The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) had their quarterly meeting, and by the end of that meeting, five Central Texas police officers knew whether or not they would continue to wear their uniforms.
Three of the men served as either jailers or police officers. Those men faced charges ranging from prescription drug fraud to official oppression.
Craig Bouse worked as a police officer in Woodway before being arrested for prescription drug fraud. Bouse surrendered his peace officer license as part of the terms of a plea agreement.
Erich Arredondo last served as a jailer with the Bexar County Sheriff's office until he caught a marijuana possession charge in 2015. His license is now suspended for 10 years.
Christopher Kulow is the third officer who faced TCOLE, because he broke the law. Kulow was tried and convicted for official oppression for violating a Washington County inmates civil rights, while he worked as a jailer in Washington County -- an offense that resulted in 10 year suspension of his license.
Two men who served as police chiefs also faced TCOLE.
Troy Hess once worked as the police chief in Little River Academy but he came before the commission because a DWI conviction. His licenses is now suspended for 10 years.
Damien Eaglin currently serves as the chief over Marlin's police department. He was reprimanded for administrative violations, and that reprimand will go on his service record.
Gretchen Grisby with TCOLE said holding those in uniform accountable for their actions is what the organization is dedicated to doing.
"We will take action against their license to make sure only the highly trained and ethical officers -- which is our mission statement -- are serving the people of Texas," Grisby said. "Our statutory mission is to make sure the people of Texas are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement personnel. That is what the legislation has charged us with, and that is a mission that we take very seriously," she added.
TCOLE's next quarterly meeting is scheduled for June 8th.
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