POLICE don't TAKE polygraphs
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Lie detectors ruled out for Boulder cops
Associated Press
Sunday, September 21, 1997
Police administrators axed a plan to have detectives working on the JonBenet Ramsey case submit to lie detector tests to determine who is leaking information about the 9-month-old investigation.
The idea was dropped after police union leaders reminded administrators that union members can only be tested if they voluntarily agree.
"Our contract is very specific that polygraphs are not required," Boulder Police Benefit Association president Greg Perry said Friday. "A member cannot be disciplined or in any way put under duress to take one. It's up to the officer, and the association is very adamant against it."
Authorities have made no arrests in connection with the death of JonBenet. The 6-year-old was found beaten and strangled Dec. 26 in the basement of her family's Boulder home about eight hours after her mother said she found a ransom note.
Concerns about leaks in the unsolved case escalated this month after Vanity Fair magazine published the full text of the ransom note and other information allegedly drawn from police officers' reports.
"At one time early this week, police considered doing this (polygraph tests) as a result of the Ramsey team's concerns about the allegation of leaks," said police spokeswoman Leslie Aaholm. "They thought maybe it would clear things up."
She said the union's stand on polygraph tests was not the reason why the idea of using polygraph tests were dropped.
"Members of the (police department investigation) team came and talked about this, thinking that maybe if they did this, it would put the whole thing to rest," Aaholm said. "There was a little discussion, and then it was ruled out."
The attorney for JonBenet's father blasted police as the source of the leaks when the Vanity Fair article was released to the media Sept. 3. Hal Haddon demanded an investigation, contending police leaked the information in exchange for an article that would smear the Ramseys.
Haddon's request was dismissed a day later in a departmental statement that said "to initiate an internal inquiry would be extremely disruptive to our criminal investigation" of JonBenet's murder.


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