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Is the new sheriff still commissioned as a full-time police officer?

When Douglas County Sheriff Rick Trapp was sworn in earlier this year, he said he had not been commissioned as a law enforcement officer since 1985. He said his certification lapsed after five years while he worked in the county's district attorney office.

Trapp said he received a provisional certification until he went through the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. Since he had previous law enforcement experience, he was able to just take what's called a "challenge exam," which he successfully passed, and firearms training. He was recertified in February.


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