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Providence officer placed on leave amid investigation

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence police officer has been placed on administrative leave in connection with an internal investigation by the department, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

According to Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare, Officer James Lewis was put on administrative leave with pay on Friday.

Pare said Lewis is the subject of an internal investigation, but would not elaborate.

He also would not comment on whether or not the department investigation is connected to any outside investigations.

Lewis is a graduate of the 2014 recruitment class, which was considered one of the largest and most diverse classes in the department’s history.

The class was also clouded by controversy involving a handful of incidents involving recruits right after they graduated.

Among those issues — David Sanchez finished the academy and was sworn in, but the department decided not to hire him after investigators said he was found holding pieces of a cell phone that was allegedly stolen by his girlfriend.

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