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Neuman Brings Outside Task Force to Investigate Police Department

The county executive is assembling a team of investigators from Montgomery and Harford counties to look into allegations about the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman announced Friday that she is assembling an inter-county task force of investigators from Montgomery and Harford counties to investigate allegations surrounding the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

"Problems in our Police Department continue to keep surfacing," said Neuman, in a press release. "I have zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior of our police department if it exists."

The team will look into procedures, protocol and what Neuman called "inappropriate anonymous correspondence" based on claims without evidence. Rumors of confidential information being leaked will also be investigated, according to the statement.

This comes just over a week after County Councilman Jamie Benoit (D-Crownsville) requested an investigation into whether Police Chief Larry Tolliver used homophobic slurs toward police officers who testified against former executive John Leopold in his criminal trial.

"The task force will investigate departmental procedures and morale issues," Neuman said. "The Police Department cannot effectively operate under continued scandal and scrutiny."

Melody LaPier May 03, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Great. Its about time. Ii have a ” truth” to share with the exec about the northern district police department. In particular an officer that was promoted for assisting Mr Tyler in the dept of public works by utilizing the infamous database they are not supposed to use to look up info on public works employees and setting them up. I think that me Tyler,.his assistant,.the officer and his supervisor will already be trying to clean up the evidence once they became aware of the investigation into the department. I definitely want to share my information with the investigators. Thank you Exec Neuman!
Melody LaPier May 03, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Please forgive my typos. Paragraph should read ”i think Mr. Tyler,.his assistant, the officer and his supervisor....”
Crunch May 03, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Thank you Ms.Neuman for trying to bring some ethics and credibility to the police department. I hope you succeed. Now, who are all the fat officers in the photo? That's pretty disgusting.
patricia June 06, 2013 at 08:35 PM
I sure do hope they investigate the officers involved in the Leopold scandal. They contend they were in fear of losing their job if they didn't do his bidding. They could have gone to their union, or filed and EOE. They didn't complain until after the fact.

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