UPDATE: Mayor, police chief say Hall’s lack of certification isn’t a concern

TUPELO – Deputy Police Chief Robert Hall has been back on the job for two months, but still hasn’t been recertified as an officer.
Without the certification, Hall doesn’t have arrest powers but still can work as an administrator.
Chief Tony Carleton had 30 days after Hall was hired to re-apply for his law enforcement certificate through the Board of Standards and Training.
Hall’s certificate was deactivated when he resigned from the department in 2006 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to a hit-and-run accident.
He returned to the post on March 29 without the recertification. For the job he does, Carleton said, he doesn’t need it.
“He’s in an administrative position and his job is to focus on improving polices and procedures and to help the department to connect with the community so we all can have a good working relationship,” said Carleton. “He is not on the streets arresting people, we have other officers for that. Deputy Chief Hall is more important to the department working from an administrative standpoint than he would be on the streets.”
Mayor Jack Reed Jr. said Hall’s lack of certification is not a concern at this time.
“I think Robert is doing a great job,” said Reed. “He is doing exactly what I’d hoped. He has added a lot of leadership and energy to the department. I think he has already proven his value to the city and the department since he was brought on.”

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