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Hartford officer off the job after money missing from department

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A criminal investigation has been launched by the Hartford Police Department as it looks into one of its own.

An audit revealed money may be missing and that lead to the unnamed officer being walked off the job Thursday. Police called it a fraud investigation.

"During our own internal audit, set up by our professional standards division, it's important that we keep an eye on ourselves essentially," said Lt. Brian Foley, "and we have a large system of checks and balances to prevent this sort of thing. Unfortunately, this did rear its head and is an embarrassment to the police department, but it's something we're up front with and trying to catch ourselves."

Police said the audit found issues with the pistol permit process.

Each year, the permits rack up thousands of dollars. City residents wanting to own their own gun have to pay for the permits to get them.

The focus of the investigation, said Foley, is what was done with that money after it was handed over to police.

Eyewitness News confirmed that the officer was escorted out of the public safety complex in Hartford Thursday morning. Police said he is on administrative leave during the internal and criminal investigations.

The state's attorney is also involved.

Stay with Eyewitness News for updates on this story.

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