The chief of the Ansonia police said in a written statement he has asked the Connecticut State Police to investigate their department concerns of evidence mishandling. Sources told Eyewitness News it has do with mishandling drug evidence.
Ansonia Police Chief Kevin J. Hale announced on Thursday that he has requested "an independent criminal investigation" by state police into the department after "irregularities" were "discovered in the processing of evidence."
"We are also conducting an Internal Affairs Investigation regarding the personnel involved in this matter to determine whether any department rules, regulations, policies or procedures were violated," Hale said in a statement.
Ansonia's Mayor James Della Volpe is confident the concerns focus on one officer.
"It's my understanding there might only be one individual involved," Della Volpe said. "There may be another as they go along."
Connecticut State Police were collecting evidence at Ansonia Police Department on Thursday and Friday.
Ansonia Police say they can not comment about the investigation until after state police complete their work. State police would only say they were asked to look into concerns of evidence mishandling.
Eyewitness News requested information about the one officer, who is currently on leave, and learned it is for medical reasons.
State police said it's not clear if any crime was committed. If this turns out to be a procedure violation then the department would handle it.
Della Volpe said the public should not be concerned about the department as a whole.
"It's very frustrating they're held at a higher standard and they should conduct themselves very professionally, which all of them do," Della Volpe said
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