’t be an officer anywhere in the United States.
Besides the Omaha officer, 6 News earlier this month broke the story of a former Nebraska State Patrol trooper in trouble with the law: Brandon Dolezal is facing charges of sexual assault on a 15-year-old in Omaha.
NSP fired Dolezal last year – just three months after graduating from the academy – after investigators alleged he had nude photos of a number of local teenage girls on his phone.
“It’s an interesting case,” Urbanek said. “I sat here and thought, ‘Maybe we should do an autopsy on how this person got into the profession. The agency he works for does a very thorough investigation of their backgrounds and subjects them to psychological evaluations.
So how does Nebraska compare nationally or to other states? It really is apples and oranges – there is no standard for this.
For example: Georgia has been revoking law enforcement certificates for years. California just started last year.
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