“Police Chief James Craig was limited in what action he could have taken against a perceived carjacker because Detroit’s top cop isn’t certified as an officer,” detroitnews.com reports. You hurt your what? “Craig is not certified as a police officer in Michigan, so he doesn’t have arrest powers beyond making a citizen’s arrest . . . As a retired officer, however, he is allowed to carry a concealed weapon in all 50 states, per the 2004 federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act. Michigan doesn’t require certification for police chiefs.” So he had a gun but “A department spokesman said the chief drove away from the situation because no actual crime had been committed. Also, Craig is not certified as a police officer in Michigan, so he doesn’t have arrest powers beyond making a citizen’s arrest . . .
Although the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards sent Craig paperwork to become certified when he assumed command of Detroit’s Police Department in July, he hasn’t returned it, said Dave Harvey, the commission’s executive director.
This isn’t Chief Craig’s first non-rodeo . . .
When Craig became Cincinnati’s police chief in August 2011, the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission waived most of the state’s requirements to become a certified officer, said Dan Tierney, spokesman for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, which oversees the training commission.
“Craig had applied for a wavier of the training requirements given his extensive experience prior to coming to Cincinnati,” Tierney said.
“He was granted an exemption for a vast majority of the requirements, given his previous experience. The head of the (training association) at the time said to his knowledge, no other officer had ever been granted more waivers than Chief Craig.
“The only things not waived were specifically related to Ohio law,” Tierney said. “Those courses covered things that someone not trained in Ohio wouldn’t be aware of. Craig asked to have the requirement that he take the test be waived, and the commission did not grant him that waiver, so he challenged that in court.”
Craig, the first chief in Cincinnati history to be hired from outside the department, argued the test was unfair to out-of-state chief candidates. He insisted his time in Cincinnati was better spent learning the community and how to deal with its crime problem than cramming for a test given to recruits after 582 hours of training — a position publicly supported by Cincinnati’s mayor and other city officials.
A cop who doesn’t like to take competency tests. Go figure. [h/t Dirk Diggler]