Kennett Council adopts substance testing policy for police officers

    For $1,400 Kennett Square will begin testing its police officers for substance use. The borough council has adopted a policy that will cost $1,430 to implement and $1,380 every year thereafter.


    Current and potential hires fall under the new policy, which stems from an incident involving an off-duty officer last year. Matthew Cordone of West Grove was arrested when an information caught him agreeing to exchange Xanax for Percocet to people Cordone communicated with over his cell phone. He later resigned.

    There was previously no drug policy in place for officers.

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