Santa Fe Chief will recommend termination Katie Kim
Sounds like a step in the right direction, but I'll believe it when I see it. - ChrisSANTA FE (KRQE) - A new zero tolerance policy cuts no breaks to Santa Fe police officers accused of lying, creeping and drunk driving, among other infractions. The police chief said it's a long time coming.
Effective Friday, Chief Raymond Rael said any officer accused of sexual harassment, domestic violence, DWI, lying or any felony could be fired immediately. Rael said he will make a recommendation for termination, though it will be up to the city manager to make the final decision. Rael said for years, officers have been getting away with verbal reprimands and suspensions.
"We have a couple of additional officers that have engaged in misconduct under previous chiefs who received corrective action much lighter than I would have proposed," said Rael, who took over last spring. "We have to be held to that higher standard. We have to ensure that we enforce these laws and I don't think we can do it hypocritically."
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