State board takes away state licenses of 5 local cops

2014-03-10T00:00:00Z State board takes away state licenses of 5 local copsBy Alison Dorf For the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 10, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board revoked the state licenses of two local police officers, allowed two more to turn in their licenses, and suspended the license of one other at its February meeting.

The board has the right to suspend or revoke the status of an officer for misconduct, including felonies, conduct that would jeopardize public trust or general wrongdoing.

The board revoked the licenses of two former Tucson Police Department officers who were convicted of crimes last year:

  • Former officer Kyle McCartin was convicted of aggravated assault in December after he was arrested for pointing a gun at a store clerk last July, according to board records. He worked for TPD for less than a year and was fired.
  • Former officer Martin Ward pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child after he was arrested in May. In November he was sentenced to 10 years in state prison and life on probation. He worked for TPD for nearly six years until he was fired.

The board also accepted consent agreements from two former officers following investigations last year. The two voluntarily turned over their licenses and are permanently barred from working as certified peace officers in Arizona:

  • Former TPD officer John Hill relinquished his license after an investigation found he used a police database to look up dancers at a night club. Hill told investigators he did not give any information to an owner or manager of the club, but investigators learned he emailed a three-page document to a manager detailing who had arrest warrants, board records show. He resigned in April after working for TPD for five years.
  • Former Arizona Department of Public Safety officer Daniel Verdugo relinquished his license after an investigation found he lied on his license application regarding disciplinary action taken against him by a former employer. He worked at DPS for more than six years.

The board also suspended another officer’s license:

  • Former officer John Tynes, of the Patagonia Police Department, pleaded guilty to DUI and misdemeanor criminal damage charges from an October 2012 incident. 

Alison Dorf is a University of Arizona journalism student who is an apprentice at the Star. Contact her at starapprentice@azstarnet.com.

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