Minneapolis – A program designed to train officers on how to spot if someone is using drugs is being suspended while authorities investigate claims that officers gave people illegal substances.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman says Wednesday that a Hutchinson police officer is accused of giving marijuana to a potential subject and is now under criminal investigation. Dohman says another officer saw the incident and reported it.

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Dohman says the program is also being investigated internally.

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The state’s drug evaluation and classification program trains officers on how to detect and remove impaired drivers from the road.

The program came under fire last week after activists claimed officers from a variety of agencies picked up people from downtown Minneapolis and gave them illegal drugs and incentives to participate in the program.

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