2 police veterans hired to turn around Braintree department

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Braintree’s mayor has appointed two veteran law enforcement officials to guide the city’s police department out of a scandal involving the theft of guns, cash and drugs from its evidence room.

Mayor Joseph Sullivan on Monday named former Stoughton Chief Paul Shastany as interim chief. Shastany is credited with turning around Stoughton’s once-troubled department.

Sullivan also announced that former Boston Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey was hired as a consultant to assess the evidence room and develop new policies and procedures for handling evidence.

An audit found that more than $400,000 in cash, 60 to 70 guns, and thousands of drug samples had gone missing from the room, potentially putting hundreds of criminal cases in jeopardy.

Braintree’s chief retired and the deputy chief was placed on leave in the wake of the scandal.

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