Former Glendale cop banned from Ariz. law enforcement

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A former Glendale police officer has been banned from ever again being a law-enforcement officer anywhere in Arizona.

Earlier this year, Chris Balmaceda, 25, was accused to sending sexually explicit text messages to teenage girls at Mountain Ridge High School, where he had been working off-duty providing security. He also was accused of abusing one of those girls, a 17-year-old.

Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST) revoked Balmaceda's peace-officer certification on Wednesday.

Balmaceda has been a member of the Glendale police force for more than three years. He was reassigned to administrative duty while an investigation was launched. He resigned in April before that investigation was complete.

Although the Glendale Police Department recommended that charges be filed, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office opted not to pursue a criminal case against Balmaceda.

According to Arizona POST, peace-officer certification becomes inactive when an officer leaves his or her law-enforcement agency. That certification can be reactivated without additional training if the officer is hired by another Arizona law-enforcement entity within three years. That is no longer an option for Balmaceda.

Originally created in 1968, Arizona POST is charged with "peace officer selection, recruitment, retention and training standards .... The mission of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board is to foster public trust and confidence by establishing and maintaining standards of integrity, competence, and professionalism for Arizona peace officers and correctional officers."

Arizona POST covers approximately170 law-enforcement agencies that collectively employ more than 15,000 sworn peace officers and 9,000 correctional service officers. It also provides services for Arizona's 16 academies.