Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sheffield Takes Florence's Cast-Off Police Officers?

How many chances does a police officer get? We know of one in Florence who had at least three walks on the illegal side of the highway before the city was able to get rid of him. Now we understand another Florence cast-off has gone to Sheffield. This is from a Pen-N-Sword 2016 article (we're publishing in whole, since the old site will not be up much longer):

From July 14, 2016 -


"Note: Dotson remains on unpaid leave. He is currently working as a real estate agent. Dotson’s wife was similarly charged with Domestic Violence, but her trial has yet to be held.

From FPD: On Friday, April 29th, 2016 at 06:50 hours, Florence Police responded to the 100 block of Talisman Dr. based on the report of a domestic incident that was in progress. Upon their arrival, Florence Police officers observed evidence indicating domestic violence had occurred. As a result, two individuals were arrested and charged with domestic violence 3rd degree. One of those individuals was Max Ryan Dotson.

Max Dotson was hired as a sworn police officer by the Florence Police Department in August of 2007.

At the time of his arrest, Dotson was on unpaid administrative leave with the department. The unpaid leave was due to a recommendation for dismissal filed by Chief Ron Tyler against Max Dotson. The matter was still pending with the Florence Civil Service Board at the time of Dotson’s arrest on April 29th.

Earlier today, on 7/12/2016, Max Dotson entered into a plea agreement at Florence Municipal Court concerning this case. These matters will be added to the items presently before the Florence Civil Service Board regarding Dotson’s employment status with the Florence Police Department."

What kind of of crime shouldn't be unpardonable for a sworn police officer? We don't know what Dotson's first offence was (or at the least the one he was being dismissed for), but we know the one referenced here was for harming his wife.

Just how badly does Sheffield need new police officers?

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