UPDATE: State law enforcement commission will hold hearing to decertify ex Chattanooga detective
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
An ex Chattanooga police major crimes detective who was fired from the department in April may soon lose his state law enforcement certification.
The Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, which develops and oversees standards for law enforcement agencies in Tennessee, will hold a formal hearing to decertify David Catchings. Without POST certification, Catchings cannot work as a police officer in the state of Tennessee.
However, the commission has not been able to reach him.
David Catchings was arrested in September for DUI. Then, on New Year's Eve, he was arrested a second time after he reportedly hit his mother-in-law in the face after drinking.
“Correspondence between POST and Catchings has been forwarded to two separate addresses and have been returned both certified and regular from one address,” said Kevin Walters, communications director for the Department of Commerce and Insurance. “The second letter has not been received at POST.”
Catchings is expected in Hamilton County Criminal Court on June 26. POST officials hope to serve him with paperwork in court. He will have an opportunity to hire an attorney to argue against decertification at the state hearing.
Catchings worked for the department beginning in 2006.
In another case, former Chattanooga Police Sgt. Kevin Kincer told state officials he plans to surrender his state certifications. Kincer, who used to work in the property and evidence, was accused of stealing drugs. He received pre-trial diversion in November for three counts of official misconduct and three counts of theft of property.
Kincer, who began working at the department in 1992, resigned in March just before going to a disciplinary hearing.
"Decertification can be started when POST receives a complaint, at the request of the agency or the POST Commission can begin decertification on its own," Walters said.
In both cases, Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher requested that Catchings and Kincer lose law enforcement certification.
On Friday, Fletcher issued a statement, "We will fully cooperate with POST as they consider the decertification."