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Levi Chavez relinquishes police certification

Updated: 12/10/2013 5:14 PM | Created: 12/10/2013 10:19 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

After he was acquitted of killing his wife, former APD officer Levi Chavez said he would try to get his police certification back. But the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy says now, he’s giving it up voluntarily.

Chavez hasn’t given a reason for it, but the Law Enforcement Academy says there are benefits to giving it up on his own, including spending less time under a public microscope.

Chavez discussed his decision behind closed doors in an informal hearing.

“The benefit is you don't have to go through all the pain of having a formal hearing and then coming before the board, it's something that ends the process at that point in time,” NMLEA Director Jack Jones said.

But the board would get to decide whether they want him as an officer in New Mexico, and each department in the state could choose whether they’d want to hire him. 


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