The Justice Department, which gave the association about $200,000 to start the database in 2009, no longer funds it. The department declined to explain why it had dropped its support, but a spokesman said the goal was “ensuring that our nation’s law enforcement agencies have the necessary resources to identify the best qualified candidates to protect and serve communities.”Thanks for nothing, spokesman.
September 12, 2016
"Cast-Out Police Officers Are Often Hired in Other Cities"
It's unclear how big of a problem this is. But even that is part of the problem. The fact that it happens at all is horrible. You'd also think police departments, even the tiny ones (much less Cleveland), would be a bit more inclined to do a more thorough background check. Maybe pick up the phone or something. You'd also think there would be a database. And there is, The National Decertification Index. But it's not well funded, according to the New York Times. Why it can't get a little cash from the DOJ seems to is a mystery: