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BCSO Goes After APD Officer

BCSO Goes After APD Officer

If Tyler were to lose her license, her career as a law enforcement officer would basically be over.

BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office has moved to revoke the law enforcement license of the recently hired director of training of the Albuquerque Police Academy, Major Jessica Tyler, a process that could end Tyler’s police career.

The Sheriff’s Office filed an LEA 90—the paperwork to start the decertification process against a police officer—against Tyler on Nov. 12. The form was filed with the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, Jack Jones, the Academy’s director, told ABQ Free Press Monday.

Tyler was chief deputy at the Sheriff’s Office until she quit in July, just after the BCSO opened an internal affairs investigation against her. Four days later she was hired as APD’s director of training. In her new job, Tyler is responsible for implementing training policies and procedures mandated by APD’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Justice Department.

“They [BCSO] filed it, but I sent it back to them because it was incomplete, and we have not issued a notice of contemplated action [against Tyler],” Jones said. He said that because his office had not officially accepted the form he would not release it to the newspaper.

Spokespeople for Bernalillo County and the BCSO were not immediately available for comment. Tyler said Monday, “I have not received any notification from the NMLEA.”

If Tyler were to lose her license, her career as a law enforcement officer would basically be over. Most major police departments in the U.S. subscribe to a national data base that lists all officers whose licenses have been revoked. Police officers have to be licensed in every state. The licenses are issued by training academies, and they can be revoked for various types of misconduct.

Jones declined to discuss the filing or explain the grounds on which the BCSO wants to revoke Tyler’s license.

Tyler was named director of training for APD’s academy in late July. Her appointment was not without controversy. On July 16, Sheriff Manny Gonzales ordered his department’s Internal Affairs Unit to open an investigation against Tyler, who was the department’s chief deputy, according to BCSO records. Gonzales’ order read: “I hereby order the Internal Affairs Unit to open and conduct an investigation of misconduct involving Chief Deputy Jessica Tyler. Chief Deputy Jessica Tyler will be listed as the subject of this investigation.”

Tyler quit the the BCSO on July 24. Four days later she was hired by APD.

ABQ Free Press filed an inspection of public records request for the IA investigation into Tyler in early September. As of Monday, the BCSO had not provided the newspaper that information. Nor had it provided the newspaper with a copy of the LEA 90 it filed against Tyler.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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