N.H. chief loses police powers

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MADBURY, N.H. (AP) – The longtime police chief in Madbury can no longer serve as a police officer in the state.

The New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council decertified Chief George Taylor after concluding he submitted false documents to the council. The council was looking into questionable documents about firearm qualifications, employee background checks and part-time officer working hours.

Taylor has been Madbury’s chief for more than 30 years. He met with the council last month, and on Tuesday its members voted to revoke his certification.

Council officials will not discuss specifics.

“As we teach all police officers, integrity and honesty are paramount in maintaining the public’s confidence in the profession itself,” said Michael Prozza Jr., Sullivan County Sheriff and council chairman. “While it is sad that police misconduct exists in the first place, this action should at the same time send an important message to the citizens of this great state that the Council takes such misconduct seriously.”

Taylor’s name will now be entered into a nationwide database of decertified police officers.

Madbury Lt. Joe McGann is filling in for Taylor.

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