One problem with officers being reinstated through arbitration is that it can make it harder for other police agencies to know of a cop’s past issues.
Case in point: Soap Lake Police Chief Ryan Cox said he probably wouldn’t have hired Shane Jones if he had known the details of how Jones was fired from his job as a sheriff’s deputy 14 years earlier.
The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office terminated Jones in 2006 after he was arrested for drunken driving while off duty. An internal investigation found that Jones repeatedly lied to Washington State Patrol troopers during the arrest. He also tried to get preferential treatment based on his status as a deputy sheriff, an arbitrator affirmed.