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Mayflower police chief under investigation, placed on suspension

The Mayflower police chief is suspected of falsifying documents. Thursday, the mayor sent Chief Billy Baker a memo, placing him on suspension pending the results of a hearing.
LITTLE ROCK, AR-- The Mayflower police chief is suspected of falsifying documents. Thursday, the mayor sent Chief Billy Baker a memo, placing him on suspension pending the results of a hearing.

The State Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training says Baker submitted documents, showing he trained his officers for radar patrol. But leaders say they have evidence that training never happened.

Interim Chief Jeremy Hanson says all the speeding tickets written since November 2011 are questionable.

"The court clerk has been made aware of (the problem). She is getting that together now, just to make sure all the tickets that were written are legitimate. At this time, I am not sure where she is at on that. But she should be getting that together and getting with the prosecuting attorney and make a determination on that," said Hanson.

The chief's hearing is set for November 27, where he could be decertified as an officer. If that happens, he will never be able to serve in law enforcement again in Arkansas.

Prosecuting attorney Cody Hiland says his office has a criminal investigation open as well.

The chief makes $37,000 a year, which he is still receiving while on leave. FOX16 did go by Baker's Vilonia home, but a family member says Baker has no comment.

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