PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Four Providence police sergeants have been suspended with pay during an investigation into record-keeping problems, the department announced Monday.

Police Chief Dean Esserman would not identify the officers, but said the department was conducting an administrative probe into “record-keeping discrepancies” and was in the process of auditing records.

The suspensions are the latest black eye for the Providence department.

• Three officers were arrested on drug charges this month in an investigation that authorities said was continuing.

Karen Watts, a spokeswoman for the mayor, said the new suspensions are not connected to the drug investigation. Those officers have been suspended without pay.

• In addition, another officer, Marcus Huffman, is standing trial in Providence Superior Court on charges that he raped a woman inside a police substation in 2007.

• Another officer, Detective Robert DeCarlo, pleaded not guilty last month to charges that he beat a restrained man with a flashlight last fall.


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