(SS) A former Wilton Manors police officer has been sentenced to probation on charges of filing forged documents when he applied to work for the department.
Douglas John Dickinson, 29, surrendered in October and was arrested, accused of filing two letters and a form that he presented as being from his former employer, Camden County Police in N.J.
Wilton Manors police fired Dickinson in April, 2017 for not meeting department standards after seven months on the job and while he was still on probation.
On Jan. 4, Dickinson pleaded no contest to a single count of uttering a forged instrument.
Judge Edward H. Merrigan Jr. withheld adjudication and ordered Dickinson to serve 18 months’ probation, which may be reduced to nine months if there are no violations, according to court documents.
Dickinson may transfer his probation case back to New Jersey, where he is from. He also signed an affidavit to relinquish his certification as a law enforcement officer in Florida.
“An officer who falsifies documents simply does not belong in law enforcement,” Prosecutor David Schulson said Wednesday.
Dickinson’s lawyer, Glenn Roderman, was in court Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.