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Two Cheshire police officers have been placed on leave pending an investigation into the possibility that both used Police Union funds for "personal matters," the Cheshire Police Department announced this week.
Capt. Jay Markella, head of the Department's investigative division, and Officer Robert Anderson were placed on non-disciplinary leave with pay on July 17 for what Chief Neil Dryfe described, in a letter sent to both men, as "allegations concern(ing) the use of Cheshire Police Union funds for personal matters at various times while you were a union officer."
The amount of money in question was not disclosed, however a source told The Herald Wednesday morning that it is "very significant."
Markella and Anderson were ordered to turn over their guns, badges, and vehicles, along with other police-related identifications, and were told to stay away from the police station and not discuss the allegations with any other officers.
For more on this story, see Thursday's Cheshire Herald.