The national problem of “gypsy cops” is not a new one. Toxic officers engage in misconduct in one agency after another over the course of a career and, in the meantime, cost thousands of dollars in lawsuits and inflict damage to agency reputation and officer morale along the way. These officers leave one agency where they are widely known to be a serious problem, only to find a new home with another agency where the behavior continues until it is time to move again.
Departments across the nation are struggling to recruit qualified applicants to serve as law enforcement officers. This presents an opportunity for unqualified men and women to gain employment because agencies need “warm bodies”. This is particularly true when the applicant happens to already be a certified officer.