Baltimore police introducing tests to weed out corruption
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s acting police commissioner says he’s introducing random integrity tests, polygraph tests and a unit tasked with preventing overtime abuse.
Darryl DeSousa made the announcements Friday, a day after prosecutors and defense teams wrapped up arguments in a major police corruption trial. It’s now in the hands of a jury.
In court testimony, ex-detectives with a rogue Baltimore police unit have admitted to rampant corruption over years and chronic overtime fraud.
DeSousa says he’s also contemplating having an outside panel look into the Gun Trace Task Force, the disbanded unit at the center of the police corruption scandal. Earlier this week, police announced the creation of a Corruption Investigation Unit within the beleaguered department.