Falsifying Jail Records Is Only A Policy Violation?

Volusia County Correctional Officer Chris Richardson Terminated For Falsifying Jail Records

Ofc. Richardson's Internal Affairs Investigation Only Supported Jail Policy Violations

Did Richardson's Falsification Of Jail Records Also Equate To A CJSTC Moral Character Violation,
As Well As A Violation Of Florida's Criminal Statues?

August 4, 2014
"Police throughout the United States have been caught fabricating, planting, and manipulating evidence to obtain convictions where cases would otherwise be very weak. Some authorities regard police perjury as so rampant that it can be considered a "subcultural norm rather than an individual aberration" of police officers."
Dale Carpenter - Flagrant Conduct: The Story Of Lawrence v. Texas

You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones

When Jail Policy Violations
Are Also Crimes,
And Moral Character Violations

Last May (2014), Volusia County Correctional Officer Chris Richardson was fired.

According to the jail's internal affairs investigative report, Ofc. Richardson had violated several in house jail policies, to include falsifying offical jail reports. --->

While VolusiaExposed applauds the jail's investigation on Ofc. Richardson - we are also very criticial of the jail's failure to properly report Ofc. Richardson's misconduct to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

It's our (VolusiaExposed) opinion that Ofc. Richardson's sustained misconduct was far more serious than the mere sustained jail policy violations.

We suspect that Ofc. Richardson's misconduct included probable criminal violations of falsifying a public document (F.S. 839.13) or making false official statements (F.S. 837.06).

What do you think?

Both criminal violations (F.S. 837.06 and F.S. 839.13) are also violations of Florida's Law Enforcement Officers' Moral Character Standards.

These moral character standards are codified within Florida Administrative Code 11B-27.0011.

The Ofc. Chris Richardson Investigation
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Per Florida law, sustained violations of Florida Law Enforcement Officer's Moral Character Standards MUST be reported to the Florida Department Of Law Enforcement - Criminal Justice Standards And Training Commission (CJSTC).

The CJSTC is the governing body in the State of Florida for all law enforcement and correctional officers. The CJSTC is to law enforcement officers, as the Florida Bar is to attorneys.

Mere sustained violations of the law enforcement agency's policies, as was the findings of the jail investigation, - DO NOT mandate a report to the CJSTC.

Sustained moral character violations are reported via the CJSTC 78 form.

The recently secured CJSTC 78 form (see section 11) completed by the Volusia County jail regarding Ofc. Richardson's sustained misconduct, supports that he was ONLY found to have violated jail policies. Again NO moral character violations were supported or indicated on the Richardson CJSTC 78 form.

While the jail's investigative report sustains that Ofc. Richardson falsified an official report - the jail's investigative findings handles this violation as a mere jail policy violation.

We here at VolusiaExposed suspect that Richardson's falsifications were also moral character violations, as well as probable criminal violations.

Then again, Florida law enforcement agencies have a rather long history of relegating criminal behaviors of their officers to mere agency policy violations, thus circumventing the mandatory reporting requirements to the CJSTC.

In our opinion, FDLE/CJSTC play a sort of "hear, see, speak, know - no evil" approach to these law enforcement agencies circumventing the mandatory reporting requirements (laws).

One of our favorite recent examples is the incident surrounding Flagler County Sheriff Deputy Nunziato.

If you find your interest piqued - you will find many more examples of this type of behavior within Florida's law enforcement agencies spinkled within our archived articles.

Welcome to Florida - not only are the rules different here - many of our law enforcement agencies don't even follow established rules.




If you found this article to be thought provoking, we (VolusiaExposed.Com) invite you to review, the below linked, Special Investigative Report, exposing law enforcement corruption with the State of Florida.


by Matthew Doig and Anthony Cormier
Tarnished badge, flawed system
Police unions / political clout
Predator in uniform?
What the personnel files reveal
Problems and solutions
Flagrant abuses invite little scrutiny
Problem officers still find work
How serious offenses go unreported
Sworn to protect....their pensions
Governor investigates CJSTC
Additional concerns surrounding the
Volusia County Sheriff's Department

VCSO deputy supplies underage females with alcohol.

VCSO deputy sexually approaches female prisoner?

Sex and the Badge
Extra-martial affairs within the VCSO?

VCSO deputy engaging in sexual relationship, while on duty?

VCSO deputy attempts romantic relationship with felony suspect?

VCSO deputy sexually assaults handcuffed woman.

VCSO deputy reprimanded for domestic violence arrest

VCSO Frangiamore-Carper murder-suicide incident

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