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NH Troopers Assoc. Opposes Bill To Open Police Discipline Files

By PAULA TRACY
InDepthNH.org

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CONCORD – A bill that would make public serious police disciplinary records was opposed as written by the New Hampshire Troopers Association on Wednesday.

House Bill 153 would make the disciplinary records subject to the state’s right-to-know law when a case is adjudicated that involves a police officer’s lethal use of a firearm, an officer is found guilty of sexual assault or “a sustained finding was made of dishonesty,” including perjury.

Det. Sgt. Marc Beaudoin, president of the New Hampshire Troopers Association, said there would be “unintended consequences” of opening an entire personnel file to the public because other officers who witness misconduct are compelled to answer questions or lose their job.

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