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Officers Resign Amid Probe Into Traffic Stops

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ Two Torrington police officers have resigned following an investigation into the filing of reports on traffic stops that were never made.

The Torrington Register Citizen and Waterbury Republican-American newspapers report that a police audit found Officer Michael Szabo reported making nine stops that never happened and Officer Jennifer Hayes filed three such reports.

The investigation was launched after Officer Hector Medina was charged in February with illegally using the department’s computer database to falsify reports.

He is due in court next week.

Prosecutors declined to press charges against Szabo or Hayes, who have both denied any knowledge of the false reports.

The police investigation found the phantom traffic stops were apparently made to comply with a department policy of making at least one traffic stop per shift.

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