State tells McKinley Co. sheriff to stop policing

May 5, 2012 • State News

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The state’s police certification regulator has ordered McKinley County Sheriff Felix Begay not to do police work because he lacks certification.

New Mexico Department of Public Safety Training and Recruiting Division [auth] Director Louis Medina sent Begay letters in late April and again on May 3 telling him he was barred from police activities like traffic stops. The Gallup Independent reports ( ) Begay failed to take required training after being elected in late 2010.

Begay protested after the first letter that his situation was unique because he was a longtime peace officer and had worked for the sheriff’s office on and off since 1988. He was sheriff twice previously, from 1989-93 and 2003-06.

Begay says he will comply with the order even though he disagrees with the demand.

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