A ThermoQuest Trace GC 2000 gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer. CC_Wikimedia: Polimerek

A ThermoQuest Trace GC 2000 gas chromatograph-mass spectrometerCC_Wikimedia: Polimerek

The Newark (Ohio) Police Department's chief has proposed hiring a chemist to test drugs confiscated by the agency instead of hiring a police officer to fill an open sworn position.

Chief Steve Sarver proposed the idea after the superintendent with Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation proposed giving the agency a $60,000 gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer to better identify chemicals. The equipment could be made available if the department had a trained chemist to operate it, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

The position would cost $40,000 a year.

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