Lieutenant Brian Dickerson, one of two police officers who coached former Chief A.J. Perez on the scammed 2018 top cop test, has been placed on administrative status as head of the police academy. Perez is currently serving a year in prison for connivance of the test.
According to the timeline set forth by federal investigators, Perez prevailed upon two subordinates, Dickerson and now retired Captain Mark Straubel for help to prepare his responses to the written exam and essay. Perez had received illegal insider exam help from former Personnel Director David Dunn who was also charged in the federal probe.
On June 21, 2018, Perez met with Straubel and Dickerson for help. The officers substantially completed both essays including researching, drafting, and editing Perez’s responses, some of which was done while at work. For additional background on Perez’s insider help see here.
Straubel and Dickerson, not charged by federal officials, would have been key witnesses had Perez gone to trial.
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The head of the Bridgeport police academy has been removed from his post and placed on administrative status.
Lt. Brian Dickerson was recently implicated in an investigation city officials last week said was launched into “potential employee misconduct” involving an officer connected to the federal corruption scandal that sent the former police chief and ex-personnel director to jail.
Dickerson was relieved of his duties at the academy Monday even as Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration prepares to train a new class of cadets. A recruitment drive launched in early April was accepting applications through June 4.
Multiple police sources confirmed that they received an email from Acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia Monday afternoon stating Dickerson was being placed on administrative status, meaning his duties have been restricted but he can come to work. They said the email provided no other details except that Sgt. Angelo Collazo would be temporarily in charge of the academy.
Collazo has been an instructor at the academy since 2010.
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