Open record requests showing huge gaps in police officer training contribute to chief’s retirement

Bedford (TX) police chief Jeff Gibson announced Monday afternoon he is retiring after 23 years with the city.

The announcement came a month after Gibson was questioned during a Sept. 22 city council work session when the mayor accused him of making false statements about the level of training officers received and of failing to disclose key reasons why employees were leaving the department at a high rate.

Gibson did not return messages seeking comment.

But Gibson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram previously that he did not mislead council members, and that he did not know he would be questioned about the data on officers leaving and the department’s training records. (Read more)