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 April 5, 2005
Portsmouth officers suspended for taking guns
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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) -- Three Portsmouth police officers have been suspended for taking five guns from the police department's evidence rooms. The guns were taken last September. They were supposed to be destroyed. Portsmouth Deputy Chief Lance Hebert says the department realized the guns were missing when officers checking property records couldn't find one weapon on the list. That sparked an investigation, and the officers admitted what they'd done. Two of the officers were suspended 15 days without pay and the other was suspended 20 days without pay. The suspensions began this morning. Hebert says the officers' names are not being released because they are protected by the Officers' Bill of Rights. He tells The Newport Daily News the officers had good records, but had exercised poor judgment.
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