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Former Parker police chief loses certification

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PARKER, AZ (CBS5) -

The former police chief of Parker, AZ, has lost his credentials to be a police officer anywhere in our state.

Rodney Mendoza resigned as Parker police chief at the end of last year while under investigation both internally for policy and ethical violations as well as criminally for allegedly tampering with evidence. Mendoza had been the chief in Parker since 2004.

The Department of Public Safety conducted the criminal investigation into Mendoza. They submitted their report to the Mohave County Attorney's Office with a request that charges be filed against Mendoza for tampering with evidence. The county attorney refused to file, citing not enough evidence to prove a case.

On Wednesday, Mendoza appeared before the Arizona Police Standards and Training Board. That is the agency that certifies all police officers in the state. Mendoza agreed to relinquish his Arizona POST certification, making it impossible for him to seek another police job with other agencies in the state.

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