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New Carrollton police chief cleared

The FBI and the Maryland State Police have concluded their investigations of New Carrollton Police David Rice and have cleared him of any criminal activity or misconduct, according to the town's mayor.

The investigation began when Rice's subordinates went to the City Council with questions about Rice's authority to sell confiscated vehicles.

In a statement, Mayor Andrew C. Hanko said city officials are now conducting an administrative review of Rice's actions and would have no further comment.

"We were informed the FBI concluded the criminal investigation, and found no criminal conduct," Hanko's statement said.

Additionally, the state police concluded a probe into whether Rice engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer, and found no wrongdoing, the statement said.

The Washington Post reported in October 2008 that Rice had been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigations. Rice is back on the job, officials said.

Rice, the former police chief of Fairmount Heights, became New Carrollton's first chief in 2005.

-- Ruben Castaneda

By Washington Post editors  |  December 14, 2009; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Internal Affairs , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  
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