- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence’s police chief says he may review hiring protocol after a newly sworn-in probationary officer was connected to the alleged theft of a cellphone.

Chief Hugh Clements Jr. tells WPRO-AM (https://bit.ly/1sRGh5f ) the situation is “absolutely embarrassing.”

The department announced Tuesday it would not hire David Sanchez, who was sworn in Friday and was scheduled to start a probationary year this week.

On Saturday, at a celebration for new officers, Sanchez’s girlfriend allegedly stole a cellphone, which ended up in Sanchez’s pocket. Sanchez has not been charged. His girlfriend faces a larceny charge.

Sanchez was hired despite a minor history of legal trouble including possessing marijuana and leaving the scene of the accident.

Clements says similar exceptions have been made in the past, but that practice may have to end.

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