Police chief recently honored by White House placed on leave

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Posted: Sep 14, 2016 5:12 PM

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts police chief honored by the White House for his work battling heroin addiction is among two officers who have been placed on leave.

The Gloucester (GLAH'-stur) police department's pioneering heroin treatment program is still accepting participants after Chief Leonard Campanello's abrupt placement on indefinite leave by the city's mayor for undisclosed reasons.

Campanello was honored in Washington in April for his work with the ANGEL program, which allows addicts to turn in drugs without arrest.

Police Acting Chief David Quinn won't comment on an investigation into Campanello but confirms another officer also has been placed on administrative leave. He won't say if the suspensions are related.

Campanello's lawyer said Wednesday the investigation has "nothing to do" with Campanello's duties as police chief and he's "fully cooperating."