14 state troopers disciplined after testing probe ends

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Disciplinary action is being taken against four Mississippi state troopers who accessed or shared access to examination questions for promotions within the highway patrol.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety announced the results of its internal investigation Friday. The DPS and the Attorney General's office began looking into the matter after receiving complaints related to examinations for promotions.

All 14 troopers have admitted their involvement in the incident and waived their right to a fact-finding proceeding. Therefore, hearings before former Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson, who had been appointed the hearing officer, are no longer necessary.

"DPS investigators, assisted by the Attorney General's Office, were able to handle this matter swiftly," said Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz. "Every individual involved understands his actions were inappropriate."

The names of the individuals involved will not be released because this is a personnel matter. Disciplinary action included three individuals, who opted to retire from state service, and 11 individuals, who were demoted, suspended and reassigned.

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