A state commission has revoked the training license for employees of the Bell County Sheriff’s Office, forbidding the agency from providing any new or continued training for at least two years.

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education revoked the sheriff’s office training contract after an investigation into the agency found the chief training coordinator falsified training hours for officers receiving continued education.

TCLEOSE is the state licensing organization for all public safety officers.

Sheriff Eddy Lange said he signed an agreement revoking the training contract Jan. 31 after he was told officials would seek to permanently eliminate the agency’s training academy otherwise.

TCLEOSE Executive Director and Chief Kim Vickers said the commission would have likely voted to permanently scrap the BCSO’s training academy if Lange had not signed the agreement.

“I think that they should feel lucky that we didn’t completely do away with it,” Vickers said. “This way they can get out from under it.”

Former BCSO Lt. Danny Kneese voluntarily surrendered his peace officer’s license after providing a statement to TCLEOSE in October, Vickers said. Kneese was a lieutenant in the county jail system but oversaw training for all deputies, Lange said.

The investigation found that Kneese fudged training hours for deputies performing training required by TCLEOSE to maintain their licenses.

“There were some credit hours given to some who did not sit to receive those hours nor did they participate in online courses,” Lange said.

Kneese also fell under the direct supervision of former deputies Charles Grogan and Mary Farley, who recently sued Lange for claiming they were forced out of the agency for supporting Lange’s rival during last year’s election.

Retired Sheriff Dan Smith was in office when the investigation began.

Vickers said Smith fully cooperated with the investigation. “We knew this was not anything that was part of his doing,” Vickers said.

Smith declined to comment for this article. The former sheriff also served as chairman of TCLEOSE for a time. He was replaced in 2007.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553

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Kneese wasn't just a fall guy. The investigators interviewed many, many people, he actually falsified testing and documents. He is saying he did because he did do it. Many of Sheriff Smiths personnel went along with it.


What Types of Acts May be Considered as Falsifying a Document?

Many different types of acts can be considered as falsifying a document, including:
■Altering or misrepresenting factual information such as prices or monetary amounts
■Stating false information when requested to provide truthful statements
■Forging a signature
■Using official letterheads without authorization
■Concealing assets or property (especially in bankruptcy proceedings)
■Knowingly using or distributing a fake document

Again, a person can only be held criminally liable if they are acting with the intention of deceiving or defrauding another party. So, if a person was using a document but did not know that it was fake, they usually cannot be found guilty of falsifying a document.

What are the Legal Penalties for Falsifying Documents?

Falsifying documents is a very serious offense and is generally classified as a felony. This means that a person charged with falsifying documents may be subject to the following legal penalties:
■Having to pay a monetary fine
■Incarceration in a prison facility

Depending on the nature of the offense, as well as individual state laws, falsifying documents can result in a prison sentence of 5-10 years.

Also, if government documents or authorities were involved, the legal penalties may be more severe.


Blacken the names of the two suing? What a riot! Those 2 along with Maj. Patterson are as corrupt and much of the problem with the "good old boy" system in place there. I truly hope that Sheriff Lange brings a change of atmosphere that is healthier for our Deputies and Jail employees. Too many politics with that former crew and way too many people getting away with breaking the law themselves as long as they played "the game". Good riddance to Smith, Patterson, Grogan and Farley!


Apparently, I know more about what I'm talking about than you do genius. Falsifying official records is against the law.
If you're so knowledgeable about the situation why don't you enlighten us.
Maybe you're someone who has something to worry about if the truth came out?


Many citizens have been bringing news like this that has leaked out from the inside ever since the Penal Colony was voted down and foisted onto the taxpayers, but individuals who dared challenge the good ol boys, have always been accused of spouting false information or haters. I hate to say it, but, we told you so. The more one digs, the more one can find that is downright crooked about a lot of the individuals in that establishment.


First off if the investigation had found that charges should have been filed they would have done so. Second you do not know what you are talking about. It sounds to me like Kneese was the fall guy and they are trying to use this to blacken the names of the two who are suing the Sheriff's Office.


"The investigation found that Kneese fudged training "
That's called falsifying government documents. Or fraud; or any number of other charges had the perpetrator been anybody other than a policeman. Why are we not reading about charges filed against this criminal?

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