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Report: lax policies, unsecured ammunition among problems for Middletown police

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | May 14, 2015 2:14 PM
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Middletown Police Chief John Bey, seen here talking with a young child, says he's working to improve the department.

(Middletown) -- Middletown's police department is confronting a report criticizing its policies, with its chief pledging to clean up the department.

John Bey has only worn a Middletown Police uniform for about seven months, but says he knew about some of the issues before coming to the department.

The 96-page report from Transparency Matters, commissioned by the borough, finds detectives sometimes didn't properly takes notes during investigations of criminal complaints, department policies don't address some issues like how to conduct suspect interviews, and some ammunition was outside secure storage.

Detectives also didn't properly take notes during investigations of crime complaints, and the department's storage room needs a full inventory.

Those are just some of the problems outlined.

Chief Bey says the past is just that.

"It really doesn't matter how it came to this point. The matter is that the issues have been clearly identified and that we're gonna work very hard to address them in the most effective manner possible," he says.

Despite the long list, Chief Bey says he has no doubt progress will be made, and soon.

"I'm chock full of confidence. So, I mean, I don't know how to answer that. Of course I'm confident that we'll address them. Of course," he adds.

Bey says he's already bringing more officers on to the force to get it up to full staffing, and looking to fill two more full-time positions.

He's the fourth chief for Middletown's department in just the past four years.

Borough council would have to review any changes to department policies.

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