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Indicted JPD Officer's Personnel File Shows Other Minor Incidents

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn- The recent indictment of Jackson police Officer Robbie Weems has some residents wondering if the screening process to become an officer should be tougher.

Back in 1999, Weems was accused of stealing the exact same amount of money, as he was recently accused of taking, from a person during an arrest. Weems was cleared of any wrongdoing after an internal investigation. He is currently waiting to be formally arraigned for his current charges.

Some residents in Jackson are wondering if alleged misconduct like this could be prevented.

To be a police officer in Jackson applicants must meet strict qualifications including the passing of a local, national, medical, and educational background check. In addition, applicants must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. citizen, and be physically fit.

While some residents say the hiring process should be tougher, others say overall, it works.

"I think they do a very good job and I'm not going to judge the police department by one individual's bad decision," said David Russell, a Jackson resident.

You can find out more information about the hiring and screening process for Jackson police officers on the City of Jackson's website.
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