Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop (or Teach the Children Well) 12/5/03

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This week we go to Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where the city cop who headed the town's D.A.R.E. program is under investigation for allegedly stealing up to $20,000 in Chelmsford Police Department funds. According to the Lowell Sun, Police Chief Raymond McCusker has confirmed that Officer Mike Horan is on paid leave pending the results of a departmental investigation.

McCusker wouldn't comment further on the nature of the investigation, but sources inside the department told the Sun Horan is suspected of ripping off D.A.R.E., the ineffective but popular anti-drug program that uses police as drug "educators," and perhaps other programs. The sources told the Sun the thefts had apparently occurred over a period of months and that Horan was the only officer being investigated. He was placed on paid administrative leave on November 18.

Horan is a five-year veteran of the department. He has run the D.A.R.E. program at two city middle schools for the past three years.

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