01/17/2012

Mass. chief calls for drug tests after evidence room theft

An outside consultant investigated missing cocaine, other narcotics

By Matt Stout
The Boston Herald

BOSTON — The police chief hunting for the 'rogue cop' who swiped drugs from Attleboro Police Department's evidence room said random drug testing could have prevented the theft — and he's calling on Beacon Hill to help make sure it doesn't happen again.

'The unions are going to step up and pressure them not to make any changes, but this is proof why we need it,' Attleboro Police Chief Kyle Heagney said of random drug testing, which under state law must be collectively bargained into police union contracts — meaning that many cops across the state operate free from fear of drug tests.

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