ELBA, AL (WSFA) - Several members of the Elba Police Department have been placed on suspension by the Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission.
According to APOST, the suspensions of Chief Freddy L.. Lt. Robert W. Lavoie, and Investigator Carl Andrew Gunter have been ordered immediately. The offense is over the alleged forgery and submission of required annual firearms qualifications reports.
APOST says from 2015-2017, forged false firearms qualification forms were submitted to the Commission on a number of officers within the department. APOST also says the officers knew the information being provided was false.
The information was submitted for nearly all officers within the Elba Police Department, APOST says and firearm qualification of those officers had not been done in 2015, 2016 or 2017.
The violations fall under Ala. Code Section 41-22-19(c) and Ala. Admin. Code Rule 650-X-6-.01. The immediate suspension falls under Ala. Admin. Code Rule 650-x-2-.05 (12) which states, "[a]ny law enforcement officer who knowingly and willfully violates the Rules and Regulations of the Commission, shall be subject to having their Certification suspended or revoked by the Commission."
A hearing has been set for the revocation of the three members' certification for July 19 at Commission headquarters.
The investigation has been referred to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation.