Mayflower police chief under investigation

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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