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Officials satisfied with PHSC inquiry

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has expressed satisfaction with the results of Pasco-Hernando State College’s inquiry into alleged training discrepancies at the college’s law enforcement academy.

After reviewing the college’s response to the issues, the FDLE’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission staff “determined that there appear to be no sustained instructor violations that would require further action by the commission,” Glen W. Hopkins, chief of the Bureau of Standards, wrote Friday to PHSC President Katherine Johnson.

Hopkins added, though, that the staff recommends cadets who qualified for firearms under incorrect scoring methods be re-qualified using appropriate scoring protocol.

FDLE last month asked the college to conduct a preliminary inquiry into claims it had received about possible training discrepancies.

In addition to the firearms scoring problem, the allegations involved possible test revisions that allowed failing students to pass a course, and routine absenteeism among instructors.

The college’s inquiry determined that, other than the firearms scoring, the allegations either were incorrect or already had been addressed. Johnson sent Hopkins a report on the inquiry’s findings July 9.

The firearms problem came to light in April, Johnson wrote, and the college began using correct scoring for shotgun qualifications and plans to bring together all firearms instructors for training on the appropriate scoring model.

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