Forrest City Police Chief Defends Daughter's Application

Forrest City Police Chief Defends Daughter's Application

Forrest City Police Chief Edward Reynolds says he can explain everything, as the Arkansas State Police investigate the circumstances leading up to the Chief's daughter's acceptance at a police training academy.
FORREST CITY, AR (localmemphis.com)-- Forrest City Police Chief Edward Reynolds says he can explain everything, as the Arkansas State Police investigate the circumstances leading up to the Chief's daughter's acceptance at a police training academy.

"I have to limit my comments on that," Chief Reynolds said during an interview in his office late Tuesday afternoon. "There is certainly questions about that that I am willing to answer at the appropriate time."

Reynolds declined to elaborate, but in a letter to State Police Colonel J.R. Howard requesting an investigation, St. Francis Prosecutor Fletcher Long wrote, "it involves an appearance that the Chief may have falsified or had falsified paperwork to have his daughter accepted at the training academy as a student." 

According to the Deputy Director of the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training, Chief Reynolds sponsored his daughter's training application. At issue, was the Chief's daughter paid by Forrest City while she was attending training. 

"No," Chief Reynolds said.

According to state law, an applicant must be paid by the sponsored municipality, in the case Forrest City. The state then pays the tab for food, lodging, and other expenses.

"I believe at the end of the day, the questions that may have been generated will be answered," Reynolds said.

Chief Reynolds wouldn't comment on why his daughter wasn't paid. He said he had yet to be interviewed by state investigators. Prosecutor Long, and Brian Marshall with the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training both declined to comment.

"I believe once the questions are answered, I think everyone will be satisfied with the answers," Chief Reynolds said.

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