State police this morning released a list of 14 Delaware County police officers, and one Chester County cop, who lost their badges yesterday for allegedly cheating on a routine re-certification test in February 2009. The Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission voted for the "permanent revocation" of their certification, which means that they wouldn't be able to work as cops in Pennsylvania. They have 30 days to appeal to Commonwealth Court, according to state police spokesman Jack Lewis.
What's strange about this scandal, which I wrote about in July 2009, is that the Act 180 exam administered by MPOETC is extremely easy, as it's been explained to me. Those who don't get seven out of 10 answers correct can re-take the exam to keep their certification. "It's as close to an open-book test as you can possibly get," was how one cop described it in 2009.
The list of the 15 decertified officers:
Robert Barbour, Darby Borough
Brian Boyd, Upland Borough
Ian Cleghorn, Ridley Park Borough
Kenneth Collins, Darby Borough
Kevin Cosentino, Upper Darby Township
David Cuddhy, Darby Borough
Michael Curran, Upland Borough
Daniel DiNardo, Upland Borough
Francis Ely Jr., Brookhaven Borough
Jonathan Freeman, Trainer Borough
Richard Fuller, Brookhaven Borough
Sean Gallagher, Oxford Borough
Timothy Hannigan, Darby Borough
Mark Heine, Ridley Township
Michael Irey, Nether Providence Twp.
Update: State police just sent this update from MPOETC: "Employment status to terminate is the responsibility of the individual police department. Revoking an officer’s certification connotes that the officers no longer have the authority to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth, i.e. Crimes Code, Vehicle Code, Rules of Criminal Procedure, or wear a firearm. Any citations the officers write after decertification cannot get entered into the AOPC system. The individuals can work in an administrative capacity IF the department has such a provision in their agency policies."