This is crazy. Isn't being trustworthy core to a police officer's reputation? How can they not be fired for this? http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2010171346_apusdiplomamilltroopers1stldwritethru.html?syndication=rss "Eight Washington State Patrol troopers who used diplomas from fake schools to try to claim pay raises will be suspended but not fired." By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS SPOKANE, Wash. — Eight Washington State Patrol troopers who used diplomas from fake schools to try to claim pay raises will be suspended but not fired. The State Patrol reversed itself Friday and decided to modify a recommendation from August that the troopers be dismissed.State Patrol spokesman Jeff DeVere said further investigation revealed no clear intent by the troopers to deceive the agency into higher pay because they did not know the schools were not accredited. "But it was certainly not good judgment," DeVere said. After the firing recommendation in August, the troopers were given a chance to meet with administrators to explain their actions, DeVere said. No criminal charges were filed. The suspensions will range from three to 10 days without pay, DeVere said. The troopers had been suspended with pay since last October pending the investigation, he said. The troopers will return to work starting next week. Because they have been off the job so long, they will have to undergo firearm and driver training, DeVere said. The State Patrol discovered the disputed diplomas after conducting a routine review of personnel files. DeVere said the diplomas in question came from places like the University of Alameda that were not accredited. Some of the fake schools were so sophisticated they had official-looking web sites and even alumni newsletters, he said. DeVere has said troopers earn a 2 percent raise for a two-year degree and a 4 percent raise for a four-year degree with another 2 percent for a master's. The investigation moved the State Patrol to modify its practices to avoid any recurrence, he said.