Arab police chief hopeful officer can return to force

Arab police chief hopeful officer can return to force

ARAB, AL (WAFF) - Arab Officer Michael Tyler Thomas was placed on administrative leave Wednesday pending a felony investigation by the Cullman County Sheriff's Office.

Thomas has not been to the police academy yet, but was out on patrol with a field training officer.

Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston says Thomas was always with a senior officer when out on patrol and he was not allowed to make any arrests or be on patrol by himself until after graduating from the police academy. Chief Ralston says Thomas is a good addition to the department and he hopes the issue can be resolved.

"We're all human, ya know?" Ralston said. "I don't know a lot of the details. I hope everything works out, he's a good officer and he did a good job while he was in dispatch and we had high hopes for him here so I hope everything works out so he can get into the academy and move on and get this behind him."
There are no formal charges filed against Thomas yet. The Cullman County Sheriff Department is trying to get the case before the grand jury in the next week or two.

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