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Police standards council decertifies 9

Troy Wilson among those who surrendered badges

Posted: December 11, 2013 - 1:02am

ANCHORAGE — Six former police officers and three former Corrections Department employees have formally lost certification as law enforcement officers.

The Alaska Police Standards Council voted to revoke state certification for the nine at a Dec. 3 meeting in Anchorage, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Four of the officers surrendered certification.

Gov. Sean Parnell appoints the 13-member panel. It certifies people who work for the Alaska State Troopers, police departments, prisons and others. Certification can be revoked if an officer does not meet minimum standards set in state law.

Council members are barred by state law from publicly discussion reasons why an officer’s certification was revoked, said council director Kelly Alzaharna. About 3,000 men and women are certified by the council, Alzaharna said.

Among those surrendering badges was Troy Wilson. The former Juneau Police Department lieutenant was arrested in April 2012 and charged with firing more than 75 rounds at police officers and cars responding to a call at his home.

No responding officers were injured in the incident. Wilson was convicted of attempted assault and other felonies and sentenced in July to nine years in prison.

Troy surrendered his certification. The three others who surrendered certification included Stephen Rabender, a former member of the Kotzebue Police Department, John Havard, former chief of the Galena Police Department, and Kevin Pridmore, a former Anchorage police officer.

The council voted to revoke the certification of Cory Dayton, a former Lemon Creek Correctional Center officer, Jeremy Hoffman, a former correctional officer at Fairbanks Correctional Center, and Dean Whisler, a former corrections officer at Palmer Correctional Center.

The council also revoked the certification of Michael Barnett, a former Dillingham police officer, and Steven Much, a former Anchorage police officer. Much in February was charged with felony theft.

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