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FWPD to terminate officers arrested for DWI

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FORT WORTH, Texas -

Fort Worth's police chief is increasing the penalty for employees caught drinking and driving.

On Thursday Chief Jeffrey Halstead announced he'll fire anyone arrested for a DWI.

The move comes after two high-profile arrests in a month. Major Paul Henderson, who was the chief of staff at the time, was arrested in December and DWI enforcement officer Nicolas Ramirez was arrested Wednesday morning.

Chief Halstead said in the past he evaluated every case individually and handed out a range of punishment. But because of the department's ongoing struggles with drinking and driving, he said the punishment has to be more severe.

"They will be terminated. They will not work for this department after a sustained allegation of violation of DWI," Halstead said.

The policy is not retroactive, so the chief said previous arrests will be handled differently. He said those employees should still expect his final decision to be severe.

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