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Mayflower police chief under investigation

Posted: October 2, 2012 - 6:58pm

An investigation involving the Mayflower Police Department could affect speeding tickets in the area over the past year, according to state officials.

The Arkansas Office of Law Enforcement Standards confirmed that an investigation into Mayflower Police Chief Billy Baker involving the submission of paperwork for radar gun testing has been launched and the results of the investigation could be available in a matter of days.

The investigation involves allegations that Baker turned in fraudulent paperwork for a radar speed gun class and test for his department, claiming that officers took the 16-hour class and passed the test when they did not do so.

The certified course is required for any law enforcement officer who uses a radar gun to monitor speeds of vehicles on highways or other roads. Two sheets are required to be signed by the police chief, one for those attending the class one for passing the test. The accusation is that no one from the department took the test and the police chief signed both sheets of paper and turned them into the state police.

If the allegations are proven true, anyone who was given a ticket for speeding by use of a radar gun by a Mayflower police officer might be able to contest the ticket and either not pay the fine or be issued restitution.

According to a source with knowledge of the investigation, several Mayflower officers attempted to dissuade Baker from submitting the paperwork.

Mayflower Mayor Randy Holland said that he is aware of the investigation and he is currently conducting his own review of the department.

Attempts to contact Baker were unsuccessful.

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amerkraft
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amerkraft 10/02/12 - 07:32 pm
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No surprise...

Mayflower is run like it's an old west town, where you better be out of town before sunset....or else.

ifyoudontknownowyouknow
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ifyoudontknownowyouknow 10/02/12 - 08:45 pm
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Fire Mayor Holland

I heard Mayor Holland has known about this and the officers tried to report it to him but he would run back to Silly Billy and they would be put on the chopping block. This won't be all that hits the media is my guess considering the officers not only didn't take a test they didn't even go to a class! I also heard that Cpl. Boyce lied about a vehicle search he did on a car that was towed to L&L. The problem is he did it with his girlfriend and then lied to the Mayor for over a week. Once again the mayor did nothing. We the citizens of Mayflower are paying Mayor Holland for what?!!!

NoKidding
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NoKidding 10/02/12 - 08:58 pm
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Really?

Say it ain't so!

ifyoudontknownowyouknow
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ifyoudontknownowyouknow 10/02/12 - 10:07 pm
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Reviewing the department?

The mayor stated he is aware of the investigation but he is doing his own review of the department.? Its the chief being investigated. Sounds like the mayor might be trying to cover for the chief. Has the chief been put on any kind of leave?

Tova
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Tova 10/02/12 - 10:46 pm
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As Gomer Pyle....

Once said....
Surprise - Surprise - Surprise !
Not from here but lived around here long enough to see the dirty crap that goes on in Mayflower!
Nobody had to point that out either,it's quit obvious along with other small surrounding towns around Faulkner county.

BuzzBy
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BuzzBy 10/03/12 - 06:42 am
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Maybe
Unpublished

The State Police can file charges for falsifying documents ETC.
The the point will be MOOT for whatever interference the mayor my try to run.
Come ON Cody jump on this since law enforcemnet should be held to a higher standard RIGHT? If the police cheat and steal how can anyone have any faith in any law enforcement personnel.

wlpat
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wlpat 10/03/12 - 07:27 am
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Suspended?

Has this guy been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation? Maybe a good house cleaning at city hall is what they need. They've had issues with their PD for years.

Oilman
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Oilman 10/03/12 - 07:49 am
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I agree, Not a surprise!

Billy got run off from Vilonia Police Chief years ago. WHY?? Then he hired the cop a couple of years ago that was fired from Vilonia when he was drunk fighting at VFW, threatening patrons stating he was a cop and then resisted arrest and his own brother, a Conway Police Officer had to tase him with other Officers to arrest him. Your Prosecutor is all about the truth and what is right...REALLY! They kept giving this a continuance until it went to court and they thought the public had forgot then charges were dropped. Not long after this guy was an Officer at Mayflower and they knew all about this including the mayor.

NoKidding
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NoKidding 10/03/12 - 08:31 am
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Why?

Why is there always a Vilonia connection?

357
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357 10/03/12 - 09:34 am
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There has got to be something

There has got to be something nasty in the water in Vilonia. The Mayflower police chief is from Vilonia, the county judge and all his problems is from Vilonia, the county administrator and his taxpayer paid driveway are from Vilonia, the bully sheriff is from Vilonia, the former prosecuting attorney who approved the 50 cal sniper rifle is from Vilonia, the woman slapping former road cop is from Vilonia.

It's more like Payton Place than Mayberry.

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