November 5th, 2009 | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

DA's Office Declines to Charge MultCo Chief Deputy Over Training Manual

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Multnomah County prosecutors announced today they will not pursue criminal charges against Sheriff's Chief Deputy Tim Moore over allegations he failed to complete the field training for his state police certification.

A memo (PDF) from the DA's office says Moore did not physically demonstrate some of the knowledge areas as required, but there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

The memo notes the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, which certifies cops in Oregon, will now perform its own review of the case.

"There is evidence that Moore did not physically demonstrate all of the knowledge areas in his DPSST manual as required by DPSST, but that fact, standing alone, does not constitute criminal conduct," writes Senior Deputy DA Don Rees.

"What impact, if any, this may have on Moore's DPSST certification will be determined by that agency," Rees continues. "This inquiry is strictly limited to a determination of criminal culpability and based on the facts presented in this evidence, there is none."

The announcement came one day after WW reported on the investigation and on the same day that Lt. Dan Staton, who was head of training in the sheriff's office at the time, was sworn in as interim sheriff.

The memo also notes that according to County Attorney Agnes Sowle, Moore was not required to gain his police certification when he moved from corrections to the law-enforcement division at the sheriff's office. We're waiting on a call back from DPSST to confirm if that's true.
 
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