DA declines to investigate former Monroeville police chief

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The Allegheny County district attorney's office has closed an investigation into former Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole.

Now-Sgt. Cole was investigated by the district attorney's office for the alleged misuse of federally funded cameras.

When Steven Pascarella took over as the municipality's police chief in February, he came across two matters that occurred during Sgt. Cole's tenure as chief. One involved the misuse of police cameras. The other involved the use of grant money designated for police radios that instead went toward the purchase of repeaters for the fire department.

Monroeville manager Lynette McKinney said the DA's office initially declined to look into the issue involving the repeaters and an internal investigation is ongoing. She said there will also be an internal investigation of the allegations involving cameras, which were purchased with a U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services grant.

Dennis Logan, the DA's chief of investigations, said in a July 3 letter to the municipality that the investigation has been closed.

"Because no basis exists for charging any individual for criminal wrongdoing, no prosecution shall be forthcoming," the letter reads.

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