The Tupelo Police Department has applied for Deputy Chief Robert Hall’s certification, according to Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton.
The request now goes to the state Board on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Training.
Hall was hired in March, three years after having resigned from that position upon pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for releasing a hit-and-run suspect. He lost his certification when he left the job, and the Police Department must apply to the state Board on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Training to have it reinstated.
The board typically denies recertification if an officer has a criminal record, but the city can appeal it at that point.
In June, Carleton told the Daily Journal that Hall didn’t need the certification to hold his position, which is administrative in nature. The certification grants officers arrest powers.
City leaders recently urged Carleton to have Hall certified.
Read more in Thursday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.
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