Friday, August 5, 2016

HPD Drug Testing



This year, with the cooperation of both police unions, Local 388 and Local 409, the Holyoke Police Department conducted drug testing of sworn full-time police officers. Mayor Alex B. Morse and Police Chief James M. Neiswanger are proud to announce that these Holyoke officers have passed their drug screening.

During the drug testing, the department received communication from the lab about one of the tests on one of our officers. Based on that communication, that officer was tested again and placed on paid administrative leave. An internal affairs investigation was launched into the matter. The results of that investigation showed the lab had made an erroneous report and the officer involved tested clean. That officer is in good standing and has been returned to his regular assignment.

“I just want to say how proud I am of the members of the Holyoke Police Department and wish to re-affirm my commitment and support for them. Every day, these brave officers heroically protect and serve our community. On an almost daily occurrence, they face adversity and they handle it professionally with restraint, dignity and respect,” Chief Neiswanger added.

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