State Police to open investigation following arrest report scandal

State Police to open investigation following arrest report scandal

The new head of Massachusetts State Police said her office will open an investigation into revisions made on an October arrest report.

Colonel Kerry Gilpin made the announcement Thursday, one day after she was named as the new Superintendent of the department by Governor Charlie Baker.

The investigation is in response to a scandal over an altered arrest report. Two state troopers have stepped forward, saying they were forced to make changes to the DUI arrest report of the daughter of a Dudley District County judge. That led to retirement of Colonel Richard McKeon and Lieutenant Colonel Francis Hughes.

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Col. Gilpin said her office will conduct an investigation as an effort to inform her about the actions taken by police officers.

In a statement released Thursday, State Police said the investigation will also "identify whether additional clarification, training, and guidance is necessary in the writing and reviewing of report narratives."

Gov. Baker also released a statement Thursday, commending Col. Gilpin's decision to open an investigation.