PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A panel investigating a disputed inheritance has found that a police sergeant in New Hampshire breached the department’s code of ethics and duty manual.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that the report released Tuesday says Sgt. Aaron Goodwin violated the code by not refusing Geraldine Webber’s offer to leave him $2.7 million in stocks and real estate upon her death.

The panel says it believes Goodwin met Webber after she contacted police and that he began to visit her regularly. It says he should have refused her as soon as she made the offer and notified his supervisor.

They also say his chain of command should have advised him about the department’s policy that officers cannot accept gifts from the public.

The panel suggested numerous reforms, including instituting annual ethics training, improving internal investigations and updating the department’s 20-year-old regulations.


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